California Coalition for Women Prisoners

California Coalition for Women Prisoners Grassroots organizing with members inside & outside jails/prisons, challenging violence against women, transgender people & communities of color by the PIC
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Michelle Jones is a beloved mother and community member who is serving life without parole (LWOP). She has been incarcer...
10/08/2020

Michelle Jones is a beloved mother and community member who is serving life without parole (LWOP). She has been incarcerated for 19 years. During the ongoing pandemic, Michelle has dedicated her time to sewing face masks for others, even though she is at high risk for Covid-19 behind bars. Her loving family is eager to receive her at home. We demand #NoMoreDeaths and urge @GavinNewsom to free Michelle and commute the sentences of all sentenced to LWOP. We won’t stop until we #BringThemHome! #FreeMichelle

Happy birthday, Elaine! Elaine Wong is a Taiwanese elder who is serving life without parole (LWOP). She has been incarce...
10/01/2020

Happy birthday, Elaine! Elaine Wong is a Taiwanese elder who is serving life without parole (LWOP). She has been incarcerated for 40 years. A beloved mother, grandmother, and wife, Elaine just celebrated her 70th birthday on Tuesday. As an elder, she is at high risk of contracting Covid-19 in prison. We demand #NoMoreDeaths and urge @GavinNewsom to free Elaine and ALL medically vulnerable elders in CA prisons. We won’t stop until we #BringThemHome! #FreeElaine

Please sign petitions at carenotcages.com. #ClemencyNow #EmergencyReleaseNow

09/30/2020
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

Thank you California Governor for signing AB2542, The Racial Justice Act, into law! And thank you to EVERYONE on the ground who made this happen through tireless advocacy.

We are so proud to have co-sponsored this historic piece of legislation, which will allow Californians to confront racism in the courts.

#DefendBlackLives
#ConfrontRacism

LIVE NOW: CA Governor Newsom is signing landmark racial justice legislation. Tune in as we take a huge step to #ConfrontRacism and THANK YOU to all of our supporters, co-sponsors, and allies.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7iD2Alo4qM&feature=youtu.be

Lucia “Mama Lucia” Bravo is an 82-year-old woman fighting leukemia who has been incarcerated for 25 years. Maria Aredond...
09/24/2020

Lucia “Mama Lucia” Bravo is an 82-year-old woman fighting leukemia who has been incarcerated for 25 years. Maria Aredondo is an elderly incarcerated woman currently undergoing chemotherapy for stage 2 breast cancer. Maria and Lucia represent some of the most forgotten & isolated populations in prison: monolingual Spanish speakers, elders, and those sentenced to Life Without Parole (LWOP).

Tune into IG Live TODAY at 12PM PST to learn more about Lucia and Maria from CCWP advocate Laura Santos, including how you can support their clemency campaigns. We demand #NoMoreDeaths from Gavin Newsom and won’t stop until we #BringThemHome! #FreeLucia #FreeMaria

Please sign petitions at carenotcages.com.
#NoMoreDeaths #ClemencyNow #EmergencyReleaseNow

Gavin Newsom, please read this great piece by Michelle Alexander urging you to sign the #RacialJusticeAct. Now is the ti...
09/23/2020
Gov. Newsom must sign the Racial Justice Act to bar discrimination in California courts

Gavin Newsom, please read this great piece by Michelle Alexander urging you to sign the #RacialJusticeAct. Now is the time to #ConfrontRacism in California courts!

"California law prohibits racial discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation based on race, ethnicity or national origin.

However, no such law exists for our criminal courts. Given the massive disparities in incarceration in California, where a Black person is almost nine times more likely to be incarcerated than a white person, it is clear that we are overdue to enact a statewide policy that makes it unlawful to discriminate against Black and brown people in the state’s criminal legal system."

#AB2542

“AB 2542 will make it possible for a person to challenge racial, ethnic and national-origin bias in their case,” writes Michelle Alexander. | OPINION

As Covid-19 outbreaks continue to harm people in California prisons, and CDCR continues to show total negligence in resp...
09/17/2020

As Covid-19 outbreaks continue to harm people in California prisons, and CDCR continues to show total negligence in responding to the crisis, we demand the release of elderly and medically vulnerable people in California’s women’s prisons. So far CDCR has released LESS THAN 1% of people deemed eligible for early release based on high medical risk.

