|Dear Supporter,This year’s International Women’s Day is honoring the contribution of women to the survival and wellbeing of Los Angeles, Southern California and the world.
A special honoring of California Families Against Solitary Confinement (CFASC) will be part of the event. We invite you to gather with us to celebrate the work that CFASC has done to gather public support against conditions in California prisons.
What: International Women’s Day event
The multi-media event will feature a concert with local performers, a speak out by community members; visuals include people’s art installations and displays, children’s activities, food and more.
Please come out Saturday and celebrate the work of women and CFASC with us!
|See you there,
California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement and a member of Californians United for a Responsible Budget
Planning group: Alexandria House; California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement; Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB); Center for the Study of Political Graphics; DCFS Give Us Back Our Children; Every Mother is a Working Mother Network; Food Not Bombs; Feminists Working on Real Democracy (F*WORD, Santa Cruz); Alex Sanchez, Executive Director of Homies Unidos; Long Beach Area Peace Network; Martin Luther King Coalition of Greater LA; Pat Alviso, Rossana Cambron, Jeff Merrick, military family peace activists; No More Jails LA; Orange Co. Peace Coal; Sin Barras, Santa Cruz; Bilal Ali, state-wide coordinator Homeless Bill of Rights, WRAP; Women of Color/Global Women’s Strike & GWS/LA; Veterans for Peace Chapters 067(Long Beach) & 110 (OC).
A lot is at stake this budget session for people who support reducing the prison population and investing our resources into smart & humane alternatives.
Today’s email is the first in a series from CURB on the California Budget Battle!
In January, the proposed budget was released and as you’ll remember from our summary: Gov. Brown’s Budget: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, the budget includes some modest parole reforms that we want to expand and & prevents additional out-of-state transfers!
However, the budget also includes plans to spend MILLIONS of our tax dollars to expand the prison and jail system by over 5,000 new beds.
On the horizon there are a series of important Budget Hearings in Subcommittee No. 5 on Corrections in the Senate and Assembly. We encourage you to attend or tune into these hearings. The first two are tomorrow and this Thursday!
Over the next few months we’ll be sending out vital rapid response updates and urgent action alerts, until the Governor actually signs the budget sometime around July 1st.
Please join us in standing up for a budget that prioritizes services and programs for our most vulnerable Californians, and stops throwing our taxdollars down the rat hole of incarceration!
|Thank you,Taina Vargas-Edmond
Dignity and Power NOW
A member of Californians United for a Responsible Budget
CURB’s Policy Advocacy Committee will be mobilizing people to attend the following hearings. Please contact Emily at email@example.com or 510-435-1176 if you would like to join us! Look out for more details soon.
For the most update information or to watch the hearings live visit the Assembly and Senate Budget webpages. Please review the Legislative Analysts Offices recommendations on the Corrections Budget.Who is coming to prison and why? Assembly: Wednesday, March 5th In Room 437 at 1:30pm
Topics include: Population trends, medical inspections, Avernal water shortage, valley fever, CHCF intake suspensions, and rehab programs.Who is coming to prison and why? Senate: Thursday, March 6th In Room 113 at 9:30am
Topics include: Women in prison, population trends.Do we need more jail cells? Assembly: Wednesday, March 12th In Room 437 at 1:30pm
Topics include: Board of State and Community Corrections, realignment, local jail construction.Do we need more jail cells? Senate: Thursday, March 13th In Room 113 at 9:30am
Topics include: Board of State and Community Corrections, realignment, local jail construction.3 Judge Panel Update Assembly: Wednesday, March 26th In Room 437 at 1:30pm Topics include: Capitol Outlay, Heath Care Receiver, update since suspension intake at CHCF, & Medi-Cal Enrollment. 3 Judge Panel Update Senate: Thursday, March 27th In Room 113 at 9:30am
Topics include: Capitol Outlay, Heath Care Receiver, update since suspension intake at CHCF, & Medi-Cal Enrollment.
Across the country, communities faced with the problem of crowded jails and strained local finances have begun looking for ways to curb jail population growth. These communities have avoided jail construction without compromising community safety, and many have been successful in doing so by using a combination of system efficiency measures and carefully considered alternative programs.
Riverside County operates five correctional facilities. Not enough?
Riverside applied for $80 million for a 582 person jail and was recently denied, however, there are scary plans to send more jail construction down the pipeline and we need to make sure that our county knows we do not want another jail.
We need to keep the pressure on and let Riverside know we need community alternatives!
Join us in demanding real sustainable alternatives, a reduction in the jail population and investment in Riverside’s most vulnerable communities.
Member of Inland Empire Outside the Cage and
Californians United for a Responsible Budget
Dear Supporter,“The Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment’s goal will be real data-based, long-term solutions that will help us stop spending excessive money on prisons and allow us to focus more on investments that grow our economy and provide opportunity.” Speaker Pérez said.
