The National Bail Out collective is raising money to reunite incarcerated mothers with their children for Mother’s Day.
According to their website, nearly 700,000 people are condemned to local jails each day and most are separated from their families simply because they cannot afford to post bail. Organizations involved in the National Bail Out are working to put an end to the cash bail system and mass incarceration.
Earlier this year, Jay-Z’s RocNation showed support for the cash bail system and mass incarceration reform movement by investing in Promise, an app that provides clients with financial assistance with bail costs and other services to get people out of jail and keep them from going back.
“The week before Mother’s Day, organizations in dozens of cities across the country bail out as many mothers as possible who otherwise would spend Mother’s Day in a cell simply because they cannot afford bail.
National Black Mama’s Bail Out Day will give incarcerated mothers an opportunity to spend Mother’s Day with their families and build community through gatherings that highlight the impact of inhumane and destructive bail practices on our communities!”
“Last year, we were incredibly motivated by the prospect of being able to move quickly to free our people without having to wait for all the things we’re accustomed to having to wait for—the legislation and litigation,” said Gina Clayton, Executive Director of Essie Justice Group which partnered with National Bail Out, reports Fast Company. “The idea that we could go in and immediately raise money to get some of our people home was really compelling.”
The National Bail Out collective is a formation of Black organizers who are committed to building a community-based movement to end pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration.
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