You know what's whack?! THE CASH BAIL SYSTEM! Never heard of it? I hadn't either until the protests after the murder of George Floyd. The US has a cash bail system, meaning that they hold (often innocent) people in jail/prison until their trial date, unless they can pay (in cash) a given amount to "guarantee" that they'll show up at trial. Given that our criminal justice system disproportionately incarcerates BIPOC, you can understand just how pervasive the cash bail system is. And guess what—if you can't pay for your bail or a bail bond, then you STAY IN JAIL UNTIL YOUR TRIAL. Which is sometimes YEARS. AND you could be INNOCENT THE ENTIRE TIME. I could speak about this for hours, let's chat about it sometime if you're curious. Until then, and for many moons past that date, I'm going to keep donating to this much needed non-profit, and I hope you will too.
Oh hello again! Do you care about climate change? Because I do! Our forests capture and store almost 15% of the carbon emissions from fossil fuels. AND if we plant more trees, they could almost capture 30%— I don't know about you but I'd like a future for my grandchildren and great grandchildren and also a home for the polar bears (they're just so damn cute). Forests also help provide us with clean drinking water- WHAT? SO cool! I'm learning so much and I hope you are too! American Forests works to help plant and restore America's large forest landscapes, provide tree equity in urban cities, and lobby to create policy that protects our forests far into the future.