My name is Mark Stanley-Bey and I am writing to you from across prison walls as a CURB donor. This year I donated five pieces of artwork to CURB in hopes of sustaining the work of this vital coalition. A coalition that fights every day for freedom.
I appreciate CURB because they are reaching people through the visual arts. Art is embraced by all of us across many lines and communicates to us all.
As an artist, exhibited in the Smithsonian Museum, you are in for a treat. By owning one of my pieces that is still up for sale you are helping CURB and making your own statement. Check out the pieces here!
I am asking you to take the time and donate to CURB today so that the coalition can continue fighting for a world that prioritizes the holistic well-being of communities throughout California. Help CURB continue to build a movement against prison and jail expansion in 2017.
Your support makes CURB’s work to combine the power of organizations across the state possible. And I am proud to be a part of that fight!
I, Stan-Bey, know you will be glad you own a piece of art that has helped many in the course of change.
Californians United for a Responsible Budget
P.S. Contact CURB to purchase one of the pieces featured at the bottom of the donation page!
As we continue processing the consequences of the election — from our fear and revulsion of the new president, to our hope and excitement for the potential of Propositions 57 and 64 to bring our loved ones home and heal our communities — I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude for your support of this movement.
Your support has kept us strong in our demands to shrink the prison system and support true community health, safety, and well-being.
Your support has helped us stay fiercely committed to transforming the state’s consciousness on crime and punishment, and convinced that our state can do better.
Your support has made me thankful for the heart and power of our people. Read the rest of Our thanks to you »
This Saturday: Community Town Hall for a Jail-Free San Francisco!
There is just under a week left before the No New SF Jail Coalition’s upcoming town hall on our next steps towards a jail-free city.
On December 1st, the SF Board of Supervisors will review a series of proposals put forth by the city’s work group on alternatives to the jail at 850 Bryant. Though we successfully advanced recommendations of bail reform, supportive housing and services, we will need to keep up the pressure in order to move the city away from its reliance on jails. Read the rest of Join us Saturday to plug into the SF jail fight »
The No New SF Jail Coalition is gearing up to bring the jail fight to the new San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and we need your help.
On December 1st, the board will review a series of proposals put forth by the city’s work group on alternatives to the jail at 850 Bryant. Though we successfully advanced recommendations of bail reform, supportive housing and services, we will need to keep up the pressure in order to move the city away from its reliance on jails.
The two jail proposals that we defeated two weeks ago show us what we are up against. The District Attorney’s favored proposal is a mental health jail that would keep mentally ill prisoners under the Sheriff’s authority, instead of receiving care in community. The other, an entirely new jail proposal from the Sheriff’s Department, clearly moves to entrench jailing as a solution to the unmet needs of city residents.
The last few days have been a hard and dark time for most of us. We have run through many of the horrifying scenarios that could occur after the final election results. We’ve thought of how many of us women may lose the legal right to protect our bodies. Or the possibility that many undocumented friends and loved ones may be taken from our families and communities. We have been fearful of how this decision will further endanger the lives of black people, Muslims and refugees. And our hearts have hurt at the possibility of how this could impact our LGBTQ community and low-income, working class communities of color at large. Some of us have imagined how we can possibly explain all of this to our children and young people.
This mourning and sadness is a natural reaction during a time that seems so uncertain and dark. And CURB hopes you are taking great care of yourself and those who are closest to you at this time. Read the rest of Moving Ahead and Growing Our People Power »
In the last decade, there have been nearly a half million marijuana arrests in California. These arrests have disproportionately targeted people of color, particularly Black Californians, who are nearly five times more likely than white Californians to be arrested for a marijuana felony.
With Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, we have a chance to drastically curtail the War on Drugs and protect our communities from the violence of criminalization and imprisonment. Tomorrow, vote YES on Prop 64 and together we can protect ourselves and our loved ones from the racist and predatory War on Drugs.
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Last week, the No New SF Jail Coalition celebrated a victory over two new jail proposals in San Francisco!
The proposals — a mental health jail proposed by District Attorney George Gascón and a new jail facility proposed by Sheriff Vicki Hennessy — were both rejected by the city’s work group on alternatives to the jail at 850 Bryant.
Through our hard work, we do not expect either of these proposals to advance to the Board of Supervisors this December. Instead, proposals should include bail reform, supportive housing, and other steps away from reliance on jails.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 25, 2016
Diana Zuniga – (213) 864-8931, LA No More Jails Coalition
Mark-Anthony Johnson – (818) 259-1322, LA No More Jails Coalition
LOS ANGELES – Today, after years of community pressure against the $3.7 billion jail plan, a coalition of formerly incarcerated people, community organizers, students, health and environmental experts chanted down the LA County Board of Supervisors hearing and demanded the supervisors reject the jail plan. The protest forced the Supervisors into a brief recess after which they approved the final Environmental Impact Report and proposed plans to move forward with the Consolidated Correctional Treatment Facility in a closed session without public participation.
The LA No More Jails Coalition challenged the Supervisors’ negligence in moving forward with a plan that significantly endangers the public health and wellbeing of women incarcerated in the proposed jail. The proposed women’s jail would be constructed at a toxic site in Lancaster. These dangers include toxic soil, historically poor waste management, and increased risk of the deadly illness Valley Fever in the area. Research has shown that Black and Brown women are most vulnerable to contracting Valley Fever. While Black women make up only 4.6% of county population, the Sheriff’s Department’s custody report from March of 2016 states that Black women make up around 31% of the women’s jail population.
The Coalition has also repeatedly challenged the inadequacy of the environmental review process by citing numerous environmental harms that would be caused by the project. Most notably, the County has failed to appropriately mitigate potential health consequences from exposure to Valley Fever, a disease that is endemic to the project site in Lancaster. Black people, and especially Black women, have been found to be more susceptible to contracting Valley Fever than other demographic groups, a fact that organizers with the LA No More Jails coalition say should raise serious alarm among county officials. Read the rest of Community shuts down jail construction vote, supervisors dubiously move ahead in closed session »
This Friday, October 28, is the final meeting of San Francisco’s workgroup planning the permanent closure of the City’s oldest jail.Members will be voting on proposals to submit to the Board of Supervisors, and we need a strong community presence to make sure the workgroup prioritizes housing, reentry, and alternatives to incarceration — not more cage construction.
Diana Zuñiga – 213-864-8931 – email@example.com
Christina Tsao – 626-215-4818 – firstname.lastname@example.org
The LA No More Jails Coalition and community members are rallying to demand the rejection of a controversial proposal to build a new women’s jail in Lancaster. Today, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors will vote on the final Environmental Impact Report for the proposed women’s jail, which experts have criticized for failing to adequately address environmental concerns. The board will also vote to move forward with the other piece of LA County’s $3.7 billion jail plan: a replacement for Men’s Central Jail.
“This is a big day for the economic future of Los Angeles,” says Diwaine Smith a youth organizer with the Youth Justice Coalition. “The LA No More Jails coalition has been fighting the construction of the proposed women’s jail for more than ten years and the entire jail plan for at least five years. We know our communities deserve so much more than another jail. As a coalition, we oppose this jail plan and will continue to fight for a more equitable and just Los Angeles that prioritizes the health and wellbeing of Black and Brown communities.”
The vote on the new women’s jail was originally slated for October 11, but the Board delayed the vote due to community pressure. Grassroots organizers, environmental justice advocates, and health experts have been raising concerns over the serious health hazards of the facility. The risk of exposure to Valley Fever — a chronic, crippling, and sometimes fatal disease — has infected people imprisoned in state prisons in Antelope Valley, including Lancaster.