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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” – Paulo Freire, Educator

Reap what you sow

Here's the message we sent to our members. After you've read it, please add your voice.

Flip the script: Instead of investing in prisons, Proposition 47 would divert $1 billion to K-12 education, mental health, and drug treatment programs.

Let us know that you plan to vote for Proposition 47 in the November election.

Dear Friend,

We all know that California's schools could use a little help. The 2008 financial crisis left state and local school systems underfunded, while pushing even more of our state's kids into poverty.

Well, help is on the way. Proposition 47 would take money from an institution we don't need to invest more money in — prisons — and divert the funds to California's schools. Imagine, there could be enough money to reduce class sizes, hire more credentialed teachers, and make sure there's bilingual education for students who haven't yet mastered English.

But this incredible opportunity to create a brighter future for California's children will pass us by if Proposition 47 fails at the polls this November. It's important that all Californians, including you, get out to vote for Proposition 47. Will you pledge to vote for Proposition 47 in this fall's election?

Click here to pledge to vote for Proposition 47.

What you invest in grows. Too many of California's dollars have been spent on a broken, ineffective, and inhumane prison system instead of on the education system that will keep kids out of prison and put them on a path to success. Every inmate imprisoned for a nonviolent drug offense or petty crime costs $62,000 each year. The real crime here is that the state has been stealing that money from our kids' educations.

If Proposition 47 passes, this will all change. California will end felony sentencing for drug possession and petty theft crimes. This would permanently reduce incarcerations and shift one billion dollars from state corrections to K-12 school programs and mental health and drug treatment over the next five years alone.

Prop 47 would be a big win for our kids and our communities, but it will only pass if California voters turn out to support it.

Click here to pledge to vote for Proposition 47.

Thanks and ¡adelante!

Mariana, Erick, Arturo, and the Presente.org team