We’re celebrating Mother’s Day in a very special way this year.
We’re honoring incarcerated and formerly incarcerated Black mothers.
Did you know that 70% of the people in United States jails are being held pretrial? That means they have not been convicted of a crime and are legally presumed innocent?
By bailing Black mothers out of jail, organizations like the National Bail Out and GildaPapoose, take direct action to reunite families and create a narrative of care over cages that disrupts the current paradigm. Both organizations work hard to end money bail and pretrial detention.
Ivy’s Tea Co. is hosting the homecoming party for Black mothers bailed out of Maryland jails for Mother’s Day. The party is in Baltimore, MD on Mother’s Day and we’re really excited about it.
Unfortunately, however, not every Black mother will be bailed out of jail this Mother’s Day. So, we’re doing our part to celebrate them, despite the circumstances. And you can help.
Write a love letter to a jailed Black mother to show her that she’s valued and loved. Your letter(s) will serve as encouragement to them.
You can send your letter via email to email@example.com or snail mail to: Ivy’s Tea Co./Ivy Cares, PO Box 342, Laurel, MD 20725.
If you have any questions about the project or #FreeBlackMamasDMV, feel free to email our founder, Shanae, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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