Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello called the North Carolina money bail system ‘broken’ in a new Instagram post.
“THANK YOU ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA for an amazing night at @The_Orange_Peel.
Right now in North Carolina, thousands of people who have not been convicted of a crime are sitting in jail for one simple reason: because they do not have enough money to pay for bail.
People who cannot afford their bail are locked up while their cases go through the courts, which can take weeks, months, or even years. Those who can afford bail go free, allowing them to return to their homes, families, and jobs before their trial.
In the United States, we are all supposed to be treated as innocent until proven guilty. But that is not how cash bail works. Instead, it’s created two criminal justice systems: one for the rich and one for everybody else. .
North Carolina’s current money bail system is broken. It’s time to make our voices heard and take a stand against the unjust for-profit bail industry. Go to Endcashbailnc.org to see how you can get involved.”
Morello also posted, “Now check this: This week, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed a law severely restricting groups’ ability to hold voter registration drives, which will make it harder for historically disenfranchised communities — like students, immigrants, people of color and the elderly — to get registered and participate in our elections.
Restricting voter registration is voter suppression. Instead of creating more barriers to the ballot box, we need to pursue common-sense reforms to make voting more accessible for all of us –
ACLU-TN is already working at the legislature to change these policies, and you can get involved in the fight too. Join ACLU-TN’s “Get Your Right to Vote Back” campaign, which helps anyone who had their right to vote taken away due to a felony conviction legally get their right to vote back. Learn how to get YOUR rights back, stop voter suppression, or become a volunteer at aclu-tn.org.”