Dignity Act Now Collective

Marys Daughter for the Formerly Incarcerated (MDFI) is an advocacy-based,  non-profit serving as an intersectional platform for currently and formerly incarcerated Black womxn, trans and non-binary people of color. MDFI  advocates on behalf of directly impacted individuals, while uplifting their experiences through ARTivism(activist art). There are three projects currently underway to address the needs of our people; the (DANC) Dignity Act Now Collective, (BMBO) Black Mama Bail Out and the Nazura Housing Project.

The Dignity Act Now Collective (DANC) is a project of (MDFI) that focuses primarily on formerly Incarcerated mentorship, leadership development, and re-entry through the arts. We believe in abolishing the system of mass incarceration, gender based violence, and the criminalization of Black womxn, girls and LGBTQ folks in Pennsylvania.

In this current COVID-19 pandemic, we know that this group will be disproportionately impacted, especially those behind the walls  who are elderly, immunocompromised, Trans, and pregnant, In addition, people who use substances are at a heightened risk for getting COVID-19 and experiencing greater complications if they contract the virus. 

In light of these harms, we demand the courts lift detainers, end cash bail, and prioritize release for youth, elderly people, and people who are medically vulnerable in jail. DANC has  teamed up with several local  grassroots organizations in PA and the BMBO  National Bail Out initiative for a Black Mamas and Caregivers Bail Out in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

@NationalBailOut joins partners and comrades in demanding that our people be released from cages to #FlattenTheCurve. Support #FreeBlackMamas by donating to pay bail for mamas who are being held in cages during this COVID-19 crisis because they can’t afford bail: bit.ly/covid19-bailouts

On April 20th we will launch a campaign to free our people, starting with Black mothers and caregivers.  By purchasing our people’s freedom and developing them into leaders on their own issues, we plan to empower impacted communities to save themselves. With the government showing little or no concern for  our loved ones behind bars it is imperative that we work together for their freedom and assist in their safe reentry into society.

Help us raise 15k to cover the following: bail outs, items for care packages, organizer stipends, protective gear, COVID-19 testing, transportation, housing and groceries.

Donations (117)

  • Sarah Nathanson
    • $3,200 
    • 2 yrs
  • Anthony Quesen
    • $324 
    • 3 yrs
  • Hillary Taylor
    • $100 
    • 3 yrs
  • Molly Gordon
    • $100 
    • 3 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $180 
    • 3 yrs

Fundraising team: Dignity Act Now Collective (3)

Melannie Taylor
Raised $3,024 from 9 donations
Philadelphia, PA
Melanie Carter
Mary Baxter
Team member
Raised $970 from 9 donations
This team raised $10,800 from 95 other donations.

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