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

January 18, 2021
The Problem On January 9, 2021 the Columbia Missourian reported that 17 Boone County Jail detainees had tested positive for COVID-19. Jail representatives reported the first case identified on January 3. Since this article, members of the community have contacted the Bail Group with concerns about the responses from the Boone County Jail and 13th […]
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.
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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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

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

RMF Community Bail Group Action Alert

January 18, 2021
The Problem On January 9, 2021 the Columbia Missourian reported that 17 Boone County Jail detainees had tested positive for COVID-19. Jail representatives reported the first case identified on January 3. Since this article, members of the community have contacted the Bail Group with concerns about the responses from the Boone County Jail and 13th […]
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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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RE: The Silenced Majority; Capitalism; Fascism

December 10, 2020
Last night, Citizens Police Review Board member Alex Hackworth asked Chief Jones about the demographic composition of the CPD force and Chief Jones said he didn't know. It sounded to me like Chief Jones believes the PRETEXT for the Sept 2, 2021 POLICE STOP -- fits a guardian-mindset practice of community-oriented policing AND his July 1 policy change.
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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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