Month: May 2016

A victory against imprisonment in California

Dear Supporter, For the first time, the budget committees of both houses of the state legislature have rejected the Governor’s proposal for more jail construction funding! This is an enormous victory for the fierce CURB coalition, and shows that Sacramento has bee listening to our demands. But we’re not done yet.  Law enforcement is doing everything they can…



Demand Change with CURB…

Dear Supporter, There is strength in numbers. When many people band together to demand change, change happens. That’s what CURB does: they are a statewide alliance of organizations that recognize the importance of advocating loudly and together creating a force for change. As a family member of an incarcerated person, I have experienced the pain…



Tell Sacramento: No more gang investigators!

Dear Supporter, Hard won gains to end gang-based solitary confinement in California are in jeopardy if Governor Jerry Brown has his way by adding 48 new gang investigators in the state budget, at a cost of $5.8 million. Legislative Budget Committees are determining which items in the Governor’s proposed budget to approve and which to…



One house down, one to go!

Dear Supporter, Sacramento heard you! Following months of community pressure and mobilizations, the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Public Safety — which more than 50 CURB members stormed on our April 7 Lobby Day — voted to reject the governor’s proposed $250 million in jail construction funding. This is a powerful moment, and we have got to keep…



Senate committee votes against jail construction funding, communities celebrate and vow to continue fighting

For immediate release: Senate committee votes against jail construction funding, communities celebrate and vow to continue fighting Press Contact: Lizzie Buchen, Californians United for a Responsible Budget Lizzie@curbprisonspending.org or 510-435-1176 Twitter: @curbprisonsSacramento – In a move celebrated by community advocates and anti-imprisonment activists, the California State Senate rejected $250 million for jail construction earlier today.…



It's time to stop the jail-building boom

Dear Supporter, It’s go-time for the California budget! Last Friday, Governor Jerry Brown released a revised state budget that divests $250 million from communities for jail construction, fortifies and expands the prison system, and fails to support urgently needed programs and services in the community. Now we need to make sure the legislature rejects this irresponsible…



Prison, Jail Expansion hidden behind supposed “Investments to Rehabilitation and Reentry”

For Immediate Release – May 13, 2016 Press Contact: Lizzie Buchen, Co-Coordinator, Californians United for a Responsible Budget 510-435-1176 lizzie@curbprisonspending.org @CURBprisons Sacramento – Governor Jerry Brown released a revised state budget today that divests $250 million from communities for jail construction, fortifies and expands the prison system, and fails to support urgently needed programs and…



Come out Friday to support alternatives to jailing in SF!

Dear Supporter, After our victory last December against the new San Francisco jail, we now have a critical opportunity to contribute to a new future for our city, in which we stop shoring up our systems for policing and imprisonment and start building community self-determination. Several members of the No New SF Jail Coalition have…



Read why Michelle Alexander supports SB 966, the RISE Act

Dear Supporter, The RISE Act, SB 966 (Mitchell), is making national headlines! This morning, Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, writes in the Los Angeles Times about why California must pass SB 966 and begin treating our communities with care, compassion, and concern — not cages. Read her powerful op-ed and share it widely! The…