End Police Violence & Mass Incarceration in Ferguson and Everywhere

We stand with the family of Mike Brown, the people of Ferguson, and those traveling from across the country to Missouri this weekend for the Black Lives Matter Ride, as they continue to stand up for justice and fight back against state violence in our communities.  Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 12.29.26 PM

We continue to envision a world where deadly racism doesn’t plague our communities, where policing and imprisonment are not used to answer the social and economic problems we endures.

What we are seeing in Ferguson reminds us of all the Black and Brown, named and unnamed, who have lost their lives at the hands of law enforcement. We continue to stand with and fight for Ferguson after Mike Brown’s murder; Oakland after Oscar Grant’s murder; Santa Cruz after Frank Alvarez’s murder; Los Angeles after Ezell Ford’s murder; and countless other communities who continue to endure police brutality, arrest and imprisonment.

Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 2.51.17 PMRacism is a core component of our criminal legal system. From police contact, to arrest, to charges, to convictions, to sentences, to parole: racism determines who moves to the next step in the system and how inhumanely people are treated along the way.

While Black people are 13% of the US population, they make up more than a third of those killed by police across the country. Here in California – like the rest of the nation – Black men are dramatically more likely to be imprisoned than any other group of people. Black men are 6.6% of our state population but 29% of our prison population.

This weekend, we encourage you to follow the Black Life Matters Ride,” a national call to action and a slogan under which Black people can unite to end state-sanctioned violence in Ferguson and across the country.

The lives and losses of our people inside and outside the prison walls will not be forgotten. We ask that you stand with us as we continue to organize against these assaults on our communities.

In solidarity and unity,

Diana Zuñiga
Statewide Field Organizer

Californians United for a Responsible Budget

Patrisse Cullors-Brignac
Dignity and Power Now
A member of Californians United for a Responsible Budget

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Aug: 20th – Los Angeles Letter to the Editor Training

CURB’s media team has developed a Letter to the Editor Training, to help facilitate the creation of our Letter to the Editor Rapid Response Team. url(1)The next training will be next week Los Angeles!

Letters to the editor are a quick and easy way to influence reporters, editorial boards and public opinion and a great way to practice our arguments and talking points.

All CURB members and people working with LA No More Jails are invited and welcome to participate. Please join us on Wednesday, August 20 from 6pm-7:30pm. We’ll send a reminder, materials and the agenda prior to the training to all folks who RSVP.

RSVP Here—> http://bit.ly/LTE-LA

 

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LA Residents Caravan 70 Miles to Raise Awareness on Wasteful Jail Expansion

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- August 15, 2014
Press Contact:
Diana Zuniga, Californians United for a Responsible Budget – 213.864.8931 or diana@curbprisonspending.org

Spanish: Antonio Elizondo, Dream Team LA – 310.462.7253 or antonio.river.elizondo@gmail.com
When: August 16th, 2014

  • 9-10:30am: Rally Lynwood Jail (11705 S. Alameda, Lynwood, CA 90262
  • 11am-2pm: Car caravan to former Mira Loma Detention Center
  • 2-4pm: Art Action and Rally at Mira Loma Detention Center with Freedom Harvest (4501 60th St. W. Lancaster, CA 93536)

Social Media: @curbprisons, #StopExpansion, #KeepFamiliesTogether, and #NoMoreJails #keepfamiliestogether

Los Angeles – On August 16th, Southern Californians will mobilize to oppose the proposed 1,604-bed jail for women at the Mira Loma detention center in Lancaster. This is not an isolated case of incarceration expansion. Other proposed expansions include a Mental Health jail in LA, a Disability Accessible prison in San Diego, a Gender Responsive prison in McFarland, and a “Women’s Wing” in the Adelanto Detention Center. Organizations from Los Angeles will first stage a rally at the Lynwood Jail in LA and then caravan 70 miles to Mira Loma to pressure the Board to stop funding jail construction projects that harm our communities. A solidarity rally will be held later in the afternoon at the Mira Loma facility.