This week we are highlighting clemency campaigns for Rickie Blue-Sky, a Native trans elder with chronic respiratory issues, and Cecilia Fraher, an elderly woman suffering from chronic heart and lung conditions. Sign Blue-Sky’s (bit.ly/CommuteBlueSky) and Cecilia’s (bit.ly/freefraher) petitions, share with your networks, and check in every Thursday for our weekly petition pushes and updates!

Please sign petitions at carenotcages.com.
@California Coalition for Women Prisoners.
#NoMoreDeaths #ClemencyNow #EmergencyReleaseNow

09/14/2020
Honor Lives Lost 9/13/20

#HonorLivesLost is approaching our six-month mark and our calls to #FreeThemAll grow as we grieve, mourn & memorialize together.

Hey CCWP fam, came across this and thought I would share . . .
09/14/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: #BlackLivesMatter and Indigenous Resistance: Thinking Through Intersectional Movements (Virtual Radical Kinship Series). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Hey CCWP fam, came across this and thought I would share . . .

This community dialogue brings together Amber Starks and Ashley Ngozi Agbasoga to discuss Afro-Indigenous resistance, contradictions and their radical possibilities. Starks, who is also known as @MelaninMvskoke on social media, is a Black Mvskoke (Creek) citizen whose tweets and Instagram art encour...

09/11/2020
Attica Means Fight Back! - Web Presentation

Thank you to everyone who joined us Tuesday for the Attica Fights Back panel discussion & video screening! There was so much interest in this event and we hope you were able to tune in via Zoom or FB live.

Here is the link to the full recording:
https://vimeo.com/457048716

#DefendBlackLives
#FreeThemAll
#Attica

September 9-13, 2020 marks the 49th anniversary of the Attica Prison Rebellion. In 1971, united around demands for better healthcare, education and against unrestrained…

As Covid-19 outbreaks continue to harm people in California prisons, and CDCR continues to show total negligence in resp...
09/10/2020

As Covid-19 outbreaks continue to harm people in California prisons, and CDCR continues to show total negligence in responding to the crisis, we demand the release of elderly and medically vulnerable people in California’s women’s prisons. So far CDCR has released LESS THAN 1% of people deemed eligible for early release based on high medical risk.
Please sign petitions at carenotcages.com.
@California Coalition for Women Prisoners.
#NoMoreDeaths #ClemencyNow #EmergencyReleaseNow

09/07/2020
Honor Lives Lost 9/6

Another evening gathered together to #HonorLivesLost and demand that Governor Newsom #BringThemHome!

Urgent ask from our friends at Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)!!!"Due to some new developments we have been alert...
09/04/2020

Urgent ask from our friends at Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)!!!

"Due to some new developments we have been alerted that the two facilities that we have been fighting in McFarland, Centra Valley and Golden State Prison, could operate as immigrant prisons as soon as this Sunday. This such heavy news comes as a surprise to our GEO out of McFarland campaign team. We are in urgent need of your support to call the city of McFarland and demand them to halt GEO's new facility permits!"

City Council Number (one office number for all city departments) - 661-792-3091

Mayor Sally Gonzalez - [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

City Council Member Maria Perez - [email protected]

City Council Member Rafael Melendez - [email protected]

City Council Member Stephen McFarland - [email protected]

08/29/2020
SV De-Bug

Huge shoutout to SV De-Bug for so beautifully capturing this August 13th Sacramento action led by family members of those inside, and formerly incarcerated organizers. Gavin Newsom, #BringThemHome!

On August 13 impacted families and supporting communities went to the Capitol to demand a #MoratoriumOnCovidBehindBars. Governor Newsom & CDCR's inaction throughout the pandemic has been unacceptable and we demand they #BringThemHome. Failure to act and reduce population is only going to make things worse. After the action at the Capitol, a vigil was held outside CDCR Secretary Ralph Diaz's home to to honor lives lost to #COVID19 in under his watch.

