Month: January 2015

Poverty, Prisons and the Budget – a report from the Capitol

Dear Supporter, Last Thursday, I attended a budget hearing in the California State Senate, which took its first look at Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed spending plan.  In a preview of upcoming budget debates between the Legislature and the administration, Gov. Brown’s representatives from the Department of Finance faced tough questioning by members of the Senate…



Cages Kill — Freedom Rally — January 24th in Santa Cruz

We are contacting you as members of Sin Barras, a community-based organization in Santa Cruz that fights for prisoners’ rights with the goal of ending the prison-industrial complex.  We are a member organization of CURB. We are reaching out in hopes that you will join our most urgent fight. Cages Kill! Freedom Rally January 24th,…



Report Released on State Funding Options for LA Jail and Diversion: Advocates call for an immediate halt to new jail and more investment in services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 15th Press Contact:Emily Harris, Californians United for a Responsible Budget, 213-864-8931 SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, the Department of Finance released their AB 1468 report (http://www.dof.ca.gov/budget/historical/2015-16/documents/AB-1468_Report-WEB.pdf), which   outlines four options for the state to assist Los Angeles County with its mental health infrastructure needs as it plans to replace Men’s Central…



Gov. Brown Backslides on Corrections Budget, No Substantial Reductions to the Prison Population Only Costly Expansion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 9th Press Contact: Emily Harris, Californians United for a Responsible Budget, 510-435-1176 SACRAMENTO, CA – Gov. Brown’s 2015-16 Budget, released this morning, defies comments earlier this week that the administration is committed to shrinking California’s over-sized prisons by increasing prison spending by 1.7%, bringing the total Corrections budget up to…



Governor Brown – build for our future, don't incarcerate it!

Dear Supporter,This week at his inaugural address Governor Brown stated, “We are at a crossroads.  With big and important programs now launched and the budget carefully balanced, the challenge is to build for the future, not steal from it.” We agree!  But, we didn’t expect Jerry to say this given that our inside sources are speculating that the budget…