The money bail system unfairly jails individuals and saddles them with unreasonable financial burdens. Individuals awaiting trial -- people who haven’t been convicted of any crime -- spend months incarcerated simply because they can’t afford bail. Even more disheartening, research has shown that individuals who can’t afford bail are more likely to be convicted in court than someone who was released on bail. Now imagine you’re a parent facing such an unjust system.
Our shared values are grounded in Universalism, which affirms that none of us are truly free when some are in jail and it calls us to live out our belief that no one is disposable. No one should be punished for want of money. We must heed the call of those who confront oppression in a system that is rigged against them. We know it is on each of us to do all we can to dismantle institutions that criminalize entire communities for their identities.
Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) is joining other Black and Brown organizers to support those locked in jail as a result of our unjust money bail system with a live panel discussion and donation drive for much-needed baby supplies for women and families impacted by mass incarceration.
Gather a group in your community to participate in the Babies and Bailouts Watch Party and Donation Drive on Sunday, April 28 (or soon thereafter).
- The panel will feature a diverse range of voices active in the fight to change the money bail system and explore how that system impacts pregnant people and caregivers.
- There will also be an opportunity to participate in a donation drive to support women and families. This will be a powerful way to make a meaningful contribution in your community ahead of Mama’s Day on May 12.
- Once you register, BLUU will send you a guide to help prepare for your event and Love Resists staff are available if you have questions or need support as you plan.
For White folx organizing a watch party:
Organizers with Allies for Racial Equity (ARE) will be on-hand to work with White folx who are participating in the Babies and Bailouts event. Unless you already have established relationships with Black- and Brown-led local organizations, your groups will be focused on organizing a watch party with locally moderated discussion afterward and raising funds to support organizations nationwide doing bailout actions. Contact ARE organizer Lori Stone Sirtosky at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.