Women march for mothers on re-entry day

Cherri Gregg
May 10, 2018 - 9:20 pm
Scores of women took over the courtyard of City Hall Thursday afternoon chanting rallying cries like those for Women in Re-entry Day.

Cherri Gregg | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — "Free our mothers — end cash bail!"

Scores of women took over the courtyard of City Hall Thursday afternoon chanting rallying cries like those for Women in Re-entry Day. 

Following National Black Mama's Bail Out Day, advocates want to highlight mothers and caregivers plagued by unjust incarceration.

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Philly Community Bail Fund Organizer Candace McKinley said they partnered with People's Paper Co-op to raise more than $75,000 to bail out women in time for Mother's Day — plus with a march and dinner. 

LaTonya Meyers spoke to a crowd of supporters with tears streaming down her face.

"They offered me two to seven years when I had the evidence proving my innocence," she said.

Meyers spent nine months in prison on charges of breaking and entering because she was unable to afford 10 percent of her $15,000 bail. 

Like many others under pressure, she almost took the district attorney's deal "to try to get home fast and not lose everything they have," she said.

"We want to end cash bail to lead to decarceration," said Councilwoman Helen Gym. And that momentum is building.

"City Council is very supportive of seeing significant reforms around ending cash bail," she added.

To donate to the bail fund, go to phillybailout.org.