Hello, Waypoint community! Once again, the Waypoint staff and community are proud to announce we are collaborating to host Save Point, a four day long livestream in support of National Bail Out, a collective of Black-led and Black-focused abolitionist organizers working to end systems of pretrial detention and mass incarceration.
We will be running this from Wednesday 16th September, 12PM ET through to Sunday 20th September, 09PM ET.
You can donate at: savepoint.stream
As with previous events, Save Point 2020 will be jointly run by both VICE Games staff and the Waypoint community moderators, and will feature guests and friends of the site. If you’d like to learn more about our past Save Point events, you can check out these forum posts: 2018 / 2019
We are thrilled to be able to raise money for such an important cause, and we hope you will join us 9/16 to 9/20 over at Waypoint’s Twitch account and donate over at our Tiltify page!
Who are National Bail Out?
In their own words, National Bail Out is a “Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers and activists building a community-based movement to support our folks and end systems of pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration. We are people who have been impacted by cages — either by being in them ourselves or witnessing our families and loved ones be encaged. We are queer, trans, young, elder, and immigrant.”
Continuing in their own words, “The National Bail Out Collective is committed to getting our people free through bail outs, advocacy, and leadership development … We work to make sure our people are out of cages and have the tools and resources they need to advocate for themselves!"
You can find out more about National Bail Out on their website: https://www.nationalbailout.org
Why Support National Bail Out?
As of 2016, 2.3 million people are incarcerated in the United States. That’s 698 per 100,000 people in America—or 0.7% of the entire population. Prisons in the U.S. make up over 23% of the world’s prison population. As of 2013, 4.8 million adults (1 in 51) were under probation or parole. In the United States alone there were 6.9 million people under some form of correctional supervision—that’s 2.3% of adults in the U.S.
For those held in jails, 65% of all individuals being held have not been convicted of a crime. Many of them are detained because they cannot pay bail. To quote NBO again, “Black people are over two times more likely to be arrested and once arrested are twice as likely to be caged before trial. Our LGBTQ and gender nonconforming family are targeted and caged at even more alarming rates.”
During a time of mass protests against police brutality, having systems in place to protect and represent those arrested and abused by the police and the criminal justice system is vital. We believe in the importance of fighting against systemic injustices and the continual abuses of rights by the prison industrial complex and the cash bail system, which is why we decided to support National Bail Out this year.