In Memoriam to Tina Balagno

by Charisse Shumate, CCWF
To the loving family of Tina Balagno we, the women at CCWF, send you our deepest condolences.
Tina was a gift from God. She always knew how to bring a smile to anyone’s face on their saddest day. I got a chance to spend a few days with her while at Merced County Hospital. We have known each other before her son was born. She told me she was not afraid to die. She just wanted to die in dignity and with her family. We prayed together and God did answer our prayers. She got her last wish. She gave us one last smile. I would like to say a big thank you to all who helped to get her compassionate release.
Rest in peace my friend. Until we meet again.

News Briefs

International Women’s Day
CCWP will feature Blind Eye to Justice, a video portraying the needs and struggles of HIV+ women in prison and Ossie Chapman, mother of Sherrie Chapman, at IWD celebration on Friday March 19 at 7pm at the Crucible Steel Gallery, 2050 Bryant Street in San Francisco. Full report next issue.
Inner Lives: Profiles of African American Women in Prison
Professor of Law Paula C. Johnson is seeking women willing to participate in her projected book. She says: “I seek to contribute greater awareness about the experiences of African American women in the U.S. criminal justice system.” If you would like to participate, please contact her at Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, NY 13224-1030, tel. 315-443-2524, fax 315-443-4141.
Race for Justice
Diana Block will moderate a discussion on women prisoners and Mumia at the Conference to Stop the Execution of Mumia Abu-Jamal on March 6 at UC Berkeley. Erin Milnes will be a panelist in a workshop on the abuse of women prisoners and the psychological effects of and mistreatment in Security Housing Units. Full report next issue.