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  • published The RISE Act in Act 2017-05-09 19:15:58 -0400

    On August 21st, welcome your state legislators back from their summer recess by participating in a coordinated day of calling in support of SB 180, the Repeal Ineffective Sentencing Enhancement Act (RISE) Act!

    What is the RISE Act?
    SB 180 would repeal the three-year sentence enhancement for prior drug convictions, with the exception of convictions involving a minor. The bill is co-sponsored by several SURJ partner organizations, including the Ella Baker Center, CURB, and Legal Services for Prisoners with Children. For more information, please click here.
    What is a coordinated day of calling? 
    State legislators head back to Sacramento on August 21st after their summer recess, and one of the first bills to hit the Assembly floor for a vote is SB 180. SURJ is calling on its membership to flood our assemblymembers' phone lines on their first day back with calls in support of the Rise Act! All you have to do is call your legislator between anytime between 10am and 4pm on Monday August 21st.
    How can I participate?

    (1) Click here to find out which district you live in and see the target list below.

    (2) Use this great sample call script, from our friends at the Ella Baker Center:

    My name is _____, and I live in ____, California. I am calling to say that I support Senate Bill 180, related to drug sentences. California wastes too much money by locking people up for very long periods of time, when it should be investing in services we need in our communities, like schools, dropout prevention programs, job training, housing, and employment. My family and I want to stop wasting lives and money on jails and prisons. We want services in our communities that really make us safer. Please let my Assemblymember know that I strongly support this bill.

    (3) Let us know that you called by posting the following on Twitter / Facebook / Instagram:

    Welcome back to Sacramento, ________ [Insert your Assemblymember's twitter handle here]! I urge you to vote AYE on #SB180 #RISEAct! #SURJisinsession

    (4) Forward this to five friends asking them to do the same!

    Who should I call?

    You should call YOUR Assemblymember, ideally at their office in Sacramento. If you live in the below districts, your calls are especially important! If your Assemblymember isn't on the list, still call and ask the person you speak to how your representative is planning to vote. If they support the bill, thank them for their support! If they aren't planning to support, or the person you speak to is unsure of how your representative may vote, use the script above to record your support.

    The key targets in the Bay area are as follows:

    East Bay / Contra Costa:  

    • Assemblymember Grayson (Pittsburg, Bay Point, Concord, Pleasant Hill, Clayton, Benicia, Vallejo)
    • Assemblymember Frazier (Brentwood, Oakley, Antioch, Fairfield, Vacaville)
    • Assemblymember Chu (Fremont, Newark, Milpitas, San José, Santa Clara)
    • Assemblymember Thurmond (Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Piedmont, El Cerrito, Pinole, Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Kensington)
    (Note, if you are in Rob Bonta's district, he has been very supportive, but please feel free to call to thank him and tweet that you've done it!)

    North Bay: 

    • Assemblymember Levine (Corte Madera, Cotati, Fairfax, Kentfield, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Novato, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Sausalito, Sebastopol, Tiburon, Penngrove, Petaluma, Sonoma, West Marin, and parts of the City of Santa Rosa)
    • Assemblymember Wood (Del Norte, Trinity, Humboldt, and Mendocino counties, northern and coastal Sonoma County, and northern Santa Rosa)
    • Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry (all or parts of Napa, Lake, Yolo, Sonoma, Colusa and Solano counties)
    • Assemblymember Low (Silicon Valley: Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga, West San Jose, Willow Glen, Cambrian, and Almaden Valley in San Jose) 
    • Assemblymember Mullin (San Mateo County)
    In solidarity,
    SURJ Bay Area Policy Working Group


  • donated 2017-02-07 15:57:51 -0500

    Donate to Organizations Providing Legal Support for Immigrants and Refugees

    $21,415.00 raised
    GOAL: $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!

    * * * * *

    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.


  • published Key Steps To Stop Urban Shield in January in Act 2016-12-27 12:59:04 -0500

    Key Steps To Stop Urban Shield in January


    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/