Since 1945, EBONY magazine has been the pre-eminent voice of the Black community with relation to business, the arts and the Civil Rights Movement. Going into our 75th year, which begins in November 2019, the EBONY voice remains relevant and essential in our changing social climate, and we are pleased to announce the launch of the EBONY Foundation, the national nonprofit arm of EBONY Capital Partners, LLC.
The holidays are a time for family and gratitude. For too many people in the Black community, it’s another day in jail because they can’t afford the bail that would bring them home. The EBONY Foundation’s new initiative, HOME BY THE HOLIDAY, addresses the urgent need for bail reform and will be raising funds for bailouts in advance of the holiday season and has set the goal of bailing out 1,000 people by Dec. 31, 2019, and 10,000 by Dec. 31, 2020.
Black and brown people account for more than 50 percent of the pretrial population nationwide and up to 90 percent in some jurisdictions. Pretrial detention, fueled by unaffordable cash bail, accounts for nearly 100 percent of all jail growth in America in the past 20 years.
The EBONY Foundation will donate proceeds from HOME BY THE HOLIDAY to nonprofit organizations with proven success, such as the American King Foundation, to bring incarcerated people home before the holidays. Once a case ends, either through exoneration or conviction, the bail money is returned and can then be used for the next client who is in need. This means donated dollars can be used multiple times, maximizing the impact of every contribution.
The website HOMEBYTHEHOLIDAY.COM launches in October, targeting the release of incarcerated men and women to be reunited with their families for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve and continuing during holidays throughout the year ahead.
To donate and for more information, visit www.HomeByTheHoliday.com.