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C2ESV Demands Justice for Trayvon Martin and Justice for Our Communities

            All across the country, our communities are responding to the murder of Trayvon Martin. All over the country, our communities are making the connection between the conditions that allowed George Zimmerman to be acquitted and the caging of Black and Brown bodies, the laws that make Black and Brown folks more vulnerable to state violence, and a criminal “justice” system that serves as the engine for mass incarceration of our families and friends. The Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails understands that Trayvon’s murder, and Zimmerman’s acquittal, was not an isolated incident. These events are part of a long history of state-sanctioned violence against Black and Brown people.

            Justice for Trayvon Martin can take many forms and we believe that ending state violence against our families and communities is a necessary component to the justice we deserve. Trayvon Martin’s death was possible because there exists a culture of policing, surveilling, and caging of Black and Brown communities that leads to the devaluing of Black life. Those beliefs don’t stop in the streets, they are carried into the jails where in Los Angeles the Sheriff’s Department has been found responsible for unchecked abuses against our folks. The jails are the training grounds for deputies as they serve their first years running the largest jail system in the world. Ending jail violence is a necessary step towards ending the legacy of abuses our communities face by law enforcement in custody and in our neighborhoods. Join us in demanding for Independent Civilian Oversight of the Los Angeles County Jails!

Join us at our upcoming events

Monthly Meeting  –

Saturday, August 24th at 11:00 AM

4230 St Elmo Drive, Los Angeles, 90019

www.endsheriffviolence.org / @PowerDignity

–  Organizing Drive  -August 4th, 8:30am, @ Men’s Central Jail

 –  Teach-In on Sheriff Baca  – Thursday, August 15th, 6:00pm

@ 4830 St Elmo Drive, Los Angeles, 90019

–  Organizing Drive  -August 18th , 8:30am, @ Men’s Central Jail

C2ESV on the recent Award of ‘Sheriff of the Year’ to Sheriff Lee Baca

 

Statement of The Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails on the recent Award of ‘Sheriff of the Year’ to Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca

 

February 27, 2013. LOS ANGELES – The Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails is both concerned and disturbed by the National Sheriffs Association’s  (NSA) recent award of Sheriff of the Year to Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca. 

 

We note Sheriff Baca’s membership on the NSA’s executive committee and its board of directors however, those are the least of our concerns. We are a grassroots, multiracial organization that was formed to fight for transparency and actual accountability of the Los Angeles jail system. Our engine – that which drives our coalition – are the family members and survivors of sheriff’s deputies’ violence inside the L.A. county jails.  Community organizations, health providers, clergy, attorneys and concerned community residents also stand with us. 

 

We are concerned that the NSA did not take into account the findings of the Citizen’s Commission on Jail Violence, released after a year of study, that found that the culture of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department was “force first”.

 

We are concerned that the NSA did not take into account the recent scrutiny and analyses of the various “scandals” that have plagued the L.A. County Jails System under the leadership of Sheriff Baca.

 

We are disturbed that the NSA believes that these and other factors are not worthy of consideration in determining the safety of the men and women under the sheriff’s care in the Los Angeles county jails. 

 

We are disturbed that a national organization such as the NSA believes that those who commit violent crimes against a vulnerable population, mostly Black, Latino and mentally ill should not be held accountable for their actions.

 

We call on our allies and all those people of goodwill who work for justice and dignity to stand with us in condemning this egregious action of the National Sheriffs’ Association, and we call on our allies and all people of goodwill who work for justice and dignity to register their concern and their disgust at this slap in the face to all of the families and survivors of deputy on inmate abuse.

 

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The Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails is a grassroots multicultural organization bringing together community organizations, health providers, clergy, attorneys, community residents, friends and families and survivors of the brutality inside L.A. jails to fight for real accountability. We are proposing a People’s Civilian Review Board comprised wholly of citizens that has subpoena power, where citizen complaints are reviewed and investigated, and recommendations for disciplinary or policy action are made by the board. The Coalition believes that this model of a citizen’s review board is the most independent citizen review model.

South L.A. Students to Hold Teach-In on Civilian Oversight of County Jails

Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails | 213.375.4518 | 602.616.4311

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JAN. 29th, 2013 

 

CONTACT:                       

 

          ENGLISH:                          Patrisse Cullors-Brignac, 213.375.4518

SPANISH:                        Francisca Porchas:  602.616.4311

South L.A. Students to Hold Teach-In on Civilian Oversight of County Jails

Youth Impacted by Sheriff’s Violence Promote

More Humane, Accountable Management

 

LOS ANGELES – The Dandelion Risin’ Leadership Institute, a project of the Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails (C2ESV), will host a teach-in on civilian oversight of the L.A. County Jails Thursday, Feb. 7, from 11:20 a.m. until 12:20 p.m. at the Historic YMCA Multi-Purpose Room located on 1006 E. 28th St. Los Angeles, CA 90011.

