Race Matters, Friends

Nonprofit in Columbia MO

Race Matters, Friends is a nonprofit group united in the struggle for racial equity in Columbia, Missouri. We nurture conversations and actions about racial equity, racism, and structural inequality in Columbia, Missouri; the United States; and the world.

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March 21, 2021
The RMF Community Bail Fund is tracking Senate Bill 487 in the General Assembly. Its provisions would prevent judges from releasing defendants on their own recognizance while they wait for trial. It would increase the number of pretrial detainees in the Boone County Jail despite years of efforts to decrease the jail population. It may contradict a 2019 Missouri Supreme Court order designed to limit pretrial detention and bail. Full text of the bill: https://www.senate.mo.gov/21info/pdf-bill/intro/SB487.pdf
January 18, 2021
We urge Sheriff Carey, Judge Crane, and the 13th Circuit Court Judges to work immediately at releasing our Boone County detainees and limit further actions that would increase the jail population.
June 11, 2020
On Monday, June 8, 2020, former Rock Bridge High School students presented a list of student demands to the Columbia Public Schools Board of Education.
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Community Bail Fund

Secure Someone’s Freedom

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“Innocent until proven guilty” should not depend on race or income, but in America that is the reality. When someone gets locked up and can’t afford to pay their bail, they have two choices: plead guilty to the crime, or sit in jail until our backlogged courts can bring them to trial, which in many cases can take years. Even a week could affect someone's job, living arrangement, or custody of their children. We believe that people shouldn’t have to plead guilty to a crime they may not have committed just because they can’t afford a bail payment, which is why we’re paying people’s bail.

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Come to Meetings!
2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month, *Bethel Church, 201 E. Old Plank Rd., Columbia MO 65203. Potlucks on the 2nd Wed at 6pm, regular meeting starts at 6:30pm

*Meetings will be zoom until further notice.
Join us at City Council Meetings! 
1st and 3rd Mondays of every month. City Hall, 701 E Broadway, Columbia MO 65201
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What We're Doing

We Need Bodies at Tonight’s Citizens Police Review Board (CPRB)

July 13, 2022
The recent hot flashes around the (CPRB) are in response to December L. Harmon’s 11-page proposal called New Model Concepts For The Citizen’s Police Review Board (2/22/22). The proposal is in response to SB26, which egregiously limited the board’s ability to do the oversight mission. Overall, the proposal reconceptualizes the oversight infrastructure and structure of […]
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Murals in the Courthouse (Boone County, MO)

September 29, 2021
The Courthouse of Boone County, Missouri has prominent murals adorning its walls that give an unflattering depiction of BIPOC and women. While conversations may be held as to the historical or artistic relevancy of such work, the primary concern is that these images set and reinforce an insidious tone within the halls of our Courthouse.
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RMF Shares City Manager’s Alleged Retaliation Over Rumors

July 19, 2021
This letter addresses a recent issue of some city employees being put on administrative leave. (The narrative below is obviously sourced by city employees.) They are concerned about an allegation, based on a rumor, which maintains certain employees organized and plotted to get a sitting council member to make a motion to hear their grievances […]
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In the News

  • Columbia Missourian

    Art imitates life when it comes to racial equity in the Missouri courts

    Many years before the state killed Ernest Lee Johnson by injecting him with a fatal dose of pentobarbital, he walked by a mural that foreshadowed his death. The mural is in the Boone County Courthouse, on a prominent wall visible as you walk from the first floor to the courtrooms above.

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