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Protest planned to support inmates and their families at the Lompoc Federal Prison

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Posted at 3:43 PM, May 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-23 18:44:59-04

A protest is planned this weekend to support inmates at the Federal Prison in Lompoc.

Showing Up for Racial Justice Santa Barbara (SURJ SB) will join other organizers on Sunday, May 24th for a safe, social distance car protest in solidarity with prisoners, their families and loved ones against inhumane prison conditions at Lompoc Prison that threaten both inmates and our larger community.

Protesters are demanding the following:
1. Home release of non-violent criminals so they can social distance
2. Improved sanitation
3. Access to proper medical treatment
4. Implementation of iPad communication with families for better mental health

Protesters argue the negligence of the prison facility directors puts the entire community at risk.

According to the Santa Barbara County Public Heath Department, at least 971 inmates at the prison have contracted COVID-19. One death as been reported.

A class action lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California (ACLU) against the Federal Prison in Lompoc for the "mismanaging" of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is a national network of groups and individuals working to undermine white supremacy and to work toward racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. SURJ SB is the Santa Barbara Chapter of SURJ National