In August 2017 the National Bail Out (NBO) collective launched the Free Black Mama’s Fellowship, where 20 previously bailed out mama’s and caregivers, participated in a 8 week paid fellowship that included in-person political education/organizing sessions and interactive group webinars culminating at the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls FreeHer Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma. There the mama’s and caregivers were able to commune and host a workshop and participate on the closing plenary in which they shared their experiences of being a Black mama/caregiver that has been bailed out by the collective.
This fellowship is rooted in community, and the recognition of bail out actions as temporary interventions- the organizers of the National Bail Out guided by the visionary leadership of Je Nae’ Taylor of the Gilda Papoose Collective (NBO member), has continued the work by engaging and developing the leadership of those we bailed out in the movement to end money bail, pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration. The National Bail Out will launch the second fellowship in 2019.
Love shows up in the gaps and gathering us in this time is to bridge the gaps between our Mamas and ourselves . May we bear witness to what the Lorde has done.