74 Bail Funds You Can Absolutely Support Right Now

George Floyd was murdered on May 25, 2020, and we stand in unequivocal support of the protests and uprisings that have swept the US since that day, and against the unconscionable violence of the police and US state. We can’t continue with business as usual, which includes celebrating Pride. This week, Autostraddle is suspending our regular schedule to focus on content related to this struggle, the fight against white supremacy and the fight for Black lives and Black futures. Instead, we’re publishing and re-highlighting work by and for Black queer and trans folks speaking to their experiences living under white supremacy and the carceral state, and work calling white people to material action.

no justice. no pride.


On Sunday, Autostraddle traditionally compiles a “Sunday Funday” link roundup. Instead, today we’d like to ask that if you can, donate to a bail fund.

Donations for bail funds have trended across social media over the weekend as protestors are arrested for participation in the ongoing nationwide rebellions against police violence and the state sanctioned murder of Black lives. However, bail funds like the ones listed below are not new by any means. They have long been a grassroots activist tool to support our own in Black communities.

While we’re here raising funds for bail, it’s important to note that the United States’ cash bail process is inherently a broken capitalist system that’s designed to purposefully feed the mass incarceration of (in particular poor) Black people and other people of color.  That being said, raising bail for those who cannot afford it — especially, though not only, during a viral pandemic like Covid-19 — is absolutely a matter of life or death. We already know that the United States is a global epicenter for the virus, and thanks to our criminal (in)justice system, prisons and detention facilities are left without the proper PPE and the necessary sanitary conditions to mitigate spread, which is something that a lot of activists are working tirelessly to fight.

So yes, bail funds save will lives by releasing protesters from jail as quickly as possible. But also, you can (and should!) donate to bail funds even when it’s not time of mass protest.

Tomorrow is June 1st, officially marking the beginning of Pride, and now more than ever we will not  forget that Stonewall was a riot. It was a rebellion. Our movement was born from black and brown trans women throwing bricks at cops. That’s the catalyst, the spark, the bravery that makes up the marrow of our community. It’s a debt that cannot ever be fully repaid. And we know that work is still not done.


Alabama

Birmingham Community Support Fund

Montgomery Bail Out

Arizona

Tucson Second Chance Community Bail Fund

Phoenix — Black People’s Justice Fund

California

Los Angeles — Peoples City Council Freedom Fund

NorCal Resist Bail Fund

The Bay Area Anti-Repression Committee Bail Fund

Oakland People’s Breakfast

Silicon Valley DSA Bail Fund

San Diego Bail Fund

Colorado

Denver — Colorado Freedom Fund

Connecticut

Connecticut Bail Fund

Delaware

FNB Bail Fund

Florida

Miami — Fempower’s Community Bond Fund

Orlando Community Bail Fund

Gainesville IWOC Bail Fund

Alachua County Bond Fund

Jacksonville Community Action Committee

Tampa Bay Community Support Fund

Georgia

Atlanta Solidarity Fund

Athens Freedom Fund

Hawaii

Hawaii Community Bail Fund

Illinois

Chicago Community Bond Fund

Assata’s Daughters

Champaign County Bailout Coalition

Winnebago Bond Project

Iowa

Des Moines – Prarielands Freedom Fund

Kansas

BLM Lawrence Bail Fund

Kentucky

Louisville Community Bail Fund

Lexington Bail Fund

Louisiana

New Orleans Safety and Freedom Fund

YWCA Greater Baton Rouge Community Bail Fund

Maryland

Baltimore Action Legal Team Community Bail Fund

Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Bail Fund

Michigan

Detroit Justice Center Bail Project

Michigan Solidarity Bail Fund

Minnesota

Minnesota Freedom Fund (*Note: The Minnesota Freedom Fund has also asked that donors consider using their resources towards other BIPOC led organizations in Minnesota, Autostraddle can help get you started)

Missouri

Kansas City Community Bail Fund

#ICantBreathe KC Solidarity Fund

Columbia — Race Matters Friends Community Bail Fund

One Struggle KC Legal Fund

Nebraska

Neighbors For Common Good Bail Fund – put “Bail” on memo line

Nevada

Vegas Freedom Fund

New York

Albany Bail Fund For Black Lives

Brooklyn Community Bail Fund (This group has been funded and is no longer soliciting donations.)

New York City — The Liberty Fund

BLM Rochester

SURJ Buffalo Bail Fund (Fund has been closed after reaching goal)

New York City Emergency Release Fund (*Note: Focused on helping with the bail of LGBT and specifically trans people)

North Carolina

North Carolina Community Bail Fund of Durham

Freedom Fighter Bail Bond

Charlotte Uprising

Raleigh/Chapel Hill – The Anti-Racist Activist Fund

Oklahoma

BLM Tulsa

Ohio

Columbus Freedom Fund

Canton/Akron Bail Fund

BLM Cleveland

Beloved Community Church Bail Fund (choose amount and then select “Cincinnati Bail Fund” on the next screen)

Oregon

Portland — PDX Protest Bail Fund

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Bail Fund (The Fund believes it has received enough funding to support their needs at this time, but has several recommendations on their website of where else to donate.)

Lancaster Bail Fund for #BlackLivesMatter

Harrisburg — The Dauphin County Bail fund

Pittsburgh — The Bukit Bail Fund

Rhode Island

FANG Community Bail Fund

South Carolina

Soda City Bail Fund

BLM Charleston Bail Fund

Tennessee

Nashville Community Bail Fund

Memphis Community Bail Fund

End Money Bail Knoxville – Label “BLM”

Hamilton County Community Bail Fund

Texas

Houston — Restoring Justice Community Bail Fund

Dallas/ Fort Worth — Luke 4:18 Bail Fund

Dallas – The Dallas Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression

El Paso – Flianza Fund

Fort Worth – Tarrant County Community Bail Fund

Utah

Utah Against Police Brutality

Salt Lake Community Bail

Virginia

Richmond Community Bail Fund

Roanoke Community Bail Fund

Washington

Seattle — Northwest Community Bail Fund

BLM Seattle Freedom Fund (The Freedom Fund has been fully funded)

West Virginia

BLM West Virginia Bail Fund

Wisconsin

Madison — Free the 350 Bail Fund

The Black National Bail Out

The LGBTQ Freedom Fund


This an ongoing fight, and a donation is merely one part of showing up. We have lost so many Black lives. In the face of continued inexcusable police violence and murder, it’s hard to hold on to hope. But we don’t have to wait for others to commit to upholding the value of Black life and materially improve the lives of Black people. We can take care of each other instead.

Carmen is Autostraddle's Deputy Editor and a black Puerto Rican femme/inist writer. She claims many past homes, but left the largest parts of her heart in Detroit, Brooklyn, and Buffalo, NY. There were several years in her early 20s when she earnestly slept with a copy of James Baldwin’s “Fire Next Time” under her pillow. You can find her on twitter, @carmencitaloves.

Carmen has written 207 articles for us.

24 Comments

  1. Thanks. I donated to my local Community Bail Fund and the LGBTQ Freedom Fund. I know I would’ve been glad if those funds were available for me. So I hope they help someone in need.

    But for the record, I think the US justice system (and the bail system) is fucked up. This needs to change.

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