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Mother's Day Bail Initiative

Issue

In honor of Mother's Day, we're sharing an initiative that is particularly inspiring: Mama's Bail Out Day. If you're like us and can't celebrate a loved one in person this year, consider donating to provide that

  • Since 1980, the number of incarcerated women has increased by over 700%. Many of these prisoners are women of color.
  • In total, about 80% of the women behind bars are mothers.
  • Daily, around 450,000 people—who are disproportionately Black and Latino—are held in pretrial detention, posing little flight risk but not able to afford bail.
  • Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree that bail bond reform is needed, but the cash-bail industry, motivated by huge profit incentives, has aggressively lobbied against reform-motivated legislation.
  • A recent 193-page ruling by a Houston judge condemns the phenomenon of “locked up for being poor” in a ruling that “could have national implications for bail reform.”

Action

SONG (Southerners on New Ground), the Movement for Black Lives, and organizations have collaborated for a special Mother’s Day initiative: posting bail for mothers nationwide who are still detained because they cannot afford the cash bond, and giving them the gift of spending Mother’s Day with their families. We encourage you to participate in Mama’s Bail Out Day by donating to the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, which is managing the donations for the initiative


Post inspired by our friends in the Action Alliance, at My Civic Workout.

Thanks, Sally Yates

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