On March 13th, over 200 people attended the second Get Lit for Liberation and raised nearly $2,000 in support of the Cuyahoga County Bail Fund.
It was a unique meld of arts and activism: bands, visual artists, and vendors donated their time to throw an event to remember inside the distinctive industrial space of Ingenuity Cleveland. Performances from local bands Apostle Jones, B0xed Wine M0m, Key to the Mint, Meg & the Magnetosphere, and Robin Blake and the Sound Experiment w/ Alexander Wright & the Collective filled the night with a blend of different genres and sounds.
These incredible performers gave a platform for activists to speak on the issues, with representatives from ACLU, New Voices for Reproductive Justice, and people with experience in the County Jail engaging the crowd in ways to get involved in this movement.
This event also acted as a means of raising funds for the Cuyahoga County Bail Fund, operated by New Voices and Black Lives Matter Cleveland. In conjunction with the nation-wide Black Mamas Bailout, these organizations address the clear disparities in mass incarceration and is actively supporting Black caretakers who have been unjustly swallowed into this machine. Community events like this one build power and energy so that we can continue this fight see true bail reform in Cuyahoga County.