Where to Donate to Help Bail Out Protestors
Well, that was an uneventful weekend. Not much really happened…other than an uncoordinated uprising against police violence and racism all over the country. But other than that, it was pretty mellow.
This weekend hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of people took to the streets to protest not only the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, but also centuries of state sanctioned violence against communities of color. The majority of these protests started peacefully, and remained so, though the ones that didn’t, were often instigated by violent, hyper-militarized police.
So, as you can imagine, lots of people have been arrested. There’s a magnificent irony in saying to the police, “We’re tired of your violence” only to have their response of “We’re not violent” be punctuated with baton beatings and tear gas. And arrests of course. Don’t forget arrests. So bail funds have been started across the nation to help get people out of jail.
The following information comes from this excellent Bail Funds Github page. They worked with the National Bail Fund Network to verify that these organizations are legitimate. It’s important to NOT SIGN YOUR name when given the option to on these top avoid reprisal from the state or fascists.
Bay Area Bail Funds
Anti-Police Terror Project: The APTP is a “a Black-led, multi-racial, intergenerational coalition that seeks to build a replicable and sustainable model to eradicate police terror in communities of color.” They’ve been at the front lines of direct action in the East Bay and The City for a long time and have trained countless other activists. They are of course helping bail out activists. You can donate right here.
Bay Area Anti-Repression Committee Bail Fund: “Originally formed to support Occupy Oakland actions, the Bay Area Anti-Repression Committee (ARC) stands against political repression and is in solidarity with all those who challenge the state, capitalism and other forms of systemic oppression and domination.” They’ve been running the bail fund for a few years and have really ramped up over the weekend. You can donate right here.
People’s Programs Oakland: “Peoples Oakland is a private non-profit agency established by local residents as a community, planning and organizing agency.” You can donate to their bail fund right here.
Silicon Valley DSA Bail Fund: The Democratic Socialists of America have been doing excellent organizing work in the US over the past few years. In San Francisco they’ve helped get our most progressive measures passed, and in NYC they helped get AOC elected. Protests have been really popping off in San Jose, so you can donate to help those protesters get bailed out right here.
National Bail Funds
National Bail Fund Network: “The National Bail Fund Network is made up of over sixty community bail and bond funds across the country. We regularly update this listing of community bail funds that are freeing people by paying bail/bond and are also fighting to abolish the money bail system and pretrial detention.” You can donate right here.
The Bail Project: A centralized national organization with regular bail posting in a number of individual cities, which may be providing protest support depending on city and bail amounts. You can donate right here.
Find Your City’s Bail Funds
You can see the entire list of bail funds throughout the United States right here.