Movers and Shakers,
As we wrap up the holiday weekend and prepare for an abundant new year, Sin Barras is looking forward to ending 2013 with a big bang! Our statewide coalition, Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB), is mobilizing to California’s Board & State Community Corrections Board Hearing this Wednesday December 4th to oppose jail expansion and the governor’s priorities and we need all hands on deck.
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.)
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.
By Andrew Cohen
Something extraordinary is happening in California. A long-running story about the atrocious conditions in the state’s prisons has expanded in the past two weeks into a story about state sovereignty, the doctrine of interposition, and about the ability and will of the nation’s judges to oversee the enforcement of the lawful orders they issue. The California prison crisis, in other words, has become an existential crisis over federal and state power.
California Gov. Jerry Brown is openly defying a series of federal orders requiring state officials to reduce California’s prison population to comply with the requirements of the Eighth Amendment. Instead of obeying these orders, which were directly approved by the Supreme Court, the governor instead has made a series of false and inflammatory statements about the law, the courts, the inmate problem and California’s efforts so far to solve it.