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.

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.

Get Involved

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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Catch Up!

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

What We're Doing

In the News

November 30, 2018
NAACP, Columbia Police continue to discuss definition of community policing

In years of discussions about community policing, two competing concerns tend to arise: Does the Columbia Police Department need to change the way it thinks about and practices community policing? Or does the department need increased funding to hire more officers? More officers would mean more time devoted to forging connections in neighborhoods, the argument […]

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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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