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What the new CA budget means for us

Posted by on July 5, 2016 at 7:55 pm

Dear Supporter, 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 […]

Check out the Mother’s Day Video & join us on Father’s Day!

Posted by on June 16, 2016 at 8:54 pm

Dear Supporter, 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. We also wanted to share the amazing video […]

We Are So Close…

Posted by on June 1, 2016 at 10:32 pm

Dear Supporter, As a CURB intern, it has been thrilling to witness the amazing people power of our coalition. Last week, we won a significant victory as both houses of the legislature voted to reject the Governor’s proposal for more jail construction funding. We are so close — but we’re not there yet. This week, the […]

Demand Change with CURB…

Posted by on May 25, 2016 at 4:25 pm

Dear Supporter, There is strength in numbers. When many people band together to demand change, change happens. That’s what CURB does: they are a statewide alliance of organizations that recognize the importance of advocating loudly and together creating a force for change. As a family member of an incarcerated person, I have experienced the pain […]

One house down, one to go!

Posted by on May 19, 2016 at 4:06 pm

Dear Supporter, Sacramento heard you! Following months of community pressure and mobilizations, the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Public Safety — which more than 50 CURB members stormed on our April 7 Lobby Day — voted to reject the governor’s proposed $250 million in jail construction funding. This is a powerful moment, and we have got to keep […]

Prison, Jail Expansion hidden behind supposed “Investments to Rehabilitation and Reentry”

Posted by on May 13, 2016 at 6:39 pm

For Immediate Release – May 13, 2016 Press Contact: Lizzie Buchen, Co-Coordinator, Californians United for a Responsible Budget 510-435-1176 lizzie@curbprisonspending.org @CURBprisons Sacramento – Governor Jerry Brown released a revised state budget today that divests $250 million from communities for jail construction, fortifies and expands the prison system, and fails to support urgently needed programs and […]

Let’s heal our women together…

Posted by on April 30, 2016 at 8:37 pm

Dear Supporter, As we continue to fight against the proposed construction of a new $200 million women’s jail in Los Angeles County we want to invite you to the LANMJ Mother’s Day Event to celebrate our victories and our women.  Last year’s event was a moving experience for everyone involved. Just check out the video that was created […]

Why I’ll be back for CURB’s next lobby day

Posted by on April 28, 2016 at 9:56 pm

Dear Supporter, I’m an undocumented and unafraid organizer with the Immigrant Youth Coalition. A few weeks ago, I attended my first CURB lobby day, along with other immigrant community members impacted by incarceration, detention, and deportation. It was so powerful to see community members from across the state coming together to share stories, advocate for care […]

Join us in a Forum to Build Community Power

Posted by on April 27, 2016 at 9:03 pm

Dear Supporter, We in the Alameda County Jail Fight Coalition invite you to join us in a community forum to build grassroots power against Alameda County’s $54 million mental health jail project. We believe that this money should instead be spent prioritizing community-based mental health treatment not more incarceration capacity at the Santa Rita Jail. Will […]

Racial Justice Bill on Sentencing Falls Short on Close Vote in CA State Senate

Posted by on April 26, 2016 at 1:28 am

For immediate release – April 25, 2016 Contact: Glenn Backes 916-202-2538 Reconsideration Granted – Needs 3 More Votes to Pass Sacramento—A bill to repeal ineffective and costly sentencing enhancements for prior drug convictions fell short of the votes needed to pass the California State Senate today.  It is eligible to be brought up again for consideration in […]