Stand in Solidarity with those on Hunger Strike!

On April 13, 2017 incarcerated people inside the Robert Presley Detention Center will begin a hunger strike for the purpose of raising awareness of jail conditions and changing many of those same conditions. This will be a peaceful protest in the form of an organized hunger strike that will begin at breakfast on April 13, 2017 and end at breakfast on May 1, 2017. 

The group will be on a hunger strike for a total of 17 days.

To support this effort and the demands of the hunger strikers in this particular Riverside Jail family members of the participants, community members will be gathering in front of the facility tomorrow.

Will you join us at the rally and press conference?

  • When: Thursday, April 13 at 9:00 am
  • Where: 4000 Orange St. Riverside, 92501

Community members will be supporting those on the inside that are living in the jail under questionable conditions many of whom are there awaiting trial and have not been convicted. Many of our community members incarcerated are there because they cannot post bail.  Read the rest of Stand in Solidarity with those on Hunger Strike! »

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SF: Take Action Against Jail Spending

The fight to stop jail expansion in San Francisco continues. Tomorrow, Thursday April 6th, the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Sub-Committee will vote again on authorizing Sheriff Hennessy’s application for state renovation funds for County Jail 2 (Seventh Street). The proposal is currently being vetted at a state level, and if approved, will come back to the SF Supervisors for final approval around June 2017.

The Sheriff’s Proposal includes:

  • Expanding the Jail. There are plans to renovate an area of the jail that has been closed for years, effectively expanding the jail’s capacity by 24 people.
  • Higher Security for Prisoners with Mental Health Concerns. The proposal would create 24 two person maximum security cells for people needing mental health support.
  • Isolation of Trans Prisoners. There are plans to renovate an area where transgender prisoners are currently held, likely leading to their transfer to higher security cells, meaning increased isolation and control, rather than their release.
  • Sending Prisoners to Another County or Renovating a Jail that the City Ordered Closed.During this proposed renovation, the Sheriff suggests that San Francisco either rents beds in another county during construction, or renovate 850 Bryant – which has been ordered closed because it is dangerous and seismically unsafe.
  • The Likelihood of More Jail Expansion. The Sheriff admits that this renovation could position the city for further capacity expansion in the future, what she calls “Phase 2” of the project.

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We Are Not Disposable Webinar Recording & Resources!

Thank you for those of you who were able to attend our Webinar, We are not Disposable: The Toxic Impacts of Prisons and Jails, on February 9th.

Did you miss the webinar, or want ot see it again? You can watch the recording of the entire webinar here. 

To learn more, check out these resources:  

In Solidarity,

Californians United for a Responsible Budget

 

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One day to take action to expand credits!

Dear Supporter,

This budget cycle Initiate Justice, a member of CURB, worked to monitor the implementation of Proposition 57 and to demand a drastic expansion of earned time credits for people participating in positive programming. We need you to take action to support us today!

Initiate Justice is a grassroots organization based in Oakland, California, comprised of people who are directly impacted by incarceration. Our work is committed to supporting evidence-based policies that focus on reducing the prison population while ensuring our communities are safe.

We, like CURB, see the passage of Prop. 57 as an opportunity to get our loved ones home through the expansion of earned time credits. On Friday, March 24, 2017, CDCR published proposed Proposition 57 Emergency Regulations on the Office of Administrative Law’s website. This initiated a 5-day public comment period in which members of the public can send a written response to the draft regulations – a comment period which ends tomorrow,Wednesday March 29!

Please see the Initiate Justice and CURB response here.

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Community Power Canceled the Industry Day Forum!

After two long days of careful planning and organizing we arrived this morning to see the “Industry Day Forum” had been canceled.

We believe it was canceled because fear of our public pressure and people power! 

Community members were mobilizing in opposition to the county’s unrelenting plan to builda new $2.2 billion dollar jail that will imprison over 3,500 people. The Industry Day Forum was targeted towards construction companies and vendors interested in building the proposed Consolidated Correctional Treatment Facility (CCTF). The CCTF is basically a mental health jail that would replace Men’s Central Jail.

The Coalition continues to demand that our county build and expand community infrastructure, like affordable housing, community-based health clinics, and youth centers, that serve the real needs of Angelenos and promote real safety in our neighborhoods.

Join us for the LA No More Jails meeting to become a part of this powerful fight against jail expansion!

