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May 13, 2018

Racial Justice Groups Are Freeing Black Women From Jail for Mother's Day

"It's Mother's Day this weekend, and racial justice groups around the country are bailing black women out of jail so they can spend the holiday with their families."

Friday, May 11, 2018 By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! | Video Interview

For the second year in a row, "Black Mama's Bail Out Day" is raising money to bail out as many black women from jail as possible. The effort is taking place in dozens of cities to call attention to the injustice of cash bail. We speak to Mary Hooks, co-director of Southerners on New Ground and an organizer of National Black Mama's Bail Out Day.

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TRANSCRIPT

AMY GOODMAN: Sunday is Mother's Day. Racial justice groups around the country are bailing black women out of jail so they can spend the holiday with their families. For the second year in a row, Black Mama's Bail Out Day is raising money to bail out as many black women from jail as possible. The effort is taking place in dozens of cities to call attention to the injustice of cash bail.

This is Serena Sebring, an organizer with Southerners on New Ground, or SONG, which spearheaded the effort. This is video from SONG's celebration last year in Durham, North Carolina.

SERENA SEBRING: SONG has been spearheading this effort, because Mary Hooks had a dream. She thought, "What if we came together with our local and national partners and collected our resources to bail as many black mamas out of jail the week before Mother's Day?" It's part of a larger critique of money bail as a system, which we know leaves people in cages, when we believe that nobody should live in cages.


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