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Co-founder of Black Lives Matter and founder and chairperson of Reform L.A. Jails, Patrisse Cullors, held a rally yesterday with support from celebrity pals and fellow advocates, singer, songwriter, artist, Lauren Jauregui, actor and activist Dawn-Lyen Gardner (Queen Sugar), actor Jason George (Grey’s Anatomy), and actor, activist, co-founder of BLD PWR, Kendrick Sampson, among other key officials and members to stop McCarthy Building Companies from building L.A. County’s 8th jail.
On the steps of the L.A. Board of Supervisors, Cullors and her supporters rallied in support of the #CancelMcCarthyContract campaign insisting that L.A. County CEO Sachi Hamaiand McCarthy Building Companies immediately cancel the current $2.2 billion dollar contract with McCarthy to build another jail, disguised as a mental health treatment facility.
Directly following the rally, Cullors and the team walked a pre-litigation letter into McCarthy Building Companies, where she served Matt Lawson, Sr. Vice President/General Counsel of the company, with notice of a lawsuit if McCarthy did not adhere to the campaign’s demand to cancel the contract. Click here to watch the video of Cullors serving the letter.
Cullors and her committee have been advocating to Reform L.A. Jails for some time now and with the #CancelMcCarthyContract campaign that launched the beginning of July, as seen here in Newsweek, things are in motion and the campaign is stirring up the county in the right direction to stop the building of mental health jails that she has dubbed “death traps” for those who are incarcerated with mental illness. The momentum of #CancelMcCarthyContract, whereby 4,000+ Angelinos who have already signed the petition to end the contract, has pushed the L.A. County Board of Supervisors to call for a vote on Tuesday (8/13) to potentially scrap the jail replacement contract. This is a major shift in strategy for the county aimed at fully embracing mental health treatment over incarceration.
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