When: Saturday, March 25th 2pm-4pm

Where: 1137 E. Redondo Blvd., Inglewood, 90302

LA No More Jails organizers will continue in full force. Let’s come together to make a better future for LA!

Amethyst Ewing

Youth Justice Coalition
A member of LA No More Jails and Californians United for a Responsible Budget
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Join us in Alhambra tomorrow to block jail expansion in LA!

Dear Supporter,

Two days after former Sheriff Baca is found guilty and the block on the list of the #300Problematic deputies is still in place–the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors is planning an “Industry Day Forum.”

This “Industry Day Forum” is planned to provide information to construction related firms (large and small) that are interested in building the replacement to Men’s Central Jail.

With all that is happening in our county to incarcerate and deport our people and the recent deaths in our jail we know that NO MORE JAILS is the solution.

Join us Friday at 8:30 am to let all these construction companies know that Angelinos do not want this jail.

  • When: Friday, March 17 at 8:30 am
  • Where: 900 South Fremont Ave. Alhambra, CA 91803 (Conference Center)
  • What to wear: Please wear your No More Jails shirt!

LA No More Jails organizers will be out in full force including Critical Resistance LA, CURB, Dignity and Power Now, Gender Justice LA, Immigrant Youth Coalition and Youth Justice Coalition.

We need you Friday. And check out the recent coverage on our #MillionDollarHoods tool.

Let’s stop this jail plan now,

Los Angeles No More Jails Coalition

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Take action for LA today

Dear Supporter,

There is so much happening in Los Angeles and we remain diligent in fighting against the $3.7 billion jail plan on multiple levels while fighting for community based alternatives and supportive services throughout the county.

Here is a little update on the jail fight and what you can do to contribute!  

  • Sign the petition to expose the #300Problematic Deputies in LA County: As Mark-Anthony Johnson of Dignity and Power Now detailed recently, it is becoming evident full transparency can not be achieved when the sheriffs’ union has the power to block the names of deputies from the courts. These names will not, however, be released without a fight and we only have a week to convince the judges to lift the block! Some of us will be gathering in front of Twin Towers tomorrow at 10am to call out this issue. Sign, circulate and come out tomorrow!
  • Lecture TODAY, 3/9/17 at 6pm at Charles R. Drew University (1731 E. 120th St. LA, 90059): The team of guests, including CURB, will be discussing the collateral consequences of prison building. They will share how prisons and jails destroy the local ecology – placing both the health of those locked up and those living in the surrounding area at risk.
  • Join the #Reimagine109 Campaign: The #Reimagine109 campaign focuses on re-directing at least 50% of LA County’s AB 109 funding to community-based programs that prioritize holistic care, dignity for all, and empowering those most impacted by the criminal justice system.
  • Save June in your calendar: The draft environmental impact report for the replacement to Men’s Central Jail is set to be released in June. We already fought hard to push back against the environmental impacts of the proposed women’s jail as seen in our report, We Are Not Disposable: The Toxic Impacts of Prisons and Jails. And now the time is coming around where we will have to push back against the next phase of this massive jail plan.

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Mobilize Tomorrow with No New SF Jail Coalition!

Thank you for continuing to oppose jail expansion in San Francisco alongside the No New SF Jail Coalition. Despite community opposition, at last Thursday’s budget and finance committee meeting, the Sheriff’s $70 million state application for the jail renovation project was moved forward to the full Board of Supervisors.

The proposal for jail renovation funding will be voted on TOMORROWFeb. 14thSFPoster

Last week we learned that the proposal includes an increase of 8 beds and the cell structure will be modified from open pods to locked cells. Additionally, the Sheriff proposes to move prisoners either to one of the jails that SF has already committed to closing or to other counties like Alameda County while the renovation takes place.

Join us tomorrow?

When: Tuesday, February 14th at 2 p.m.

Where: S.F. City Hall, Main Supervisors’ Chambers, Room 250 Read the rest of Mobilize Tomorrow with No New SF Jail Coalition! »

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SF: Demand Transparency & Accountability from the Board of Supervisors

Dear CURB Supporters,

We need genuine efforts to stop imprisoning people in San Francisco and we need these efforts to moves as quickly as jail funding! Join the No New SF Jail Coalition at City Hall thisThursday, Feb. 9th, to demand transparency about the jail renovation proposal. We must ensure there will be no increased control or isolation in jail!

With the impending closure of the jail at 850 Bryant St due to community pressure, Sheriff Vicki Hennessey has introduced a resolution to apply for state funding to renovate the neighboring county jail facility at 425 7th St. Despite a hefty price tag of $70 million in state funds, and $12 million from the city, her resolution to apply for State funding for jail renovation is on the fast track through the Board of Supervisors.

As the Sheriff’s resolution moves to the Board’s Budget and Finance Committee, we still don’t know the details of the renovation and to what degree it will affect the city’s capacity to lock people up. The No New SF Jail Coalition’s main concern is that this funding could increase the levels of surveillance and isolation, or further restrict the movement for prisoners within the existing jail. And with community programs in constant need of steady funding, we need to know that the Supervisors are not signing away funding without knowing exactly what renovations would entail.

Join us at the Budget and Finance Committee to demand transparency and accountability!

When: Thursday, February 9th at 10 a.m.

Where: S.F. City Hall, Main Supervisors’ Chambers, Room 250

This may be the only opportunity we will have for public comment on the Sheriff’s jail funding application. Let’s make sure that the City of San Francisco is accountable and transparent to our communities!

See you at City Hall!

In solidarity,

The No New SF Jail Coalition

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Thank You! Follow Up from the Santa Rita Jail Noise Demo

Brick by brick, wall by wall – we will make these cages fall!

Greetings jail fighters, ACJF_NoiseDemo1

It’s been two weeks since our noise demo at Santa Rita jail, and we are still feeling the energy and power that was generated that evening! Over 60 people joined together with pots, pans, trumpets, and drums to send prayers, songs, and chants over the walls of Santa Rita jail to those imprisoned there.

Emile DeWeaver, a comrade inside San Quentin who heard about the noise demo, sent this message earlier last week, and it was shouted across the barbed wire and concrete:

“You have power. The biggest lie I ever bought was believing that because I’m in prison, I’m powerless. They treat you like shit to accustom you to feeling powerless; they hope you will confuse that feeling with actually being powerless. You are not.

…Your humanity is one of your greatest weapons, your resilience, your dreams, and even your compassion. The state keeps you separate from the public, so they can feed the public whatever story about you they want. But if the public ever sees your humanity, it ruins the state’s stories about you. The jig is up, and the world has to face that you are just like them, and but for the grace of God, they would be just like you. You stay in this struggle and you will discover what a powerful weapon that is.

I have never met you, and I love you.”

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Thank you to Indigo Mateo for MC-ing, Patricia Contreras Flores for the beautiful prayers, Pete Woiwode for leading chants, Brooke Anderson for photographing the event, and Oakland’s El Huarache Azteca for their amazing tamales that fueled the action! And special thanks to all those that came out on a drizzly Thursday evening to make some noise for community investment and inside-outside solidarity.

Two weeks ago the Alameda County Board of Supervisors approved the spending of hundreds of thousands of dollars on the architect who will design the new torture chamber for Santa Rita. The Alameda County Jail Fight is organizing with Alameda County’s Mental Health Advocacy Board to develop alternatives to imprisonment and build a plan to decarcerate Alameda County — we will keep you updated on those details, and let you know more ways to plug in as that project progresses!

If you are interested in joining the fight, there are 2 ways to plug in immediately:

1. Outreach:

The Alameda County Jail Fight Coalition is continuing to do jail outreach on Friday evenings and Saturdays mornings during visiting hours. Check out this document to sign up for an outreach shift, and an on-point person will reach out to you to coordinate rides and provide a brief orientation to our outreach work.

2. Come to our weekly coalition meetings.

Check out our Facebook page or email tash@ellabakercenter.org to join our listserv for weekly meeting announcements.

In the meantime, we urge you to contact your Supervisor to let them know you disagree with their decision to fund the expansion of Santa Rita jail. Let them know that mental health in a jail is an oxymoron, and county funds belong in community services, not in jails.

Supervisor contact numbers (Not sure what district you live in? Check here.)

District 1: Scott Haggerty, (510) 272-6691
District 2: Richard Valle, (510) 271-5115
District 3: Wilma Chan, (510) 272-6693
District 4: Nate Miley, (510) 272-6694
District 5: Keith Carson, (510) 272-6695

Thank you again for all that you do in helping to build a world with community power and without cages.

In solidarity,

The Alameda County Jail Fight Coalition

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