California Prison Focus

California Prison Focus By acting in solidarity with and elevating the voices of those most impacted, California Prison Focus works to expose and end human rights abuses against people incarcerated in California.
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What CPF Does: * We stand up strong against the cruel and torturous conditions of the California prison system, especially advocating for the immediate shut down of all SHU (Security Housing Units) cells and similar conditions of solitary confinement. * We publish a quarterly magazine, Prison Focus, distributed free to SHU prisoners, $5 a year to other prisoners, and $20 a year to former prisoners, their family members, activists, and friends of CPF. * We travel regularly to Pelican Bay, Corcoran, and other state prisons to uncover and disseminate information on the current conditions prisoners must endure.

Mission: California Prison Focus works to abolish the California prison system in its present condition. We investigate and expose human rights abuses with the goal of ending long term isolation, medical neglect, and all forms of discrimination. We are community activists, prisoners, and their families educating and inspiring the public to demand change.

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Hello beautiful community! Join us tonight and Saturday for our fabulous SF Bay View National Black Newspaper fundraiser...
11/20/2020

Hello beautiful community!
Join us tonight and Saturday for our fabulous SF Bay View National Black Newspaper fundraiser!
Celebrate the Bayview Hunter's Point community and support another 45 years of liberation journalism!

11/20/2020
11/13/2020
FB Live Friday 11/13/2020

Hello to all who watched this morning's FB Live,
I have failed to realize that I am unable to access the messages once the video has ended.
Please excuse me and I I send you my deep gratitude for joining us this morning.
Here is my contact info [email protected], please reach out to me.
I care very much about what you have to share.
Peace, Nube

11/11/2020
A Prisoner Human Rights call to action: CALL THE GOV!

Please join the social media campaign to #liberateourcagedelders and call the governor immediately! 916-445-2841

Mind you, today the offices are closed but I’m stressing the urgency of the situation- Newsom’s neglect of the pandemic in our prisons is subjecting our elders to death by covid!
LISTEN- KPOO.com/listen Thursday 11/12 11am
VISIT- liberatecagedvoices.wixsite.com/site
DEMAND- the release of our caged elders 916-445-2841

11/11/2020
A human rights call to action: CALL THE GOV TOMORROW 11/12 916-445-2841 LIBERATE OUR ELDERS!!

Please join the social media campaign to #liberateourcagedelders and call the governor immediately! 916-445-2841

Mind you, today the offices are closed but I’m stressing the urgency of the situation- Newsom’s neglect of the pandemic in our prisons is subjecting our elders to death by covid!
LISTEN- KPOO.com/listen Thursday 11/12 11am
VISIT- liberatecagedvoices.wixsite.com/site
DEMAND- the release of our caged elders 916-445-2841

11/06/2020
Please call Newsom! 916-445-2841. If you believe in Human Rights, demand the release of Leonard Alexander/Yafeu Iyapo an...
11/02/2020

Please call Newsom! 916-445-2841. If you believe in Human Rights, demand the release of Leonard Alexander/Yafeu Iyapo and all elders like him. Use info on poster.
2 min to take action!
Share this post and use #LiberateOurCagedElders

Good morning beautiful people! Please tune in to Prison Focus radio at 11am on KPOO San Francisco 89.5, or live stream o...
10/29/2020
KPOO - Listen

Good morning beautiful people!
Please tune in to Prison Focus radio at 11am on KPOO San Francisco 89.5, or live stream on KPOO.com/listen. I'll be speaking with Lisa Strawn, free after 25 years of being caged; and Jay Rene of Hip Hop Humanism...peace and solidarity, Nube

This device-independent stream lets you listen to KPOO in the privacy of your own home/cubicle. Just click the lovely painted jukebox, hit the play button, and there you have it! Or simply paste the streaming address (http://vista.streamguys.com/kpoo) into your player.

Hello beautiful people! If you haven't yet called the Gov at 916-445-2841, please do it now! And let him know you're not...
10/26/2020

Hello beautiful people! If you haven't yet called the Gov at 916-445-2841, please do it now! And let him know you're not down with this abuse of our elders taking place within our prisons! Leonard Alexander/Yafeu Iyapo is one of too many caged elders we'll be focusing on in this social media campaign. CALL NOW! 916-445-2841 and/or go to liberatecagedvoices.wixsite.com/site to learn more about the campaign and Yafeu.
And check out my video! Peace, Nube
https://youtu.be/fxWXAusL2DY

10/23/2020
10/23/2020

Hey beautiful people, going live.....!

Meet #CaliforniaHungerStrike #Elder Leonard Alexander tortured by decades of #solitaryconfinement and #civildeath, and n...
10/21/2020

Meet #CaliforniaHungerStrike #Elder Leonard Alexander tortured by decades of #solitaryconfinement and #civildeath, and now subjected to another potential death sentence in #California #prisons by #Covid19.

