BY SUSAN JOHNES
According to the National Bail movement site, each day, more than 700,000 people are incarcerated because they cannot afford bail.
Mogul Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter has one thing on his agenda for Father’s Day, Which is to tackle issues surrounding the criminal justice system and the bail industry.
Carter recently penned a poignant TIME magazine essay, in which he looks into the criminal justice system’s impact on inner city residents to particular places like his native Brooklyn. The rapper vows to use his platform to change the flawed system.
Thus, the rapper is uniting with activist groups behind a Father’s Day bailout campaign following the success of the recent “National Mama’s Bail Out Day.”
Father’s Day National Bailout is aiming to raise money to bail fathers out of jail just like the Mother’s Day drive.
The campaign website read, “While we were able to bring some of our mamas home, tens of thousands of our loved ones remain caged in local jails because they cannot afford to buy their freedom.”
The website has also pulled in some big names, including Jay-Z who wrote about his involvement in the cause for Time Magazine published Friday.
“If you’re from neighborhoods like the Brooklyn where I grew up, if you’re unable to afford a private attorney, then you can be disappeared into our jail system because you can’t afford bail,” Jay-Z wrote.
He added that he was changed by working on the Kalief Browder series. “Millions of people are separated from their families for months at a time not because they are convicted of committing a crime, but because they are accused of having committed a crime.”
“This Father’s Day, I’m supporting those same organizations to bail out fathers who can’t afford the due process our democracy promises,” Jay-Z added.
The Mother’s Day campaign had successfully raised $700,000 from 12,000 people to bail out more than 100 mothers.
For the Father’s Day drive, there will be two more campaigns, National Juneteenth Bailout on June 19 and National Pride Bailout Day on June 25.
Among the organizations involved are Southerners on New Ground, Color of Change, Movement 4 Black Lives Policy Table, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, Los Angeles Community Action Network, Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, Law for Black Lives, among others.
“As a father with a growing family, it’s the least I can do, but philanthropy is not a long fix,” stated the rapper. “We have to get rid of these inhumane practices altogether. We can’t fix our broken criminal justice system until we take on the exploitative bail industry,” Jay-Z concluded.
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