“Money kept them in.
Black love got them out.”
— Pat Hussain, Co-founder of Southerners on New Ground
Thanks to your overwhelming love and generosity we were able to bail out over 100 Mamas the week before Mother’s Day!
While we were able to bring some of our Mamas home, tens of thousands of our loved ones remain caged in local jails simply because they cannot afford to buy their freedom.
Throughout June, we will be raising money to bail out more of our people and bring them home to celebrate Father’s Day, Juneteenth, and Pride with their families and communities. We will bail out our people in all of our varieties- queer, trans, young, elder, and immigrant.
Donate to help us bring more of our loved ones home and fight against the impact of inhumane and destructive bail practices.
The impact of bail on our people…
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.
Since 1980, the number of incarcerated people has grown by 500%. Fed by a racist War on Drugs, that our current Attorney General Jeff Sessions is trying to resurrect, millions of people have been taken from their families.
Pre-trial incarceration has catastrophic impacts on our communities in particular. Black people are over two times more likely to be arrested and once arrested are twice as likely to be caged before trial. Our LBGTQ and gender nonconforming family are targeted and caged at even more alarming rates, and once in jail are significantly more likely to be sexually and physically abused. For instance, one in five transgender women have spent time in prison or jail and one in three of them reported being sexually assaulted while there.
Even a few days in jail can ruin a person’s life. They may lose their job, their family may lose their housing, and some even lose their children.
What we can do…
We can buy their freedom and push against mass criminalization and modern bondage!
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 will free ourselves.
One in nine Black children have a parent who is incarcerated. Help us bring our Fathers, in all their varieties, home this Father’s Day.
There are more Black men in prison than there were enslaved in 1850 and over the last three decades the percentage of Black women incarcerated has increased by 700%. Help us free our people from modern day bondage this Juneteenth.
Black LGBTQ and gender nonconforming people are overrepresented in local jails and are more likely to be abused once in jail. Help us fight back against the targeting and abuse of our family in celebration of Pride.
Now more than ever, we must support our people and dismantle this system that destroys our humanity and breaks up our families.
What we were able to do with your support for Mother’s Day…
Over 11,000 of you who gifted a total of over $700,000 and gave over 100 Mamas an opportunity to spend Mother’s Day with their families and communities, where they belong. Thanks to your support organizers and community members in Oakland, Los Angeles, St. Petersburg, Montgomery, Memphis, Durham, Atlanta, Houston, New York City, Little Rock, Charlottesville, Charlotte, Kinston, Birmingham, Baltimore, Philadelphia, St. Louis and the D.C. area welcomed our Mama’s home with love, support and offerings. Cities across the country hosted Mother’s Day brunches, dinners and cookouts. Now we are working hard to help our Mama’s get back on their feet. Because our cities and states invest in jails and cages instead of services or support many our Mama’s do not have the basic resources they need to take care of themselves or their families. With your generosity we have been able to provide short-term housing, healthcare, transportation, drug treatment, and mental health services to those who need it.
Who are we…
We are Black people who will get free. We are queer, trans, young, elder, and immigrant.