Local residents and members of Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) will gather to publicly protest California’s prison-expansion plan from 2 to 4 p.m. this Sunday in the Mosswood Park Amphitheatre, at Broadway and MacArthur Boulevard in Oakland. On tap: 53,000 paper dolls and a load of ice cream.
“I Scream (Ice Cream) Against Prison Expansion” will bring together local performers, youth, and other residents to continue work started in Los Angeles earlier this month to create 53,000 paper dolls to signify the 53,000 new prison and jail cells planned under a deal struck between lawmakers and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Two federal judges this week ordered the creation of a three-judge panel to consider placing a cap on the state’s prison population, basically rejecting the state’s claim that the prison-expansion deal will solve the state’s overcrowding problem.