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OAKLAND 📣 Join us Friday @ noon at the federal courthouse for a press conference covering our class action lawsuit again...
01/03/2024

OAKLAND 📣 Join us Friday @ noon at the federal courthouse for a press conference covering our class action lawsuit against FCI-Dublin and important hearings taking place today through Friday.

We will also be showing up throughout the rest of the week for court support! We’d love to see you there. Wear purple if possible. 💟


Forced separation from families and communities has destructive and far-reaching consequences that are especially felt d...
12/15/2023

Forced separation from families and communities has destructive and far-reaching consequences that are especially felt during the holidays, when incarcerated family members are deeply missed by their children and communities.

Families need healing, resources, and transformative justice—not incarceration!

Prisons also remove people of child-bearing age from their communities and limit their reproductive capacity. In this way prisons are a form of eugenic population control. It’s time we close them.





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ALL OUT FOR DUBLIN SURVIVORS! 📣📣📣Join us Monday December 11 on Zoom for a virtual rally & packing the virtual court. Mul...
12/06/2023

ALL OUT FOR DUBLIN SURVIVORS! 📣📣📣

Join us Monday December 11 on Zoom for a virtual rally & packing the virtual court. Multiple suits against FCI Dublin and their systemic pattern of staff s*xual abuse will be heard, including our own class action lawsuit!

Taking a moment to celebrate the  Palestinian women political prisoners currently being freed from Israel’s prisons—and ...
11/24/2023

Taking a moment to celebrate the Palestinian women political prisoners currently being freed from Israel’s prisons—and the expressions of joy & resistance being shared despite occupation forces warning against it.

For more background on this topic, check out For the Love of Palestine, an educational pamphlet produced by two CCWP members after traveling to Palestine with a delegation in 2016: bit.ly/4-love-of-pal

Nearly 100 immigrant justice organizations including CCWP call for immediate   in Gaza and for the US government to ceas...
11/23/2023

Nearly 100 immigrant justice organizations including CCWP call for immediate in Gaza and for the US government to cease its support for the Israeli government’s apartheid, occupation, and system dispossession of Palestinians.

Our missions compel us to fight back against the cruelty of detention, deportation, surveillance, border militarization, state-sanctioned violence & colonialism that underpins it all.

‘Tis the season! 🍁 Yesterday CCWP members in the LA area gathered to do a massive holiday mailing to all our folks insid...
11/13/2023

‘Tis the season! 🍁
Yesterday CCWP members in the LA area gathered to do a massive holiday mailing to all our folks inside.
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It’s always powerful to send love, solidarity and hope across the walls. But especially when it’s coming from formerly incarcerated members who’ve come home from life/life without parole and other extreme sentences.

We had a blast this weekend presenting at the third annual Beyond the Bars conference, raising awareness about our   cam...
11/08/2023

We had a blast this weekend presenting at the third annual Beyond the Bars conference, raising awareness about our campaign which aims to make CA women’s prisons obsolete, building off of our groundbreaking report From Crisis to Care: Ending the Health Harms of Women’s Prisons.





Beyond the Bars aims to showcase the power of higher education in ending mass incarceration and reducing the return rate to prison. The conference theme, Bring Us Home, was chosen by a cohort of 13 system-impacted BTB LA Fellows. The Fellows represent an inspired group of students, scholars, advocates, community activists and artists involved in the international decarceration movement.

BREAKING: Today the United Nations Human Rights Committee called on the United States for the first time to consider a m...
11/03/2023

BREAKING: Today the United Nations Human Rights Committee called on the United States for the first time to consider a moratorium on all LWOP sentences. And also for the first time, they emphasized the importance of parole eligibility for all incarcerated individuals, irrespective of age or the crime committed.
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CCWP has been taking the issue of death by incarceration (DBI) to the international stage over the past year with a national coalition led by impacted people. Last month we traveled to Geneva, Switzerland to pressure the UN to call for the abolition of all DBI sentences. This is the outcome of that trip and many years of organizing, originating behind prison walls!
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“Death by incarceration is throwing away our loved ones. No one should languish in prison with no hope of ever being able to show that they are redeemable,” said Kelly Savage-Rodriguez, a coordinator of who served 23 years on a life without parole sentence. “Everyone should be able to show they can return to be productive members of the community. DBI sentenced remove that ability, giving a person no hope for any future.”


🗞️ Please read and share these crucial investigative reports on the systemic issue of s*xual assaults by guards in women...
10/30/2023

🗞️ Please read and share these crucial investigative reports on the systemic issue of s*xual assaults by guards in women’s prisons, published by Sam Levin at The Guardian. Sending all our love and solidarity to the brave survivors speaking out.

