It hoped to draw the public's attention to the reality of Black women that are incarcerated at a very disproportionate number.
Multiple advocacy groups rallied in the Bay Area on Wednesday in an effort to draw attention to the damaging pretrial detention system that unequally affects communities of color. The rally was a part of the National Bail Out collective's #FreeBlackMamas campaign.
“Mr. Bail Bondsman, we don’t need you. We are bringing her home on our own.” - @Essie4Justice Leader Khadijah— #FreeBlackMamas (@NationalBailOut) May 9, 2019
Black love is getting Black mamas and caregivers free all week — don’t sleep on us! Drop some coins & help us #FreeBlackMamas: https://t.co/y52Q1hwnPX pic.twitter.com/cuJPYMlJn6
The large 50-person group was made up of people and representatives that were from the Essie Justice Group, Young Women's Freedom Center and the San Francisco Public Defender's Office, as well as various other, joined the rally which was held this week. It hoped to draw the public's attention to the reality of Black women that are incarcerated at a very disproportionate number.
All week, @NationalBailOut is bailing out Black mamas & caregivers across 30 U.S. cities to reunite them with their families for #MothersDay! Support #FreeBlackMamas -- donate to pay bail for a mama who hasn’t been convicted of a crime & can’t afford bail: https://t.co/Y3ztBeJ82K pic.twitter.com/8R9IhAdkIk— Prison Culture Returns (@prisonculture) May 7, 2019
The groups that are based in California are set to release two black mothers this year but is the result of years of hard and continuous work. Launched in May 2017 by the National Bail Out collective, the black-centered and black-led collective consists of lawyers, activists, and abolitionist organizers who collectively work towards ending the systems of pretrial detention and mass incarceration.
BREAKING: Over 55 Black mamas and caregivers have been bailed out over the last 3 days! Thank you for all of your love & support for #FreeBlackMamas!!— #FreeBlackMamas (@NationalBailOut) May 10, 2019
Keep the donations coming! Help us bring home more mamas in time for #MothersDay: https://t.co/m0ObHO2pPL pic.twitter.com/B1ap57Z3c6
Apart from reuniting families, the collective also aims to highlight the ripple effects that usually result from mass incarceration. Statistics show that in the United States, over 500,000 innocent people convicted of a crime are detained before receiving a fair trial. Most states set bonds without considering the defendant's ability to pay it.
After 8 hours of waiting, this Black mama has been freed in Baltimore County, MD thanks to the powerful Black women leading the #DMVBailout! She received flowers, a handmade card, and all the Black Joy as we met her. #FreeBlackMamas by donating here: https://t.co/upL3wqmONh pic.twitter.com/bIRqeZowMc— ColorOfChange.org (@ColorOfChange) May 9, 2019
Many studies have shown that Latinx and Black people are more likely to be detained without the option of bail than white people are. An interesting trend that was noted that in the cases in which bail was granted, the money was often set at a significantly higher rate for people of color.
As of now, the bail bond industry is worth $2 billion nationwide.