Juneteenth Freedom Bailout

In honor of Juneteenth we're raising money to bail out folks who are sitting in local jails simply because they couldn't make bail. 

Inspired by the National Mamas Bailout, a country wide bailout for mothers who were only incarcerated because they couldn't afford bail, we decided to follow suit and hold one in commemoration of Juneteenth to benefit those men and women incarcerated in the general Bay Area region.

American Negro folklore tells us that slave masters intentionally and maliciously did not tell many slaves that the war had ended and they were to be freed. The phrase "Juneteenth" was created to commemorate the days (June 13th - June 19th) many slaves were told that America decided to finally acknowledge their birthright: freedom. The history books state that on June 19th, 1865 in Galveston, Texas slaves were informed that Robert E. Lee had surrendered and they were now "free".  

No matter the narrative, the overarching story is the same and Juneteenth has become a yearly celebration for the descendants of African slaves in the U.S. But, just as in 1865, freedom- real freedom- is yet to be fully attained.

Though no longer on the plantations of the antebellum South,  2.3 million African Americans are incarcerated today – many of which have yet to be found guilty,  but remain detained simply because they are too poor to make bail.

But we need your help to free these people.

What you can do:

1) Please donate, no amount is too small

2) Share this link with family and friends

3) Repost about our Juneteenth Freedom Bailout on your social media platforms. 

None of us can be free until all of us are free.

#LetFreedomRing #NoMoreMoneyBail #InnocentUntilProvenGuilty #EndMassIncarceration.

Organizer

ThinkingNext Org 
Organizer
Oakland, CA

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