Today, while the country is slowly opening back up and many have access to the COVID-19 vaccine, there are Black mamas and caregivers suffering in jail simply because they can’t afford to pay bail.
“We don’t want to be in any sort of idea of a beloved community where some people don’t get to be a part of it because they’re in cages. Where we are right now is in a reality where the majority of our people that are in cages aren’t there because they’ve been convicted of doing any harm. They’re there because they can’t afford to pay their way out after being accused of a harm. And I think that’s just immoral, from my positionality both as a practicing person of faith and just as a regular, concerned resident of the planet Earth. We should not be in any sort of “free society” where we put people in cages.” -Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson (Highlander Research and Education Center)
The National Bail Out is a Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers and activists building a community-based movement to support our folks and end systems of pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration.
Learn more at www.nationalbailout.org.
With your generous support we are able to continue to bail out community members, provide life-changing supportive services and resource groups who are organizing to transform the criminal justice system.