|You Too Can Buy The California Governor, Cheap
Please circulate...and JOIN US!
THURSDAY, JUNE 27
See carpool info below
ORGANIZERS TO LAUNCH
"BUY BACK THE GOVERNMENT" TELETHON
$595 MILLION DELANO PRISON DESPITE
DECLINING PRISON POPULATION, BUDGET CRISIS
& PUBLIC OPINION
SACRAMENTO, CA - Setting a goal of $2.3 million - the same amount
California's prison guards' contributed to state legislative
grassroots organizers will hold a "Buy Back the Government" Telethon
in front of the State Capitol on Thursday, June 27 at 11 am.
Organizers will set up a phone bank to accept calls from contributors
on the north side of the State Capitol and will accept on site
donations as well. As a premium, each donor to the campaign will
receive a laminated picture of the Governor or a legislator so
everyone, not just the California Correctional Peace Officers
Association (CCPOA), can have the Governor in his or her pocket.
school children, weathering severe cuts to next year's education
budget, will set up a lemonade stand to raise their "Buy Back
Earlier this month, despite a $23 billion deficit, a declining
population and a statewide poll finding that Californians strongly
favor a freeze on state prison building, the joint budget conference
committee funded the controversial $595 million Delano prison
"Our goal of $2.3 million may seem unrealistic to some, but we've
learned what it cost to win in Sacramento," said Dorsey Nunn,
"It's telling that in the midst of the worst budget crisis in
decade, the prison guards get a 34% raise, a $595 million new
and the Corrections' budget is going up, not down," commented
Braz, Director of Critical Resistance, noting that the Governor's
Revision to the Budget provides for a $185.9 million increase
state's $5 billion prison budget.
"You really do get a lot of bang for your buck in Sacramento
you're the number one contributor to state legislative races,"
continued Braz, commenting that the guards contributed an additional
$251,000 to the Governor only weeks after he granted the guards
hike of as much as $1 billion dollars.
The Delano prison will siphon $124 million from the general fund
year to operate and repay the debt for the next 25 years. Every
newspaper across the state, including the Los Angles Times, San
Francisco Chronicle and Orange County Register editorialized
construction of the prison.
A statewide poll of likely voters recently found that Californians
strongly favor a freeze on state prison construction and cuts
prisons, over any other state program, to address the budget
The poll of 600 likely voters also found that 76% of those surveyed
supported requiring voter approval of new prison construction.
legislature did not seek voter approval before authorizing the
contentious Delano prison. In 1990 and again in 1996 voters turned
down proposed prison bonds 2-1. The poll was conducted by Fairbanks,
Maslin. Of those surveyed, 71% described themselves as conservative
Groundbreaking for the prison was set for February 2001, but
delayed by the mounting opposition
Opposition to the Delano prison plan has come from a coalition
over 80 organizations includingthe Central Labor Council of Alameda
County, the San Francisco Board of Education, Service Employees
International (SEIU) Local 250, the Delano Center on Race, Poverty
the Environment, American Federation of Teachers (AFT)- University
Council, Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees, Locals 2
California State Employees Association, Civil Service Division
(SEIU Local 1000), NAACP chapters, and the statewide Associated
Students of the University of California.
CARPOOLS WILL LEAVE FROM MACARTHUR BART AT 830 AM.
for more infomration Call510-444-0484
1212 Broadway, Suite 1400
Oakland, CA 94612