My name is Rosa, and I am the development intern this summer for CURB. I have learned so much in the past 3 months about the real dedication and perseverance it takes to fight the prison industrial complex. Working with CURB is a truly rewarding experience and the event which I have helped organize is now approaching.
I wanted to send you a friendly reminder that we are less than 2 weeks away from our art fundraiser, Break it Down: Art + Resistance!
Over 50 talented artists have donated pieces to the cause and we even have a few art pieces that were donated from San Quentin prison. All the art will be on display September 9th and will be auctioned off online from September 7th-21st. Read the rest of Over 50 artists are giving to CURB – Will you join? »
We are excited to announce that CURB is looking for an Advocacy Intern, a Development Intern, and a Media and Communications Intern to join our team! These internships provide the opportunity to gain experience in research, outreach, grassroots organizing, media campaigns, coalition and movement building, public education, policy advocacy and social justice work. Working directly with the Statewide Coordinators, the interns will have the opportunity to develop leadership and organizing skills while working alongside an amazing group of anti-prison activists.
After years of an ongoing healthcare scandal over the dismal healthcare conditions in Santa Rita jail, Alameda County is back to the drawing board in selecting a healthcare provider for its jail system. Yet despite the turmoil, they are barrelling forward with expanding the jail under the banner of improved health care.
For those of us who don’t want a bigger jail, this is an important moment to intervene.
As Alameda County considers re-opening the process to find a medical provider, we can turn the tide on the jail plan. We need to make sure the media is covering the real story here. Submit a letter to the editor to ask: How can Sheriff Ahern justify building a “mental health” jail without even having a competent health care provider?
As we step into these summer months, CURB is both emboldened by recent victories in the fight against county jail and state prison expansion and aware of the huge resources we must accrue in confronting the systems that attempt to further incarcerate our loved ones and community members.
To celebrate our work we want to invite you to an art auction fundraiser that will be held at Human Resources.
This fundraiser will be essential in providing the resources to continue our fight and build on our recent victories! Read the rest of Save the Date: Break It Down Art Auction! »
Last week, SB 966 (the RISE Act), fell one vote short of making it out of the Assembly Public Safety Committee, ending its journey in the current legislative cycle. The bill would have repealed the sentence enhancement for most prior drug felony convictions, a vicious tool of the War on Drugs that has torn thousands of families apart, destroyed countless lives, and left our communities less safe.
After passing out of the Senate, we were disappointed that two moderate Democrats, Evan Low and Miguel Santiago, did not join the other Democrats on the Public Safety Committee in voting for the bill. As a result, the bill did not move on.
But the fight for justice and humanity is not over! Our incredible people power has sparked conversations in the media, received powerful endorsements, gathered support from more than 140 organizations across the state, and changed the way legislators think about sentence enhancements. Read the rest of RISE Act stalls, but we fight on »
It is now the beginning of the new fiscal year in California, as Governor Brown signed the state’s 2016-17 budget on Monday. This year, thanks to your incredible action and passionate advocacy, the idea of moving resources away from law enforcement and imprisonment gained serious traction.
But law enforcement continues to gain power as well, and unfortunately, they managed to pry even more money for policing and imprisonment in the state budget.
For the first time ever, we got a major win as we persuaded the budget subcommittees of both houses to reject the Governor’s proposal for jail construction money and redirect the funds to prevention and treatment. But he managed to strong-arm the legislature into inserting it back into the budget, in the form of lease-revenue bonds. Read the rest of What the new CA budget means for us »
OAKLAND – CURB co-coordinator Lizzie Buchen issued this statement today following Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing of the 2016-2017 budget:
“The budget signed today by Governor Jerry Brown reflects Sacramento’s relentless reliance on incarceration. Although the budget includes some repairs to the social safety net, it nonetheless aggressively builds up California’s system of imprisonment, adding another $270 million to the state’s large-scale jail construction program, extending contracts for private prisons, increasing the number of prison guards, and funding construction on a dilapidated prison in Norco that has been slated for closure since 2012.
“This reinforcement of the state’s vast system of imprisonment comes as legislators, the governor, and the general public have recognized that incarceration is failing people in low-income communities of color. Not only did the voters overwhelmingly choose prevention and treatment over punishment for low-level offenses through Prop 47, but the Governor is pushing his own ballot initiative to reduce sentences for people in prison. In the legislature, both the Senate and Assembly budget subcommittees voted to reject more jail construction. However, after the backroom deal-brokering in the last-minute budget negotiations, the funding for jail construction returned to the budget, a sign that law enforcement continues to gain power in Sacramento and remains tenacious in prying money from the legislature. Read the rest of Press Statement: CURB responds to Governor’s support for more incarceration in new budget »
The fight continues in Sacramento. With all his cries for fiscal caution and his claims about reducing California’s sky-high incarceration rates, Governor Jerry Brown is on the verge of approving $270 million in high-interest loans to build new jails. This is the fourth round of jail construction funds approved since 2007, and there’s no sign that it would be the last.
Thank you to all those folks that came out to Mother’s Day in May and to the Care Not Cages Art Party this past week. This weekend we are celebrating Father’s Day at the Twin Towers and we want to invite you to join us.
Will we see you on Father’s Day? Read the rest of Check out the Mother’s Day Video & join us on Father’s Day! »