Archive for March, 2017

URGENT Letters Needed Today for Three Important Youth Justice Bills

Thursday, March 30th, 2017
Please fax in an organizational letter ASAP today to support these three bills that will be up in their first committee next week. Fax numbers are included in the body of each sample letter. Please e-mail us a copy of your letters and we can also make sure they are delivered next week. Thank you!
 
Sample letters for these bills are listed below:
 
SB 607 – Ends Suspensions for Willful Defiance, K – 12, Statewide
 
SB 439 – To establish a minimum age of 12 for youth who can be charged with a crime and processed through the juvenile court system. Currently, California has no minimum age, and very young children can be prosecuted and detained.
 
AB 1639 – Eliminates Barriers for people with convictions, undocumented people, people who are allegedly “gang affiliated,” and people who are unable to cooperate with police investigations – as well as their family members – from accessing victim compensation and supports.
  1. CUT AND PASTE THIS LETTER ONTO YOUR ORGANIZATION’S LETTERHEAD TO END WILLFUL DEFIANCE SUSPENSIONS. 

March 30, 2017

The Honorable Benjamin Allen
Chair, Senate Standing Committee on Education
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814

Fax: (916) 445-7799

RE:  SUPPORT: SB 607 (Skinner) – As Amended

Block Jail Expansion in Alhambra, CA Tomorrow, 3/17/17

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Two days after former Sheriff Baca is found guilty and the block on the list of the #300Problematic deputies is still in place–the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors is planning an “Industry Day Forum.”

This Industry Day Forum is planned to provide information to construction related firms (large and small) that are interested in building the replacement to Men’s Central Jail.

With all that is happening in our county to incarcerate and deport our people and the recent deaths in our jail we know that NO MORE JAILS is the solution.

Join us Friday at 8:30 am to let all these construction companies know that Angelinos do not want this jail.

When: Friday, March 17 at 8:30 am
Where: 900 South Fremont Ave. Alhambra, CA 91803 (Conference Center)
What to wear: Please wear your No More Jails shirt!

LA No More Jails organizers will be out in full force including Critical Resistance LA, CURB, Dignity and Power Now, Gender Justice LA, Immigrant Youth Coalition and Youth Justice Coalition.

We need you Friday. And check out the recent coverage on our #MillionDollarHoods tool.

Let’s stop this jail plan now,

L.A. No More Jails

Support Letters Due Today for SB 394 – End Youth Life Without Parole

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

1. Please use the sample letter below to write, SIGN and send a letter of support for SB 394 (Youth Life Without Parole – Compliance with US Supreme Court Ruling) by the end of today – Tuesday, March 14th.  Please e-mail us a copy of your letter at action@youth4justice.org and we can make sure it gets registered for next week’s hearing.

2. If you can be in Sacramento on Tuesday, March 21st, please come to the Senate Public Safety Committee Hearing to support the bill: 9:30AM, California State Capitol, John L. Burton Hearing Room – #4203 on the 4th Floor of the “New Wing”

Sample Letter of Support – Copy on to your group’s letterhead, add to the Letter where you see yellow highlights, sign it and fax it to Senate Public Safety –(916) 445-4688, and e-mail us a copy – action@youth4justice.org  Thank you!!!

March 14, 2017

The Honorable Nancy Skinner
California State Senator
Chairperson, Senate Public Safety Committee
State Capitol, Room 2031
Sacramento, CA  95814
Fax: (916) 445-4688

RE: Support for Senate Bill 394 (Lara) Youth Life Without Parole – Compliance with US Montgomery v. Louisiana

Dear Chairperson Skinner:

Name your organization …