Month: April 2016

Let's heal our women together…

Dear Supporter, As we continue to fight against the proposed construction of a new $200 million women’s jail in Los Angeles County we want to invite you to the LANMJ Mother’s Day Event to celebrate our victories and our women.  Last year’s event was a moving experience for everyone involved. Just check out the video that was created…



Why I'll be back for CURB's next lobby day

Dear Supporter, I’m an undocumented and unafraid organizer with the Immigrant Youth Coalition. A few weeks ago, I attended my first CURB lobby day, along with other immigrant community members impacted by incarceration, detention, and deportation. It was so powerful to see community members from across the state coming together to share stories, advocate for care…



Join us in a Forum to Build Community Power

Dear Supporter, We in the Alameda County Jail Fight Coalition invite you to join us in a community forum to build grassroots power against Alameda County’s $54 million mental health jail project. We believe that this money should instead be spent prioritizing community-based mental health treatment not more incarceration capacity at the Santa Rita Jail. Will…



Racial Justice Bill on Sentencing Falls Short on Close Vote in CA State Senate

For immediate release – April 25, 2016 Contact: Glenn Backes 916-202-2538 Reconsideration Granted – Needs 3 More Votes to Pass Sacramento—A bill to repeal ineffective and costly sentencing enhancements for prior drug convictions fell short of the votes needed to pass the California State Senate today.  It is eligible to be brought up again for consideration in…



We need your support to pass the RISE act today!

Dear Supporter, Things are moving swiftly for SB 966 (Mitchell), the RISE Act! The RISE Act would repeal the three-year sentence enhancement for prior drug convictions, and is an important step towards reducing imprisonment and freeing up resources to invest in communities. The RISE Act will be up for a vote before the full Senate…



What Would You Do With $250 Million?

Dear Supporter, This morning, nearly 75 CURB members from around the state are mobilizing to Sacramento for our lobby day, Care, Not Cages: Budget for a Stronger California. If you can’t join us in the Capitol, email and call your legislators now to tell them to stop prioritizing prisons over people! First, we’ll be calling…



Bill to Repeal Sentencing Enhancements for Prior Drug Convictions Passes Its First Test

Zaineb Mohammed, Zaineb@ellabakercenter.org or 510-285-8236 Sacramento, CA – Today, a bill authored by Senator Holly Mitchell to repeal ineffective sentencing enhancements for prior drug convictions passed the California Senate Public Safety Committee. “Piling extra years onto jail sentences for repeat offenders of non-violent crimes overcrowds our prisons, sucks money out of taxpayers’ pockets and makes…



Victory Towards Care, Not Cages!

Dear Supporter, We are thrilled to announce that Senate Bill 966 (Mitchell), which would repeal the sentencing enhancement for prior drug convictions, has just passed its first policy committee! SB 966 is sponsored by CURB, the Drug Policy Alliance, and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. This is the first test for this bill.…



The people of LA say: No more jails!

Dear Supporter, The LA County Sheriff is attempting to move forward with a proposed $2.3 billion jail plan. The Board of Supervisors still have an opportunity to stop this destructive jail plan but they need to act before it’s too late. Fed up with the endless foot-dragging by the Board of Supervisors, community activists took action…