Fearless Beauty empowers women who are impacted by institutional and social injustice through cosmetology education and mentorship in the beauty industry — using beauty and community to liberate and heal. - Our teachers are in the second year of cosmetology programming at the Rose M. Singer Center at New York City's Rikers Island Jail, where 85% of people are not yet convicted and are in jail because they cannot afford their bail to go home while they await trial. We're committed to our students getting the tools, support, and resources that they need at every stage of their journey, both through our programs and our partnerships with advocates and service providers.
New York's jails and prisons are already in the midst of a humanitarian crisis as COVID-19 spreads uncontrollably throughout the facilities, where practices like social distancing, frequent hand-washing and showers, and access to adequate health care are impossible. Out of great care and concern for the safety of our students, their families, corrections staff, and the New York City community, we're joining the urgent call for city and state leaders to immediately release as many people as possible.
We're also asking our community to give $5 (or whatever you can, if you can) to our fund that will go directly to the commissary accounts of our students and other incarcerated women. Commissary funds make it possible for them to buy food rather than leave their dorms and gather in groups for meals, as well as buy essentials like soap.