“Angelenos do not need more jails,” says Dayvon Williams, youth organizer for the Youth Justice Coalition. “They hurt our communities. Study after study commissioned by California counties show that locking people up does not create safer communities. Multiple reports recommend alternative ways of reducing the number of people locked up. It makes more sense to use resources for life-affirming programs, job programs and services that will improve our lives.”
“Counties need to justify their application for state funds by showing that there are strategies in place to support people released from prisons and jails to reduce recidivism rates and the population behind bars, but that isn’t happening,” says Christina Tsao of Critical Resistance-Los Angeles. “It looks like Los Angeles County is deliberately not implementing population reduction strategies so they can continue expanding their already sprawling system of prisons and jails.”

Activists in other Southern California counties will be participating in solidarity actions in San Bernardino, San Diego, and Riverside. All of these locations are experiencing expansion of some kind.

“People of color, immigrants and poor people have been deliberately targeted by over 30 years of unjust criminal justice policies. Entire communities have been devastated, impoverished and disenfranchised, while billions are being spent in prison, jail, and detention centers construction, ” says Antonio Elizondo of Dream Team LA. “But people from across the state are sick of it and they are coming together to continue fighting back against these attacks. Now is the time for county and state politicians to get with the programs, or get out of the way.”

English and Spanish speaking spokespeople will be available throughout the day.

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Construyamos Comunidades Fuertes, No Mas Jaulas

PARA PUBLICACION IMMEDIATA-AGOSTO 16, 2014

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Contacto de Prensa: Diana Zuniga, Californianos Unidos por un Presupuesto Responsable (CURB) – 213.864.8931
Que: Caravana y Marcha/ Conferencia de Prensa
Cuando: Agosto 16th, 2014 a las 9:00 am
Donde: Inicio de la marcha en la Carcel de Lynwood (11705 S Alameda Ave Lynwood, CA 90262)
Marcha en Mira Loma (45100 60th St. W, Lancaster, CA 93536)
Quien: Coalicion “No Mas Carceles” de Los Angeles

Los Angeles- El 16 de Agosto, habitantes del Sur de California se mobilizaran para oponerse a la propuesta para construir una carcel con capacidad de 1,604 espacios en el centro de detencion de Mira Loma en la ciudad de Lancaster. Esta propuesta no es un caso aislado de expansion de carceles en California. Otras propuestas para expander carceles incluyen una carcel de salud mental en Los Angeles, una carcel con accesso para desabilitados en San Diego, una carcel sensible al genero en McFarland, y una “Seccion de Mujeres” en el centro de detencion de Adelanto. Varias organizaciones de los angeles iniciaran con una marcha en la carcel de Lynwood en Los Angeles, y despues viajaran en una caravana de 70 millas hacia el centro de detencion de Mira Loma en Lancaster, esto con la intencion de poner presion a la Junta de Supervisores de el Condado de Los Angeles para que deje de financiar proyectos de construccion de carceles que dañan a nuestras comunidades. Una marcha en solidaridad sera llevada a cabo por la tarde en el centro de detencion de Mira Loma.

“Los habitantes de Los Angeles no necesitan mas carceles” dice Dayvon Williams, un joven organizador de la Coalicion de Justicia para los Jovenes ( Youth Justice Coalition ). “Las carceles dañan a nuestras comunidades. Estudio tras estudio comisionado por condades de California demuestran que encerrar a la gente no crea comunidades mas seguras. Al contrario, varios reportes recomiendan usar alternativas a la encarcerlacion para reducir la poblacion de las carceles. Tiene sentido usar recursos para programs de trabajo y servicios que mejoren nuestras vidas”

“Los condades necesitan justificar sus aplicaciones para mas fondos estatales demonstrando que hay estrategies en orden para apoyar a la gente que ha sido liberada de las carceles y prisiones para reducir las tazas de reincidencia y la poblacion que esta detras de las rejas” dice Cristina Tsao de la organizacion Resistencia Critica- Los Angeles. ” Parece que el condado de Los Angeles no esta implementando estrategias de reduccion de la pobalcion de las carceles deliberadamente para poder continuar expandiendo su sistema gigante de carceles y prisiones”

Activistas en otros condados del Sur de California estaran participando en acciones solidarias en San Bernardino, San Diego, y Riverside. En todos estos lugares hay expansion carcelaria de algun tipo.

