For this year’s for Mother’s Day for Peace, we’re going to shake it up a bit. MD4P is Georgia WAND’s signature event to educate the community about nuclear harm issues and the need for peace and justice. Instead of our normal event, this year we’re inviting you to join us in supporting Southerner’s On New Ground’s (SONG) Black Mama’s Bail Out Action: End Money Bail. High incarceration rates of black and brown men and women is directly tied to a white supremacist culture that juxtaposes “good” and “bad”, “black” and “white” and “friends or “foes”. That same culture informs the neo-nuclearization of the U.S. as well as the militarization of our society, public funds, and neighborhoods. Generations of blackyouth grow up with a parent in jail, and all youth have grown up in perpetual war. It is important to make the connections of how deeply white supremacy disrupts lives on a micro, local level, from Shell Bluff to NPU-V to Rice Street where the local county jail is housed. Time and time again, black people are disproportionately affected by a culture that dehumanizes, exploits, and neglects whole populations of people.
How will this role out? The Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday before Mother’s Day, SONG will be fully engaged in bailing out black mamas, until the funds run out. There are opportunities to provide jail support and court-watching during this time, and we will share that information shortly. On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12 Georgia WAND members will join SONG, the newly bailed out mama’s and their families, and other supporters to celebrate freedom, continue building the world we want to live in, and share political education.Georgia WAND will be building connections between incarceration and nuclearization. Georgia WAND will be putting together care packages for the mamas, and we’ll need your support for that as well. To hear more about ways Georgia WAND members can plug into this action, I promise there will be MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW.
Going on its 3rd year, this local idea that came from Mary Hooks, co-director of SONG, has grown into a national push. From Charis’s fundraising email: “The week before Mother’s Day, a collection of over a dozen local base-building and national organizations will bail out as many Black mothers as possible, who, without our support, would spend Mother’s Day in a cell because they are unable to afford bail. The National BlackMama’s Bail Out Day will give incarcerated mothers an opportunity to spend Mother’s Day with their families, highlight the impact of inhumane and destructive bail practices on our communities and support the base-building of local organizations working with communities on the frontlines of mass incarceration.
“An average of 700,000 people are separated from their families every day, and they are condemned to cages simply because they cannot afford to pay bail. In addition to the over $9 billion wasted to incarcerate folks who have not been convicted of a crime, pre-trial incarceration has catastrophic impacts on families and communities. The actions this Mother’s Day will highlight the human costs of money bail and will leverage our collective power and resources to bail mothers out of jail so they can spend Mother’s Day with their families and communities.
Please join us for a family and student friendly “house party” at the new Charis building to eat, drink non-alcoholic beverages, learn more about the campaign to #EndMoneyBail and donate to The Black Mama’s Bail Out Action. Let’s #fundthefeministfuture together and get as many Mamas as possible home. Children are welcome. There is not a specific suggested donation but we ask that you come ready to give as generously as possible via cash, check, credit card. If you are a mother or parent, consider asking your family to donate to the fund in honor of you.”
Please be on the look out for upcoming details on our Anniversary Celebration planning!
Southerners on New Ground is a 25-year old multi-racial Southern LGBTQ Liberation organization working for dignity, justice and safety for ALL people. We are a kinship organization – meaning we bring our people together to break isolation and we gather our people to FIGHT against the institutions and policies that crush and kill us. What does that mean in practice? It means that we are working to equip our base and members (1) to take on key anti-criminalization campaigns across the region, (2) to shift culture and change hearts and minds, and (3) to embody a pro Black, Pro Queer, Pro-Trans, Pro-Worker, Pro-Immigrant approach to changing our communities, region, and world. Find out more on the SONG website at http://www.southernersonnewground.org/