Sin Barras

Oct. 2 – A Racial Justice & Equity Event

Sin Barras, The Pachamama Alliance, and the Resource Center for Nonviolence is co-sponsoring a ‘Racial Justice & Equity Event’ with the Santa Cruz County Coalition to End Racism on Thursday October 2nd.

The event will expose the disastrous impact of Mass Incarceration and the “War on Drugs” on impoverished communities, and Communities of Color. We will address Racism in its institutional and structural forms through screening Michelle Alexander’s lecture: “The New Jim Crow” Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.

We will begin with a short introduction describing Four Techniques for Revealing Racism, and the Four Levels of Racism, Personal, Interpersonal, Institutional, and Structural.

Killer Cops Not Welcome -Salinas Police Chief in Santa Cruz this Tuesday

Murderers not welcome in our town!

This Tuesday Salinas Police Chief Kelly McMillin will be in Santa Cruz for an event at Bookshop Santa Cruz featuring Julia Reynolds and her book “Blood in the Fields.”

We are creating a public presence to say LOUD AND CLEAR that the Salinas police chief who oversaw the killings of four Latino men in four months is not welcome in our community.

Kelly McKillin’ has been actively justifying the murders, one of which took our dear friend and fellow activist Frank Alvarado.

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Beers for Abolition: A $in Barras Kickback

In need of some community lovin’?

Let’s share stories over delicious drinks and tasty tapas at Discretion Brewing this Monday!

20% of Discretion’s bar proceeds will benefit Sin Barras and we’ll be there all day. Since our group is completely self-funded and not tied to any state or foundation funding bodies, we need your help with the hustle.

Spread the word, bring a friend, and let’s affirm our ongoing fight to end the caging of our communities. See you there!

In Memory of Frank Alvarado

Frank Alvarado, a close friend and Sin Barras member, was shot and killed by Salinas police early Thursday morning. Frank was an extraordinary person with a big and loving heart. His contagious spirit, candid perspective, resilience, and compassion for those who are struggling inspired community-building and understanding around him.

We met Frank ​in April at the Walk to Stop the Silence in Watsonville, an annual event that raises awareness against childhood sexual abuse. Frank approached our table wanting more information about what ​Sin Barras does. We told him about the lobbying, prisoner rights’ advocacy, and reform work that we’ve undertaken, and he opened up about having just been released after eleven​ years inside. He ​started coming to meetings regularly, and finding a new voice for himself by speaking publicly about his own experiences with incarceration.

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July 8 – A Day of Remembrance and Commitment

CA Hunger Strike Anniversary – July 8

On Tuesday afternoon, allies across the state will hold local actions. Here in Santa Cruz, we will gather at 6:30pm at the Water & Pacific Ave. Clocktower to make these struggles against torture and criminalization visible! Bring banners, candles, or signs to contribute.

July 8, 2013 is a day we remember to never forget the torture the state of California willingly inflicts on human lives. On that day, 30,000 prisoners followed the lead of their fellow prisoners locked in solitary confinement and refused to eat. By one account, close to 100 people went without eating for 59 days before agreeing to eat in exchange for serious concessions from the California Department of Corrections.

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