Post Tagged with: "Gov. Jerry Brown"

CURB responds to Legislature’s compromise Corrections budget deal

June 17, 2014 3:13 pm0 comments
CURB responds to Legislature’s compromise Corrections budget deal

In the face of community and court pressure for sweeping criminal justice reform, Gov. Brown and the Legislature have made only small changes to their ongoing commitment to mass incarceration. The budget deal continues to send billions of dollars down the ‘rat hole’ of incarceration while including no significant restorations to anti-poverty and social safety net programs that have suffered years of cuts.

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Skepticism growing toward ‘twin tunnels’ project: Gov. Brown’s Bay Delta Conservation Plan in hot water

May 7, 2014 10:24 pm0 comments
Skepticism growing toward ‘twin tunnels’ project: Gov. Brown’s Bay Delta Conservation Plan in hot water

By now, most California residents have heard about Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to construct two 40-foot diameter peripheral tunnels 150-feet below the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the state’s largest and most critical water supply. The Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), estimated to cost between $25 and $67 billion, has been under intense scrutiny from local and congressional lawmakers, Delta residents, farmers and fishermen.

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Prisoner Political Action Committee update: In solidarity, we can win

January 27, 2014 6:44 am0 comments
Prisoner Political Action Committee update: In solidarity, we can win

The positive response to this idea has been quite remarkable. The agreement to end all group hostilities that our reps reached and made public must be upheld. Reach out to your family and friends and urge them to educate themselves about, and become involved in, the democratic process, to vote according to their interests and, when the time comes, forward a contribution to our PAC in whatever amount you can.

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Judges give up on years of failed prison talks, will craft own solution to overcrowding

January 23, 2014 10:20 pm0 comments
Judges give up on years of failed prison talks, will craft own solution to overcrowding

A panel of three federal judges, frustrated with California’s failed five-year effort to sufficiently reduce prison overcrowding, said they will draw up their own solution within a month. U.S. District Judges Lawrence K. Karlton and Thelton E. Henderson and U.S. 9th Circuit Court Judge Stephen Reinhardt concluded Monday that months of talks between the state and lawyers representing prisoners were going nowhere.

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Gov. Brown’s plans to reduce prison overcrowding ignore early release

December 28, 2013 9:00 am0 comments
Gov. Brown’s plans to reduce prison overcrowding ignore early release

Gov. Brown’s reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of his appeal was to announce that he would reduce the state prison overcrowding by 1) leasing county jail space in local areas, 2) obtain contracts with private prison operators and 3) send prisoners in California prisons to out-of-state facilities. These three approaches, he said, will allow the CDCR to avoid early release for the nearly 10,000 inmates.

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For honorable men confined to cages

December 23, 2013 11:15 pm0 comments
For honorable men confined to cages

In this journey of life, betrayal is all I’ve known. As I stand alone in my concrete home, time reveals wounds unhealed. The reasons for my seething have grown. I now see not just my own; the face concealed behind the mask is shown, the taskmasters’ cover is blown. He is the past, persistent grasp who by hoax, coax or lash cast us in the mold of his sculptor’s craft. As we destroy ourselves, the architects laugh.

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Joe Debro passes: National leader of Black contractors championed jobsite justice

November 18, 2013 10:26 am0 comments
Joe Debro passes: National leader of Black contractors championed jobsite justice

Oakland resident Joseph R. Debro Jr. was born in Jackson, Mississippi, on Nov. 27, 1928, and passed away on Nov. 5, 2013, at a VA facility in Martinez, California. Joe Debro was the eldest of three children born to Joseph Debro and Seleana Gaylor Debro. Mr. Debro’s two younger siblings, Julius Cesar and Gloria Etta, were born in 1931 and 1935.

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Section 8 housing and public housing tenants at risk

October 29, 2013 2:27 pm0 comments
Section 8 housing and public housing tenants at risk

Because the Democrats joined the Republicans in allowing the sequestration budget cuts to continue in the latest political deal known as a “continuing resolution” that ended the government shutdown on Oct. 16, it appears to be a very grim situation for Section 8 voucher holders in cities all across the nation. Housing officials claim that 140,000 voucher holders are at risk of losing their vouchers because of the sequestration budget cuts.

