The LA No More Jails Coalition and our allies had a huge victory against jail expansion. After months of pressure from Advocates, the Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to stop the contract with the City of Taft. LA will no longer house 512 people in a jail in Kern County. This win would not have been possible without the solidarity that was shown between advocates, service providers, organizers, clergy, youth, and so many other coalition partners that stepped up in this fight against the Taft Contract.
As a member of Critical Resistance and LA No More Jails, I’ve been fighting prison and jail expansion in LA for 10 years. I want to thank you for your leadership. We should feel empowered by this victory! Let’s use this momentum to build more victories against jail expansion here in LA!
Here are 3 things you can do to continue the fight:
1. Get involved in the Los Angeles No More Jails Group.
LANMJ Meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7pm. Please contact Diana@curbprisonspending. org if you are interested.
2. Attend the Prison Nation: Posters on the Prison Industrial Complex at LMU and the CURB Panel
Where: Thomas P. Kelly Student Art Gallery
Monday, November 4 at 3 pm – Resisting the Prison Industrial Complex
ART & PROTEST will include an exhibition tour led by Mary Sutton, CSPG Program Director followed by a presentation by Diana Zuñiga, statewide organizer for CURB, Californians United for a Responsible Budget. There will be an overview of the history of prison expansion in California and the current situation in the midst of the Supreme Court ruling demanding a reduction in prison capacity, realignment, AB109, and state and local plans to build more prisons and jails
Members of CURB and the No More Jails L.A. Coalition will participate in a dynamic discussion about the work they do related to the prison industrial complex and alternatives to putting people in cages that are more effective, less expensive, and will keep families together and make our communities safer. There will also be a discussion on how you can get involved.
3. Help us get the word out about the Taft Victory. Please share yesterday’s LA Times article “Los Angeles County halts plan to export some jail inmates to Taft” on facebook and twitter.
Member of Critical Resistance, Californians United for a Responsible Budget
& LA No More Jails