Listen to the stories of families with loved ones incarcerated in CDCR and contact Governor Newsom to ensure there is #NoMoreDeaths

#MoratoriumOnCovidBehindBars demands:

* HONOR the lives of those who have died from COVID-19 behind bars.
* EXPOSE how the state continues to threaten the lives of incarcerated people in overcrowded prisons.
* DEMAND that Governor Newsom, CDCR & the CA State Legislature take emergency action to decarcerate and save lives NOW!

This is a coalition event organized by individuals and the following groups:

Sister Warriors Freedom Coalition
California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP)
Families United to End LWOP (FUEL)
Young Women's Freedom Center
Fair Chance Project
Felony Murder Elimination Project
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
Silicon Valley De-Bug
Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB)
California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement (CFASC)
Survived & Punished
Restore Justice
Essie Justice Group
Initiate Justice
Youth Justice Coalition

08/25/2020

This public webinar will focus on voices from Soledad Prison, both currently and formerly incarcerated, as well as other system-impacted people, following the July 20th attack on Black prisoners at CTF Soledad.

CCWP is proud to support this event, alongside the organizers at We Bring Change, Prisoners Solidarity Committee of Workers World Party, & No Justice Under Capitalism.

Follow https://bit.ly/3lg4KAs on August 29th at 11am to tune in.

#DefendBlackLives

During a deadly pandemic in California jails, prisons & ICE detention centers, DAs are going about business as usual — o...
08/20/2020

During a deadly pandemic in California jails, prisons & ICE detention centers, DAs are going about business as usual — opposing the release of incarcerated people, including those who are medically vulnerable to #COVID19. DAs keep prisons overcrowded by opposing parole & clemency for nearly all eligible people, regardless of who they are today. This has nothing to do with public safety & everything to do with advancing anti-Black, racist mass incarceration. Instead of taking action to save lives, District Attorneys (DAs) are actively blocking emergency releases of incarcerated people at-risk of dying due to #COVID19 #ExposeYourDA #EmergencyReleaseNow

08/17/2020

We need large-scale releases of incarcerated folks without categorical exclusions. We need to decarcerate our overcrowded prisons and #BringThemHome! We take care of us, better than the state ever could. Stop the #COVID19 outbreak and order #EmergencyReleaseNow

73 incarcerated people in CA prisons, jails, & detention centers have died by COVID-19. Over 8,900 people across Califor...
08/13/2020

73 incarcerated people in CA prisons, jails, & detention centers have died by COVID-19. Over 8,900 people across California state prisons have contracted coronavirus. How many more people will get sick or die before Gavin Newsom and CDCR take emergency action to drastically decarcerate our prisons and save lives? Today we light candles and lay lilies to honor incarcerated people who lost their lives by COVID-19. This negligence is state violence! #NoMoreDeaths #MoratoriumOnCovidBehindBars #SayTheirNames

As the Covid-19 outbreak continues to harm those inside prisons in California and CDCR’s negligence in responding to the...
08/06/2020

As the Covid-19 outbreak continues to harm those inside prisons in California and CDCR’s negligence in responding to the crisis, help our elderly and incredibly medically vulnerable people at the California Institution for Women (CIW) & the Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) get free by signing their petitions at carenotcages.com.
#BringThemHome #ClemencyNow #NoMoreDeaths

Please take action with us today to stop the deadly spread of #COVID19 in women's prisons!Join us in demanding Governor ...
07/31/2020

Please take action with us today to stop the deadly spread of #COVID19 in women's prisons!

Join us in demanding Governor Newsom and prison officials take immediate action, because when #CDCRLies more people will die.

TOOLKIT HERE with info to call, email, & post:
👉 bit.ly/CDCRLies

The COVID-19 pandemic is growing at an alarming rate inside CA women’s prisons. In Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF), one of the largest women’s prisons in the world, cases are snowballing following escalating staff infections & a transfer from a private prison.

Within 1 week, over half the prison, ~1200 people, were potentially exposed. In the same week, CIW reported a second preventable outbreak, with 120 new cases.