“Las personas de color, los immigrantes y la gente pobre han sido el blanco de 30 años de leyes injustas. Comunidades enteras han sido devastadas, privadas de sus derechos y empobrecidas mientras que miles de millones de dolares estan siendo gastados en la construccion de mas carceles prisiones y centros de detencion” dice Antonio Elizondo de la organizacion Dream Team Los Angeles. ” Pero gente de todo el estado esta cansada de estas injusticias y se estan uniendo para continuar luchando en contra de estos ataques. Ahora, es tiempo de que los politicas de el estado y el condado se unan a nuestros esfuerzos o que dejen de estorbarnos”

Portavoces estaran disponibles todo el dia.

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Communities Rally Across Southern California to Oppose Wasteful Prison and Jail Expansion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- August 15, 2014#NoMoreJails Aug 16

LOS ANGELES:

Press Contact: Diana Zuniga, Californians United for a Responsible Budget – 213.864.8931 and​ ​Diana@curbprisonspending.org
What: Caravan Rally/Press Conference
When: 9-10:30am: Rally Lynwood Jail (11705 S. Alameda, Lynwood, CA 90262
11am-2pm: Car caravan to former Mira Loma Detention Center
2-4pm: Art Action and Rally at Mira Loma Detention Center with Freedom Harvest (4501 60th St. W. Lancaster, CA 93536)

SAN BERNARDINO:
Press Contact: Sarai Herrera, Defund Detention – 760-927-6167 and saraiah@uci.edu
What: Take Back Adelanto!
When: August 16th, 2014 – 5:30 pm
Where: Adelanto City Hall, 11600 Air Expy, Adelanto, CA 92301

RIVERSIDE:
Press Contact: Vonya Quarles, All of Us or None – 951-898-0862 and riversideallofusornone@gmail.com
What: Day of Action Against Mass Incarceration
When: August 16th, 2014 – 9:00am
Where: Robert Presley Detention Center, 4000 Orange St, Riverside, CA 92501

SAN DIEGO:
Press Contact: Max Bojorquez, Trail for Humanity- 619-750-3173 or max.labodega@gmail.com
What: Rally and March
When: August 16th, 2014 7:00am
Where: Beginning at 7:00am in Chicano Park, traveling to the border between 3:00-4:00pm and ending in Larsen Field (455 Sycamore Rd. San Ysidro, 92173)

Social Media: #StopExpansion, #KeepFamiliesTogether, and #NoMoreJails

Los Angeles — On August 16th, Southern Californians will mobilize against expansion of prisons, jails and detention centers in San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles.

“Angelinos do not need more jails,” says Dayvon Williams, Youth Organizer for the Youth Justice Coalition. “They hurt our communities. Study after study commissioned by California counties show that locking people up does not create safer communities. Multiple reports recommend alternative ways of reducing the number of people locked up. It makes more sense to use resources for life-affirming programs, job programs and services that will improve our lives.”

Los Angeles residents will be opposing the proposed 1,604-bed women’s jail at the Mira Loma detention center in Lancaster. Beginning with a rally at the Lynwood Jail in LA and then a 70-mile caravan to Mira Loma to pressure the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors to stop funding jail construction projects. An additional rally and art demonstration will be held later in the afternoon at the Mira Loma facility.

“In Adelanto we are mobilizing specifically against the expansion at the GEO detention center and the lack of political imagination and will that has lead Adelanto to have over 9,000 people incarcerated within a 10-mile radius,” says Vickie Mena of CIVIC. “It is a shame that we continue to build facilities to incarcerate people in Adelanto, while the cities first high school fought to open after two years of sitting vacant. Where are our state and local priorities?”

San Bernardino will be mobilizing to oppose additional construction at the Adelanto Detention Facility and the proposal from their county to contract with LA County to house prisoners at the recently expanded Adelanto County Jail.

“Counties need to justify their application for state funds by showing that there are strategies in place to support people released from prisons and jails to reduce recidivism rates and the population behind bars, but that isn’t happening,” says Maribel Nuñez of California Partnership. “It looks like Riverside County is deliberately not implementing population reduction strategies so they can continue expanding their already sprawling jails.”

Riverside will be mobilizing at Robert Presley Detention Center against the jail expansion plans where there county is looking build 10,000 new jail beds by 2020 and recently approved a bond measure to make this possible.