Attend the next hearing in Los Angeles Hearing on Friday, February 28th.
Bring your stories and experiences; this is a rare chance for Committee members to hear from people who are not law enforcement or government officials.
I served 45 years in prison, starting on Death Row. Almost two years ago I was paroled, I attempted to obtain employment within the city to no avail. Like many former prisoners hunger and economic issues led down to a despairing path of homelessness.
Fortunately, I discovered a community based organization, they gave me what everyone needs: a fair chance!
We know how to reduce spending on incarceration and invest that money to expand alternatives like the Fair Chance Program that better serve communities all across the state!
My skills are being utilized in a meaningful way; I am properly housed, fed and very grateful. We need the Committee on Justice Reinvestment to hear our stories.
|See you there,
Ernest Shepard III
Fair Chance Project a member of Californians United for a Responsible Budget
California: On Wednesday, February 19th in Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Francisco a broad coalition of organizations representing housing, health care, faith, youth, women’s issues, criminal justice, and more will deliver a response letter to the 2 year extension on prison overcrowding. The letter, delivered to Governor Jerry Brown, Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, and Speaker John Perez, calls on the leadership of state of California to respond to immediately reduce prison overcrowding by expanding parole and sentencing reform measures, investing resources in restorations to the social safety net and canceling all prison expansion plans.
“We appreciate the steps the court has taken to address prison overcrowding and support their order not to send additional prisoners to out-of-state facilities. However, unless we immediately cancel all of Governor Brown’s current plans to expand California’s prison capacity by over 5,000 new beds, we will not solve the crisis. The end result will not be a more just, equitable, and safe state, it will be more people in cages in California. We remain deeply concerned regarding the human and financial cost of the Governor’s proposed expansion of the prison system. We urge the Legislature to take immediate action to reduce the prison population.” Diana Zuñiga, Field Organizer for Californians United for a Responsible Budget.
Participating organizations include: A New PATH, All of Us or None – San Diego, California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement, California Coalition for Women Prisoners, California Partnership, California Prison Focus, Community Hispanic Association, Courage Campaign, Critical Resistance, Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice, California Prison Moratorium Project, Californians United for a Responsible Budget, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, FACTS Education Fund, Fair Chance Project, Freedom Archives, Friends Committee on Legislation California, Grey Panthers of San Francisco, Invest in Education Not Incarceration Transform Education, ISIDORE, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, The Los Angeles Community Action Network, National Association of Social Workers – CA Chapter, National Lawyers Guild – SF Bay Chapter, People’s Power Assembly – United for Racial Justice, PICO California, Sin Barras – Santa Cruz, United Against Police Terror – San Diego, Western Center on Law & Poverty, and the Youth Justice Coalition along with hundreds of organizations and individuals.
Dear Supporter,This week the Federal Courts granted Governor Brown a 2 year extension to meet the court order to reduce the prison population. This could mark a time of unbelievable strides towards parole and sentencing reform or be a scary step towards the expansion of more prison cells.
My organization the California Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, has signed on because children and families are suffering from a lack of health, human, and social services funding, our answer to this suffering can not be to build more prisons.
We need our communities to be the priority and we hope you’ll join us.
I’ll be delivering this sign-on letter to Governor Brown’s Sacramento office next Wednesday, along with other advocates in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Help us reach our goal of getting 200 organizations and 2,500 individuals to join us by next Wednesday.
National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter
Join A New PATH, All of Us or None – San Diego, California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement, California Coalition for Women Prisoners, California Partnership, Courage Campaign, Critical Resistance, California Prison Moratorium Project, Californians United for a Responsible Budget, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, FACTS Education Fund, Fair Chance Project, Friends Committee on Legislation California, Grey Panthers of San Francisco, Invest in Education Not Incarceration Transform Education, ISIDORE, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, National Association of Social Workers CA Chapter, National Lawyers Guild, S.F. Bay Area Chapter, The Los Angeles Community Action Network, People’s Power Assembly – United for Racial Justice, PICO California, Sin Barras – Santa Cruz, United Against Police Terror – San Diego, Western Center on Law & Poverty.
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Dear Supporter,Today is a big day in Sacramento for everyone that has been seeking justice for our loved ones, we’ve got a full house at the hearing! I stand with family members, advocates, and organizers throughout the state to make sure that the voice of our loved ones are present at the Solitary Confinement Hearing.
We are here to demand that reforms are implemented so that our loved ones can get out of the SHU.
And I want you to continue to fight with us. Please keep the words of my husband strong in your minds and hearts as we fight for justice together.
“For decades now, CDCR has actively been working to break our ties to family and friends on the outside. These hearings have the potential to correct this destructive course. I’m hoping the legislators have the courage to confront this destructive policy and put families back together.” – Gabriel A. Huerta/Pelican Bay Prison/Short Corridor
Thanks for standing with us. Ya Basta!