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THE NEED

TO ABOLISH

Freeing the Black community through an abolitionist framework offering direct services, education, advocacy, and resources. 

BLF IDEOLOGY & THEORY OF CHANGE.

The Black Liberation Fund is a nonprofit organization operating under an abolitionist theory of change. In our current programing, we invest in supporting those harmed by the prison industrial complex through our community bail fund and aftercare services. The bail fund is part of our vision of investing in care services for those directly impacted before and after incarceration. The aftercare services include legal support, transportation back and forth to court appearances, home monitoring (if required), job connections, mental or self-care services, and will lead to the procurement of housing and emergency services. Our services require a case management method to follow the client and their needs through their court date and consequent outcome. Our community bail fund and aftercare initiative offer immediate community resource support.

Ab·o·li·tion /ˌabəˈliSH(ə)n/  noun

  1. the action or an act of abolishing a system, practice, or institution.
    "the abolition of child labor.

Abolish Modern Day Slavery, which is Mass Incarceration

Policy changes and a redistribution of funds from old systems, will be required.  This process can begin with addressing the 13th Amendment Slavery Clause and getting it on a state ballot to be decided by the public.  After the amendment is eliminated on the state level, the judicial system can be used to remedy the prison industrial complex’s slavery-like behaviors and transformative instead of penal systems can be imagined. The clause can hopefully be revised to reflect the fact that slavery is indeed unconstitutional.

Address Pre - Incarceration, Inmate Recidivism, and Parole/Probation Process

This is the most approachable way of attacking the mass incarceration slavery problem.  Areas such as the parole/probation process, education, jobs, housing, and community opportunities will be addressed for inmates and families as they go through integrating into current society to become a robust and autonomous part of the community.

Address human rights violations in SCDC

For the moment, incarceration is the law, and within the current system, several grievances need a remedy for inmates to be treated like humans and to prepare them to be returned into the community safely.  The issues mentioned above are divided into Seven areas: Mental health, Programs, Correctional Officers, Medical Resources, Treatment of Gangs, Food, and Investigation Process.  Addressing these issues within the current system will take a therapeutic approach that helps prisoners be better equipped not to become re-offenders and a part of the communities in which they offended.  These are current solutions that can benefit inmates today and make way to complete an abolitionist system that will not require incarceration.  The answers will also make way for healthier families and communities as robust solutions develop inside and outside prison walls.