Together, We Are Bailing Our People Out of NYC Jails
Support Covid Bail Out NYC through Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church
Covid Bail Out NYC mobilized in response to catastrophe, when Rikers Island was the global hotspot for the Covid-19 pandemic. Since then, the NYPD, judges, and prosecutors have used the pandemic as a pretext to send more people to NYC jails for longer, all while ramping up criminalization of NYC's Black and brown communities. Covid-19 is surging again in the overcrowded jails, but that is not the only violence our people endure.
This moment calls on us to be our own protectors.
Over 6,000 people are in NYC jails right now. Most are in cages because judges set bail higher than what they can afford. By organizing to pay their bail, we can get our neighbors free, out of the clutches of the state, and into the safety of their communities. Each time we do this, we honor our enslaved ancestors, who organized and pooled their resources to buy each other's freedom.
Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church is honoring its own legacy as an abolitionist church by partnering with Covid Bail Out NYC. This effort is volunteer-powered, so 100% of your donation goes directly toward getting people out of NYC jails and supported once free. Because of your support, New Yorkers can post bail every week (if not daily) for people facing acute dangers on Rikers Island and the Boat, and cover their vital post-release support needs, such as housing, food, medical care & healing.
And every dollar counts! Since April, over 12,000 people have donated $10 and up, allowing Covid Bail Out NYC to organize bail outs for over 270 people (so far) from Rikers and other city jails. That's people power.
(Covid Bail Out NYC is a volunteer-run, grassroots initiative mobilized to bail out people from NYC jails and support them once they are released. It is not a charitable bail fund. It is not a bail bonds company.)