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Critical Resistance Los Angeles
Chuco’s Justice Center
1137 E. Redondo Blvd.
Inglewood, CA 90302
Critical Resistance Los Angeles holds new member orientations most first Sundays of the month 12-2pm at Chuco’s Justice Center. The date and time is occasionally changed to accommodate participants’ schedules, so please email us for information about the next orientation.
On Saturday March 15, 2014, Critical Resistance and its allies in the No More Jails Coalition converged in the food court of the Antelope Valley Mall and staged a peaceful and colorful protest against construction plans for a women’s jail in Lancaster. The controversial $200 million jail would add more than 1100 beds to the notorious LA County Jail system—which stands as the world’s largest. The project would have a particularly devastating impact on the county’s communities of color.
“The jail system in LA has cause horrendous damage to our loved ones and our communities,” says Gloria Galvez, of Critical Resistance, one of many organizations resisting the jail plan. “The women’s jail plan in Lancaster is being called a ‘women’s village.’ This is offensive. The LA County Sherriff is trying to sell us a bill of good, saying this jail will provide mental health, educational, and treatment programs. But we know jails are not effective social service settings. Especially not for women.” Read more…
- Statewide Anti-Prison Expansion Work
CR Oakland and Los Angeles are members of Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB), a broad-based alliance of over 40 organizations. CURB’s mission is to shrink the number of prisons and reduce the number of people in prison in California by curbing prison spending. CR Los Angeles is an active member of CURB’s workgroup, LA No More Jails.
- City-wide popular education on the Prison Industrial Complex and its Abolition.
ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS TO IMPRISONMENT
Californian’s health and safety will not be improved with jail expansion. California county jails are inherently violent, poorly run, and wastes of taxpayer money. The public funds that are now used to police, convict and incarcerate people should be going to provide housing, education, health care & employment. Safe and healthy communities depend on mental health services, youth centers, supportive and affordable housing, and real opportunities in their communities; not cages. Read more on Alternative Investments to Imprisonment
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SIGN OUR PETITION TO STOP PRISON AND JAIL EXPANSION IN CALIFORNIA!
In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the state of California to reduce its prison population by 33,000 prisoners. Yet, the State of California and over 30 counties are moving forward with plans to spend tens of billions of dollars to build thousands of new prison and jail beds across the state instead of mandating alternatives to imprisonment, reducing prison and jail populations and eradicating draconian sentencing laws. Further prison and jail expansion would be a human travesty and an expensive waste of resources.
California does not need and cannot afford more prisons and jails.
California: No More Jails! No More Prisons!Read the petition