Activists in San Diego are also fighting against prison expansion. On August 16th, San Diego No More Prisons will join with women from “A Trail for Humanity” in march from Chicano Park to Friendship Park in protest of the proposed plans to build another wing to Donovan state prison, a women’s jail, and the an end to the criminalization and deportation of people of color.

English and Spanish speaking spokespeople will be available throughout the day.

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10,000 new jail beds in Riverside?

Dear Supporter,

Did you know that Riverside County currently operates five jails: Blythe Jail, Indio Jail, Robert Presley Detention Center, Smith Correctional Facility, and the Southwest County Jail – in addition Riverside is scheming to build another 10,000 new jail beds in the next 12 years.  

Bring attention to this waste of human and financial resources, join us for a rally On Saturday, August 16th at 9:00am  at the Robert Presley Detention Center!

The Alternatives to Jail Expansion Coalition, comprised of local groups including All of Us or None and the California Partnership, demands that funds being purposed for jail expansion are better spent investing in reentry services.

Join the call for Riverside County to develop and adopt a comprehensive alternatives to jail expansion plan. 

Together we will create a mass incarceration banner to demonstrate a visual of 10,000 people, equal to the number of new cages Riverside wants to build. Bring magazine cut out pictures of people to add to the banner.

For more information call 951-898-0862 or find more details on the event page
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In solidarity,


Maribel Nunez
Alternatives to Jail Expansion Coalition, and a member of Californians United for a Responsible Budget              PS: Did you see Vonya Quarles of All of Us Or None’s letter “Look for alternatives to building more jails” in yesterdays Desert Sun?     
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Letter: Look for alternatives to building more jails

The Desert Sun received the reaction we expected to our Friday editorial saying the overcrowding the Riverside County jails was unacceptable.

Mark Pereyda of Cathedral City points out that The Desert Sun was among those who opposed the proposed jail in Whitewater, which would have provided 7,200 beds. He’s right. We did, and would again based on the study that said it would harm our tourism industry — the lifeblood of the Coachella Valley.

“No one wants a jail in their backyard but, would you rather have these criminals incarcerated or living among you, me and our families in our neighborhoods as they look for their next victims?” he asks.

We also received three other letters from out of our coverage area.

“It is my belief that jail overcrowding is a symptom of a broken system and the number of people that return is indicative of the same,” writes Vonya Quarles, executive director of Starting Over Inc., based in Corona.

She suggests bail reform as an alternative.

Mohamed Shehk of Critical Resistance, based in Oakland, takes us to task for supporting jail expansion.

“This argument has been made without hesitation or second thought for the last 30 years in California,” he writes. “And what we’ve seen for the last 30 years is that the more quickly jails (and prisons) are built, the more quickly they are filled with prisoners.”

Actually, we support the new Indio jail mainly to replace the unsafe conditions in the old jail, which has blind spots where inmates can be attacked by gang members. We also came out in support of alternatives, such as treatment for drug offenders instead of incarceration.

Emily Harris of Californians United for a Responsible Budget, also based in Oakland, wrote in support of those alternatives.

“We can’t solve violence and harm by building new jails. … Investing in out-of-lock-up alternatives to imprisonment such as drug treatment, affordable housing or mental health services for Riverside’s most disadvantaged populations would be a much wiser use of county resources, and could address root causes or incarceration,” she writes. “Riverside is just another county repeating California’s prison boom mistakes of the 1980s.”

It’s a tough issue. Of course we want our streets to be safe, but the report that the Indio jail was 44 percent over capacity sets off alarms, not only about inhumane treatment of inmates but of putting the county at risk of lawsuits.

What do you think? Should the county keep building jails? Should it dust off the Whitewater plans? Or are treatment for drug officers, home confinement for those awaiting trial and bail reform better alternatives?

Let us know what you think via email at DesertSun.com/letters

Re: “Overcrowded jails are not acceptable,” Desert Sun editorial, Aug. 8. see full letter here

As a resident, property owner, and business owner in Riverside County, I would like to comment on the editorial about Riverside County’s jail overcrowding. Jail overcrowding and expansion is a real concern of several groups including the Alternatives to Jail Expansion Coalition, Riverside All of US or NONE, and several county officials.

