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Protect Black Mamas

Tell Lawmakers to Vote NO on Wealth Based Detention!

As we witness the progression of Senate Bill 63  in the legislative process, a bill that recently passed the Georgia Senate on a 31-21 vote and will now advance to the House for more debate , we urge you to take immediate action. This bill represents a significant setback in our collective pursuit of justice and equality and some senators say the bill targets Georgia's most vulnerable. 

 

We stand at a crucial crossroads in our fight for justice and equality. Senate Bill 63 represents a critical point in the pursuit of justice and equality. It proposes expanding wealth-based detention, a policy that essentially criminalizes poverty by detaining individuals who can't afford bail. This undermines the principles of a fair and equitable society by tying freedom to financial capability, counteracting efforts to ensure fair treatment under the law for all, regardless of economic status.

"What cash bail does is make it about whether you can pay money, right? It's basically, if you don't have enough money, then you can't keep your liberty again before you're convicted of a crime," says Sen. Josh McLaurin.

 

Barred Business, led by Justice Impacted people, deeply understands the importance of fair bail access. We actively lead the Black Mother's Day Bail Out, a significant initiative that facilitates the release of black mothers from jail in time for Mother's Day.

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Our Campaigns and Programs 

The Protected Campaign

A broad campaign to add formerly incarcerated people to the list of legally protected classes in Atlanta and the creation of a Protected Class Network with groups in other cities that organize to pass such ordinances.

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Participatory Defense Hub

The Metro Atlanta Participatory Defense Hub for a community organizing model that advocates for people facing charges and their families

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Black Mamas Bail Out

An annual event with the National Bail Out Collective to bail out Black mamas and provide post-release support in  Georgia

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Digital Skills Training

Virtual trainings and in-person workshops for formerly incarcerated people that focus on digital skills that can help them get a job or start a business

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Atlanta Reinvestment Campaign

A local invest/divest initiative to get the City Council to move funds to support a building that would house justice-impacted folks and provide the support and resources for them to transition successfully into the larger community

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S.T.A.B.L.E Program

The only residential gender-responsive, LGBTQIA+-positive re-entry program in Georgia designed specifically by and for previously incarcerated Black women

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Small Business Relief Funds

A mutual aid program for formerly incarcerated small business owners unable to access government funding

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Justice-Impacted Black Voter Power

Outreach to the Atlanta formerly incarcerated community, canvassing training, and voter registration and mobilization

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WHAT ELSE
WE DO:

  • Bail Support

  • Fines and Fee Support

  • Voter Registration

  • Participatory Defense

  • Trans Emergency Housing

  • Job Placement

  • Rental Assistance

  • Food Assistance

  • Transportation Assistance

  • Financial Literacy

  • Financial Wellness

  • Reclamation Skill Share

  • Emergency Funeral Assistance

  • Art Therapy

  • Mental Health Support

  • Support Group

  • Women's Support Group

  • Clothing Closet

  • Crisis Support

  • Civic Education

  • Leadership Development

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