In this campaign we'll introduce you to many of the Elders subjected to this #torture. Also, are you okay paying $81,000 a year for this gross #injustice?

If not, share this on all your social media platforms using #liberateourcagedelders, then CALL Governor Newsom (916)445-2841 and DEMAND THE RELEASE of elders like Leonard, using the information on the poster below.

Watch Makini Iyapo, wife of Leonard, speak about him other elders in this class: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NJjtKRP0HE&feature=emb_logo

10/16/2020
10/16/2020

Hey beautiful comrades! We're going live in five! Get ready for some powerful voices, inspiration, and actions to take....peace

Meet some of the #Elders subjected to yet another potential death sentence in #California #prisons by #Covid19. In this ...
10/10/2020

Meet some of the #Elders subjected to yet another potential death sentence in #California #prisons by #Covid19. In this campaign we'll introduce you to many of the Elders subjected to this #torture. Are you okay paying $81,000 a year for this #injustice?

If not, share this on all your social media platforms using #liberateourcagedelders, then contact Governor Newsom and demand the release of elders like Leonard, using the information on the poster below.
(916)445-2841

10/09/2020
Join CPF for an upcoming webinar: My Opinion: Newly Released Music Video Screening and Panel Discussion. http://newest.p...
10/04/2020
California Prison Focus

Join CPF for an upcoming webinar: My Opinion: Newly Released Music Video Screening and Panel Discussion.
http://newest.prisons.org/events/198

Music video screening & discussion, the first of a series: Unkage'd Slave: 24 Hours Ago, which promotes CPF's Agreement 2 Come Home Campaign

10/02/2020
Hey beautiful comrades,Liberate the Caged Voices Roundtable Dialogues is about to start at 11am.Hope to see you there!
09/27/2020

Hey beautiful comrades,
Liberate the Caged Voices Roundtable Dialogues is about to start at 11am.Hope to see you there!

09/25/2020
09/04/2020
Join this amazing panel discussion!! Peace
08/29/2020

Join this amazing panel discussion!! Peace

08/28/2020
HERE THE UNVARNISHED TRUTH ABOUT COVID-19 AT CALIFORNIA STATE PRISON-LOS ANGELES FROM THE PRISON FOCUS MAILBOX.https://s...
08/26/2020
PF Mailbox #7 Covid-19 at California State Prison-Los Angeles - Hear the unvarnished truth

HERE THE UNVARNISHED TRUTH ABOUT COVID-19 AT CALIFORNIA STATE PRISON-LOS ANGELES FROM THE PRISON FOCUS MAILBOX.
https://soundcloud.com/prisonfocusradio/pf-mailbox_covid-at-california-state-prison_los-angeles

A Covid report from CSP-LAC. August 2020. Read by California Prison Focus volunteer, Tess Mecleron. Prison Focus Mailbox is produced by the Chief Editor Of Prison Focus newspaper. You can listen to th

07/29/2020
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07/10/2020

Hey comrades,
Nube WON’T go live at 10am this Friday...catch me at 2pm instead. We’ll hear from Mwalimu out fo Corcoran, peace

07/03/2020
07/03/2020

Going live at 10am!

06/29/2020
Liberate the Caged Voices: Roundtable Dialogues - June 21, 2020

This month’s Dialogue centered on Juneteenth (June 19) to examine the exception clause to the 13th Amendment, its direct link to legal slavery taking place within the nation’s prisons and what’s happening on our streets- the response to centuries of racist terror upheld by police and prison guards. We present and discuss campaigns, led by people inside, that we can promote and participate in to facilitate their release.

It was a beautiful discussion with a special call-in from our brother Sitawa who got the news on Juneteenth that he will be coming home. We'll be having another roundtable this month, so make sure not to miss it!

Following the spirit of the Prisoner Human Rights Movement BLUEPRINT, we enter into dialogue, mutual empowerment, and reciprocal education with currently and formerly caged people, to learn the truth of WHO California’s caged elders are, WHY they’re aging in prison and WHAT we can do together to facilitate and win their freedom, and freedom for all.

This is an ongoing learning experience intended to humanize and better understand the multi-layered issues of indeterminate sentencing and decades of solitary confinement, suffered by thousands of incarcerated people. In this liberated space, questions, answers and musings will develop and be acted upon, and we will offer “activities” to engage in between gatherings. There is a treasure trove of wisdom and leadership from the people inside and their families. They will guide our journey together as we expand our hearts and minds building people power and actions for humanity and freedom.

