On Sunday, in honor of Women's Equality Day, reproductive rights organizations and progressive activists protested Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. (You can read more about how and why here and here.)
Whether you joined the protests and are looking for next steps, or you missed it (we did - J had to work) and still want to get involved, there's more that we all can do.
Money bail is the practice by which people who are charged with crimes and are presumptively innocent are held in jail (here, that's mostly at Rikers, a notoriously dangerous jail complex named after a man whose claim to fame was that he returned fugitive slaves to their owners), unless they have the financial means to buy their freedom, Money bail means people who can't post bail are more likely than people who, all other facts being the same but who are released pre-trial to be convicted, to be convicted of a higher charge, and to serve a longer sentence. There should not be two justice systems, one for those who can pay and one who can't. Here's what you can do.
1) Donate to a local bail fund (in Brooklyn: Brooklyn Bail Fund) (see also: National Bail Out).
2) Get trained to court watch and hold prosecutors accountable for their bail decisions (in New York: Court Watch NYC).
3) Read this NY Mag article about the rampant sexual abuse perpetrated against women who are in custody at Rikers Island, often by the guards themselves.
4) Tweet #closeRikers to @NYCMayor and join the Close Rikers campaign.
5) Join Color of Change's nationwide campaign to end money bail by organizing locally and pressuring the corporations that profit off of money bail, including signing their petition to the banking industry to divest from the bail bonds industry.
An executive order has temporarily halted the separation of children from their families at the border, by instead proposing to keep families together in detention centers. Meanwhile, there are no plans for reuniting the thousands of children who have already been separated.
1. Call your representatives in Congress: contactingcongress.org. Demand they take action to keep families together.
2. Find a protest in your area for June 30 and go: www.familiesbelongtogether.org.
3. Donate: The Florence Project (firrp.org); Kids in Need of Defense (https://supportkind.org/about); RAICES Texas (https://www.raicestexas.org); The Texas Civil Rights Project (https://texascivilrightsproject.org/keepfamiliestogether-volunteer/).
4. Make a card as part of the Comfort Campaign - a handwritten letter of welcome and comfort for children in immigrant youth shelters, and send by July 4th to The Comfort Campaign, 4470 West Sunset Boulevard, Box 217, LA, CA 90027.
5. Sign the National Domestic Workers' Alliance petition to the Trump administration, demanding that they stop holding children and families in cages: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/kids-are-still-in-cages?source=FBTsite622.