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Women for Care Not Cages!

Posted by on July 6, 2017 at 10:30 pm

My name is Gina and I am the founder of Essie Justice Group – a fierce organization of women with incarcerated loved ones and a proud member of CURB. Our powerful mission: To build a movement to empower women with incarcerated loved ones. And to break the cycles of pain, isolation and poverty that many […]

One step closer to passing RISE!

Posted by on June 28, 2017 at 7:25 pm

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 […]

Strength in Numbers

Posted by on June 27, 2017 at 8:11 pm

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 […]

Corrections spending keeps climbing: CA 2017-18 budget

Posted by on June 22, 2017 at 9:04 pm

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 […]

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

Posted by on June 21, 2017 at 9:00 pm

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 […]

Beware of bloated corrections spending in 2017-18 budget

Posted by on June 17, 2017 at 12:45 am

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 […]

Join Us on Father’s Day!

Posted by on June 14, 2017 at 10:07 pm

  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 […]

Taking Up the Torch of Liberation Together!

Posted by on June 7, 2017 at 8:25 pm

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 […]

Tell the Conference Committee to invest in care, not cages!

Posted by on May 31, 2017 at 6:22 pm

It’s go time for our California budget! Two weeks ago, Governor Jerry Brown released his revised state budget, increasing funding for CDCR to an all-time high of $11.4 billion. Although Brown’s budget projects a decline of the average daily prison population by approximately 2,000 in 2017-18 due to voter mandated criminal justice reforms like Proposition […]

Envisioning Community Care for People with Mental Illness

Posted by on May 31, 2017 at 1:23 am

More than $70 million had been cut from the Alameda county’s mental health care budget since 2007. Yet, Alameda County has the highest per capita incidence in the state of involuntary holds placed on individuals experiencing a mental health emergency.   While the overall number of people locked up in Santa Rita Jail is decreasing, […]