The Freedom Fighter Bond Fund of the Carolinas is a project of Durham Solidarity Center, whose fiscal sponsor is Action for Community in Raleigh, a 501(c)(3) organization.
To comply with applicable IRS regulations, any funds we solicit are not earmarked for any specific person’s bail or legal costs—but rather for the Freedom Fighter Fund in general, which is dedicated in its mission to oppose state repression and support those who act in good conscience to advance the cause of justice and equity.
The Rapid Response Team cannot commit to pay funds in excess of the balance of the Fund.
OVERSIGHT & GOVERNANCE
The Freedom Fighter Fund is governed by a Rapid Response Team composed of a 5-8 people who are representative of the people and communities organizing in support of racial, social, gender, economic, and environmental justice. The composition of the Rapid Response Team will be majority of people of color and majority women and/or gender non-conforming persons. The Rapid Response Team can designate a trusted person to coordinate the bond/jail solidarity.
Guidelines for Offering Funds for Bail & Legal Costs:
In the case of arrestees with bail set at $1000 or less, if funding permits, we will post the full bail amount. For arrestees with bail set at over $1000, we will use a bail bond agent.
We will use the following guidelines in assessing decisions about whether to extend bail funds or legal costs
o Priority for those who have not accessed funds within the last 30 days
o Priority for those with low financial resources
Recipients will be asked to help raise money for the Freedom Fighter Fund by helping with ongoing fundraising campaigns or events
PRINCIPLES OF UNITY
Recipients of funds will be asked to abide by following PRINCIPLES OF UNIITY:
o We think of solidarity as a verb
o We value the voices and leadership of those most impacted by injustice
o Our solidarity is based on respect for a diversity of tactics; our actions and tactics will be organized to maintain separation of time and space
o We come when called: we believe in building long-term relationships based on broad solidarity and putting goals of the movement first, above any organization, conflict, or personality.
o Any debates or criticism will stay internal to the movement avoiding any public or media denunciations of fellow activists and events
o We oppose any state repression of dissent, including surveillance, infiltration, disruption, and violence. We agree not to assist law enforcement actions against activists and others.