The students, members of the YouthBuild Charter School, have either directly experienced abuse inside of the L.A. County Jails or have loved ones who have experienced the abuse and will be presenting different models of civilian oversight and making the connections of why such oversight is necessary here in Los Angeles.

The Dandelion Risin’ Leadership Institute is a unique project that provides young people (ages 16-24) inside of the South L.A. and Boyle Heights YouthBuild Charter Schools the opportunity to build leadership while being involved in civic engagement strategies that uplift and empower their communities.  Within the past three months, students from the Institute have presented testimony at the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors’ meeting and have held press conferences and marches/rallies in support of civilian oversight of the L.A. County Jails.

VISUALS: Students will be leading art activities and presenting art work based on the themes of incarceration, sheriff’s violence, and alternative models of law enforcement and punishment.

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The Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails is a grassroots multiracial organization bringing together community organizations, health providers, clergy, attorneys, community residents, friends and families and survivors of the brutality inside L.A. jails to fight for real accountability. We are proposing a People’s Civilian Review Board comprised wholly of citizens that has subpoena power, where citizen complaints are reviewed and investigated, and recommendations for disciplinary or policy action are made by the board.

 

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STATEMENT ON THE GRADUATION OF CLASS #391 OF THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails | 213.375.4518 |(310) 880-6855,

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: ENGLISH: Patrisse Cullors-Brignac, 213.375.4518

SPANISH:  Diana Flores, 310.880.685

STATEMENT ON THE GRADUATION OF CLASS #391

OF THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

January 18, 2013

JAN 18, 2013.  LOS ANGELES – The Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails (C2ESV) sends its congratulations to Academy Class #391 of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on their 2013 graduation.  The Coalition also sends its request that, as they begin their new careers as law enforcement officers whose mission is to “Lead the fight to prevent crime and injustice; enforce the law fairly and defend the rights of all; and, partner with the people we serve to secure and promote safety in our communities,” that Class #391 will also strongly adhere to and pledge to uphold the 8th Amendment to the United States Constitution which states that “cruel and unusual punishments” shall not be inflicted. 

The Coalition also extends an invitation to meet with the young professionals of Class #391 to provide assistance in their training, prior to their official deployment, and as a means of insuring that incarcerated individuals are treated with respect and dignity while in their care.

Again, congratulations and we look forward to working with you to create a better environment throughout the Los Angeles County Jail System.

 

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The Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails is a grassroots multiracial organization bringing together community organizations, health providers, clergy, attorneys, community residents, friends and families and survivors of the brutality inside L.A. jails to fight for real accountability. We are proposing a People’s Civilian Review Board comprised wholly of citizens that has subpoena power, where citizen complaints are reviewed and investigated, and recommendations for disciplinary or policy action are made by the board.

 

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Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails to Participate in 21st Annual Empowerment Congress

Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails | 213.375.4518 | 323.394.5521

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: ENGLISH:  Patrisse Cullors-Brignac, 213.375.4518

SPANISH:  Diana Flores, 310.880.6855

Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails to Participate in

21st Annual Empowerment Congress

Panel will address civilian oversight of law enforcement

JAN 18, 2013.  LOS ANGELES – Patrisse Cullors-Brignac, lead organizer and founder of the Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails (C2ESV), will be a key presenter at the 21st Annual Empowerment Congress Summit hosted by Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.  The Summit will be held Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at USC’s Bovard Auditorium, located at 3551 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles 90089. From 11 am to 12:30 pm, Cullors-Brignac will join John Mack, former executive director of the Los Angeles Urban League and member of the Los Angeles Police Commission, and Miriam Krinsky, former executive director of the Los Angeles County Citizens’ Commission on Jail Violence and other panelists, “to illustrate how civilian oversight of law enforcement agencies can enhance accountability and promote structural reform that yields modern, constitutional policing.”

“Our belief is that independent civilian oversight with subpoena power is a crucial part of the systemic changes necessary to protect the rights of incarcerated people,” says Cullors-Brignac.  “The responsibility of holding the Sheriff’s accountable cannot be left to the same department whose long standing negligence has allowed a culture of violence to shape the practice of jailing in Los Angeles.”

Founded in 1992 by then Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas, the Empowerment Congress is a dynamic partnership among neighborhood groups, residents, nonprofit organizations, businesses, religious institutions, and community leaders. Further information on the Empowerment Congress can be obtained by logging onto http://www.empowermentcongress.org.

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The Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails is a grassroots multiracial organization bringing together community organizations, health providers, clergy, attorneys, community residents, friends and families and survivors of the brutality inside L.A. jails to fight for real accountability. We are proposing a People’s Civilian Review Board comprised wholly of citizens that has subpoena power, where citizen complaints are reviewed and investigated, and recommendations for disciplinary or policy action are made by the board.

