Mass Incarceration

Nationwide Prison Strike

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Buried in the news of yesterday’s Conviction Christmas In August was the start of the Nationwide Prison Strike.

Here’s a rundown on the history of this strike organization:

https://www.aclu.org/blog/smart-justice/mass-incarceration/nationwide-prison-strike-why-its-happening-and-what-it-means

Your DGB for today is to check out the press release for this event below and follow one of the steps they outline to support exploited prison workers.

 

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#DGB #TBT Bail Out

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If you missed yesterday’s Grab, check it out here:

https://www.dailygrabback.com/todays-grab-1/2018/8/3/watch-a-jay-z-production

Like Kalief Browder’s, many a story could have a very different end if an accused person’s family is able to make bail after arrest. Your DGB for this Throwback Thursday is to donate to bail funds or volunteer to work at ending the cash bail enterprise in the United States.

https://www.dailygrabback.com/todays-grab-1/2017/12/4/use-your-spare-change-for-good

 

https://www.dailygrabback.com/todays-grab-1/2018/5/17/national-bail-out

 

 

For further reading on the major flaws in the system, see here:

 

 

https://ellabakercenter.org/blog/2017/05/5-reasons-bail-is-bad

 

 

National Bail Out

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Your DGB for today is to donate to or volunteer with National Bail Out.

https://nomoremoneybail.org/

You may have noticed a recent surge of publicized incidents involving Black people having the police called on them for doing everyday activities. When you are Black, you could be arrested for doing something like going to Starbucks or even for trying to enter your own gated community like rapper T.I. was yesterday.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/16/entertainment/ti-arrested/index.html

Even people engaging in non-violent illegal activities like smoking marijuana are much more likely to be arrested if they’re Black.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/13/nyregion/marijuana-arrests-nyc-race.html

And for those people who don’t have stacks on deck and Patron on ice, bail money can stand between us and our families, livelihoods, and sometimes even lives. Sandra Bland was unable to post $500 towards bail and died after three days in jail in 2015.

https://www.thenation.com/article/what-happened-to-sandra-bland/

Read more about the impact of the bail system on marginalized communities here:

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/04/the-dangerous-domino-effect-of-not-making-bail/477906/

Then go and help National Bail Out get people back to their lives while ultimately working to end the cash bail system.