Black Love Bailout, TOWN HALLS TODAY

**Town Hall Alert: There is a good chance your state legislators are having a town hall today! It’s a perfect opportunity to hold your representatives accountable for Trump-proofing our state on issues such as: voting rights, carbon tax, protecting immigrants, criminal justice, and more.

For Seattleites in the 43rd District, there will be a town hall at 1:30pm at the Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Avenue; and for the 37th it will be at 10:00 a.m. at the Ethiopian Community in Seattle, 8323 Rainier Ave S.

For the rest, here is the full list of upcoming town halls in the state: https://leagueofwomenvotersofwashington.wildapricot.org/2018-Town-Hall

If you’re unsure, find your district here: http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder/

**If you can make it down to Olympia, please attend the hearing on I-940 De-Escalate Washington on Tuesday, February 20th at 6pm in the John L. O'Brien House Office Building. Show support for de-escalating Washington state's police force: https://www.facebook.com/events/152752968768045/

Action: Support the Black Love Bailout

Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County (BLM-SKC) and the Northwest Community Bail Fund have teamed up this year to help keep people out of jail and united with their families while they are awaiting trial. From BLM-SKC:

“Everyday an average of 700,000 people are condemned to local jails and separated from their families. A majority of them are there simply because they cannot afford to pay bail, which disproportionately hurts Black and Brown people and their families.”

“When people who are jailed without conviction solely because they cannot financially afford to buy their freedom, pre-trial incarceration has catastrophic impacts on families and communities. Even a few days in jail can ruin a person’s life. They may lose their job, their family may lose housing and some even lose their children. Even if they’re later found innocent of the crime they were charged with, they may eventually turn to theft or another type of crime to make ends meet. Remaining in pre-trail detention results in 4:1 increase in jailable convictions.”

Click here to donate and/or volunteer to help people post bail who cannot afford it: https://www.nwcombailfund.org/get_involved

Click here to request bail for a friend or loved one: https://blacklivesseattle.org/black-love-bail-out-2018/

More information: https://blacklivesseattle.org/black-love-bail-out-2018/

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