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There are 15 comments on UPDATE: WTBU Cancels Virtual Benefit Concert for Massachusetts Bail Fund

  1. You do realize they just paid 15k to bail out a rapist, now he has raped another woman. How can you support this? I would pull my support and choose to give to an organization that helps victims of rape, not ones that want to see rapists free.

    1. Due to recent news about the Massachusetts Bail Fund helping to release defendants with serious charges, we have decided to cancel this concert.

      We apologize for our ignorance about the Mass Bail Fund and for triggering any trauma while recently supporting the fund.

      Those who have already donated via Venmo will be refunded.

    2. Hello,
      My name is Maya and I am a DJ for WTBU and helped with this event. Due to recent news about the Massachusetts Bail Fund helping to release defendants with serious charges, we have decided to cancel this concert.

      We apologize for our ignorance about the Mass Bail Fund and for triggering any trauma while recently supporting the fund.

      Those who have already donated via Venmo will be refunded.

      If you are interested in donating to a different charity that fights systemic racism and mass incarceration, we suggest looking into the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

      If you have anymore questions you can email gmwtbu@gmail.com

    1. Due to recent news about the Massachusetts Bail Fund helping to release defendants with serious charges, we have decided to cancel this concert.

      We apologize for our ignorance about the Mass Bail Fund and for triggering any trauma while recently supporting the fund.

      Those who have already donated via Venmo will be refunded.

      If you are interested in donating to a different charity that fights systemic racism and mass incarceration, we suggest looking into the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

    2. Hello,
      My name is Maya and I am a DJ for WTBU and helped with this event. Due to recent news about the Massachusetts Bail Fund helping to release defendants with serious charges, we have decided to cancel this concert.

      We apologize for our ignorance about the Mass Bail Fund and for triggering any trauma while recently supporting the fund.

      Those who have already donated via Venmo will be refunded.

      If you are interested in donating to a different charity that fights systemic racism and mass incarceration, we suggest looking into the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

      If you have anymore questions you can email gmwtbu@gmail.com

  2. So pleased our students are doing this. FYI according to a speaker I heard from the Mass Bail Fund there is only a 1% non-compliance record. That is only 1% of the people MBF helps fail to pay back the fund. It’s an important and worthy fund to support. Good for WTBU.

  3. Maybe reconsider after they helped bail out a convicted sex offender who raped another woman while out on their bail… not exactly “responsible” social activism…

  4. “The Massachusetts Bail Fund posts bail up to $2,000 in Essex, Suffolk, and Worcester counties for people being held on bail of $2,000 or less who cannot afford to pay it, and aims to limit the amount of time people spend in custody while waiting for their cases to end.”

    This is deceiving. In this article alone, https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/08/06/metro/sex-offender-just-set-free-by-mass-bail-fund-is-charged-with-new-violent-rape/, the bail fund posted a $15,000 bail for an individual facing rape charges.

    In this article, https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/07/19/metro/flush-with-donations-massachusetts-bail-fund-pays-free-defendants-across-state-many-facing-serious-charges/, the fund posted an individual’s $85,000 bail. “The day after the fund bailed out Rodriguez, it put up $85,000 to free Karmau Cotton-Landers, 25, who is accused of shooting someone in the daytime on Boston Common in early April. When he was arrested, officers found a loaded firearm and ammunition in his Puma camouflage backpack, Boston police said.”

    The Massachusetts Bail Fund has every right to bail out individuals as they see fit, regardless of the severity of their crimes, but they need to cease representing themselves as an organization bailing out only low-level non-violent offenders.

    1. Hello,
      My name is Maya and I am a DJ for WTBU and helped with this event. Due to recent news about the Massachusetts Bail Fund helping to release defendants with serious charges, we have decided to cancel this concert.

      We apologize for our ignorance about the Mass Bail Fund and for triggering any trauma while recently supporting the fund.

      Those who have already donated via Venmo will be refunded.

      If you are interested in donating to a different charity that fights systemic racism and mass incarceration, we suggest looking into the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

  5. According to its website, the Massachusetts Bail Fund’s stated mission is to ‘Free Them All’ and provide bails of up to $2,000 in Essex, Suffolk and Worcester Counties. These bails are often posted for low-level, misdemeanor offenses which end up punishing poor people and not serving any legal or public safety purpose. However, aggravated rape, kidnapping for the purpose of sexual assault, strangulation and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon are not low-level misdemeanors. They are violent felonies. And the person they bailed out is a sexual predator that hurts and rapes women and children. The Bail Fund posted $15,000 and set McClinton loose on our community. They don’t care that he is a Level 3 sex offender. They don’t care that he has raped women and children before. They have no responsibility to or compassion for the victims and survivors of his crimes, or the families that he has destroyed. I do. And my office will do the hard work of getting his latest victim all of the treatment and services she needs. We will be with her throughout the entire legal process and beyond.

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