#CABudget Battle: Stop CDCR Construction Plans!

CURB and member organizations are continuing to put pressure on the budget committees to fully implement Prop. 57 with our full recommendations in mind. They are listening and they are feeling the pressure. 

Tomorrow, April 26th, the Senate Budget Committee will be discussing CDCR’s Capital Outlay Plan which includes the conversion of Pelican Bay into Level II housing and other facility changes.

Can you let the Senate know that we need to close prisons, not convert them?

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#CABudget Battle: Prop.57 Assembly Hearing TODAY!

Last week about 30 Initiate Justice and CURB members came out to the Prop 57 Hearing in the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Public Safety. CDCR showed up to present their budget request for Prop 57 implementation, and we showed up to represent incarcerated people and their families! Members of Initiate Justice, CURB, Essie Justice Group, Outside Solutions and other community organizations offered public comment on the Prop 57 regulations. The full hearing can be viewed HERE.

Today April 24th at 2:30pm in room 437, the Assembly Budget Committee will be discussing Proposition 57 and I will be giving testimony!

 

Can you help us keep up the momentum by sending an email to the Assembly Budget Committee today?

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#CABudget Battle: Let’s keep the pressure on!

Thanks to those of you that took action to let the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to know that we will continue to fight to bring our loved ones home. Our next action to expand earned time credits and impact the emergency regulations is focused on the #CABudget process.

On Thursday, the Senate Budget Committee will be discussing Proposition 57 and the implementation of earned time credit expansion. Several community members will be present to share our recommendations and demand that our state elected officials listen to our call to action.

Can you help us out by sending an email to the Senate Budget Committee today?

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Excited to be a part of the CURB team!

Dear Supporter,

My name is Amber Rose Howard and you are all welcomed to call me by my first name, Amber Rose. I am very excited to serve as CURB’s Statewide Co-Coordinator alongside Ivette Alé. I am looking forward to getting to know each of our members and would also like for you all to know a little more about me as we begin working together.
I am a native southern Californian, raised in the Inland Empire’s city of Pomona. All of my education was completed in the Inland Empire, including an unconventional learning experience at West Valley Detention Center, as well as traditional undergraduate studies at the California State University, San Bernardino. After having lived through unfair criminal justice practices as a young adult and having been denied gainful opportunities to move my life onward and upward despite extraordinary efforts, I felt a sense of urgency to dedicate my life to fighting for justice and the dismantling of the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC).

Before joining CURB, I served as a Community Organizer for All Of Us Or None, a national organizing effort to strengthen the voices of formerly incarcerated people to advocate for the full restoration of our human and civil rights. I met Diana Zuñiga at the Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People’s Quest for Democracy Day of Advocacy in 2014. After learning that CURB’s focus is decriminalization, decarceration, divestment from law enforcement agencies, and reinvestment into communities most impacted by the PIC, I realized that my vision for a safe and just society is reflected in the work done at CURB.

It is with great honor that I step into the Statewide Co-Coordinator role at CURB. The lives of those trapped in human cages across our state, as well as their families on the outside are depending on people like CURB members to restore hope and community. Each day and in every way I will offer my best efforts at leading the CURB coalition. With your continued support, and my partnership with Ivette Alé, I know that we will continue to move mountains!

My name is Ivette Alé and I am thrilled to be joining the coalition alongside Amber Rose. Like too many of us, I have been directly impacted by the prison system and draw on those experiences as I step into the Statewide Co-Coordinator position with CURB. I look forward to hearing your individual stories as we forge relationships together, and would like to share a bit of my story with you now.

My family immigrated to Southern California from Mexico when I was four years old and I have spent the majority of my life as an undocumented person. Throughout the last 20 years, I have watched my father cycle through the prison system and experienced first hand the destabilizing effects the PIC has on families and communities. So much of my passion for social justice is rooted in and informed by this personal history.

My education brought me up to the Bay Area, where I spent my undergrad years at the University of California, Berkeley. During this time, I became activated through organizing labor rights clinics with Centro Legal de la Raza, participating in Justice Now’s summer internship program, and leading LGBTQ organizing as a Hargraves Fellow with And Castro for All. After college, I continued building in New York City as a grassroots organizer, LGBTQ community leader and artist. In 2010 I founded Azucar, an incubator for Queer, Trans People of Color (QTPOC) artists and fundraising platform for LGBTQ and immigrant rights organizations.

After many years in New York, I came back to Los Angeles determined to organize with the communities that shaped my youth. I have continued organizing queer artists spaces as part of the THrōz Collective, as well advocating for my community through more mainstream channels. I currently serve on the board of my neighborhood council and as a Budget Advocate representing South Los Angeles’ District 9. It was my work as a Budget Advocate pushing back on police spending that lead me straight to CURB, and I could not be more excited to push back on injustice together! Armed with the understanding that my liberation is tied to our collective liberation, I am fully committed to realizing the coalition’s goals and dreams for our communities. I could not imagine a better partner in this fight than Amber Rose Howard and I know that together we will reach new heights!

We look forward to working with each of you. If you need to get a hold of us you can reach us at amberrose@curbprisonspending.org and ivette@curbprisonspending.org.

In solidarity,

Amber Rose Howard and Ivette Alé
Statewide Co-Coordinators
Californians United for a Responsible Budget

 

 

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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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