Event Information:

  • Thu

    Love Beyond Bars: Bailout Celebration

    6:30 PMRepair the World, 6022 Broad Street Pittsburgh, PA

    The Bukit Bail Fund of Pittsburgh is doing its first set of BAILOUTS over the week of Valentine's Day! To celebrate this righteous return of people to their communities, you are invited to join us on February 14, 2019 for a rally at the Allegheny County Jail (ACJ), followed by a celebration of love and freedom in the evening with dinner, conversation, performances by radical artists, and more! More information about the Bukit Bail Fund can be found below.

    Event overview:

    6:30 pm - Start time - snacks and social
    7:00 pm - Short-film viewing & community reflection
    7:30 pm - Dinner
    8:15 pm - Speakers & performances - more info TBA!
    ~ 9:00 pm - Feedback and open discussion

    Earlier in the day:

    Action outside of ACJ - More info TBA

    ~Why do we need a community bail fund in Pittsburgh?~

    81% of inmates at ACJ have not been convicted of a crime. They are only being held because they cannot afford to post bail before their trial. Their freedom cannot wait. Black people and other People of Color end up behind bars more than anyone else — Black people get incarcerated at more than five times the rate of white people. People needlessly suffer and often even die in jail while waiting on their hearings, especially if they are POC, trans, disabled, or poor. In 2017, four people died at ACJ due to medical neglect, and historically such deaths occur within the first few days of someone’s arrival.

    All people in prisons and jails deserve freedom — to be returned to their communities, and helped with the necessary resources, healing, and conflict resolution. But we know that we can’t pass out holding our breaths while we wait for politicians to become less racist and classist, and close the jails and prisons.

    ~What does the bail fund do?~

    The Bukit Bail Fund will be using the money we raise to bail out the most historically oppressed and vulnerable in the jail. Over the past year, we have raised enough seed money to do our first few bail outs this February. This is a reason to celebrate and spread the word!

    We invite you to join us for our day of action in memory of Frank "Bukit" Smart, Jr. and everyone else who has lost their life to the neglect and active abuse of the ACJ. In solidarity with all their families, friends, and loved ones, let’s spread the #LoveBeyondBars!