Race Matters, Friends

is a nonprofit group united in the struggle for racial equity in Columbia, Missouri. We nurture conversations and actions about racial equity, racism, and structural inequality in Columbia, Missouri; the United States; and the world.

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Community Bail Fund

Secure Someone’s Freedom

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“Innocent until proven guilty” should not depend on race or income, but in America that is the reality. When someone gets locked up and can’t afford to pay their bail, they have two choices: plead guilty to the crime, or sit in jail until our backlogged courts can bring them to trial, which in many cases can take years. Even a week could affect someone's job, living arrangement, or custody of their children. We believe that people shouldn’t have to plead guilty to a crime they may not have committed just because they can’t afford a bail payment, which is why we’re paying people’s bail.

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EVERYTHING

Come to Meetings!
2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month, Bethel Church, 201 E. Old Plank Rd., Columbia MO 65203. Potlucks on the 2nd Wed at 6pm, regular meeting starts at 6:30pm

DEVELOPMENT

Join us at City Council Meetings! 
1st and 3rd Mondays of every month. City Hall, 701 E Broadway, Columbia MO 65201

ROAD SITUATION

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Race Matters, Friends has both a page @racemattersfriends and a discussion group @racemattersfriendscomo

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Get up to speed with your readings and dig into our suggested literature. 

What We're Doing

Lynn Maloney steps down from RMF Executive Board

RMF’s inquiry into racial equity at Columbia Public Schools came after the President of the Missouri NAACP asked us to advocate for a mother whose child had been wrongly arrested by the police department. Since that time we have learned of four cases pending against CPS regarding harmful disciplinary practices.

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Columbia Warrant Amnesty Dec 9-20, 2019

"This warrant amnesty applies to outstanding warrants from Columbia Municipal Court for anyone facing arrest for failing to appear for traffic and parking tickets or other City of Columbia ordinance violations."

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Open Letter to Columbia School Board Members

We are writing with regard to RMF’s call for Carla London’s resignation.This letter is a response to the ongoing lack of engagement following the arrest of Ms. Kandas Holmes-Barnes’ daughter in January of this year.While we remain firm in asking for her resignation, we want to comment on the responses we have received from Dr. […]

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In the News

October 15, 2019
Race Matters, Friends uses Community Bail Fund for the first time

Traci Wilson-Kleekamp on Sunday morning drove on snow-covered roads to bail a woman out of jail. The woman had been in jail overnight for failure to appear on a citation for having no proof of insurance and an expired tag. She was the first recipient of services from the Race Matters, Friends Community Bail Fund, […]

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PO Box 7972, Columbia MO 65205
(636) 542-8838
racemattersfriendscomo
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comobailfund@gmail.com
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