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 of Supervisors that we are united, that we don’t back down, and that we know what our community truly needs:
- Mobilize with the Alameda County Jail Fight Coalition to the Public Protections Committee meeting TODAY at 9:30am, to respond to the Sheriff Department’s problematic “Santa Rita Jail Improvement Program” — a consolidated proposal of three construction projects that include the $61.6 million (SB 863) expansion to Santa Rita Jail, security upgrades, and ADA compliance renovations our allies at Legal Services for Prisoners with Children won through a recent settlement. RSVP here!
- Mobilize with us for Tuesday’s full Board of Supervisors’ meeting. We are expecting the Sheriff to seek approval for the expansion’s proposed construction builder and we are mobilizing to tell our Board of Supervisors that we need county money spent on care, not cages! RSVP here.
In addition to rejecting this jail expansion, advocates are pushing for a comprehensive analysis of the Social Impact and the County’s Budget in regards to the jail construction project, modeled off of a recently released report by San Francisco’s Budget and Legislative Analyst office. It is critically important that the Board postpones their construction builder vote in order to conduct this full analysis.
Will you be there to help us change the tide in Alameda County? You can also email and call the Alameda County Supervisors, and encourage others to do the same. Sign our petition and find call information here!
Let’s show the Sheriff and the Board of Supervisors that the community is watching, and that we don’t support money being poured into our Sheriff’s pockets.
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
Member of Californians United for a Responsible Budget
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