CURB Internship Program: Call for Interns Fall/Winter 2021

by Amber Rose Howard

Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) is excited to announce that we are looking for a 2021 cohort of Fall/Winter interns to join our team!  CURB’s internship program provides the opportunity to gain experience in grassroots organizing, research, coalition and movement building, public education, policy advocacy, media campaigns, fundraising, and social justice work. Working…



LA Times Joint Public Statement: Prisons Are Racist

by Amber Rose Howard

6/22/21 Editors and Writers of The Los Angeles Times,  We’re writing in hopes of evolving The Los Angeles Times’ coverage on prison closure. An article released two days after Juneteenth sought to center the narrative that closing prisons equals economic devastation. This dialogue reminds us of the arguments of the Antebellum South. Like prisons, slavery…



California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is a “Money Pit”

by Amber Rose Howard

Despite prison closures and historically low prison populations, California is failing to end its addiction to prison spending, advocates say  SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA––In response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s May Revise Budget for 2021-22 released today, Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) provided the following statement:   CURB applauds the major investments in health and human services…



The People’s Plan for Prison Closure

by Amber Rose Howard

Get the People's Plan for Prison Closure PDF As a coalition of more than 80 organizations working to reduce the number of people in prisons, reduce the number of existing prisons,  and redirect funding to build the infrastructure of vulnerable communities, Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) strongly supports Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposal for…

CURB’s Statement On the Deactivation of California Correctional Center (CCC)

by Amber Rose Howard

Yesterday, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced the deactivation of California Correctional Center (CCC) in Susanville by June 30, 2022.  The deactivation of CCC, a remote, 58 year old facility in need of over $500 million in infrastructure repairs, is part of the Newsom Administration’s plan to close two state-owned prisons (the…



CURB Overview of 2021-22 Proposed Corrections Budget

by Amber Rose Howard

Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) is a statewide coalition of organizations working to reduce the number of people imprisoned in California and the number of prisons and jails in the state. We advocate for an investment in justice that centers care, not punishment. Governor Newsom’s 2021-22 proposed budget for Corrections includes $13.1 billion…



CURB’s Prison Closure Letter to CA Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 5

by Amber Rose Howard

Dear Sub 5 Committee Leaders,  Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) writes in strong opposition to any additional funding to CDCR for infrastructure related projects. Over the past 5 years, there have been substantial increases to state spending on corrections. This year, Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed $13.1 billion dollars out of the general…



Full-Time Statewide Coordinator 2021: Membership

by Amber Rose Howard

We’re hiring! Come join the CURB team. Applications Due Friday, 11/16/20. Send a cover letter and resumé to steve@sjanda.com. CURB is seeking a passionate person with strong organizing and communications skills to serve as a full-time Statewide Coordinator with a particular focus on Membership Engagement. Responsibilities: Create and implement a strategic plan for increasing member…



Full-Time Statewide Coordinator 2021: Policy/Advocacy

by Amber Rose Howard

We’re Hiring! Come join the CURB team. Applications Due Friday, 11/16/20. Send a cover letter and resumé to steve@sjanda.com. Full-Time Statewide Coordinator: Policy/Advocacy 2021 CURB is seeking a passionate person in Sacramento or the Bay Area, with strong organizing and communications skills to serve as a full-time Statewide Coordinator with a particular focus on Policy…