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 »
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 »