Sin Barras Meetings Now Held at Subrosa!

Join us every Monday at 7:15 PM at SubRosa Community Space.
703 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060.

We will discuss ways that Sin Barras can support local and state-wide abolitionist campaigns and how we can further support loved ones inside and their families. We will also discuss what’s going right here in Santa Cruz County.

So please, bring your ideas and your desire to end the prison industrial complex!

Film Screening of Visions of Abolition

Sin Barras presents a film screening of…

Visions of Abolition: From Critical Resistance to a New Way of Life

Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 7 PM
Louden Nelson Community Center
301 Center St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

This documentary was designed as a teaching tool to expand knowledge about the history of the prison industrial complex and the prison abolition movement in the United States.

Part I “Breaking down the Prison Industrial Complex” provides a critical exposé of the mass incarceration, the war on drugs, and the connections between slavery, capitalism and the prison industrial complex (39 mins.)


No Community Policing in Santa Cruz!

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s office is having a community event tomorrow called “Sheriff Hart Task Force on 21st Century Policing.” They’re going to sell and rebrand the police department to the public by presenting “community policing” as their new strategy.

Please show up and tell them what “community policing” is really about. (More money for police officers, new ways to legitimatize police in our communities, deterring solution-orientated alternatives to police and incarceration, increasing our reliance on police, another way for police to gain information and ultimately control our communities).

It’ll be held tomorrow, Thursday January 21st, 2016 at 10AM at the Sheriff’s Office Community Room, 5200 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz in Live Oak. It will be for an hour. Please share this widely.

Sin Barras is still alive!

Sin Barras is in the midst of a transition due to key organizers leaving Santa Cruz. We’re a smaller group now but we are still alive. We’re looking for organizers with passion and new ideas. We want to create strong and healthy communities that make correctional institutions obsolete. We’re also interested in growing our network here in Santa Cruz and beyond. We invite you to come to a meeting if you are interested in working with prison abolitionists. Please contact us,, for more information.

Don’t Let Santa Cruz Close Blaine St. Women’s Facility

Please read letters from women inside advocating that Blaine Street remain open.

And read a letter from Alcance of the Community Action Board advocating that a woman in Blaine be released rather than moved to the maximum security Water St. jail.

Sheriff Hart has asked people with opinions on the future of Blaine Street Women’s Jail to email Chief Deputy Craig Wilson at