Project updates Blog
To date, we have served multiple individuals and paid bond on their behalf primarily in the Chicago and Minneapolis area, having been identified through assistance from their families as well as the Chicago Community Bond Fund.
11/28 BBO Project Updates
As-salaam alaykum. Believers Bail Out has been busy getting the word out to Muslim detainees in Cook County Jail in Chicago about our bail fund. We are sending letters and putting funds on detainees' accounts (also known as trust funds or books) so that they can get envelopes, stamps, and phone cards to communicate with us and their loved ones. Stay tuned for an upcoming article from us about what we've learned through that process in which we discuss the further injustices our siblings and their families suffer as they deal with pre-trial detention and incarceration.
We are currently developing relationships with bond funds in three pilot cities in the Midwest and East Coast, so that we can free more people from pre-trial and immigrant detention. As we begin to branch out to free Muslims in other pilot cities, we are pleased to announce that we worked with the Minnesota Freedom Fund to pay the money bail of a brother in Minneapolis ICE detention. He has been a member of the Minnesota community for twenty years, and he is now back in the community, at home and doing well. The brothers we payed money bail for this past summer continue to fight their cases and are able to do so while working and supporting their families, being with their loved ones, and having more communication with their lawyers. Thank you for making this possible!
If you did not get a chance to see it, check out this webinar we did with M-Power Change on how the criminalization of our children often begins in schools (including pre-schools!) leading to what has been called the School to Prison pipeline.
If you are looking for ways to get more involved in Believers Bail Out, please let us know! We are looking for interns to assist in social media and for people interested in writing letters to those we cannot bail out.
9/1 BBO Project Updates
As Salaam Alaykum!
The Believers Bail Out Ramadan Campaign was a huge success. We brought together thousands of supporters across the country - and even the globe - to free incarcerated Muslims in the sacred month. Alhamdulillah! We are still hard at work, using the funds we collected to continue bailing out Believers and preparing for next Ramadan. We look forward to sharing more specifics about the Believers we are bailing out as they complete their cases.
We will be meeting with the National Bail Fund Network next week as we think about how we can expand our reach nationally. If you are interested in starting a local BBO chapter in your area, now is a good time to get some people together to start planning for Ramadan 2019! Here is a link to other bail funds that may be in your area that you could potentially partner up with. Our relationship with the Chicago Community Bond Fund has been essential in doing this work.
Meanwhile, we are trying to educate ourselves and our communities and build a movement to end money bail and mass incarceration.