‘Bail Out Black Mothers For Mother’s Day’ Promoted By Portland’s Resistance
The organization responsible for the anti Trump riots in Portland, Portland’s Resistance, is launching their latest campaign, intended to bail mothers out of jail on mother’s day. But only black mothers.
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Ironically (of course, it’s a communist black lives matter group), their spokesman for this fundraiser is none other than Greg McKelvey, who’s been accused of abuse, and was arrested when he was in college on charges of assault, kidnapping, and strangulation.
Portland’s Resistance, a group known primarily for organizing marches and demonstrations, is turning its attention to bailing mothers out of jail.
The organization is raising money online, with the hopes of using the funds to buy five moms their freedom in time for Mother’s Day.
The effort is part of nationwide campaign called “The National Bailout,” which aims to bail black women out of jail around the country to allow them to celebrate the holiday with their families.
“I think that women of color and black women specifically have been underrepresented in how we move toward justice, and we want to pick up the slack on that,” said Gregory McKelvey, an organizer with Portland Resistance.
McKelvey said his organization hopes to grant five women, who are low-level offenders and approved by a judge to be released, their freedom.
So far, Portland’s Resistance has raised more than $3,500 toward its goal of raising $25,000. The fund is online at fundly.com.
Organizers said any money left over, or raised after Mother’s Day, will go toward bailing out men for Father’s Day.
The story on ABC affiliate KATU includes a press release that reads:
Announcing Initiative to Bail out Black Mothers for Mother’s DayAhead of Mother’s Day, a small group of activists is partnering with Portland’s Resistance to bail out black mothers from jail so that they can be reunited with their families. Women should have the opportunity to be free from jail and in the company of their families for this day, and every day. Originally conceived by Mary Hooks, director of Southerner on New Ground, the National Bail Out Day will raise awareness of the human and financial costs of money bail and emphasize its impact on black people. Across the nation, black women are twice as likely to be caged than white women. 8 out of every 10 black women in jail are mothers. On average, every day 700,000 people are incarcerated solely because they are not privileged enough to buy their freedom. In Multnomah County, black people are overrepresented in every part of the criminal justice system. While they make up only 5% of the county’s general population, they represent 27% of caged humans. The enslaved ancestors of the women who will be freed as well as abolitionists harnessed their collective resources to purchase each other’s freedom in order to keep families together. Today, that tradition is continued as Portlanders will fight to end mass incarceration and money bail.This initiative is a challenging one. In many places across the country, people are held captive for less than $500. However, the criminal justice system policies implemented in Oregon such as mandatory minimum sentences have consistently contributed to jail admissions above the national averages since the mid-1980’s. With overcrowded jails, Multnomah County allows many to be released on one’s recognizance. The black women, left in this unjust system, that we are attempting to free have bails starting at $2,500. Therefore, in order to be most impactful, this initiative will need broad support.The goal is to raise at least $25,000, which will free at least 5 women, depending on who is in custody May 10-13, 2018 and what bail amounts are holding them. There is also the potential to allow these women to bond out (10% of the bail amount) by depositing the money in to their commissary accounts if we raise less than desired. For a variety of reasons, this initiative prefers the former. When these women appear for their court dates, their bails are released, posted bails are returned to our group and 100% of the returned bails will then be reallocated to our next Bail Out in time for Father’s Day and Juneteenth, June 2018.
Their page on Fundly says:
Portland’s Mother’s Day Bail Out is part of a national movement to end cash bail in the United States. The Portland initiative is being organized by a small group of activists supported by Portland’s Resistance, in solidarity with activists nationwide committed to collective liberation.
Our focus is on Black women and mothers trapped in the unjust system of pay-to-play civil liberties. Women should have the opportunity to be free from jail and in the company of their families on Mother’s Day, and every day.
This initiative is a challenging one. In many places across the country, people are held captive for less than $500. However, the criminal justice system policies implemented in Oregon have consistently contributed to jail admissions above national averages since the mid-1980s (The Vera Institute). With overcrowded jails, Multnomah County allows many to be released on one’s recognizance. The Black women, left in this unjust system, that we are attempting to free have bails starting at $2,500… So again, this initiative is a challenging one, but doable with your help!
Our enslaved ancestors and abolitionists harnessed their collective resources, to purchase each other’s freedom and keep families together. We continue this tradition today, as we fight to end mass incarceration and end money bail.
Our goal is to raise at least $25,000, which will free at least 5 women, depending on who is in custody May 10-13, 2018 and what bail amounts are holding them. There is also the potential to allow these women to bond out (10% of the bail amount) by depositing the money to their commissary accounts if we raise less than desired. For a variety of reasons, we prefer the former. When these women appear for their court dates, their bails are released, posted bails are returned to our group and 100% of the returned bails will then be reallocated to our next Bail Out in time for Father’s Day and Juneteenth, June 2018.
We will post a full accounting of how all monies received are spent. While of course, we will not identify women by name, we will share group demographics and situational statistics number of women bailed out, dates bail posted, bail amounts, etc.
This Mother’s Day we ask you to give what you can, in dollars or attention, to this campaign. Countless advocates in cities across the United States are working tirelessly to end the exploitative cash bail system. Join us! Download a toolkit to start a Bail Out in your city: National Bail Out / nomoremoneybail.org.
Thank you, National Bail Out for the amazing images and video. Thanks to all who give of their time, share our campaign and donate their dollars to help us stay free!
Whether this a violation of Oregon’s anti discrimination laws remains to be seen, but it’s clear they are denying service to people of certain genders and certain races.