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Critical Resistance Los Angeles

Chuco’s Justice Center
1137 E. Redondo Blvd.
Inglewood, CA 90302

Phone: 510.444.0484                  Email: crla@criticalresistance.org

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.

Current Campaigns

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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.

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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!

CALIFORNIA: NO MORE JAILS! NO MORE PRISONS!

(Copies of signed petitions will be presented to the Governor, legislators, county officials and stakeholders in communities that are impacted by prison and jail expansion)

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.

We demand that decision makers across the State of California take the following steps:

• Immediately end any and all planning, construction, and/or expansion of prisons and jails across the state. Cancel all lease revenue bonds sales to investors who would profit from prison and jail construction. Stop creating tens of billions of dollars in debt for future generations.

• Invest in projects that improve the health and well-being of our communities and increase public safety. We need schools, job training centers, youth centers, rehabilitation facilities, housing, not more jails and prisons.

• Implement well-known strategies to reduce rates of imprisonment, and create innovative programs that support the real needs of people coming home from prison and jail. Current policies have resulted in the prison population growing from 20,000 in 1980 to over 170,000 in 2007. Repeal repressive sentencing laws and policing policies that have targeted and destabilized communities of color.

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