Archive for June, 2017

One step closer to passing RISE!

June 28, 2017

We are happy to spread the news: Yesterday, June 27, 2017, the RISE Act (SB180 authored by Senator Holly Mitchell and Ricardo Lara) passed the California Assembly Public Safety Committee! After more than forty-five years of the War on Drugs, California is one step closer to passing legislation that moves toward undoing some of the […]

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Strength in Numbers

June 27, 2017

In April of this year I stood on the steps of the Capitol surrounded by a group of fierce advocates ready to speak truth to power on Prop 57. For years, I have worked alongside CURB and its members to bring our loved ones home, and our work on Prop 57 was one step closer […]

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Corrections spending keeps climbing: CA 2017-18 budget

June 22, 2017

Yesterday, Governor Brown signed the 2017-18 CA State Budget. Increased investment in incarceration puts us all in danger of falling into Jeff Sessions’ plan to heighten racialized state violence. Alarming investments include:  increases $500 million for state corrections  increases $1.5 million for local community corrections refurbishes or replaces the 12 Oldest Prisons in California On […]

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Support the RISE Act, Reject Jeff Sessions’ war on drugs

June 21, 2017

Last week, Jeff Sessions published an op-ed in the Washington Post, that calls for a new wave of the war on drugs and tough sentencing: “Being soft on sentencing means more violent crime. It’s time to get tough again.” The RISE Act is more important than ever! The RISE Act will repeal costly and ineffective […]

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Beware of bloated corrections spending in 2017-18 budget

June 17, 2017

Last year, Governor Brown said he would develop a sustainable solution to California’s prison crisis. But in this year’s budget, he made it clear that he wants to move the state in the opposite direction by increasing CDCR spending to an all time high. Among the alarming moves, the budget: increases $500 million for state […]

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Join Us on Father’s Day!

June 14, 2017

  Thank you to all those folks that came out to the LANMJ’s Mother’s Day event in May! This weekend we are celebrating Father’s Day at the Twin Towers and we want to invite you to join us. We also wanted to share the amazing video that MiTú created after our Mother’s Day event! You […]

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Taking Up the Torch of Liberation Together!

June 7, 2017

In February 2017, in Oakland, California, we sat across from one another in a room full of people, each wearing passion and pain on our faces, eagerly awaiting the start of a strategy session to stop prison and jail expansion. The facilitator introduced us as the new CURB staff members who would be leading the […]

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