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Gov. Brown commits crimes against prisoners’ humanity for guards’ campaign contributions

October 1, 2013 9:00 am0 comments
Gov. Brown commits crimes against prisoners’ humanity for guards’ campaign contributions

Gov. Jerry Brown, good ol’ boy of the 21st century prison industrial slave complex, your silence does not excuse you for your crimes against our humanity. You are an overseer of CDCr prisons and we have evidence that clearly shows prisoners have been murdered, beaten and tortured throughout these solitary confinement units by CDCr officials who are subordinate to you.

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Miracles still happen: A huge law firm is representing the Bay View on censorship at Pelican Bay

September 13, 2013 9:00 am0 comments
Miracles still happen: A huge law firm is representing the Bay View on censorship at Pelican Bay

On Aug. 14 we signed an engagement letter with Bryan Cave, one of the largest law firms in the world, to represent the Bay View in our fight against censorship at Pelican Bay. This miracle was set in motion by an amazing little law office, Bayview Hunters Point Community Legal, that some young, idealistic lawyers opened in a storefront in our hood to help the many of us here who can’t afford legal help.

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LA advocates decry governor’s prison expansion compromise, moving prisoners to private prisons out of state

September 11, 2013 8:05 am0 comments
LA advocates decry governor’s prison expansion compromise, moving prisoners to private prisons out of state

On Wednesday, faith, health and human services, housing, education and criminal justice reform advocates will have a press conference and rally at the State Building, 300 South Spring St., calling on the Legislature to immediately reduce the prison population and invest tax dollars in programs that create healthy and safe communities.

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Holding Brown accountable: 60-hour fast held outside Gov. Brown’s condo in solidarity with prison hunger strikers

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Holding Brown accountable: 60-hour fast held outside Gov. Brown’s condo in solidarity with prison hunger strikers

Congratulations to our two intrepid hunger strike solidarity peeps who successfully completed their 60-hour fast at 11:59:59 Saturday night, Sept. 7, in support of the prisoners’ 60-day hunger strike and their five core demands. The fast took place outside of Gov. Jerry Brown’s condo on Telegraph Avenue at 27th Street in uptown Oakland.

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Remembering Attica

September 6, 2013 9:00 pm0 comments
Remembering Attica

Sept. 9, 2013, marks the 42th anniversary of the prison uprising at the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York. Forty-two men, mostly inmates, were killed in the armed retaking of the prison under the orders of Gov. Nelson Rockefeller. I was there, as one of the “observers” specifically requested by the inmates. We tried to negotiate a peaceful, non-violent settlement of the dispute.

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Gov. Brown, govern the people and prisons of California with respect and integrity

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Gov. Brown, govern the people and prisons of California with respect and integrity

In recent times there has been an avalanche of misrepresentations, deceit, cover-ups and outright lies waged against the truth as it relates to prisoners and what is really going on out of the eyesight of the public. Now the SHU class is uniting to say enough with the deception and untruth, enough of the cruel and unjust treatment at the hands of corrupt administrators working to maintain this profitable system adverse to human life.

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California prisoners suspend 59-day hunger strike – families, legislators respond

September 5, 2013 10:46 pm0 comments
California prisoners suspend 59-day hunger strike – families, legislators respond

Representatives of the Short Corridor Collective at Pelican Bay State Prison’s Security Housing Unit have based their decision on a meeting with fellow prisoners at the prison, the growing international condemnation of California’s practice of solitary confinement, as well as the commitment of California Senate and Assembly Public Safety Committee Chairs Loni Hancock and Tom Ammiano to convene a series of hearings in response to the strikers’ demands that would “address the issues that have been raised to a point where they can no longer be ignored.”

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Alternatives to Jerry Brown’s ‘more cages’ prison plan proposed

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Alternatives to Jerry Brown’s ‘more cages’ prison plan proposed

Gov. Jerry Brown’s just-proposed plan to ease overcrowding in California prisons without releasing inmates early has drawn quick opposition from prison reform activists across the state and has spawned an alternative approach from a contingent of moderate and liberal Democrats in the state legislature, creating an unusual rift among senior Democrats in the age-old incarceration-rehabilitation divide.

