Our thanks to you

As we continue processing the consequences of the election — from our fear and revulsion of the new president, to our hope and excitement for the potential of Propositions 57 and 64 to bring our loved ones home and heal our communities — I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude for your support of this movement. unnamed-2

Your support has kept us strong in our demands to shrink the prison system and support true community health, safety, and well-being. 

Your support has helped us stay fiercely committed to transforming the state’s consciousness on crime and punishment, and convinced that our state can do better.

Your support has made me thankful for the heart and power of our people. 

Here are just a few of our victories this year:

  • We educated decision-makers in Sacramento about the importance of repealing sentence enhancements, successfully passing the RISE Act through the Senate.
  • We pushed the budget subcommittees of both houses to reject the Governor’s proposal for jail construction funding, ultimately resulting in more than $80 million for alternatives to incarceration.
  • We successfully advocated for an Office of Diversion and Reentry in Los Angeles, to prioritize investments in communities instead of jails.

This movement wouldn’t be what it is without you. 

We wish you and your loved ones the best over the holiday, and look forward to celebrating #GivingTuesday with you next week.

With gratitude,

Lizzie Buchen

Californians United for a Responsible Budget