Women for Care Not Cages!

by Ivette Alé

My name is Gina and I am the founder of Essie Justice Group – a fierce organization of women with incarcerated loved ones and a proud member of CURB. Our powerful mission: To build a movement to empower women with incarcerated loved ones. And to break the cycles of pain, isolation and poverty that many…



One step closer to passing RISE!

by Ivette Alé

We are happy to spread the news: Yesterday, June 27, 2017, the RISE Act (SB180 authored by Senator Holly Mitchell and Ricardo Lara) passed the California Assembly Public Safety Committee! After more than forty-five years of the War on Drugs, California is one step closer to passing legislation that moves toward undoing some of the…



Strength in Numbers

by Ivette Alé

In April of this year I stood on the steps of the Capitol surrounded by a group of fierce advocates ready to speak truth to power on Prop 57. For years, I have worked alongside CURB and its members to bring our loved ones home, and our work on Prop 57 was one step closer…



Corrections spending keeps climbing: CA 2017-18 budget

by Ivette Alé

Yesterday, Governor Brown signed the 2017-18 CA State Budget. Increased investment in incarceration puts us all in danger of falling into Jeff Sessions’ plan to heighten racialized state violence. Alarming investments include: increases $500 million for state corrections  increases $1.5 million for local community corrections refurbishes or replaces the 12 Oldest Prisons in California On…



Join Us on Father’s Day!

by Ivette Alé

  Thank you to all those folks that came out to the LANMJ’s Mother’s Day event in May! 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 that MiTú created after our Mother’s Day event! You…



Tell the Conference Committee to invest in care, not cages!

by Ivette Alé

It’s go time for our California budget! Two weeks ago, Governor Jerry Brown released his revised state budget, increasing funding for CDCR to an all-time high of $11.4 billion. Although Brown’s budget projects a decline of the average daily prison population by approximately 2,000 in 2017-18 due to voter mandated criminal justice reforms like Proposition…