On this Father’s day, let’s honor Michael Marshall, a Denver man who was killed by deputies while in a detention center. Marshall was being held there on a $100 bond for a trespassing charge, and he couldn’t pay that $100. Wall-of-Us readers know that stories like these are common in America and, because of our racist criminal justice system, most of them involve black fathers. These stories have inspired Denver’s 2018 Juneteenth/ Father’s Day Bail Out, which is part of a national movement to end cash bail in the United States. Coordinated by the Denver Justice Project and Black Lives Matter, and in solidarity with activists nationwide committed to collective liberation, this action’s goal is to raise at least $30,000 and to buy freedom for as many men of color as possible from Colorado prisons between June 14-19, 2018.
All-of-us must end money bail.
1 Watch this ACLU video about Money Bail.2 Donate to Denver’s 2018/Juneteenth/Father’s Day Bail Out here.