CALL TO ACTION: Support LUCHA’s Mother’s Day Bail Out
Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA) is working to do our first ever National Mother’s Bail Out Day in solidarity with organizations across the nation. This historic event will bail out black and brown mothers in Phoenix so they can be reunited with their families and communities this Mother’s Day. We must work together to dismantle the inhumane cash bail system.This Mother’s Day, we need the support of the whole community to reunite as many mothers as possible with their loved ones.
We will be bailing out birth mothers, chosen mothers, trans mothers, and other women who mother and are entangled in the criminal legal system. The number of women behind bars in the United States has increased 700 percent since 1980. More than 100,000 women are currently in jail. Nearly 80% of women in jails are mothers and most of them have only been accused on minor offenses and haven’t even been convicted of anything but are unable to make bail, and a disproportionate amount are mothers of color and working moms.
why are we doing bail outs?
It is estimated that everyday an average of 700,000 people are separated from their families and condemned to cages simply because they can not afford to pay bail. In addition to the over $9 billion wasted to incarcerate people who have been convicted of no crime, pre-trial incarceration has catastrophic impacts on families and communities. Even a few days in jail can ruin a person’s life. They may lose their job, their family may lose housing and some even lose their children.
These harms are not shouldered evenly. Many Black, Latino, and low-income people and their families are least able to afford bail. Research has shown that bail amounts for Black men are 35% higher than white men and Latino men have a 19% higher bail amount than white men. For people who are undocumented, the inability to pay bail increases the risk of abrupt deportation. For our LGBTQ and gender nonconforming family, they are targeted and caged at even more alarming rates, and once in jail are significantly more likely to be sexually and physically abused. Ultimately, our cash bail system separates families of color and our LGBTQ community, and places tens of thousands of legally innocent people of color in jails at great risk of losing jobs, housing, and custody of children.
What can you do?
You can help buy their freedom and push against mass criminalization and modern bondage! A donation to this page will go towards getting a mom out of jail in phoenix or providing them with the help they need.
Until we end the mass criminalization and caging of our communities, we will work to set ourselves free.