Big Day in Sacramento Tomorrow: Make Your Calls TODAY

mimi waltersTomorrow, July 2, the California Senate Judiciary Committee will consider AB 218, the must-win “ban the box” measure that would end the current practice of requiring public sector job applicants to check a box if they have a felony conviction. It would be really good if two Republican senators from our area–Joel Anderson of Riverside and Mimi Walters of Irvine–could hear from us.

Sen. Anderson’s contact info: 916.651.4036; Senator.Anderson@ Sen. Walters’ contact info: (916) 651-4037; Also, if you live in or know people who live in Democrat Hannah-Beth Jackson’s 19th Senate district (sections of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties) she could also use some reinforcement. Sen. Jackson’s contact infirmation:  (916) 651-4019; The message is simple: “AB 218 would give formerly incarcerated people a needed break and would enhance public safety by reducing the potential for recidivism. Public employers can still do background checks as needed. We ask for your SUPPORT on AB 218.”

peter laarman We also have a BAD bill that comes before the Assembly Public Safety Committee tomorrow. SB 419 would permit probation officers to flash incarcerate people without court authorization: purely at their own discretion. The Assembly members from our area whom we need to reach are Holly Mitchell (54th Assembly District) and Reginald Jones-Sawyer (59th Assembly District). Mitchell’s district office # is 310-342-1070. Jones-Sawyer’s district office # is 213-744-2111. The message on this one: “There is no evidence that probation officers need this new authority. It would set back the goal of restoring those on probation to community life. It violates the spirit of the Realignment program. Please vote AGAINST SB 419.

Peter Laarman
Justice Not Jails

Monday, 1 July 2013

About Peter Laarman

Rev. Peter Laarman serves on the Justice Not Jails steering committee. He formerly directed Progressive Christians Uniting, the LA-based network of activist individuals and congregations that first launched Justice Not Jails in 2012 as a multifaith initiative. He served as the senior minister of New York’s Judson Memorial Church from 1994 to 2004. Ordained in the United Church of Christ, Peter spent 15 years as a labor movement strategist and communications specialist prior to training for ministry.