Participants:
- Makini Iyepo: Wife of elder in his 45th year of being caged, a Hunger Strike survivor who suffered decades of solitary confinement.
- Marie Levin: Sister of elder in his 39th year of being caged, a Hunger Strike survivor who suffered decades of solitary confinement.
- Minister King: Co-director of California Prison Focus; Returned community member; Hunger Strike survivor.
- Faruq: Returned community member; survivor of 42 years of being caged; Hunger Strike survivor.

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There are many criminal justice reforms on Newsom's desk this month. Let him know why they are important to our communities. You can use this link to send a comment to the Governor: https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov40mail/ AB-1869: Criminal fees, budget bill Repeals 23 fines and fees, including various probation-related fees and public defender fees AB-2054: CRISES ACT, Asm. Kamlager Establishes the Community Response Initiative to Strengthen Emergency Systems (CRISES) Act pilot program, which will scale up community-based alternatives to police You can use this tool to make CRISES ACT calls to the Governor: https://allianceforbmoc.org/crisesact-call AB-2325: Child Support, Asm. Carrillo Suspends child support during incarceration from date of enactment to 1/1/23 (extending prior law that expired 1/1/20) AB-2338: Courts: Contempt Orders, Asm. Weber Ends imprisonment for contempt of court orders related to non-payment of child support AB-2342: Parole Credits, Asm. McCarty Creates a program under which the length of a person's parole period could be reduced through credits earned by successfully completing specified education, training, or treatment programs, or by participating in volunteer service AB-2542: Criminal Procedure: Discrimination, Asm. Kalra Racial Justice Act: prohibits the state from seeking a criminal conviction or sentence on the basis of race, ethnicity, or national origin AB-3228: Private detention facilities, Asm. Bonta Requires any private detention facility to comply with the detention standards of care and confinement agreed upon in the facility’s contract for operations; allows an individual who has been injured to bring a civil cause of action for relief AB-3234: Public Safety, Asm. Ting Creates a diversion program and lowers the minimum age limitation for the Elderly Parole Program to incarcerated individuals who are 50 years of age and who have served a minimum of 20 years SB-132: Corrections, Sen. Wiener Requires that incarcerated transgender people in CDCR custody be classified and housed with respect and dignity SB-555: Communications and Commissary Fees, Sen. Mitchell Caps jail commissary prices; caps telephone and other service rates and prohibits communication or information service providers from imposing/collecting specified fees SB-1064: Confidential Informants, Sen. Skinner Strengthens due process protections for incarcerated people when uncorroborated allegations have been made against them SB-1290: Juvenile Costs, Sen. Durazo Would vacate certain county-assessed or court-ordered costs imposed on juveniles
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My husband is at Pelican Bay State Prison. my name is Sylvia Ybarra Vigil. It is amazing how now families out here can give a voice to our loved ones in prison.
#WeAreTheirVoices will be hosting a Nationwide protest on August 22nd @ CCWF in Chowchilla!! Please share and join us in our fight!!✊🏼💙✊🏾💜✊🏻
When Ralph Diaz said there would be NO MORE transfers that's exactly what it should have meant!! It's time to hold CDCr accountable!! #theirlivesmatter
As I've said before this is not just a "single" prison incarceration problem.. a "single" State incarceration problem... this is a Nationwide problem!! #WeAreTheirVoices not for just one.. but for them all!! Their voices will be heard through us!! Let us come together August 22nd and fight to end mass incarceration ✊🏼💙✊🏾 #LetThemGo #theirlivesmattertoo. #freedomandjustice
Join us on Saturday, August 22 at Soledad Prison to demand "Black Incarcerated Lives Matter!"Protest the vicious, violent and racist cell extractions of over 200 Black prisoners. Endorse, spread the word and bring people out to the protest. https://www.facebook.com/events/1855030834638034/
Join us in Soledad on Saturday, August 22, to demand Black Incarcerated Lives Matter! Protest the violent round-up, violence and cell extractions of 200 Black prisoners. Endorse, help spread the word and bring people out to the protests. https://www.facebook.com/events/1855030834638034/
UBUNTU Amerikan Racism is embedded in its White (new)COLONIAL Priviliged, Class-Perceptions, biases. Prejudices that has been historically INSTITUTED IN U,S, SYSTEMS-POLICIES-LAWS-INSTITUTIONS & CULTURES of WHITE RULE/CONTROL SUPREMACY over HUMYNITY'S Global COMMUNITY 🗿
We appreciate any and all of your support as we come together to be the voices of our loved ones! It takes each and every one of us to see this through. It may be a fight but it's one we are in to win!! #LetThemGo #WeAreTheirVoices
Hi there, I help incarcerated men at Solano and San Quentin state prisons produce radio stories and a podcast called Uncuffed. Since we can't get access to the men inside to broadcast their voices, we are planning a special episode, featuring the voices of loved ones with people inside CA prisons dealing with the epidemic. If you know someone inside, would love to talk to you. You can email me at [email protected] or [email protected]. Thank you.