Screen Shot 2014-08-12 at 12.15.17 PMThe challenge is to shift the paradigm so that we focus on solutions that work. After 40 years of mass incarceration even the staunchest believers recognize the 65 percent failure rate of over-incarceration as evidenced by the state and county recidivism rates is not acceptable. It is my belief that jail overcrowding is a symptom of a broken system and the number of people that return is indicative of the same.

The number of people that are in jail prior to adjudication is an even greater problem here in our county — 70 percent. Bail reform is one alternative to jail expansion. If we are to move beyond building jails and prisons and overcrowding them until the courts tell us to stop then we must begin to take a deeper look at alternative solutions.

Vonya Quarles, executive director, Starting Over Inc., Corona

 

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Have you ever seen a line this long?

Dear Supporter,

On Tuesday over 250 people showed up to the Board of Supervisors!

RSVP for August 16th!

#nomorejails

This week you were among hundreds of Angelenos who took action to demand a Civilian Review Board, no more jails and push for community based solutions. 

Diana, thank you for raising your voice!

The Board rejected the proposal for a civilian review board for the Sheriff’s department and is funneling millions of dollars towards the mega jail plan.

This is merely a hurdle in our fight to stop the senseless expansion of our jails!

A few days after the vote, we received a letter from Superivsior Ridley-Thomas expressing his commitment to “ensure our County does all it can to end the prison system’s unjust and inhumane treatment of mentally ill individuals” and appreciation for all of our work.

To keep this momentum up on August, 16th we will caravan for Community Solutions and No More Cages! We’ll start at the site of the current women’s jail and travel together to the site of the proposed new women’s jail. 

Time & Locations:

  • 9:00 am – 10:30 am: Meet and Rally at Lynwood Jail (11705 S Alameda Ave Lynwood, CA 90262)
  • 11:00 am – 2:00 pm: Caravan from Lynwood to the former Mira Loma Detention Center (45100 60th St. W, Lancaster, CA 93536)
  • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Rally at Mira Loma

Our work is far from done! We must stay loud and visible with our message – LA County Doesn’t Want A New Jail!

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LA Residents Demand Civilian Oversight, Not $14.5 Million On Moving the Mega Jail Plan Forward 

MEDIA ADVISORY – August 4th, 2014 

Contact:

When: Tuesday, August 5th.  Rally begins at 9:00am prior to LA County Board of Supervisors meeting.

  • S-1, set for 11:00 AM, motion on Sheriff’s Oversight Commission.
  • Item 24, no set time, recommendation from CEO to establish capital project for jail construction and fund $14.5 million for further planning.

Where: Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 West Temple St. LA.

Los Angeles:  On Tuesday, August 5th Los Angeles residents are calling a press conference and rally prior to the Board of Supervisors meeting that will focus on two highly controversial items regarding the county jails. First, the Supervisors will be voting on a motion by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas to create a civilian oversight commission for the LA County Sheriff’s Department, followed by a recommendation from the CEO to spend $14.5 million to start planning for the jail expansion plan.

The Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in LA Jails will be joined by community members, services providers and survivors of jail violence at the meeting to support civilian oversight of the LA County Sheriff’s Department. Amid allegations of widespread abuse of people locked-up in the county jails and misconduct by custody deputies, Sheriff Baca announced his retirement  last January.

Advocates from Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) and the LA No More Jails coalition will be in attendance to push Supervisors to not move forward with the controversial plan to expand local jails.  Instead, residents will encourage Supervisors to support and expand a Comprehensive Diversion Plan proposed by DA Lacey, along with other alternatives to incarceration.

“I’m outraged that the Supervisors would even consider a recommendation to waste $14.5 million to start planning for the mega million dollar jail, before fully funding diversion, treatment, housing and other alternatives to jail” exclaimed Diana Zuñiga Statewide Coordinator for CURB. Advocates have been pushing for a minimum of 30-50% of the counties realignment budget to be invested into community programs. Los Angeles County has received over $1 billion in realignment (AB109) funding since October 2011 and over 80% has been allocated to the Sheriff’s Department.

LA residents continue to voice opposition to the county’s plan to build $2 billion of new jail cells, and are gearing up for an August 16th caravan from Lynwood Jail to the Mira Loma Detention Center, the proposed site for the new women’s jail.

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