November is on the horizon and we wanted to take a minute to keep everyone in the know of what’s ahead. The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to pass the Sherrif’s jail proposal last week and we encourage everyone to help us brainstorm our next step. In other words.. we need all the creativity, community, and organizing energy we can get!
We also just ordered a button-maker to make abolition jewels and will have a craft party in the very near future.
Sunday, November 3: CISPES Advocacy Workshop (Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador) 11-2pm Beach Flats Community Center
This workshop is centered around urging the US government to support Free & Fair elections in El Salvador. The workshop will discuss techniques on approaching politicians, and how to be strategic about having the Obama administration publicly state its neutrality in the electoral process. (We were invited to join because our work is relevant.)
Thursday, November 7: A Community Discussion to Abolish Prisons // 6:30-8:30pm @ Resource Center For Non-Violence (612 Ocean St. Santa Cruz)
The Resource Center for Nonviolence and Sin Barras is co-programming a community discussion on abolition! Steve Martinot (The Need to Abolish the Prison System: An Ethical Indictment) and Dianne Durham will present a multi-faceted ethical argument for abolition and engage the audience in discussion.
Saturday, November 16: Bring Our Loved Ones Home– Bay Area Skillshare to Fight Jails // 1-4pm @ location in San Francisco, TBD
Locking people up hurts our communities and it robs us of resources for the programs we need to thrive–like quality housing, healthcare, education, and jobs. Join community members from San Francisco, Alameda, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, and Contra Costa counties as we come together to stop jail expansion across the Bay Area.
Speakers, Art, Skill-Share. Lunch will be served. Childcare provided. Contact Sin Barras if you are from Santa Cruz or Monterrey County and would like to come, we will be coordinating carpools to and from San Francisco. We’ve been a part of the planning process for this gathering with organizations all over the state (Critical Resistance, CURB, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, etc.) and it’s going to be fantastic!
Sunday, November 17: Cooking with Community 8am-12:30pm at the Circle Church (111 Errett Circle)
Sin Barras cooks brunch for the hungry every third Sunday of the month! It’s an sweet opportunity to give and build community with those in the grips of these systems.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to help cook, serve, and hang-out! Bring your friends, loved ones and neighbors.
Wednesday, November 20: Santa Cruz County Community Corrections Partnership Meeting // 1-4 pm Simpkins Family Swim Center Room A
After demanding to end to jail expansion and causing a ruckus at last week’s Board of Supervisors meeting, we have been invited to be a part of the Santa Cruz County Community Corrections Partnership (CCP). We believe that CCP’s position and influence on the county is nuanced, but our participation is a good thing! After Realignment was created, every county was mandated to establish a CCP committee to take on AB109 plans and local initiatives. This group is responsible for divvying up and prioritizing Santa Cruz County’s annual $5.2 million AB109 funding. To get an idea of who this group is composed of and what they’ve done, check this out.
This is a awesome moment in our organizing work as it’s an opportunity for Sin Barras to help amplify the needs
of our community and demand that they are met.
Monday, November 25: Creating Consent Culture Series– Orange is the New Jim Crow // 6:30-8:30pm UC Santa Cruz College 9/10 Recreation Lounge
Orange Is The New Jim Crow will illuminate the multiple harms that incarcerated women and gender variant people face behind bars, as well as their dynamic resistance to everyday systemic control. We will highlight the absence of informed consent in prison and refuse to let women prisoners remain unseen and unheard. This discussion will encourage participants to think deeply and critically about our own responsibility to redesign a social landscape in which coercion and confinement–and especially punishment for profit–will be replaced with alternatives that make our bodies and communities truly safe.
We need help programming this event, contact email@example.com!