“They say it’s one bad apple, but it’s not. The abuse of prisoners is widespread but has largely gone unacknowledged.”
- Tasha Brown, survivor of CDCr s*xual assault

Prisons use s*xual violence to maintain power & control. That’s why officers have assaulted people in prisons for as long as they’ve existed. Ending prison s*xual violence requires dismantling the system itself.

The number of Palestinian prisoners in Israel is now 10,000, almost doubling since Oct. 7th. At least 2 Palestinian pris...
10/27/2023

The number of Palestinian prisoners in Israel is now 10,000, almost doubling since Oct. 7th. At least 2 Palestinian prisoners have recently died in detention & Israel has ramped up its use of physical violence, assault, torture, & humiliation/degradation tactics against prisoners.


Palestinian freedom is an abolitionist struggle. CCWP stands in solidarity with Gaza, all Palestinians, and everyone aro...
10/19/2023

Palestinian freedom is an abolitionist struggle. CCWP stands in solidarity with Gaza, all Palestinians, and everyone around the world demanding an immediate ceasefire.


October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. As we look to uplift and honor the survivors of DV this month, we’d like t...
10/16/2023

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. As we look to uplift and honor the survivors of DV this month, we’d like to call attention to an often invisibilized population of people that DV impacts—people hidden in California women’s prisons. Let’s not forget those who lost their freedom due to DV and who continue to suffer from state violence that mirrors and perpetuates the domestic violence they survived. Research shows that 77% to 90% of people incarcerated in women’s prisons report having experienced prior emotional, physical, and/or s*xual abuse.
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The 2023 comprehensive report From Crisis to Care points to the inescapable conclusion—women’s prisons only perpetuate catastrophic trauma and harm. To reverse cycles of gendered and racial violence plus intergenerational trauma and poverty, California needs to invest in community controlled resources that are life affirming and health promoting. Our communities need to develop non-carceral, non-punitive forms of accountability and CLOSE WOMEN’S PRISONS!
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As of mid-2023 there are 3,337 people incarcerated in women’s prisons in California, 70.8% less than in 2010 when there were 12,668. This dramatic reduction was a result of strong, persistent legal challenges and advocacy campaigns by dozens of organizations and thousands of people from our communities, resulting in marked policy changes in California. Collectively we were able to reduce the population of women’s prisons by over 9,000 in little more than a decade. We can decarcerate a few thousand more and close the state’s two women’s prisons!



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📢 EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT! In October, the United Nations is convening its Human Rights Committee in Geneva, Switzerland. ...
09/29/2023

📢 EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT!

In October, the United Nations is convening its Human Rights Committee in Geneva, Switzerland. Too often in spaces of political power, including the UN, people most impacted by the issue under discussion are left out. We are making sure people who have been sentenced to death by incarceration are represented to demand an end to extreme sentencing in the U.S. If you can, please pitch in to help our coalition make the trip!

Our coalition consists of representatives from , , , , , , , , , , and .

You can learn more and donate at the link in our bio. Thank you for helping us take the issue of death by incarceration to Geneva to uplift our collective stories, power, and demands!

ALL HANDS ON DECK 📞 Please call & email    and urge him to sign the   into law & meet with impacted leaders.The   is a m...
09/15/2023

ALL HANDS ON DECK 📞

Please call & email and urge him to sign the into law & meet with impacted leaders.

The is a modest reform that will ensure immigrant Californians who earn release from state prison under broadly-supported reforms can come HOME instead of being transferred to ICE. By signing this bill into law, Gov. has the chance to keep families together.
Sandra Castañeda, an impacted leader said: "The is a small change, but it would have made all the difference in my life. I look forward to the Gov. signing the bill and advancing our goals of equity and justice."

🗞️ Check out this fresh off the press op-ed by Judge LaDoris Cordell on why California urgently needs to pass Senate Bil...
08/17/2023

🗞️ Check out this fresh off the press op-ed by Judge LaDoris Cordell on why California urgently needs to pass Senate Bill 94 (Cortese), a modest reform to the extreme sentencing of life without parole.

TOMORROW! ❤️‍🔥Join us @ 11:00am - Oakland Federal Courthouse, 1301 Clay Street*Swipe for a photo of some of our coalitio...
08/15/2023

TOMORROW! ❤️‍🔥

Join us @ 11:00am - Oakland Federal Courthouse, 1301 Clay Street

*Swipe for a photo of some of our coalition members! 👉🏾

Survivors of staff s*xual abuse and retaliation at Federal Correctional Institution (FCI), Dublin–a federal women’s prison in Dublin, California–and the California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP) are preparing to file a class action lawsuit against the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), FCI Dublin officials, and several individual officers. After filing the suit, survivors, lawyers and community organizations will hold a press conference.