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Hunters Point residents and their kids call on officials to fix up park

September 4, 2013 9:00 pm0 comments
Hunters Point residents and their kids call on officials to fix up park

About 40 Bayview Hunters Point residents, including about a dozen small children, rallied in the park at Lillian Court in the Shoreview housing complex on Thursday, Aug. 29, to demand that it be rendered usable and safe for children. The grass there is yellow and parched, broken glass could be seen by the picnic tables, and a large area of the park, where there used to be a play structure, has been fenced off for more than 10 years.

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Public Safety chairs Ammiano, Hancock announce hearings on hunger strike issues

August 30, 2013 4:05 pm0 comments
Public Safety chairs Ammiano, Hancock announce hearings on hunger strike issues

Today Sen. Loni Hancock and Assemblymember Tom Ammiano announced that they will hold public hearings on the conditions in California prisons that have led to the inmate hunger strike, now in its 54th day. They anticipate that hearings may begin as early as this fall and continue into next year. The two legislators, chairs of the Senate and Assembly Committees on Public Safety, urged an immediate end to the hunger strike so that energy and attention can be focused on the issues that have been raised.

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Criminologists tell Gov. Brown: Negotiate with hunger strikers now before there is blood on your hands

August 29, 2013 10:09 pm0 comments
Criminologists tell Gov. Brown: Negotiate with hunger strikers now before there is blood on your hands

“It is now time to return the control of our prison system to California,” says Gov. Brown. We say it’s time to return California’s criminal justice system to a sense of human dignity and social justice. We call upon the governor and Legislature to immediately sit down at the bargaining table with representatives of the current prison hunger strike and enter into meaningful negotiations before prisoners die or suffer irreparable damage to their health. Stop the political posturing and name-calling, and start negotiating before there is blood on your hands.

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On Day 50 of the California prisoners’ hunger strike, I wonder, will change only come at the cost of human lives?

August 26, 2013 9:28 pm0 comments
On Day 50 of the California prisoners’ hunger strike, I wonder, will change only come at the cost of human lives?

As a member of the Mediation Team, never did I think I would be a part of a Hunger Strike that would enter into its 50th day. Never did I think that I would be denied access to the face to face meetings that have taken place within the CDCR because I am a family member. And never did I think that CDCR would refuse on all grounds to meet even the most reasonable demands of the prisoners.

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Green Party issues urgent call for Gov. Jerry Brown to negotiate with prison hunger strikers and support human rights

August 23, 2013 9:57 pm0 comments
Green Party issues urgent call for Gov. Jerry Brown to negotiate with prison hunger strikers and support human rights

Green Party members are issuing an urgent call for Gov. Jerry Brown to negotiate with California prisoners. Greens are demanding that Gov. Brown and prison officials lift the wall of secrecy and let reporters in to speak to the prisoners, photograph them and record their voices.

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Outrage over CDCR force feeding plans

August 19, 2013 5:53 pm0 comments
Outrage over CDCR force feeding plans

Supporters of prisoners who are on the 43rd day of a hunger strike are expressing outrage at an order signed today by a federal judge allowing strikers to be force fed, disregarding international human rights principles. Thousands of prisoners have united to challenge the torture of prolonged isolation, demanding an accountable process to challenge the gang validations that have kept them in security housing for decades. Gov. Jerry Brown stands silent but is presumably in agreement with the force-feeding strategy, which will prevent the strikers from becoming martyrs.

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San Quentin hunger striker’s kidneys shut down, as warden meets one demand

August 17, 2013 2:19 pm0 comments
San Quentin hunger striker’s kidneys shut down, as warden meets one demand

This is just a small note to let you know I’m still alive. But on Friday morning at around 12:30 a.m., they found me on the floor unresponsive and a little blue-ish purple. The nurses said kidney failure – that I was so dehydrated that my kidneys shut down and I was blue-ish purple ‘cause I almost froze to death. They put me on IV and warmed up my body with blankets and sent me on my way back to my cell. By 4 a.m. I was back. Only at S.Q.

