Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity

Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, the Baháʼí faith and many others share a central commitment to the sacredness of every person.

Welcome the refugee.
Treat the stranger as your own.
Compassion knows no borders.
Love has no walls.

For more than twenty years, the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity has been joining hands with people of faith to act on these core beliefs. We defend the humanity of the immigrant and fight for the rights of the incarcerated. Working at the intersection of spirituality and social movements, we mobilize congregations to take a stand on issues of social justice like immigration and mass incarceration… [read more]

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Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB)

📣📣THIS IS BIG!

💰Facing a now estimated $73 billion budget shortfall, the state’s own Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) recommends California close 5 more state prisons. We need @cagovernor to close the budget gap by closing more prisons NOT by cutting funds from essential services that actually keep us safe.

Read CURB’s full response📲bit.ly/5morepr – from the press release:

This recommendation arrives at a crucial moment for California as it faces a budget crisis significantly worse than previously estimated. Initial projections by Gov. Gavin Newsom forecasted a $38 billion shortfall, but the LAO's thorough analysis now warns of a potential deficit spiraling to a staggering $73 billion.

Despite the clear financial incentives for prison closures, Gov. Newsom has yet to commit to this path. His focus remains on “transforming” San Quentin into a rehabilitation center, a project accompanied by a hefty $360 million price tag. Last month, Newsom’s own Advisory Council for the San Quentin project recommended cutting the building cost by $120 million.

Since 2020, the criminal justice reform coalition Californians United for a Responsible Budget has maintained that declining prison populations would allow for the closure of at least 10 state prisons. To date, three state prisons, along with a leased facility and multiple yards, have been slated for closure. The LAO's recent endorsement for shutting down at least five additional state prisons marks a significant alignment with CURB's initial projections.

California's corrections budget has ballooned to $19 billion, nearly 96% of which is funded by state resources. CURB contrasts Gov. Newsom's hesitation on prison closure with the state of New York’s proactive stance: Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced her intention to close up to five additional state prisons with only 90 days notice.

“The status quo is no longer sustainable,” said Amber-Rose Howard, Executive Director of CURB. "California must enshrine a commitment to close at least five more prisons in the 2024-25 final budget due in June, and direct those savings to community-based resources to increase safety, reentry programs and supporting towns where prisons close."

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Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) 

📣📣THIS IS BIG!

💰Facing a now estimated $73 billion budget shortfall, the state’s own Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) recommends California close 5 more state prisons. We need @cagovernor to close the budget gap by closing more prisons NOT by cutting funds from essential services that actually keep us safe. 

Read CURB’s full response📲bit.ly/5morepr - from the press release:

This recommendation arrives at a crucial moment for California as it faces a budget crisis significantly worse than previously estimated. Initial projections by Gov. Gavin Newsom forecasted a $38 billion shortfall, but the LAOs thorough analysis now warns of a potential deficit spiraling to a staggering $73 billion. 

Despite the clear financial incentives for prison closures, Gov. Newsom has yet to commit to this path. His focus remains on “transforming” San Quentin into a rehabilitation center, a project accompanied by a hefty $360 million price tag. Last month, Newsom’s own Advisory Council for the San Quentin project recommended cutting the building cost by $120 million.

Since 2020, the criminal justice reform coalition Californians United for a Responsible Budget has maintained that declining prison populations would allow for the closure of at least 10 state prisons. To date, three state prisons, along with a leased facility and multiple yards, have been slated for closure. The LAOs recent endorsement for shutting down at least five additional state prisons marks a significant alignment with CURBs initial projections.

Californias corrections budget has ballooned to $19 billion, nearly 96% of which is funded by state resources. CURB contrasts Gov. Newsoms hesitation on prison closure with the state of New York’s proactive stance: Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced her intention to close up to five additional state prisons with only 90 days notice.  

“The status quo is no longer sustainable,” said Amber-Rose Howard, Executive Director of CURB. California must enshrine a commitment to close at least five more prisons in the 2024-25 final budget due in June, and direct those savings to community-based resources to increase safety, reentry programs and supporting towns where prisons close.

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"Check out our podcast, "Unveiling Love: Stories of Community and Social Change," where Oakland artists and leaders discuss defining moments shaping their efforts for safety, community, and solidarity. Join the conversation TODAY and tune in through our IG live and take action for Love Over Fear!

Learn more about Love Over Fear Oakland here: bit.ly/LOFOakland

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TUNE IN TODAY AT 12PM!!!

Check out our podcast, Unveiling Love: Stories of Community and Social Change, where Oakland artists and leaders discuss defining moments shaping their efforts for safety, community, and solidarity. Join the conversation TODAY and tune in through our IG live and take action for Love Over Fear!

Learn more about Love Over Fear Oakland here: https://bit.ly/LOFOakland

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more details!

#loveoverfearoakland

✨ Exciting News! Meet our Cultural Strategist Team for Love Over Fear Oakland! Amina Lei, B Dukes, and Francisco Herrera are leading the charge, blending art, community, and justice. Supported by the San Francisco Foundation's grant, they're transforming conversations and reimagining safety. ✨

Meet Our Cultural Strategists:

Amina Lei: Visual artist, storyteller, and host of "Unveiling Love" podcast launching Feb 23rd!

B Dukes: Multidisciplinary artist curating the Love Over Fear Photo Series, showcasing leaders promoting safety.

Francisco Herrera: Chicano Cultural Worker and Musician producing "Amor Vencer Temor" community concerts this Spring and Summer.

📅 Stay Connected – Call to Action:

🎙️ Join Amina's IG Live launch on Feb 23rd at 12pm!

📺 Watch defining moments, faith, and community safety conversations on our YouTube channel.

✨ Stay tuned on our Instagram and Facebook for more Love Over Fear projects in 2024! Let's create a more loving and safe Oakland together! ✨

Learn more at bit.ly/LOFOakland

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