On any given night, more than 450,000 people who have not been convicted of any crime are incarcerated in the United States simply because they don't have enough money to pay bail.
Money bail has nothing to do with reducing crime and everything to do with systemic racism that breaks up families.
Our Universalist values tell us that no one is disposable and our interdependence means that none of us are truly free as long as people are in jail.
Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) is one of Love Resist’s partners in the campaign to end money bail.
Here are four ways to get started on ending money bail in your community:
- Take BLUU’s End Money Bail Faith Resource Assessment to share what resources you and your congregation need to engage in this work.
- Gather a group to watch our webinar, Jailed For Being Poor, and learn about the movement to end money bond and pre-trial detention.
- Download the Majority/Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) Transformative Bail Reform Curriculum (PDF) which includes many education resources and action steps to help you engage with this issue.
- Save the date: Mamas Day in May is a national bail fund organizing event, so start talking in your congregation now about how you can support your local Mamas Day Bail Out event.
By joining this movement you are working to liberate millions from the deeply unjust mechanism of mass incarceration. (Here’s one great story reflecting the enormously positive impact of releasing those held purely because they couldn’t afford bail.)