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CDCR’s $9.2 billion corruption machine vs. Prison Human Rights Movement

August 16, 2013 4:02 pm0 comments
CDCR’s $9.2 billion corruption machine vs. Prison Human Rights Movement

Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa, PBSP-SHU Short Corridor Collective – Aug. 14, 2013 – I would like to reiterate that the Agreement to End All Hostilities, issued Aug. 12, 2012, is significant for all prisoners because CDCR (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation) has encouraged prisoners in their 33 prisons to not only engage in self-destructive behavior but has also helped heighten racial hostilities – the catalyst for internal warfare, racial warfare and gang warfare – all of which has been magnified inside the prisons and throughout our communities.

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Hunger strike reminder: SHU isolation cell awaits California lawmakers as legislative session begins

August 13, 2013 11:43 pm0 comments
Hunger strike reminder: SHU isolation cell awaits California lawmakers as legislative session begins

As California legislators return to work this week, prisoner hunger strike family members, loved ones, advocates and supporters will gather at the Capitol to urge state decision makers to take swift and resolute action toward meeting the demands of the strikers. Waiting for the legislators on the Capitol’s south steps will be a life-sized mock Security Housing Unit (SHU) cell.

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SHU isolation cell to be installed on State Capitol South Steps Aug. 14

August 10, 2013 3:47 pm0 comments
SHU isolation cell to be installed on State Capitol South Steps Aug. 14

The Stop Mass Incarceration Network and Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, in support of the California prison hunger strikers and their five demands, invite the public to visit an installation of a life-sized mock Security Housing Unit (SHU) cell on the California State Capitol South Steps in Sacramento. The cell will be on display – and you can walk right in to see how it feels – from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14.

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Day 33: Prisoner hunger strike countdown for humane conditions

August 9, 2013 10:18 pm0 comments
Day 33: Prisoner hunger strike countdown for humane conditions

Today marks 33 days that over 200 prisoners have gone without eating. Doctors have warned the prisoners several times of the dangers of continuing their hunger strike, and yet they persist. Why? In order to end the inhumane conditions of their confinement. They have spent decades in solitary confinement not for punishment, not for their crimes, but for “administrative” reasons.

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Mediators talk with prisoners as hunger strike reaches one month mark, situation remains critical, negotiations crucial

August 8, 2013 8:14 pm0 comments
Mediators talk with prisoners as hunger strike reaches one month mark, situation remains critical, negotiations crucial

Today marks one month for prisoners on hunger strike throughout the California prison system. Earlier today, the mediation team working on behalf of the strikers was able to speak to the prisoners at Pelican Bay who initially called for the strike. Just moments ago members of the mediation team issued the following statement:

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Hunger strikers, supporters vow to continue fight as mediators conclude meeting with CDCR secretary

August 3, 2013 3:47 pm0 comments
Hunger strikers, supporters vow to continue fight as mediators conclude meeting with CDCR secretary

Mediators working on behalf of California prison hunger strikers concluded their meeting with CDCR Secretary Jeffrey Beard on Friday, Aug. 2. The meeting comes on the heels of nearly 100 family members of hunger strikers visiting the Capitol Tuesday, where they presented a petition signed by over 70,000 people demanding negotiations with hunger strikers to Gov. Brown’s office.

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Negotiate, Gov. Brown! How many more prisoners must die?

July 29, 2013 9:00 pm0 comments
Negotiate, Gov. Brown! How many more prisoners must die?

Mediators working on behalf of California prisoners on hunger strike are calling for an independent investigation into the July 22 death of Billy “Guero” Sell, a prisoner held in solitary confinement at Corcoran State Prison and a participant in the three-week-long hunger strike that has shaken the California prison system. Sell’s death is being ruled a suicide by the CDCR. Medical professionals, religious leaders and prisoners’ families call upon Gov. Jerry Brown to enter into good faith negotiations with the hunger strikers.

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