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Caravan for Justice II Confronts California Prison Industrial Complex, Sacramento, 4/8/09
On Wednesday, April 8th, fifteen buses and numerous carpools headed to Sacramento to demand that legislators begin to address the concerns of all the people of California in the laws they pass. Caravan for Justice II, building on the success and numbers of the first caravan, included residents from San Francisco, Oakland, Richmond, East Palo Alto, San Jose, Antioch, Modesto, Stockton and across Northern California. This racially, ethnically, and religiously diverse coalition came to Sacramento to demand changes in laws and policies that disproportionately and negatively effect people of color in California. Injustices confronted included three strikes, gang injunctions, parole/probation, voter disenfranchisement, the power of police and prison guard unions, the police bill of rights, and other aspects of the California prison industrial complex which continues to grow while budgets for education and community services shrink.
This video includes many of the speakers from the steps of the Capital and ends with participants entering the Capital building one by one.
The Caravans for Justice are organized by the multi-faith Town Halls for Justice for Oscar Grant. As the numbers grow with each new caravan and participants become more familiar with Sacramento, some have also begun attending legislative hearings such as the one on Tuesday, April 14th regarding AB312 and BART's civilian police oversight, which was scheduled to have been discussed and possibly voted on in a Public Safety Committee hearing.
Caravan for Justice III is coming in May. Stay tuned.
Special thanks to the kind person who recorded the event so that this video could be shared here.
Caravan for Justice I video and related coverage: