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Young Evanston artist to hold pop-up shop to raise funds for bail project

Kennedy Freeman, the 17-year-old Evanston artist who was featured in the Tribune last week and on Dear Evanston on Monday, will host a pop-up shop on Saturday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at C & W Market and Ice Cream Parlor, 1901 Church Street.

The pop-up shop, sponsored by Evanston Present and Future, will feature Kennedy's artwork and proceeds from sales will support The Bail Project, which pays bail for people who are eligible for pretrial release but can’t afford it.

There'll also be new Juneteenth merchandise for sale, and, of course Homer's ice-cream from C&W.

Read about Kennedy and her work here.

Register for the pop-up event here.

What more fitting way to commemorate July 4, than to support an organization that's working toward more just, equitable, and humane pretrial system and who's cry is "Freedom should be free."

On any given day, nearly half a million people languish in jail cells across America, waiting for their criminal cases to move forward and severed from their lives and communities even though they have not been convicted of a crime. People in pretrial detention now make up more than two-thirds of America’s jail population. They are presumed innocent under the law, yet they will suffer the harms of incarceration unless they have enough money to pay bail and buy their freedom. This two-tier system criminalizes poverty and is a structural linchpin of mass incarceration and racial inequality.

It affects entire communities, devastates families for generations, and guts the presumption of innocence.


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