Month: June 2016

Press Statement: CURB responds to Governor's support for more incarceration in new budget

OAKLAND – CURB co-coordinator Lizzie Buchen issued this statement today following Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing of the 2016-2017 budget: “The budget signed today by Governor Jerry Brown reflects Sacramento’s relentless reliance on incarceration. Although the budget includes some repairs to the social safety net, it nonetheless aggressively builds up California’s system of imprisonment, adding another…



Tell your local paper: No more jails!

Dear Supporter, The fight continues in Sacramento. With all his cries for fiscal caution and his claims about reducing California’s sky-high incarceration rates, Governor Jerry Brown is on the verge of approving $270 million in high-interest loans to build new jails. This is the fourth round of jail construction funds approved since 2007, and there’s…



Check out the Mother's Day Video & join us on Father's Day!

Dear Supporter, Thank you to all those folks that came out to Mother’s Day in May and to the Care Not Cages Art Party this past week. This weekend we are celebrating Father’s Day at the Twin Towers and we want to invite you to join us. We also wanted to share the amazing video…



RISE up against the War on Drugs

Dear Supporter, This week marks the 45th anniversary of the War on Drugs. Join us today in taking action to pass the RISE Act, one step in undoing the harm this war has caused on our communities. In a statement to Congress on Drug Abuse Prevention and Control on June 17th 1971, President Nixon declared drug…



What we continue to learn…

Dear Supporter, Our coalition has been working tirelessly toward a different vision for California. With the help of donors like you, we have been able to raise almost $3,000, supporting our work of building a people-powered movement throughout the state of California to oppose Sacramento’s prison and jail expansion plans. If we could do that…



Budget committee about-face indebts future budgets for jail construction as county jails defy state law

Press Contact: Lizzie Buchen, Californians United for a Responsible Budget Lizzie@curbprisonspending.org 510-435-1176 @curbprisons Tonight, elected officials in the Budget Conference Committee overrode the actions of the Budget Subcommittees and intense community opposition by approving $270 million for jail construction in the form of lease revenue bonds. During Budget Subcommittee hearings over the past few weeks,…



Check out Solitary Man in New York!

Dear Supporter, My name is Charlie Hinton and I have been a part of the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Network for a number of years. I wanted to invite you to my showing of Solitary Man a piece based on my interactions with prisoners in Pelican Bay SHU/solitary confinement, where the largest prisoner hunger strike in…



Let's turn up the heat against jail expansion in Alameda!

Hi Lizzie, It is all hands on deck in Alameda County! Despite rapidly growing community opposition, the sheriff’s department is barreling forward to seek county supervisor approval for the proposed mental health expansion at Santa Rita Jail without the community’s consent. There are two opportunities for you to mobilize with us to show the Board…



Being a part of CURB's growth

Dear Supporter, Just yesterday I was able to vote for the first time in 52 years. The right that I was able to excercise yesterday reminded me of all the CURB members that fight and will continue to fight for the liberation of all those still inside and those of us on the outside. This is exactly…



This Friday: Care Not Cages Art Party!

Dear Supporter, As part of the growing fight against more cages in Los Angeles the Los Angeles No More Jails Coalition is hosting an exciting radical art making event to continue building community resistance to the county’s proposed plan to build two new jails. We hope you spread the word and join us! What: Care Not Cages Art…