 

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The Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in the L.A. County Jails is truly excited about the possibilities for change and accountability in 2013. Forward!

The Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in the L.A. Jails:

Our Work Thus Far. . .

The Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in the L.A. Jails (CESV) formed during the summer of 2012 under the leadership of Patrisse Cullors-Brignac. Cullors-Brignac, a community and youth organizer and artist, created a performance art piece entitled STAINED to give voice to the impacts of state violence and mass incarceration on individuals and their families. STAINED is based in part on the trauma suffered by Cullors-Brignac’s brother Monte and their family due to Monte’s incarceration and subsequent struggle to readjust to civilian life. 

The other catalyst for STAINED was an 86-page complaint by the American Civil Liberties Union against the Los Angeles County Jail system. Representatives from the ACLU were invited to the opening performance of STAINED, and to sit on a panel that was convened immediately following after. The performance was well received during its summer runs, and following a critical review in The Feminist Wire, Cullors-Brignac felt that something more was needed – a vehicle that could not only organize those affected by state violence but that would confront and hold accountable the purveyors of such violence.

The CESV has four core demands:

Establish Civilian oversight over the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s

Department (or the Jail) with the power to subpoena, independently investigate and change Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department policies and practices

A Halt to the further construction of jails in Los Angeles County

A Reduction in the county jail population by diverting or releasing people back to their families and into programs that support their well-being

Respect and dignity for incarcerated people

In the short time since its’ founding the CESV has made a name for itself by:

Establishing relationships with 13 organizations and allies: All of Us or None, California Faith Action/Justice Not Jails, Community Coalition, Drug Policy Alliance, East Los Angeles Community Corporation, Gender Justice LA, The Labor Community Strategy Center/Community Rights Campaign, Los Angeles Community Action Network, Rev. Kelvin Sauls of Holman United Methodist Church, Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, Street Poets Inc., Youth Justice Coalition, and Critical Resistance LA.

Establishing a Steering Committee

Establishing an Action Group

Establishing an Art of Disruption Group

Holding Monthly Membership Meetings

Maintaining a consistent presence in front of the Men’s Central Jail on weekends to recruit inmates’ family members and loved ones to the Coalition

Creating a Dandelion Rising Leadership Institute, which focuses on young adults in two continuation high schools – one in South Los Angeles and one in Boyle Heights

Organizing 20 individuals to provide public testimony at Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor meeting in support of civilian oversight of the county jails

Delivering 900 postcards of support for civilian oversight to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

Holding a successful press conference/rally in support of civilian oversight with Dandelion Rising South L.A. youth

Holding a successful press conference/rally in support of civilian oversight with Dandelion Rising Boyle Heights youth

Securing a statement of support for the Coalition’s work from Hon. Mark Ridley-Thomas, Los Angeles County Second District Supervisor

Co-sponsoring a gift/toy giveaway for inmates’ families in front of the Men’s Central Jail

Garnering media coverage through the Los Angeles Times, KPCC, CBS, KPFK, The Wave Newspaper, Estrella TV, Telemundo, Press TV (Iran), KPFA and Azteca TV;

Being invited to sit on a panel during in the 21st Annual Empowerment Congress that will be held during Martin Luther King, Jr. Week, alongside of John Mack, former director of the Urban League and member of the Los Angeles Police Commission; and Miriam Krinsky, former Executive Director, Los Angeles County Citizens’ Commission on Jail Violence, and others.

The Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in the L.A. County Jails is truly excited about the possibilities for change and accountability in 2013. Forward!

21st Annual Empowerment Congress-

http://empowermentcongress.org/2013/01/01/accountable-law-enforcement/

“For decades controversy has surrounded the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s use of force.  Other jurisdictions have created independent civilian oversight commissions and inspectors general in order to build public trust.  In a decades-long process within the “City of Los Angeles, these measures are credited with reforming the LAPD and restoring public confidence in City law enforcement.   Short of the Board of Supervisors, Los Angeles County has neither an inspector general nor civilian commission that can amplify the public’s voice and hold the independently elected Sheriff accountable.  The purpose of this workshop is to illustrate how civilian oversight of law enforcement agencies can enhance accountability and promote structural reform that yields modern, constitutional policing.”

Coalition ‘Optimistic’, ‘Hopeful’ for New Direction of Sheriff’s Department

Coalition ‘Optimistic’, ‘Hopeful’

for New Direction of Sheriff’s Department

JAN. 3, 2012.  LOS ANGELES – Understanding that the New Year always brings resolutions and new opportunities for change, the Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails greets this new year with optimism and the hope that recent announcements by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department signal a new direction.