CDCR says they have the pandemic under control, yet at-risk incarcerated people are being housed with confirmed positive people, staff routinely refuse to wear mandated masks, and incarcerated people are threatened with disciplinary infractions for taking safety precautions. This is willful negligence.

PHONE/EMAIL SCRIPT HERE:

CCWF/CIW Ombudsperson Sara Smith: [email protected]
CDCR Director of Healthcare Services: Joseph Bick [email protected]
Federal Healthcare Receiver Clark Kelso: 916.739.7000, [email protected]

Governor Newsom: 916.445.2841
CDCR Secretary Ralph Diaz: 916.324.7308, press 8 & leave message for Diaz

My name is _____ and, alongside incarcerated people in women’s prisons, I demand CDCR & state officials:

- Rapidly release ALL medically-vulnerable, at-risk, & elderly people regardless of conviction.
- End transfers between prisons, jails & ICE detention.
- Test all incarcerated people who want and ensure safe quarantine housing for people exposed and who’ve tested positive for COVID-19.
- Enforce mask use by CDCR staff and proper testing of all staff.
- Provide urgently needed healthcare, including mental health care.
- Stop forcing incarcerated people to work and risk exposure.

Thousands of our community members and loved ones' lives are on the line. Use your power to intervene and save lives.

#CDCRLies #ActNowNewsom
#BringThemHome

ALL DAY TODAY!#CDCRLies#ActNowNewsom#BringThemHome👇
07/31/2020

ALL DAY TODAY!

#CDCRLies
#ActNowNewsom
#BringThemHome

👇

We're rising up with our California Coalition for Women Prisoners comrades today!

The COVID-19 pandemic is growing at an alarming rate inside California women’s prisons, and yet CDCR’s protocols remain inconsistent and unsafe, failing to stop the spread. This, alongside overcrowding and staff’s refusal to wear masks, could be a death sentence for at-risk incarcerated people, including those who are elderly, and medically-vulnerable. CDCR says they have the pandemic under control, yet they are willfully neglecting to prevent outbreaks and save lives. Join us in demanding Governor Newsom and prison officials take immediate action because #CDCRLies and more people will die.

Call & Email to Demand an End to #CDCRLies
CCWF/CIW Ombudsperson Sara Smith: [email protected]
CDCR Director of Healthcare Services: Joseph Bick [email protected]
Federal Healthcare Receiver Clark Kelso: 916.739.7000, [email protected]
Governor Newsom: 916.445.2841
CDCR Secretary Ralph Diaz: 916.324.7308, press 8 & leave message for Diaz

Phone and Email Script:
My name is _____ and, alongside incarcerated people in women’s prisons, I demand CDCR & state officials:

1. Rapidly release ALL medically-vulnerable, at-risk, & elderly people regardless of conviction
2. End transfers between prisons, jails & ICE detention.
3. Test all incarcerated people who want and ensure safe quarantine housing for people exposed and who’ve tested positive for COVID-19.
4. Enforce mask use by CDCR staff
5. Provide urgently needed healthcare, including mental health care
6. Stop forcing incarcerated people to work and risk exposure

For full list of demands from incarcerated comrades: bit.ly/COVIDdemands

As the Covid-19 outbreak continues to harm those inside prisons in California and CDCR’s negligence in responding to the...
07/30/2020

As the Covid-19 outbreak continues to harm those inside prisons in California and CDCR’s negligence in responding to the crisis, help our elderly and incredibly medically vulnerable people at the California Institution for Women (CIW) & the Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) get free by signing their petitions at www.carenotcages.com

#BringThemHome #ClemencyNow #NoMoreDeaths

Let's help Patricia Wright spend the rest of her days in a home with her children and grandchildren and have the medical...
07/27/2020
Patricia (Brezzy) Wright organized by Patricia Ramdhan

Let's help Patricia Wright spend the rest of her days in a home with her children and grandchildren and have the medical care she needs. Please donate to a woman who has given 24 years of her life to a broken system, that did not break her spirit.
https://www.gofundme.com/f/governor-newsom-release-innocent-woman-after-24yrs

I am Patricia Wright. I was inmate W79941 for 24 years. I was blessed at the age of 69 with… Patricia Ramdhan needs your support for Patricia (Brezzy) Wright

