2019 #FreeThePeopleDay

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The Community Fund for Bond and Legal Support joined bail & bond funds across the country to participate in 2019’s #FreeThePeopleDay on New Year’s Eve. Thanks to supporters like you, in just 14 hours, we raised more than $1000. We are inspired and blessed to be a part of the courageous organizing happening here in Philly and around the world to #EndDetention and #FreeThemAll. 

#FreeThePeopleDay is an annual campaign led by the National Bail Fund Network (NBFN). The Community Fund proudly joined the NBFN in the summer of 2019. Made up of more than 60 funds, NBFN is

a national project that works with organizers, advocates, and legal providers across the country that are using, or contemplating using, community bail funds as part of efforts to radically change local bail systems and reduce incarceration.

Collaborating with other bail and bond funds not only allows the Community Fund to free more people, but provides access to radical imagining, problem solving and community leadership across the country. Want to learn more?

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El Fondo Comunitario de Fianzas y Apoyo Legal se unió a los fondos de fianzas en todo el país para participar en la #FreeThePeopleDay de 2019 en la víspera de Año Nuevo. Gracias a simpatizantes como usted, en solo 14 horas, recaudamos más de $1000 y estamos inspirados y bendecidos de ser parte de la valiente organización aquí en Filadelfia y en todo el mundo para terminar la detencion y liberar a todxs.

#FreeThePeopleDay es una campaña anual dirigida por la National Bail Fund Network (NBFN). El Fundo Comunitario se unió orgullosamente a NBFN en el verano de 2019. Compuesto por más de 60 fondos, NBFN es

un proyecto nacional que trabaja con organizadores, defensores y proveedores legales en todo el país que están usando, o contemplando usar, fondos de fianzas de la comunidad como parte de los esfuerzos para cambiar radicalmente los sistemas de fianzas locales y reducir el encarcelamiento.

La colaboración con otros fondos de fianzas y bonos no solo permite que el Fondo Comunitario libere a más personas, sino que brinda acceso a la imaginación radical, la resolución de problemas y el liderazgo comunitario en todo el país. ¿Querer aprender más?


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Immigrant led Community Organizing

Our staff manages our campaigns and programs while our members join our working committees to inform our programming, choose our campaigns, and plan our strategies to win. Through conversation and listening, our members and the community on the ground are the ones directing the organization. When people reach out to NSM, they connect with someone who speaks their language, looks like them, and is committed to empowering immigrant communities because they understand their journey and struggle. At NSM, our communities see their peers guiding our mission, creating trust, and allowing members to recognize NSM as an immigrant-led organization.
NSM works to lift the skills of the affected community and dismantle systems of oppression while promoting systems of mutual support, collective liberation, and respect for all people, which is why we provide interpretation services, respect childcare needs, schedule our sessions during times that work best for members who work multiple jobs or cannot meet in person, and allow members to inform us about their individual needs before meetings.
The community leads our work at every level to eliminate unnecessary barriers and meet the varied needs of our members.

Leadership Development

Our Leadership Development Program is a step in recruiting and training new leaders and training. The program blends the skills and experiences members bring from their home countries with NSM’s signature faith-rooted and anti-racist organizing model.

We have curricula for each level of membership, which includes workshops on the history of detention, community organizing, nonviolent protest, campaign strategy, and ongoing anti-racism training. Our programming encourages immigrant leaders to find their voice, understand the power of collective resistance, and join a community of immigrant leaders fighting for transformational systemic changes rooted in social and economic justice.

Leading this initiative is Bertha Murcia, one of NSM's Community Organizers. She is an alumna of NSM’s Promotoras de Justicia immigrant leadership program and oversees member engagement.

Build Community Power

NSM’s organizing efforts emphasize community building, inviting people to new roles, deepening Black and Brown solidarity, long-term leadership development, and impactful campaigns.

We build a base of people from our 33 congregations and Accompaniment Team and direct that people-power to fight specific campaigns. Staff members work with immigrant members to choose our campaigns, guide our strategies, lead events, and ensure our work is focused on meeting the needs of Philadelphia’s various immigrant communities.

Having a hands-on role in changing policy allows our members to gain a sense of empowerment, confidence, and self-respect. Empowering immigrants of color to organize collectively is part of NSM’s long haul work to create a people-powered movement for immigrant justice.