Freedom for Our Families
Last Tuesday night, around 300 people gathered at St. Columba Community Catholic Church to hold elected officials accountable for how they are spending county public safety funds, and ensure that jobs, not jails are the priority.

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“[Prison] relieves us of the responsibility of seriously engaging with the problems of our society, especially those produced by racism and, increasingly, global capitalism.” – Angela Davis

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OAKLAND, Calif  ---  Two weeks ago, we honored Martin Luther King Jr. and others in the Civil Rights movement who were courageous enough to not remain silent. Instead, they stood together in solidarity and spoke loudly through their actions for peace, equality, and justice for all people. In 2015, we are following in the steps of Dr. King and speaking loudly on the social issues that plague our community.

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California's Prison Labor Problem
California Attorney General Kamala Harris said that she was "shocked" by the Los Angeles Times report that lawyers from her office had argued in court that if forced to expand prison releases per the order of federal judges, prisons would lose an important labor pool.

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On Tuesday, October 21, Baratunde Thurston, Michelle Alexander, Van Jones, and Shaka Senghor gathered for the first time at the Ella Baker Center’s Justice Rising breakfast to discuss how to end mass incarceration and build safer and stronger communities.

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Proposition 47, Explained
This November 4th, when Californians go to the polls, they will have the opportunity to vote on Proposition 47, the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act. This initiative is a criminal reform to reclassify some nonviolent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, permitting re-sentencing for prisoners serving time for crimes classified as felonies prior to its passage.

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It’s a rare thing when two great thinkers come together, but that is exactly what is going to happen next week when Ta-Nehisi Coates, a national correspondent at The Atlantic and author of the article The Case for Reparations, leads an online book club that will delve into a study of the book, The New Jim Crow, written by acclaimed civil rights lawyer, legal scholar,

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In a 2004 keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, Barack Obama delivered one of the most memorable lines of his political career. “There's not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America,” he said. “There's the United States of America.” It was a powerful, if simple, statement of unity and togetherness; the convention hall thundered with applause.

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Last week, Judge Carney in the Central District of California wrote a refreshingly accessible, logical, and just opinion declaring California’s death penalty system unconstitutional.  It is worth reading, but I summarize it briefly below.

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