When we fight, we win! The fight is not over! Call on Gavin Newsom to grant #ClemencyNow for medically vulnerable people...
07/23/2020

When we fight, we win! The fight is not over! Call on Gavin Newsom to grant #ClemencyNow for medically vulnerable people at the California Institution for Women (CIW) before it’s too late. Sign and share at: https://carenotcages.com/
#BringThemHome #NoMoreDeaths

As the Covid-19 outbreak continues to harm those inside at prisons in California and CDCR’s negligence in responding to ...
07/23/2020
CCWP LA Clemency Petitions

As the Covid-19 outbreak continues to harm those inside at prisons in California and CDCR’s negligence in responding to the crisis, help the elderly and medically vulnerable at the California Institution for Women – get free by signing their petitions at www.carenotcages.com

07/22/2020
Message to Gavin Newsom from Patricia Wright: "Please help them like you helped me."

After 24 years, on July 21 Patricia Wright was released to her loving family and children. We thank Governor Newsom, celebrate her freedom, and keep fighting for those who are fighting for their lives inside.

"I left so many people behind that are so sick. So many lifers, elderly women. Women who wear diapers. Who can't do for themselves. People that I've been knowing for years. Please help them like you helped me."

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Since staff are the main way that the virus is able to enter the prisons, the failure to properly screen and test staff to determine whether they are infected may have led to an increase in infections and illness among those incarcerated, other staff and members of the community,”
Join former prisoners, prison abolition groups, and family members on Saturday, August 22, at Soledad Prison, as we demand "Black Incarcerated Lives Matter!" Protest the racist, violent and dangerous cell extractions of 200 Black prisoners. Since then 3 prisoners have tested positive for COVID. Please spread the word to your network of women prisoner organizations, endorse the 22nd and all of the protests and bring people out to the protest. https://www.facebook.com/events/1855030834638034/
I wanted to share this article that a journalist friend sent me. In the meantime, Betty Broderick still sits in prison at age 72 with health problems. I know the coalition is suppose to see her soon. Hopefully soon!
I know the Coalition has Betty Broderick on the waiting list to see. I am a friend and advocate for Betty. I just wanted to repost the petition. Thank you everyone in advance. She is nearly 73, has health problems, has lots of accomplishments and attributes in prison for the past 30 years, has excellent rapport with staff and supervisors, has taken numerous classes, has shown great remorse for what she did, passed all mental exams, no addiction history, and is NOT a threat to society, yet this woman who was convicted of second degree murder is still sitting behind bars. People convicted of first degree murder and even life without parole have been released. Free Betty Broderick.
I would like to re-post this petition for Betty Broderick. She is 72 and has health problems. She should have been given parole but the board likes to use an insufficient remorse card which is totally absurd. She has many accomplishments behind bars. She is totally remorseful for the impact it had. She is not a threat to society. She is still awaiting to be seen by someone from the Coalition for Women Prisoners. Please get with her quickly as possible. Thank you so much for anyone and everyone that signs the petition.
Please help Betty Broderick get her day of justice. I'm trying to get Governor Newsom to release her. Here is a petition, and thank you.
Hello my name is Toni, I'm fostering for an incarcerated Mom , I brought baby home 3 days old as none family member would not respond. Now baby still with me after a year of healthy living they couldnt find appropriate housing for themselves or their son. Maternal grandmother found out moms incarcerated and is now fighting me for guardianship. She doesn't want to deal with her daughter.She has had no past relationship. Never attended So even if they get out and reform they wont have any relationship. They love him and he deserves that love if its on a healthy , safe environment,.. Moms rights haven't been removed. Its a very strange. I've been fostering babies for years, I have proven records and testimony of my families credibility. I'm in trial phase its been extended to 6/1/20.
Join a webinar this Thursday, 4/9, about prisoner resistance to mass incarceration and COVID-19. Free them all! https://www.facebook.com/events/876550686150790/
Please be part of this Phone/Email Zap today!
Demand Action to protect our women prisoners here in Cali from Covid 19 TODAY APRIL 6. Your action matters!
Although it is good news regarding Rodney Reed, please don't forget others in those same shoes................