In honor of Mother’s Day this year, the Black Lives Matter Movement has set a goal of bailing as many black mothers out of jail as possible before one of the nation’s most popular holidays.
TheNation.com reported on this past Tuesday (May 9th) that Black Lives Matter activists raised their financial goal of $250,000, which will be dedicated to funding the release of many black mothers who are incarcerated and held on bail in county and city jails across America.
In addition to Black Lives Matter, organizers with Southerners on New Ground (SONG), ColorOfChange, and other social justice organizations have created National Mama’s Bail Out Day, an initiative that will reunite many black mothers with their children and families this Mother’s Day weekend.
“All mothers are not celebrated. Black moms especially have not been granted that title of motherhood,” National Mama’s Bail Out Day organizer Arissa Hall told The Nation. Hall is also a project manager at theBrooklyn Community Bail Fund.
Bail corrupts the concept of justice, in that people who can’t pay to get out of jail will eventually resolve their cases through a plea,” Hall also told The Nation. “We don’t force our court system to do what it’s actually supposed to do, which is give people a fair trial,” she added.
It is no secret that black women disproportionately make up a sizable percentage of the country’s female prison and jail population despite being a clear minority in the American female population overall. Not only that, the stark majority of black women who are incarcerated are being held on low-level, non-violent offenses, such as drug possession.
Organizers of National Mama’s Bail Out Day are hoping to bail out 30 women each in a number of major U.S. cities, such as Atlanta,Houston, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and other places.