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“Black Mama’s Bail Out Action” tackles racial disparities in cash bail system

 

Regular Policy Watch readers will be familiar with our recent stories on the problems of the cash bail system and the for-profit bail industry.

Southerners on New Ground is tackling the problem this month with their Black Mama’s Bail Out Action.

From the group:

“This Mother’s Day, we are bailing out as many Black women, broadly defined, across the South as we can. More than often, people are sitting in cages because they cannot afford to pay bail. SONG crews will be participating in bail outs along with holding events to discuss the devastating impact of money bail and pre-trial incarceration on our communities.

We ask you to donate to SONG to connect Black families and loved ones and highlight the inhumane and destructive bail practices.

Contributions will be used to bail out Black women, and to support continuing on-the-ground organizing of participating grassroots organizations. All resources we get that are not used for the action will be saved for future bail outs or to advance long-term liberation work in our communities! Across the Southeast, we see bail outs as an ongoing tactic to build a base, to expose the crisis of cash bail and the beast that is the criminal-legal system, to change hearts and minds, to make real and material impacts on the lives of our people, and to build power.”

The group says it bailed out 65 mothers across the South last year and 100 nationally.

The group is accepting donations here.

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