Colorado Freedom Fund

Colorado Freedom Fund

From Elisabeth Epps

Founded in 2018, Colorado Freedom Fund (CFF) is a revolving fund that pays ransom (posts money bond, pays cash bail) for people unable to afford the cost of buying their own freedom. #FreeThemAll #BringOurNeighborsHome

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4 days ago

Dear Friends, thank you.

Last night was another difficult night of peaceful protest met with police terror in Denver, just as is the case in so many other cities shaken by the killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. In Denver and nationwide we continue to endure militarized police forces inflicting upon civilians the same sorts of excessive use of force that they used to kill Ms. Taylor and Mr. Floyd.

We at the Colorado Freedom Fund (CFF) received some requests for bail assistance and expect to continue to do so, but I can't yet say what that looks like financially. My expectation is that folks charged with many "minor" offenses will be released without bond, and as for folks facing more serious charges, we will of course help as needed as much as we can.

CFF has been actively working to Bring Our Neighbors Home through the COVID-19 pandemic and otherwise. We do this both by paying ransom directly as well as working for systemic policy change at the local and state level. Although the 2020 legislative session was suspended and our bills interrupted, we are already preparing our 2021 legislative priorities.

Just as we did in 2018 and 2019, again this May we hosted a Mother's Day Bail Out and we will do the same next month for Father's Day/Juneteenth. And again, CFF will of course continue to pay bond (money bail) for folks arrested during protests just as we do for our neighbors accused of myriad other offenses, all who share the sad commonality of being unable to afford cash bond.

Thank you for your generosity that enables us to do this work. On we press. #FreeThemAll

P.S. Many of you already know Eva Frickle, my indefatigable co-Director at Colorado Freedom Fund. That's Eva in the picture, there to buy freedom outside the Denver cage.

P.P.S. On a personal note, last night cops shot and destroyed my phone as I was live-streaming. I am completely fine; my phone is not. So while I was never good at texting, please forgive me for being even worse than ever, until I replace the phone.

P.P.P.S. Keep up with CFF on Twitter (https://twitter.com/FreedomFundCO) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ColoradoFreedomFund/). Although we are not yet super active with updating this page or our website, we do very regularly post CFF updates on Twitter (me) and Facebook (Eva).

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The Colorado Freedom Fund (CFF) is a revolving fund that posts bonds to buy freedom for people trapped in Colorado cages due only to their inability to afford the cost of bail bond. We are based in the Denver/Front Range, and primarily post bonds in: Denver, Arapahoe, Jefferson, Adams, Douglas, El Paso, and Boulder Counties. Generally we are able to post bonds up to $500 (cash/surety). To refer someone who needs help posting a bond they can't afford, please submit a referral form online at www.coloradofreedomfund.org/refer/. 

CFF is a proud member of the National Bail Fund Network. "A unifying principle guides the Network, is a belief that bail funds are a temporary intervention, not a permanent solution to the mass injustices embodied by the criminal legal system. We believe  bail funds can play a critical and immediate harm reduction role and have a long and important history as a way for communities to push back on an unjust system."

Mother's & Father's Day Bail Outs.

Thanks to community support and outpouring of love, in May 2018, CFF raised over $20,000 which enabled us to post 17 bonds to free 14 Mamas from cages in 5 Denver area jails for Mother’s Day 2018. Our Mama’s Day Bail Out was a success, but it was just the beginning.

Carrying the Mama’s Day love forward, we launched Juneteenth/ Father’s Day Bail Out, and surpassed our fundraising goals: you gave over $26,000 in new donations in June 2018, which  added to $11,000+ in released bonds + late arriving Mother's Day gifts from May. This phenomenal amount allowed us to post bail bonds for 21 of our people (20 men + 1 young woman), freeing them from 5 Colorado jails June 14-19, 2018.

In July and August 2018 we celebrated with many of our folks as they successfully resolved their criminal legal cases. In addition to their own success, this is an extra win because the released bonds were returned to our revolving fund, enabling us to buy freedom for more members of our community.

Revolving Bail/Bond Fund.

