Stop the New Jail in San Mateo! Aug 25th and Sept 11th

Please circulate widely…

The San Mateo County supervisors have put forward a plan to add $44.2 million dollars to this year’s budget for constructing a $160 million jail that we don’t need– and can’t afford. We can stop it, but we need your help!

Please join us for two important upcoming events:

Community Townhall to Stop the New Jail

Saturday, August 25 – 1-4pm


ALL OUT: San Mateo Board of Supervisors

Tuesday, September 11 – 9am

Community Townhall to Stop the New Jail

Saturday, August 25 – 1-4pm
Free at Last
1796 Bay Road
East Palo Alto, CA 94303

RSVP: to the facebook event here!

Come to a community meeting to learn about the ongoing fight against the proposed jail expansion in San Mateo County. While San Mateo County slashes education, healthcare and other community services, it wants to spend $160 million to open new jail cells that will primarily be filled with people of color from poor and working class communities.

The event will include performances, testimony from former prisoners and family members, and local speakers sharing strategies on how to fight the jail and stop cuts to the programs that matter most. Join with neighbors and local community organizations to stop the jail!

BBQ lunch will be served. The space is wheelchair accessible.

ALL OUT: San Mateo Board of Supervisors
Tuesday, September 11 – 9am
Board Chambers 400 County Center, First Floor Redwood City, CA 94063

RSVP: to the facebook event here!

On September 11th, we’re going to demand that San Mateo’s Supervisors cancel the jail, starting with the 44.2 million dollars in this year’s budget. We need to turn out in full force–that means not just you, but your neighbors, friends, family, and coworkers. We need you to start talking to people on your block, at your church, and in your classrooms. We can stop the County from locking up so many people and wasting so much money, but we need your help.

Come speak out against the jail construction plan!

Organized by Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) member organizations and allies: All of Us or None, ACLU of Northern California, Architects / Designers / Planners / for Social Responsibility, California Coalition for Women Prisoners, Critical Resistance, Justice Now, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children and Occupy Redwood City.

CURB is a statewide alliance of over 50 organizations working to curb prison spending by reducing the number of people in prison and the number of prisons in California.

For more information: 510-435-1176 – –

Groups March and Rally Across the State to End Mass Incarceration and 40 Year War on Drugs

See also the report of the March on the site of the SF BayView.
Via The Real Cost of Prisons

California – Beginning on Friday June 17th, the 40th anniversary of the “war on drugs,” hundreds will come together to hold “Communities Rising” actions and rallies in communities across California. Over 40 organizations working with the Californians United for a Responsible Budget, or “CURB,” alliance will send a strong message from different parts of the state to Governor Brown and the state legislature, calling for the State to take active steps to end its participation in the 40-year-old “war on drugs”, and to prioritize vital social services over prison spending.

“Spending on prisons has grown from five percent to ten percent of our General Fund spending, doubling in the past decade,” said Lisa Marie Alatorre of Critical Resistance, a CURB member organization. “Locking up too many people for too long does not contribute to public safety and is draining essential resources from education and health care – programs that make a real difference to Californians.” California remains billions of dollars in debt.

In response to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a lower court rulings in Brown v. Plata, California has been ordered to reduce its lethally crowded prison system in the next two years. The Governor’s plan is to shift tens of thousands of prisoners to county jails, building tens of thousands more jail cells and thousands more high-security prison cells. “It looks like Governor Brown wants to do nothing but repeat the mistakes of the last 30 years,” said Debbie Reyes of California Prison Moratorium Project, another CURB member organization. “We built 23 massive prisons and that didn’t solve overcrowding. Now he wants to extend that failed effort by expanding county jail systems. Like the Supreme Court said, you can’t build your way out of this problem.”

Organizations and residents across the state are frustrated by the impacts of the State’s economic and social priorities. “For years we’ve been cutting back on state programs that save lives and build decent futures for the next generation,” said Amanda Vela of Madera Citizens for Better Community and Schools, “Now Gov. Brown is asking voters to raise state revenues to pay for more jail cells? We have to stop the cuts and re-channel funds away from prisons and jails and back into programs that make a difference for us and our kids.”

The various rallies, marches, speak-outs, and other actions across the state fall on the forty year anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s declaration of a “war on drugs”, a policy that many experts have shown to wreak havoc in low income communities and communities of color. “The Plata decision is a real opportunity for our state to reverse decades of racist ‘tough-on-crime’ policies,” says Rodrigo “Froggy” Vasquez of Students for Sensible Drug Policy. “We are tired of being politically ignored. We need leadership in Sacramento with the guts to get smart, end the war on drugs, and decriminalize drug possession.”

Texas, New York, and Michigan, among other states have successfully reduced their prison budgets and populations while increasing public safety. CURB argues California could do the same by implementing parole and sentencing reforms such as amending or repealing three strikes laws.

Communities Rising Actions include:

* San Francisco: June 17th, 12:00pm press conference at San Francisco’s City Hall, followed by a march featuring music from the Brass Liberation Orchestra, large puppets and other art, as well as a community speak out
* Fresno: June 17th, 11:00am rally at the State Building
* Bakersfield: June 17th, 4:00pm rally at the Courthouse at Chester and Parkston
* Madera, June 17th, 5:00pm rally at 200 Ford St. across from Courthouse
* Visalia, June 18th, 2:00pm rally at Mooney and Caldwell
* Los Angeles: June 18th, 1pm at the Chuco’s Justice Center, featuring two panels of community leaders, a press conference at 4pm, live music and a candlelight vigil.

Sponsoring organizations across the State include: A New Path – LA, A New Way of Life, All of Us or None, American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, American Friends Service Committee, Berkeley Needle Exchange Emergency Distribution, Blacksmith Records Inc., California Coalition for Women Prisoners, California Partnership, California Prison Moratorium Project, Californians United for a Responsible Budget, Center for Non-Violence, Community Justice Network for Youth, Cop Watch – LA, Critical Resistance, Dolores Huerta Foundation, Drug Policy Alliance, Enlace, Families to Amend California’s Three Strikes, Fresno Brown Berets, Harm Reduction Coalition, Hip Hop Not Bombs, Homies Unidos, Justice by Uniting Creative Energy, Justice Now, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Leadership through Empowerment Action and Dialogue, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, Madera Citizens for Better Community and Schools, October 22nd Coalition – LA, Oasis Clinic, Pico Youth and Family Center, SF Drug Users Union, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, TGI-Justice Project, These Cuts Won’t Heal, United for Drug Policy Reform and Youth Justice Coalition.

More information about actions, prisons, the budget crisis and realignment can be found at: