We got word late yesterday, that Alameda County is racing forward with a terrible plan next Tuesday to spend over $61 million taxpayer dollars to build a new “mental health unit” at Santa Rita Jail. We need you to say NO to jail expansion and YES to community-based mental health care.
The Alameda Jail Fight Coalition has been organizing to stop the jail expansion for over a year, and we need you next Tuesday! Join us, January 10th to stop the Alameda Board of Supervisors from selecting a contractor to build the massive expansion project. We will continue the fight no matter what, but this may be one of the last opportunities to stop this ineffective and wasteful plan.
We critically need your support, to pressure the Supervisors to prioritize alternatives to meet Alameda’s urgent mental health-related needs. Bring your voice next Tuesday:
What: Mobilization to Demand the B.O.S. Vote Against Jail Expansion
When: Tuesday Jan. 10 at 10:30am
Where: 1221 Oak St, Oakland, CA. (Board of Supervisors’ Chambers, 5th floor) Read the rest of JAIL FIGHT GOING UP ON TUESDAY »
Thank you for standing with us in 2016. We appreciate all that you gave to CURB and look forward to taking this people power into 2017.
We are moving ahead quickly. Within the week, Governor Brown will unveil his proposed budget for 2017-2018, and CURB is ready.
This year, more than ever, we need to demand that our state government invest in California’s future, not our cages. We know that Sacramento’s decisions on how to distribute state funds have profound and immediate consequences for our communities’ lives and wellbeing. No matter what Gov. Brown proposes for the next year, CURB is committed to fighting for a just and moral budget, one that will direct resources towards social services, and away from prisons and policing.
Be on the lookout for our 2017-2018 Budget Analysis, where we will comb through Brown’s proposed budget and find out what we’ll be up against in the coming months. Last year, despite our consistent opposition, Jerry Brown succeeded in forcing the $270 million jail construction plan through the budget process. This year, we will need to be even more vigilant to stop him from pouring more funds into the construction of new cages and systems of punishment.
As soon as the proposed budget is released, we’ll be sharing CURB’s analysis and participating in statewide discussion through the hashtag #CAbudget. CURB will also be joining California Partnership and other anti-poverty and anti-prison groups at a series of press conferences across the state on Tuesday, January 10th, to discuss Gov. Brown’s proposed 2017-18 state budget.
Please join us on Jan. 10th:
It is well past time for Jerry Brown to put an end to California’s prison and jail expansion, to reduce the incarcerated population by releasing our loved ones from captivity, and to fund programs and social services that will support the health and dignity of all Californians.
We look forward to fighting for a budget for humanity alongside you.
Californians United for a Responsible Budget
In 2016, we helped local coalitions prevent jail construction in Los Angeles, Alameda, San Francisco, and other counties. Our member network grew. On the state level, we co-sponsored legislation, the RISE Act, to repeal the three-year enhancement for drug priors. This work must continue next year to enhance the future for all Californians.
Next year we will seek to influence the state to close its twelve oldest prisons, currently slated for repairs. Read our 2016 report, “We Are Not Disposable: The toxic impact of prisons and jails.
Greetings CURB Supporter,
I am Nicole Powell, a former intern with CURB, and a current graduate student at Harvard University. As an intern with CURB, I learned specifically about how public policy, media communications, and relationship building can be used in the fight against jail and prison construction.
This year I was happy to have contributed to CURB’s mission by supporting their campaign against the building of the proposed women’s jail in Los Angeles, their campaign against Governor Brown’s $250 million jail construction plan, and their campaign to pass SB 966 (which would repeal ineffective sentencing and decrease mass incarceration).
Thank you for all of your support in 2016!
Peace and love,
Californians United For A Responsible Budget
Our coalition has a different vision for California, a vision rooted in liberation. We envision changes that will bring people home, dismantle systems of imprisonment, and support true community health and prosperity.
In 2016 we have grown stronger than ever. This year Governor Brown proposed $270 million in jail construction funding through our state budget. We made our voices heard by demanding that our decision makers say NO MORE to jail funding. Our people power persuaded the Senate and Assembly Budget Subcommittees to reject the state funding for new jails. Unfortunately, the Governor signed slipped in the jail funding in the final budget, showing support for more incarceration.
It was another Tuesday, and the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors was meeting to decide on the next steps to construct the $3.7 billion jail plan. As I listened to the board discuss their plans to build more jails, I stood up and started leading the room to fill it with chants of “no more jails”, “reject the EIR”, and “this jail plan is disruptive” with students from FREE LA High School chiming in with individual messages to each board member.
After more than seven years of organizing against the massive jail plan, organizers, advocates, and community members were demanding that the board walk out on the jail plan — not the community. It was a powerful day, and although it resulted in the board moving forward with the jail plan, it also sparked a new sense of power among all the new and veteran organizers that have been fighting for a strong Los Angeles that doesn’t rely on incarceration.
I’m a member of CURB’S fundraising committee. I’m also a member of the No New SF Jail Coalition, organizing for 3+ years to defeat the San Francisco Sheriff & Mayor’s jail construction plans. CURB staff and member groups have anchored this jail fight, and we are winning: jail plans have been voted down at the SF Board of Supervisors and its working group.
CURB and CURB’s member groups really get it. Building new jails and prisons will always increase incarceration. Decreasing jail capacity is the only reliable way we can prevent incarceration, to keep people free from this suffering. That’s why I love CURB: together, we are educating each other and attaching the root causes of this harmful injustice. And that’s why today, I’m asking you to help support CURB’s fundraising push. Read the rest of 10 hours left – Donate to CURB on #GivingTuesday! »
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 »