We pay all our people’s bail in full; we never utilize for-profit bail companies or bonds persons. The bonds we posted in 2018 have ranged from $10 (yes, TEN dollars) to $2,000; average bond is $1,000. The length of pre-trial jail stays has ranged from a Brother held a heartbreaking 4 months on a $100 bond, a Sis held 6 months on a $500 bond, to some of our folks who we were able to find and free within 4 days.

Their stories vary, but all of our people conveyed to our legal volunteers that they could not afford bail, that they consented to being bonded, and that were eager to rejoin the community while resolving their legal cases. We are thankful to every person who let us be a part of their liberation.

By being freed from jail our people are able to reunite with family, keep jobs, and met a number of personal goals. We know freedom ain't free, and for our folks still facing challenges we are honored to support them in securing the help they need to successfully resolve their legal issues. If they need us, and to the extent they want our support, we are here.

CFF Media Coverage.

Our team efforts to buy freedom for our folks was featured in local media in 2018:

Denverite (https://denverite.com/2018/06/15/crowdfunding-bailouts-for-fathers-day-a-tougher-sell-than-mothers-day/),

Westword (http://www.westword.com/news/inside-denvers-revolutionary-juneteenth-fathers-day-bail-out-10389538), 

The Denver Post (https://www.denverpost.com/2018/06/16/fathers-day-bail-out/), amongst others.

We remain focused on our goal: ending money bail in Colorado and in the United States. We know that cash bail is exploitative, ineffective, and penalizes those who are already most vulnerable and most over-represented in the criminal legal system.

As we work to end money bail we must also work to mitigate its effects: your help with the Bail Out allowed us to free people being held in jail only because they are unable to afford bond, before they've even had their "day in court." Innocence until guilt is proven is supposedly a bedrock of the criminal legal system; remember: none of the men or women whose bonds we posted have stood trial for the offenses for which they have been charged, much less been convicted.

Thank you to all who gave and who continue to support us in our mission to mitigate the harmful effects of money bail…exciting updates coming soon! In the interim, please keep an eye on ColoradoFreedomFund.org for updates on upcoming actions and our ongoing efforts to abolish money bail.

With your help, cash bail and its devastating effects will soon be a thing of the past in Colorado and beyond.

Elisabeth Epps & Eva Frickle, Colorado Freedom Fund

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4 days ago

Update #1

Dear Friends, thank you.

Last night was another difficult night of peaceful protest met with police terror in Denver, just as is the case in so many other cities shaken by the killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. In Denver and nationwide we continue to endure militarized police forces inflicting upon civilians the same sorts of excessive use of force that they used to kill Ms. Taylor and Mr. Floyd.

We at the Colorado Freedom Fund (CFF) received some requests for bail assistance and expect to continue to do so, but I can't yet say what that looks like financially. My expectation is that folks charged with many "minor" offenses will be released without bond, and as for folks facing more serious charges, we will of course help as needed as much as we can.

CFF has been actively working to Bring Our Neighbors Home through the COVID-19 pandemic and otherwise. We do this both by paying ransom directly as well as working for systemic policy change at the local and state level. Although the 2020 legislative session was suspended and our bills interrupted, we are already preparing our 2021 legislative priorities.

Just as we did in 2018 and 2019, again this May we hosted a Mother's Day Bail Out and we will do the same next month for Father's Day/Juneteenth. And again, CFF will of course continue to pay bond (money bail) for folks arrested during protests just as we do for our neighbors accused of myriad other offenses, all who share the sad commonality of being unable to afford cash bond.

Thank you for your generosity that enables us to do this work. On we press. #FreeThemAll

P.S. Many of you already know Eva Frickle, my indefatigable co-Director at Colorado Freedom Fund. That's Eva in the picture, there to buy freedom outside the Denver cage.

P.P.S. On a personal note, last night cops shot and destroyed my phone as I was live-streaming. I am completely fine; my phone is not. So while I was never good at texting, please forgive me for being even worse than ever, until I replace the phone.

P.P.P.S. Keep up with CFF on Twitter (https://twitter.com/FreedomFundCO) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ColoradoFreedomFund/). Although we are not yet super active with updating this page or our website, we do very regularly post CFF updates on Twitter (me) and Facebook (Eva).

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