Two Groups Raise Bail Money To Reunite Incarcerated Moms With Children For Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day can be a difficult day for those whose mothers are sitting behind bars. To help reunite incarcerated mothers with their families in time for this special day, the Southerners on New Ground organization, also known as SONG, and the National Bail Out Collective joined forces to raise money to bail mothers out of jail across 17 cities for the #FreeBlackMamas initiative.
“The bail reform ordinance is an important first step towards desperately needed bail reforms in Atlanta, but the work of bail reform and breaking the cycle of profiling, targeting and caging of Atlanta’s poor and black communities requires many additional policy changes and until that happens, we must continue to free ourselves,” SONG’s Co-Director Mary Hooks told 11 Alive.
To date, SONG has raised $1 million and bailed out 125 women.
Many of the women, like those in Fulton County Jail in Georgia, didn’t have the funds to post their bail after being arrested for minor offenses and had to sit behind bars for months.
SONG also helps to bail out fathers in time for Father’s Day.