Black August has long been a month of resistance for Black folks. Black August originated in San Quentin, a prison in California, to honor fallen Freedom Fighters Jonathan Jackson, George Jackson, William Christmas, James McClain and Khatari Gaulden. Black August is a time to embrace the principles of unity, self-sacrifice, political education, physical training, and resistance. In recent years, it has also been a celebration of Black cultural production and Black community.
Across the Southeast, we see bail outs as an ongoing tactic to build a base, to expose the crisis of cash bail and the beast that is the criminal-legal system, to change hearts and minds, to make real and material impacts on the lives of our people, and to build power. Following on the power and tremendous momentum from the Black Mamas Day Bail Out Action, we knew our work wasn’t done. Black political prisoners have brought attention to the targeting of Black people and inhumane treatment and conditions of prisoners. More than often, people are sitting in cages because they cannot afford to pay bail. At its very essence, Black August emphasizes honoring and upholding Black community. We can think of no better way to commemorate the history of Black August than to bail out as many Black women, broadly defined, and Black trans people across the South as we can. Groups will also be holding events to share the devastating impact of money bail and incarceration on our communities.
As we center Black leadership and communities, we ask you to donate to SONG to help us connect Black families and loved ones, highlight the human costs of inhumane and destructive bail practices, and support local base building on the frontlines of mass incarceration.
Contributions will be used to bail out Black women, and to support continuing on-the-ground organizing of participating grassroots organizations. All resources we get that are not used for the action will be saved for future bail outs or to advance long-term liberation work in our communities!
Click here to read more about the history and legacy of Black August via the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
Click here to read our 10 Lessons Learned from Black Mama's Bail Out Action
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