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Action Alert: Tell Your Senator to Vote YES for SB 180 - THE RISE ACTSB 180 – The Repeal Ineffective Sentencing Enhancement (RISE) Act – is likely going to be voted on by the California Senate this Thursday. We need you to contact these Senators and urge them to vote YES on this crucial bill.
Sen. Hueso (Imperial, San Diego) 916.651.4040
Sen. Newman (Anaheim, Fullerton) 916.651.4029
Sen. Portantino (Glendale, Pasadena) 916.651.4025
Sen. Roth (Riverside, Norco, Moreno Valley) 916.651.4031
Sen. Stern (Ventura, Thousand Oaks) 510.651.4027
What will the RISE Act do?
The RISE Act would repeal three-year sentence enhancements for people with prior drug convictions. Currently, these enhancements are applied consecutively, which means that a person sentenced for a nonviolent drug crime will have three years added to this sentence for every prior related drug offense, even if they have already served their time for that offense. This extreme punishment has not only failed to protect communities or reduce the availability of drugs, but has resulted in overcrowded jails and prisons, harsh sentences, and crippled state and local budgets. By repealing this expensive and ineffective punishment, funds will be freed to reinvest in much needed community-based programs that can restore opportunities for formerly incarcerated individuals and strengthen families.
Why is the RISE Act important?
- Sentence enhancements have been a proven failure. Rather than reduce drug access, the effect of these enhancements has been sentencing thousands of people – predominantly people of color – to long periods of incarceration in overcrowded prisons.
- We need to DIVEST from incarceration and INVEST in our communities. Since 2007, California has spent over $2.2 billion on county jail expansions – not including county-level costs for construction, staffing, and debt service for high-interest loans. The RISE Act would reduce jail populations, freeing up crucial funds to invest in programs and services that meet community needs and improve public safety, such as community-based mental health and substance use treatment, job programs, and affordable housing.
- Sentence enhancement destabilize communities. Formerly incarcerated individuals often have trouble finding jobs and housing, and their family members face large debts from court costs and visitation and telephone fees. This has a destabilizing effect on families and communities.
- The RISE Act will reduce racial disparities in the criminal justice system. Although rates of drug use and sales are comparable across racial lines, people of color are far more likely to be stopped, searched, arrested, prosecuted, convicted, and incarcerated for drug law violations. They are thus disproportionately impacted by sentence enhancements.
- Some of our most important partners are supporting this act, including: Californians United for a Responsible Budget (co-sponsor), the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (co-sponsor), All of Us or None (supporter), Causa Justa: Just Cause (supporter), and the Transgender Gender Variant Intersex Justice Project (supporter), amongst others.
Hannah Warren donated 2017-02-07 15:57:51 -0500$21,415.00 raisedGOAL: $20,000.00
UPDATE (2/10) We doubled our goal to $15,000 and within 24 hours, we met that! So as we hit the homestretch and our February 14th deadline, we're bumping up our goal once more - to $20,000! This would mean $4,000 for each organization, providing a substantial demonstration of our commitment to these communities and the dedicated efforts of those working within and serving them. Thank you for being part of this powerful act of solidarity!
UPDATE (2/8): Wow - this is what solidarity can look like. 13.5 hours after making this call to mobilize our resources, we met our goal of raising $1,500 per organization for a total of $7,500. It is clear we can do more.
To build on this overwhelmingly positive response and success, we are doubling our goal to $15,000 and humbly ask for your support as we engage our chapter, our networks, our comrades in this fight.
Our collective power can do more than we thought possible - thank you!
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Thank you for donating to SURJ Bay Area in our effort to demonstrate collective resistance in this critical political moment. We are mobilizing resources this week to be evenly distributed to organizations led by and for People-of-Color on the front-lines of this movement:
- Asian Law Caucus Legal Clinic
- Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC)
- Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)
- Centro Legal de La Raza
- Council on American-Islamic Relations Bay Area (CAIR)
Thank you for joining with SURJ to show our solidarity with immigrant and refugee communities today.Donate
As we enter the new year, stopping Urban Shield in Alameda County continues to be a key local step to resisting the threats posed by Trump. Alameda County must stop sponsoring the racist, xenophobic, and lethal strategies, tactics, and technologies being spread by Urban Shield. Ending Urban Shield is more important than ever.Step 2) Join us for a Jan 10th, 2017 action:
On January 10, 2017, due to community pressure, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors will conduct a long overdue information session on Urban Shield. We know that the Sheriff will use every trick in his book to rationalize and defend this violent program. We need as many of our people there to raise our voices and share the true impacts of Urban Shield and police militarization, and to compel the Board to take the only rational and humane step possible: Stop Urban Shield.For more information please visit http://stopurbanshield.org/