The Coalition is optimistic and hopeful that the decisions of current Undersheriff Paul Tanaka to not seek re-election as Mayor of Gardena, CA; and of Sheriff Captains Bernice Abram and Daniel Cruz to retire, signal an attempt by the LASD to seriously take on the issue of much-needed reforms in the county’s jail system.

The Citizens Commission on Jail Violence, convened in October, 2011, to examine allegations of excessive use of force, published its report in September, 2012 with a total of 64 recommendations – 60 of which were specific to the Los Angeles County Jail / Sheriff’s Department. The problem of violence in the L.A. County Jail system and the culture that supports it is long-standing.  Formulating a solution to that problem will require the full, undivided attention of all involved, as well as the introduction of new blood and new ideas into the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.

Although the Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in Los Angeles Jails understands that a permanent and independent body of civilians, that has oversight of the Sheriff’s Dept and County Jail system, in addition to the authority to discipline officers along with subpoena power, is the only true model of accountability that can affect the policies and practices of the Sheriff’s Department, we believe that these recent announcements from the sheriff’s department are a step in the right direction.

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The Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails is a grassroots multicultural organization bringing together community organizations, health providers, clergy, attorneys, community residents, friends and families and survivors of the brutality inside L.A. jails to fight for real accountability. We are proposing a People’s Civilian Review Board comprised wholly of citizens that has subpoena power, where citizen complaints are reviewed and investigated, and recommendations for disciplinary or policy action are made by the board. The Coalition believes that this model of a citizen’s review board is the most independent citizen review model.

 

HOLIDAY TOY and Book DRIVE TO BE HELD AT MEN’S CENTRAL JAIL

Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:ENGLISH: Patrisse Cullors-Brignac, 213.375.4518
SPANISH: Diana Flores, 310.880.6855

HOLIDAY TOY and Book DRIVE TO BE HELD
AT MEN’S CENTRAL JAIL

Dec. 21, 2012. LOS ANGELES – The Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails, in conjunction with The Village Nation, will be distributing gifts for the children of incarcerated parents on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Men’s Central Jail, 441 Bauchet St. (at N. Vignes St., Los Angeles 90012).

“We’re passing out gifts in an effort to ease some of the stigma that comes along with being a child of an incarcerated parent,” said Patrisse Cullors-Brignac, founder and lead organizer of the Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails.

Fluke Fluker, co-founder of The Village Nation added, “We want to provide students the opportunity to be of service to their communities during this holiday season, and this “toy and book” drive is a reminder that we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers!”

Those interested in donating new or “gently-used” toys or books, or with helping to pass out the donated toys and books, can contact the Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails at 213.375.4518 (English) or 310.880.6855 (Spanish).

 

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The Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails is a grassroots multiracial organization bringing together community organizations, health providers, clergy, attorneys, community residents, friends and families and survivors of the brutality inside L.A. jails to fight for real accountability. We are proposing a People’s Civilian Review Board comprised wholly of citizens that has subpoena power, where citizen complaints are reviewed and investigated, and recommendations for disciplinary or policy action are made by the board. The Coalition believes that this model of a citizen’s review board is the most independent citizen review model.

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Coalition ‘Troubled,’ ‘Concerned’ Over Incredulous Claims of Sheriff’s Department

Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails | 213.375.4518 

 

DEC. 20, 2012.  LOS ANGELES – The Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails is deeply troubled by the incredulous claims of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s in the case of Anthony Brown.  Recruited by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to gather information on deputy abuses at the jail, Sheriff’s officials claim that Mr. Brown was moved numerous times once his “undercover” activities were discovered to “protect him from other inmates.”  A federal grand jury is now investigating whether the Sheriff’s Department moved Brown in an attempt to hinder the FBI’s investigation.

“When the federal government’s police force (FBI) has to sneak cell phones into a county jail facility to gather evidence of abuse and violence, we know something is really wrong,” said Patrisse Cullors-Brignac, lead organizer for the Coalition. 

The most recent exposures of Sheriff’s abuse by a county-created Commission have confirmed that such abuse is a ‘pervasive culture’ rather than an isolated incident, and there has been a long-standing code of silence and practice of turning a blind eye to the abuse of incarcerated people by Sheriff’s deputies.

It is for this reason that the Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in Los Angeles Jails understands independent civilian oversight with subpoena power is an important piece of the systemic changes necessary to protect the rights of incarcerated people in Los Angeles County Jails. 

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The Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails is a grassroots multiracial organization bringing together community organizations, health providers, clergy, attorneys, community residents, friends and families and survivors of the brutality inside L.A. jails to fight for real accountability. We are proposing a People’s Civilian Review Board comprised wholly of citizens that has subpoena power, where citizen complaints are reviewed and investigated, and recommendations for disciplinary or policy action are made by the board. The Coalition believes that this model of a citizen’s review board is the most independent citizen review model.

 

 

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