Donate now to help free Black Mamas from Denver Jail!

Let’s give! 100% of funds received will go directly to posting bonds of Black women jailed in Denver. Bonds will be posted before and until Mother’s Day, May 13, 2018. {{Click here to donate.}}

Why a Bail Out? Everyday hundreds of thousands of people in America, disproportionately many of them Black women, are confined to cages because they cannot afford to post bail/bond. (Spirit of Change) Women held in Denver’s jail on bond have not been convicted of the crimes for which they were arrested. We must end this punitive pre-trial confinement.

Why now? In the week before Mother’s Day, organizations and individuals in dozens of American cities will bail out as many mothers as possible, women who otherwise would spend Mother’s Day in a cage because they cannot afford bail/bond. Black Mama’s Bail Out Day will give incarcerated mothers an opportunity to spend Mother’s Day with their families instead of in a jail cell.

Why Black Women? Women of color are significantly over-represented in the criminal justice system. Black women represent 30% of all incarcerated women in the U.S, although they represent only 13% of the the general population of women. (ACLU) Black women are twice as likely as their white counterparts to be jailed, and are less likely to be able to buy their way out of jail.

Why Mothers? While our focus is on the women in jail, we know that among women state prisoners, some 80% are mothers and two-thirds are mothers of a minor child. (ACLU) Most women in jail are also mothers of minor children, children often kept from their mothers due to a relatively minor bond.

When our Black Mamas are locked in cages, our families and communities suffer. Until we abolish bail and mass incarceration, we must free ourselves.” (adapted from SONG)

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