Month: June 2014

The story behind the 2015 California Budget Act

June 25, 2014, Printed in the SF BayView by Emily Harris, Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) ​In mid-June, Gov. Brown signed the Budget Act of 2015, which shows no vision for the future of most Californians. Despite ample opportunity, this budget does not show a path to repair the tattered safety net, to reduce…



A mental health jail is an oxymoron; diversion is what’s needed

Guest commentary in The LA Daily Journal By Patrisse Cullors-Brignac and Diana Zuniga POSTED: 06/24/14, 11:44 AM PDT | Jails create and exacerbate mental health problems. It does not take a genius to conclude, and yet, countless studies have been proven it: if you remove someone from their daily life, their support system, their work, their sense…



Bay Area Anti-Prison Happy Hour – June 25th!

Join CURB members, allies, friends and other anti-prison activists at our upcoming anti-prison happy hour mixer. We will meet, share stories from these past exciting months, hang out and affirm our ongoing fight to end the caging of our communities!Let’s celebrate our collective work and build our movement! Bay Area Anti-Prison Happy Hour Wednesday, June…



Prison Nation: Posters on the Prison Industrial Complex in Rancho Cucamonga!

Prison Nation: Posters on the Prison Industrial Complex  June 9th – July 24th, 2014 CAA Center for the Arts, in the CAA Student Gallery 5885 Haven Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga     The Prison Nation: Posters on the Prison Industrial Complex is on display right now at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga! This Wednesday, June 18th, there…



CURB Responds to Legislatures Compromise Corrections Budget Deal

For Immediate Release – June 16, 2014 MEDIA CONTACT: Emily Harris – 510-435-1176 or emily@curbprisonspending.org Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) released the following statement from Statewide Coordinator Emily Harris on the budget deal announced by Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders last Friday and passed on-time yesterday by the Legislature. “In the face of community and…



Budget Battle: Last Chance to Stop New Jail Money!

Dear Supporter, The final debate on the corrections budget is heating up!  They STILL have not made a final decision on the jail funding. The Sacramento Bee covered the story saying:  “But it’s far from certain that Democratic lawmakers get all they want in this week’s budget negotiations. Gov. Jerry Brown and county sheriffs, for example,…



Budget Battle: Tweet & Call to Keep the Pressure on!

The Legislature has until midnight on Sunday to pass the budget, but the Committee still hasn’t voted on the jail construction dollars. We aren’t surprised by the delay, your pressure has kept the debate on this money lively! For example last Thursday, in the battle over the money Senator Hancock said “If there are no alternatives to…



URGENT: Let's Stop this Jail Money!

Legislature: Stop Brown from Building More Jails?      #cabudget Dear Supporter, There are a number of criminal justice proposals, including the $500 million to build jails, that are being debated over right now as the Legislature finalizes their version of the budget. Tell the legislature, that they must stop Gov. Brown from building more…



Californians gaining momentum against prison and jail expansion

Printed June 3, 2014 in the San Francisco Bay View by Tynan Krakoff, Californians United for a Responsible Budget Anti-prison expansion activists across California have had a busy spring pushing back against controversial expansion plans. Members of Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) acted swiftly last month to defeat two legislative bills which would have…