Race Matters, Friends

Nonprofit in Columbia MO

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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Announcements

March 21, 2021
The RMF Community Bail Fund is tracking Senate Bill 487 in the General Assembly. Its provisions would prevent judges from releasing defendants on their own recognizance while they wait for trial. It would increase the number of pretrial detainees in the Boone County Jail despite years of efforts to decrease the jail population. It may contradict a 2019 Missouri Supreme Court order designed to limit pretrial detention and bail. Full text of the bill: https://www.senate.mo.gov/21info/pdf-bill/intro/SB487.pdf
January 18, 2021
We urge Sheriff Carey, Judge Crane, and the 13th Circuit Court Judges to work immediately at releasing our Boone County detainees and limit further actions that would increase the jail population.
June 11, 2020
On Monday, June 8, 2020, former Rock Bridge High School students presented a list of student demands to the Columbia Public Schools Board of Education.
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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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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

*Meetings will be zoom until further notice.
Join us at City Council Meetings! 
1st and 3rd Mondays of every month. City Hall, 701 E Broadway, Columbia MO 65201
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Race Matters, Friends has both a page @racemattersfriends and a discussion group @racemattersfriendscomo
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What We're Doing

Action Alert! Senate Bill 487

March 21, 2021
The RMF Community Bail Fund is tracking Senate Bill 487 in the General Assembly. Its provisions would prevent judges from releasing defendants on their own recognizance while they wait for trial. It would increase the number of pretrial detainees in the Boone County Jail despite years of efforts to decrease the jail population. It may contradict a 2019 Missouri Supreme Court order designed to limit pretrial detention and bail. Full text of the bill: https://www.senate.mo.gov/21info/pdf-bill/intro/SB487.pdf
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Protect Our Incarcerated!

January 18, 2021
We urge Sheriff Carey, Judge Crane, and the 13th Circuit Court Judges to work immediately at releasing our Boone County detainees and limit further actions that would increase the jail population.
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RE: Columbia Police Department - Yet Another Call to Do Better

December 10, 2020
Columbia Police Departments' actions, including the disparate racial outcomes related to vehicle stops, is an institutional and organizational problem that leadership has failed to fix.
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2101 W Broadway, 
Ste 103, PMB 300, 
Columbia MO 65203
(636) 542-8838
racemattersfriendscomo@gmail.com
comobailfund@gmail.com
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