The obvious question is why does such a “peaceful” group of people need to worry about raising bail money?
Come to think of it, they probably should have started this fund before their national crime wave swept across America.
At last night’s General Assembly, Occupy Wall Street passed a proposal to set up a $100,000 fund solely for bailing people out of jail. It’s the largest chunk of funds that OWS has allocated for one purpose, and represents nearly a third of the budget. The fund is meant to get protesters out of jail following direct actions, which historically have ended in multiple arrests — or mass arrests, like on the Brooklyn Bridge back in September.
According to OWS media team member Jeff Smith, “we didn’t change any of the stipulations on who gets bail and how much.” Three thousand dollars is still the maximum bail allowed, except for under special circumstances (like with Joshua Fellows, whose bail was set at $25,000. The movement agreed to pay it. the bail was apparently paid by a third party, not OWS itself).
The new bail budget is effective immediately. Policies are already in place for who gets bail and who doesn’t — according to Smith, any kind of violent offense would require consensus to bail the person out, while smaller offenses that go along with the territory of direct actions (trespassing, disorderly conduct, etc) can dip into the bail fund automatically.
Do they bail out the rapists among them?
Based on their lengthy rap sheet, that $100,000 won’t go far.