In a time when our racist, sewer-hearted, stage-five-Cancer-in-Chief is trying to kill us all (whenever he's not trying to rip us off), it's both easy and understandable to become overwhelmed with all of the important issues that deserve our support. Because there are so, so, so so, many things that need our support.
So here's an issue—a multi-faceted one, but it's just one—for which a new app is trying to make a real-life, solid difference, all by rounding up the spare change from your purchases. And good news, you don't need to do anything.
"Hmmmm... I'm progressive but lazy, and I do enjoy spending money," you say. "Go on..."
The issue is incarceration (fucked up), specifically incarceration for people of color (fucked up times a bajillion). As Kimberly Johnson writes for Konbini in a great piece about the issue and the app:
"While people of color make up about 30 percent of the United States’ population, they account for 60 percent of those imprisoned. One in every 15 African American men is currently incarcerated in comparison to one in every 106 white men."Yeah... fucked up.
The new app is called Appolation, and as its developers point out, "Defendants are nine times more likely to plead guilty to a misdemeanor due to their inability to post bail, putting them at risk for losing their homes, jobs, and ultimately making them unable to defend themselves."
Appolition donates the money raised from the app to National Bail Out, a program that has helped pay for bail and released nearly 200 POC from prisons around the country. It took me under a minute to set it up. Whenever I use my card, it rounds purchases up the nearest dollar. When it hits .50 in "spare change," that small amount of money is automatically donated to National Bail Out, which then goes to help imprisoned Blacks make bail. I can turn it on and off based on my financial needs. I don't have to do anything, something at which I excel.
The incarceration of people of color remains a big issue, and Appolition is a small piece of the answer. But it helps get people out of cells and back home with their families. That counts. It's an app to help you #resist, and something to consider at this time of year when the neediest need our help the most.
Get more info and sign up at Appolition.us.