Critical Resistance Los Angeles (CRLA) is the second oldest CR chapter. Since 2004, CRLA has worked successfully in different coalitions to stop jail construction in LA County and ensure that the County works to decriminalize, decarcerate, and build up life-sustaining community-based resources. In the summer of 2020, Justice LA, a coalition CRLA has supported for years, won a monumental victory getting the LA Board of Supervisors to agree to close one of California’s oldest county jails, Men’s Central Jail.
CRLA also has a strong history of working with LA-based community organizations to generate strong political education resources that center most-impacted communities, particularly former prisoners from collaborating on the Leadership, Education, Action & Dialogue (LEAD) Project with A New Way of Life, a group of transitional homes for women getting out of prison in Watts, to political education collaboration with Youth Justice Coalition’s social justice school – Chuco’s Justice Center.
Currently, CRLA is rebuilding its capacity since the COVID-19 pandemic to host volunteer days to engage community members in abolitionist work and frequently holds events, political education workshops, and partnerships with key allies. CRLA offered opportunities for volunteers to plug in to our work and campaigns for years. CRLA will also soon be launching a correspondence program with people who are imprisoned. Meanwhile, the chapter continues its work fighting imprisonment through Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB), with its sister chapter CR Oakland in the California Prison Closure campaign.
To get involved with these projects and the campaign to close prisons in CA, join us at an upcoming volunteer day, usually held on the first Sunday of the month.
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Another Victory Against Jailing in LA!
Justice LA Coalition has carried on the struggle, successfully defeating multiple jail expansion plans in Los Angeles County, including defeated a construction plan for a new jail for women, and triumphantly transforming plans for a replacement men’s jail into a mental health treatment center.
Read more about the multi-year fight and recent victories here.
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