No on the Six Campaign Marches with Hundreds from "Jail to School" in Urging Sheriff Lee Baca to withdraw his support of Proposition 6
Over 250 students, activists and community members marched in the midday heat from Men's county Twin Towers jail on Tuesday, October 14th to Castelar Elementary School, demonstrating opposition to Proposition 6 on the November 4th ballot. One of the main goals of the rally and march was to pressure Sheriff Lee Baca to withdraw his support and actively oppose Proposition 6.
Bus Riders Union chant leaders Carla Gonzalez and Haewon Asfaw lead the crowd in chanting: "Sheriff Baca, can you hear us? Prop 6 wants cages to incarcerate all ages, Vote NO on Prop 6!"
Youth Justice Coalition and Families to Amend California's Three Strikes (FACTS) roll deep to the march!
Lisa Leon, organizer with All of Us or None, MC's the event and shares her reasons for opposing Prop 6: "As a formerly incarcerated woman of color, I face barriers everyday. When I read this initiative I knew this was an attempt to incarcerate people in our communities and keep them there."
Lissett Lazo, 17-year-old member of the Strategy Center's No on the Six Campaign addresses the crowd: "We are asking Sheriff Baca to withdraw his support and proactively oppose Proposition 6. A person that speaks about prevention and intervention shouldn't want to be associated it with the racist policies that are being backed by the likes of Henry T. Nicolas III, Mike "Three-strikes" Reynolds and State Sen. George Runner."
Marty Hittleman, President of the California Federation of Teachers, told the crowd: "Our schools and colleges are already being cut. Proposition 6 will make funding even more scarce."
The march kicks off from the jail!
At the front of the march, the message was clear: our communities need resources and services, not more prisons!
The march heads west on Cesar Chavez winning "honks" of support from cars passing by.
Los Angeles Community Action Network
The rally ends at Castelar Elementary school and march participants gather around to hear next steps.
Ian Sawyer, member of the NO on the Six campaign, signs participants up for Get Out the Vote precinct walking and phone banking.
Organizations present at the march included:
Office of Restorative Justice of the LA Archdiocese
Strategy Center and Bus Riders Union
Families to Amend California's Three Strikes (FACTS)
Youth Justice Coalition
South Asian Network
Korean Resource Center
Strategic Actions for a Just Economy
SoCal for Youth
Californians for Justice
Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE)
A New Way of Life/All of Us Or None
ACLU of Southern California
Los Angeles Community Action Network (LACAN)
League of Women Voters
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