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

Race Matters, Friends Sends Open Letter RE: Violence at Local Protests

June 10, 2020
Our organizations call upon the police to prioritize the arrests of any person(s) who use(s) a vehicle to intimidate or injure protesters - and complete transparency to the public about their response.
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Race Matters Friends Responds to Vehicle Stop Report (2019 data)

June 9, 2020
According to the data, ​racial disparities for Columbia, Boone County, and the State of MIssouri have increased yet again in 2019.
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RMF Debuts New Volunteer Sign Up Process!

June 6, 2020
The more we look, the more challenges we identify. Luckily, interest in working in cooperation with Race Matters, Friends is also growing! We need a robust and organized volunteer base, ranging from offering general assistance event-by-event to semi-regular volunteer positions for membership and managerial roles! Whatever your levels of comfort, confidence, skills, or capabilities, we […]
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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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