"I Know What It Means to Be Free"

“I Know What It Means To Be Free,” a short video created by BCBF's Let My People Go campaign partners in collaboration with one of our immigrant neighbors.


Let My People Go NOW 

With the recent murders at the hands of police, we were again reminded that America considers Black lives disposable. 

As we continue our campaign to free thousands of our immigrant neighbors - parents, siblings, friends, and loved ones who remain locked up in unsafe, inhumane detention centers—concentration camps—we are mourning George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Tony McDade, all killed by the police or white self-styled vigilantes. 

This is not a coincidence. Immigration incarceration is deeply intertwined with “criminal” incarceration, as both are designed to uphold a white supremacist state. 

- Police departments are descended directly from slave patrols—armed groups of white men in the South who hunted runaway slaves solely to protect the power and wealth of the white landowning class. 

- In the present day, the majority of new immigration detention facilities opened under Trump were former prisons run by the same private prison profiteers (GEO group & Core Civic).

- Local jails and correctional facilities are also contracted to hold immigrant detainees, and many localities fight for those contracts to cover facility costs. 

- Police cooperate with ICE by providing crowd control and sharing information through initiatives like the Criminal Alien Program and Secure Communities. They also get trained by ICE through programs like 287(g). 

- Finally, 76% of Black immigrants are deported as a result of over-policing in Black communities. 


All of this serves as a reminder that we can’t reform institutions whose primary purpose is upholding white supremacy. 

It is our duty to continue our work to dismantle ICE and raise money to free as many of our immigrant neighbors as possible during this public health crisis. And we must extend that call of abolition to CBP, the current police system, and the prison-industrial complex. 

This is an emergency. 

We know from our own history what happens when civilians don’t stand up. 

We must act immediately, both to stand up for our friends and neighbors, and to reject the xenophobia and white supremacy that attend rising fascism. 

Help us reach our new campaign goal of $500,000 with a donation today to our partners at the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund. Your support will make it possible to free more people from ICE detention during the COVID-19 pandemic and reunite them with their families and communities. In this time of increased visibility of police brutality and disregard for Black lives, we must remember that these carceral systems are inextricably linked together and that none of us are free until we are all free. 

Thank you for standing with us.

Note: you may also support the campaign with a check made payable to Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, and mailed to Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, 195 Montague St, 14th FL, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Please add “LMPG” in the memo line!

Click here to support the post-release needs of community members freed during the campaign. Include "LMPG post-release support" in your donation message.


The Brooklyn Community Bail Fund pays immigration bond for community members in ICE detention who are unable to afford it, reuniting New Yorkers with their families and radically improving their chances of staying in this country. We are incredibly proud to partner with the following organizations:  

Never Again Action is a Jewish-led mobilization against the persecution, detention, and deportation of immigrants in the United States.

Jews for Racial & Economic Justice is the home for Jewish New Yorkers to organize with our neighbors and allies for a New York where everyone has the freedom and opportunity to thrive.

Founded in 2007, New Sanctuary Coalition is a multi-faith immigrant-led organization that creates support systems for and empowers those navigating the immigration system.

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"I Know What It Means to Be Free"

“I Know What It Means To Be Free,” a short video created by BCBF's Let My People Go campaign partners in collaboration with one of our immigrant neighbors.


Let My People Go NOW 

With the recent murders at the hands of police, we were again reminded that America considers Black lives disposable. 

As we continue our campaign to free thousands of our immigrant neighbors - parents, siblings, friends, and loved ones who remain locked up in unsafe, inhumane detention centers—concentration camps—we are mourning George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Tony McDade, all killed by the police or white self-styled vigilantes. 

This is not a coincidence. Immigration incarceration is deeply intertwined with “criminal” incarceration, as both are designed to uphold a white supremacist state. 

- Police departments are descended directly from slave patrols—armed groups of white men in the South who hunted runaway slaves solely to protect the power and wealth of the white landowning class. 

- In the present day, the majority of new immigration detention facilities opened under Trump were former prisons run by the same private prison profiteers (GEO group & Core Civic).

- Local jails and correctional facilities are also contracted to hold immigrant detainees, and many localities fight for those contracts to cover facility costs. 

- Police cooperate with ICE by providing crowd control and sharing information through initiatives like the Criminal Alien Program and Secure Communities. They also get trained by ICE through programs like 287(g). 

- Finally, 76% of Black immigrants are deported as a result of over-policing in Black communities. 


All of this serves as a reminder that we can’t reform institutions whose primary purpose is upholding white supremacy. 

It is our duty to continue our work to dismantle ICE and raise money to free as many of our immigrant neighbors as possible during this public health crisis. And we must extend that call of abolition to CBP, the current police system, and the prison-industrial complex. 

This is an emergency. 

We know from our own history what happens when civilians don’t stand up. 

We must act immediately, both to stand up for our friends and neighbors, and to reject the xenophobia and white supremacy that attend rising fascism. 

Help us reach our new campaign goal of $500,000 with a donation today to our partners at the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund. Your support will make it possible to free more people from ICE detention during the COVID-19 pandemic and reunite them with their families and communities. In this time of increased visibility of police brutality and disregard for Black lives, we must remember that these carceral systems are inextricably linked together and that none of us are free until we are all free. 

Thank you for standing with us.

Note: you may also support the campaign with a check made payable to Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, and mailed to Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, 195 Montague St, 14th FL, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Please add “LMPG” in the memo line!

Click here to support the post-release needs of community members freed during the campaign. Include "LMPG post-release support" in your donation message.


The Brooklyn Community Bail Fund pays immigration bond for community members in ICE detention who are unable to afford it, reuniting New Yorkers with their families and radically improving their chances of staying in this country. We are incredibly proud to partner with the following organizations:  

Never Again Action is a Jewish-led mobilization against the persecution, detention, and deportation of immigrants in the United States.

Jews for Racial & Economic Justice is the home for Jewish New Yorkers to organize with our neighbors and allies for a New York where everyone has the freedom and opportunity to thrive.

Founded in 2007, New Sanctuary Coalition is a multi-faith immigrant-led organization that creates support systems for and empowers those navigating the immigration system.