June 26: PASS A BUDGET THAT FUNDS HEALTH OVER PUNISHMENT
Friday, June 26, 11AM
Online via ZOOM:
Livestream the Alameda County Budget Vote at 11am and make your voice heard by participating in public comment. The Board of Supervisors must reinvest $24 million allocated for expanding staff and construction at Santa Rita Jail, as well as $10 million allocated to rebuilding a youth detention center, into community based mental healthcare and alternatives to incarceration that keep our families together and our communities safe.
You can join by zoom or by phone. Public comment will be held at the end of the hearing, you will have up to 3 minutes to speak. Find the full board agenda here.
Here are our talking points. Cite one, two or more of these talking points in your comment to Supervisors.
Sample public comment: My name is ________ . Our county budget is a moral document and should reflect our priorities. I strongly believe that Alameda County needs to invest in life-affirming services, like mental & public health programming, and social services for our community, NOT incarceration. I urge you to remove $24 million Santa Rita Jail funds to build a mental health wing and hire more jail staff, as well as the $10 million allocated to replacing the youth detention center Camp Sweeney. Invest taxpayer dollars into community-based mental health services, restorative justice, youth programs, and alternatives to incarceration that keep families together and our communities safe. Thank you.
PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO PARTICIPATE AND COMMENT.