Home for Mother’s Day: St. Louis activists bail out African-American moms who can’t afford the fees

Melanie Randels, who helped organized the Expect Us Mother's Day bail out, hands out flowers to mothers outside the St. Louis City Justice Center.

Whitney Gipson was one of three women bailed out of jail before Mother’s Day thanks to the efforts of St. Louis activists. Expect Us raised nearly $3,000 through an online fundraiser.

Members of Expect Us met with other advocates at the St. Louis Justice Center on Saturday. The event included food, children’s activities and short speeches by local demonstrators and leaders, including Democratic Missouri Rep. Bruce Franks.

Gipson, 26, told a small crowd about her experiences while staying at the city’s two jails.

“All I can say is, they really treat us like we trash in there,” she said.

She said she was accused of property damage and assault after women started an altercation in a sandwich shop. Gipson said she was in jail for 10 days on a $1,000 cash bond, but couldn’t afford to pay. It was her first time in jail. First, she was at the Justice Center.

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