Throughout the month of May, BLM is partnering with Northwest Community Bail Fund, Washington Community Action Network, and national Mama’s Day Bailout organizers to bail out moms and other caregivers who are in jail only because they cannot afford to free themselves. Our goal is to work with the community to identify those in need of bail support and raise $10,000 to bail out mothers who are unable to afford bail in King and Snohomish Counties. To donate, click here: https://www.nwcombailfund.org/donate
To request bail support click here: REQUEST BAIL SUPPORT
Background: The week before Mother’s day organizations in dozens of cities across the country will 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!
We will bail out mama’s in all of our varieties. Queer, trans, young, elder, and immigrant.
The Problem: Everyday an average of 700,000 people are condemned to local jails and separated from their families. A majority of them are there simply because they cannot afford to pay bail, which disproportionately hurts Black and Brown people and their families.
The organizations involved in the National Bail Out are working to end money bail and in the meantime get as many people being held for non-violent misdemeanor charges out of cages and back home.
Even without being convicted of a crime, to get out of jail often requires bail. But 44 percent of people struggle to cover a $400 emergency. Bond companies charge about 10 percent of the full bail amount. If the person can’t afford the fee, bond companies set up an installment plan and charge interest. That money will never be refunded, no matter how a court case is resolved.
When people who are jailed without conviction solely because they cannot financially afford to buy their freedom, pre-trial incarceration has catastrophic impacts on families and communities. Even a few days in jail can ruin a person’s life. They may lose their job, their family may lose housing and some even lose their children. Even if they’re later found innocent of the crime they were charged with, they may eventually turn to theft or another type of crime to make ends meet. Remaining in pre-trail detention results in 4:1 increase in jailable convictions.
Direct action: The Black Love Bail Out is an extension of the long struggle for Black freedom. In the tradition of our enslaved Black ancestors, who used their collective resources to purchase each other’s freedom before slavery was abolished, until we abolish bail and mass incarceration, we must free ourselves.
Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County is demanding an end to cash bail for most non-violent offenses in King County and is committed to freeing people from jail who cannot afford bail or bond.
The Northwest Community Bail Fund is a nonprofit organization advocating for bail reform and working to minimize the harm of the cash bail system by paying bail for people who would otherwise spend the pre-trial time in jail. NCBF works to ensure that people accused of low-level crimes have an equal opportunity to defend themselves from a position of freedom.
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