The plaintiffs in this case have endured horrific abuse and exploitation at the hands of prison employees. Despite increased public awareness and multiple investigations, FCI Dublin has failed to remedy the systemic problems that created a culture of s*xual violence and shielded the worst perpetrators from accountability. Survivors of abuse at FCI Dublin–including many who were targeted due to their immigration status and who face deportation–alongside the organizations that form the Dublin Prison Solidarity Network, are calling for the release of those still incarcerated, protection from deportation, community based care for survivors, and an end to retaliation and abuse inherent to the U.S. carceral system, among other basic demands.

Nataly Marinero is an incarcerated trans survivor who has committed himself to transformation & healing. Nataly was foun...
08/03/2023

Nataly Marinero is an incarcerated trans survivor who has committed himself to transformation & healing. Nataly was found eligible for release, but CDCr plans to turn him over to ICE for deportation. Tell that Nataly deserves to come home & to NOW!

Today, THOUSANDS of people stand in solidarity & have . Nataly fled El Salvador to escape violence due to his gender identity. Tell to Stop his ICE transfer and protect our trans siblings NOW!

Do you know about our campaign to free Nataly Marinero?✨ You can sign the petition in our bio to stop the ICE transfer a...
07/06/2023

Do you know about our campaign to free Nataly Marinero?

You can sign the petition in our bio to stop the ICE transfer and deportation of Nataly (he/him), a Salvadoran trans domestic violence and trafficking survivor who was found eligible for release by the parole board in March of this year. CDCr plans to turn him over to ICE and we are urging to put a STOP to this and let Nataly come HOME where he belongs.

1st photo: supporters @ SF Pride Trans March
2nd photo: CCWP members @ Oakland office repping Nataly t-shirts

06/19/2023

Join CCWP in honoring Black feminist abolitionist leadership this by donating $19 to sustain our work! 🔥
bit.ly/ccwp-donate

ACTION ALERT! 📣 Demand DHS-ICE   and   now! ICE must stop detaining and deporting immigrant survivors of Dublin prison s...
06/12/2023

ACTION ALERT! 📣 Demand DHS-ICE and now! ICE must stop detaining and deporting immigrant survivors of Dublin prison staff s*x abuse, and the DOJ must urgently help survivors access immigration relief.

Cristal is an FCI Dublin survivor who has been detained by ICE at the Northwest Detention Facility (NWDF) in Tacoma, Washington since she was released from FCI Dublin over six months ago.

Cristal is a longtime green card holder who has lived in the US since she was an infant, and the mother of two young daughters. She’s a survivor of a lifetime of abuse at the hands of family members, former partners, and most recently, FCI Dublin staff. Cristal bravely reported prison staff s*xual abuse and assisted federal investigators; as a result she faced brutal retaliation, including months in solitary confinement. Since she’s been detained, Cristal has experienced serious medical issues, and is not getting the care that she requires. Enough is enough!

CALL TO ACTION! 🗣️PROTECT OUR TRANS SIBLINGS: URGE GOV. NEWSOM TO STOP NATALY’S ICE TRANSFERUse and share this toolkit t...
06/01/2023

CALL TO ACTION! 🗣️
PROTECT OUR TRANS SIBLINGS:
URGE GOV. NEWSOM TO STOP NATALY’S ICE TRANSFER

Use and share this toolkit to email TODAY: bit.ly/PrideInNataly

Nataly is a Salvadoran trans immigrant DV survivor who was found eligible for release by the Board of Parole Hearing (BPH) on March 14, 2023 after serving over 15 years in prison. Despite BPH recognizing Nataly’s transformation and rehabilitation, CDCr plans to turn Nataly over to ICE for deportation to the dangerous country he fled. CCWP has worked with Nataly for over 6 years, and we know him as a kind and positive person. We look forward to supporting his return to community and family.

We are urging Governor Newsom to stand by trans immigrants during Pride month and stop Nataly from being turned over to ICE after he paroles. If deported, Nataly would face dire and violent challenges in El Salvador - a country that is known to actively target transgender communities. Nataly needs all of us to take action to protect him from being transferred to ICE.




DAY OF ACTION to bring Arlene home! Arlene is a daughter, mother, grandmother, and survivor of childhood s*xual abuse an...
05/22/2023

DAY OF ACTION to bring Arlene home! Arlene is a daughter, mother, grandmother, and survivor of childhood s*xual abuse and domestic violence. In 2013, Arlene was sentenced to Life Without Parole (LWOP) even though she was not involved in the incident. Urge CA Gov to release Arlene to her loving family and community. 💐

TODAY please:
1) Submit your public comment to - learn how at bit.ly/FreeAllSurvivors
2) Tap 3 friends who can join you to help

📣 Mark your calendars to take action this coming MONDAY to   and  ! Use the toolkit to email  Gavin Newsom and spread th...
05/19/2023

📣 Mark your calendars to take action this coming MONDAY to and ! Use the toolkit to email Gavin Newsom and spread the word on social media.

​The criminal punishment system does not end domestic & s*xual violence; it facilitates domestic & s*xual violence. Over 90% of people in women’s prisons, and many in men’s prisons, are survivors of s*xual and/or domestic violence. Some survivors are criminalized for actions they take to survive violence, or for the actions of others. Some are targeted with violence while incarcerated where they are particularly vulnerable to ongoing abuse.
Prisons are themselves a form of gender violence.

Arlene Dugmore is a survivor of severe domestic violence who has served 21 years of a life without parole (LWOP) sentence. Though another person killed Arlene’s abusive husband in response to the violence, Arlene was held criminally responsible for his death. Since the age of 17, Arlene was forced to navigate ongoing violence because of a lack of options for safe housing for herself and her daughter and being trapped without transportation and without support. The one time she built up enough courage to call the police, they provided no assistance, but simply handed her a business card.

Arlene should be free & home & we won’t stop fighting till she is!

🫶🏽COMMUNITY ACTION 🫶🏾 Join us in sending letters to the Governor in support of Marisela’s pardon! Email script in slides...
05/09/2023

🫶🏽COMMUNITY ACTION 🫶🏾 Join us in sending letters to the Governor in support of Marisela’s pardon! Email script in slides and toolkit here: bit.ly/MariMayAction
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30,000 people in California prisons are stuck relying on a broken and unfair parole system for their chance to come home...
05/08/2023

30,000 people in California prisons are stuck relying on a broken and unfair parole system for their chance to come home. It's past time to reform our parole process. Join us for a Community Town Hall to learn more about (Skinner/Becker)! Register at Tinyurl.com/SB81Townhall

MARISELA HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM ICE DETENTION AND IS ON HER WAY HOME TO CALIFORNIA! 🎉 Swipe right for a photo of our sis...
03/30/2023

MARISELA HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM ICE DETENTION AND IS ON HER WAY HOME TO CALIFORNIA! 🎉 Swipe right for a photo of our sister free!

Call for donations via Venmo:

Yesterday the judge approved Mari’s bond and her return home, where she will fight for asylum and a pardon. We cannot say enough about Marisela’s strength and determination and our gratitude for her attorney and her community - all of you - who never stopped mobilizing when the calls went out. Please donate if you can and/or amplify this ask! Mari spent almost 15 years in prison before this grueling 17 months of ICE detention. Let’s help her get clothes, toiletries, etc. 💕

We were so lucky to have this dedicated crew of UCLA students visit us at our Oakland office on Sunday ready to throw do...
03/29/2023

We were so lucky to have this dedicated crew of UCLA students visit us at our Oakland office on Sunday ready to throw down on a prison mailing. We were able to send our From Crisis 2 Care report into over 135 people along with advocacy updates related to the recent Folsom closure. And as always, we sent love and solidarity. 💌

Excited to continue building with these brilliant young people! 🔥

‼️ ACTION ALERT ‼️TUESDAY, MARCH 28TH 👉🏾 Please support Marisela in the next step of her freedom fight!📣 Mari has a bond...
03/27/2023

‼️ ACTION ALERT ‼️
TUESDAY, MARCH 28TH 👉🏾 Please support Marisela in the next step of her freedom fight!

📣 Mari has a bond hearing requesting her release back to California family and community after 17 months of ICE detention. Join the hearing by phone in silent support to show the judge just how ready we are to have Mari come home.

📣 Email requesting a pardon for Marisela.

🔗 All the info you need is in our toolkit (link in bio): bit.ly/BONDRELEASEMARI

This   we invite you to register to this important event on 3/30 and SPREAD THE WORD! 📢 Hear from survivors of  , learn ...
03/08/2023

This we invite you to register to this important event on 3/30 and SPREAD THE WORD! 📢

Hear from survivors of , learn about upcoming litigation, inform congressional office members, and mobilize to support demands for systemic change!

Fe deral investigations, congressional inquiries, and national media reporting have revealed that numerous FCI Dublin employees—including the ex-Warden, the prison chaplain, and correctional officers—have subjected dozens of incarcerated people to egregious s*xual abuse, including harassment, assault, and r**e, over a number of years. There have been a handful of prosecutions of individual actors involved in this abusive conduct, but there haven't been any meaningful efforts to remedy the systemic causes that led to these terrible abuses. At the same time, many survivors have been retaliated against, transferred to ICE detention facilities around the country, and deported. The Dublin Prison Solidarity Coalition is calling on supporters to help mobilize!

Today’s   Twitter storm was ON FIRE!!🔥Huge thanks to everyone who participated, drawing much-needed attention to the dem...
03/03/2023

Today’s Twitter storm was ON FIRE!!🔥

Huge thanks to everyone who participated, drawing much-needed attention to the demand for and to . ❤️ Special thanks to our comrades at , & for organizing this successful action with us. We’re just getting started.

Have you read the report? 👀 Check out the link in our bio!

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