Archive for August, 2012

Senate Passes Prison Media Access Bill

August 30, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 30, 2012 Contacts: Carlos Alcalá, Communications Director (916) 319-2013 or (916) 698-0243 cell Emily Harris, Californians United for a Responsible Budget, (510) 435-1176 Sacramento – The California Senate passed AB 1270 by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano yesterday, sending the bill on prison media openness to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature. The bill [...]

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Sheriff Lee Baca to Co-Chair Statewide Jail Committee Despite Federal Investigation of Torture in LA County Jails

August 29, 2012

For Immediate Release—August 29, 2012   Sheriff Lee Baca to Co-Chair Statewide Jail Committee Despite Federal Investigation of Torture in LA County Jails California Residents Express Outrage Press Contact: Isaac Ontiveros, Californians United for a Responsible Budget, 510-517-6612 Sacramento—Today the newly formed Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) confirmed the membership of its Adult [...]

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Sign-on! Stop the San Mateo Jail

August 27, 2012

Please join our fight against the $160 million San Mateo jail expansion by signing onto this letter.  To add your name or organization please send an email to info@curbprisonspending.org before September 7th, 2012. September 11, 2012 San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Hall of Justice and Records 400 County Center Redwood City, CA 94603 To [...]

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San Mateo County Residents Gather to Stop New Jail

August 24, 2012

For Immediate Release—August 24, 2012 Press Contact: Isaac Ontiveros, Californians United for a Responsible Budget, 510-517-6612 What:  Community Town Hall When:  Saturday August 25, 2012, 1 – 4 pm Where:  1796 Bay Road, East Palo Alto, CA 94303 East Palo Alto—This Saturday community members from across San Mateo County will hold a town hall with [...]

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Sample Letter of Support for AB 1270

August 21, 2012

AB 1270 (Ammiano) – Lift the Media Ban Please fax or email to Hafsah Al-Amin, California Coalition for Women Prisoners at fax: (415) 552-3150 or hafsah@womenprisoners.org  Please add to your organizational letterhead Date Governor Jerry Brown c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173 Sacramento, CA 95814 Fax: (916) 558-3160  Re: AB 1270 (Ammiano)  – California State Prison [...]

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Editorial: Allow inmates to talk

August 21, 2012

Printed in the Los Angeles Times on August, 21st A bill to cut restrictions on interviews is essential to making state prisons more accountable. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) has sponsored a bill that would require prisons to allow inmates to be interviewed and prevent authorities from retaliating against inmates who granted interviews. Above: Inmates [...]

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Prison Media Access Bill Leaves Appropriations, to Full Senate

August 16, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 16, 2012 Contacts: Carlos Alcalá, Communications Director, Assemblymember Ammiano (916) 319-2013 Emily Harris, Californians United for a Responsible Budget (510) 435-1176 SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember Tom Ammiano’s AB 1270, a bill to lift the media access ban in California prisons left the Senate Appropriations Committee on a 5-2 vote today and will be taken up [...]

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Two Events to Stop the San Mateo Jail

August 14, 2012

The San Mateo County supervisors have put forward a plan to add $44.2 million dollars to this year’s budget for constructing a $160 million jail that we don’t need– and can’t afford. We can stop it, but we need your help! Please join us for two important upcoming events:  Community Townhall to Stop the New [...]

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Emily Harris and Bernadette Rabuy: To pass tax, San Mateo must cancel jail

August 8, 2012

By Emily Harris and Bernadette Rabuy Special to the Mercury News Posted:   08/08/2012 02:35:00 PM PDT Updated:   08/08/2012 04:15:22 PM PDT Click photo to enlarge Customers exit a Kmart store in San Mateo, California. The cost of retail items will increase if… The list of recent service cuts and layoffs in San Mateo [...]

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Community Members Speak Out Against Proposed Jail Tax

August 1, 2012

For Immediate Release – 7/30/12 Challenge Board of Supervisors’ Funding Priorities Press Contact: Emily Harris 510-435-1176 Redwood City—San Mateo County’s Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday morning on whether or not to adopt a resolution to send a half-cent sales tax increase to local voters on the November 6 ballot.  Community members are challenging a [...]

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