October’s Statewide Meeting . . .

In October 2010, CCWP hosted a statewide meeting in Los Angeles, CA. Since CCWP and Free Battered Women merged this year, we wanted to invite former prisoners and organizers to come together to discuss our accomplishments and examine where more work is needed. We are thrilled that the meeting was successful and well-attended, and that many connections were made with people all over the state. We will continue to nourish these connections and to grow, helping each other with re-entry support and organizing to change our dreadful prison system.
To see beautiful photos from the statewide meeting, taken by Dana Ullman, please click for images here and slideshow here.
At the statewide meeting, we were thrilled to meet and learn about the amazing work of the AKA Angels, pictured below.
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Thank you all!

Images from the Fast 4 Freedom Solidarity Rally!

Fast 4 Freedom Statewide Action Solidarity Rally at the State Building in San Francisco
“Because so many are starving for FREEDOM” (from the call by family members of prisoners). ” Fast 4 Freedom is a statewide day of fasting and solidarity actions that took place this year on Friday, August 6th, 2010, and was initiated by family members and loved ones of prisoners locked up across California.
Here are a few images from the rally. Thank you to Dana Ullman for the photos.
Let?s keep organizing together to:
End Three Strikes
Reduce the Prison Population NOW
Release Prisoners Eligible for Parole
Release Sick, Aged and Terminally Ill prisoners
Family Visits for All Prisoners
End the Death Penalty
Education Not Incarceration
Stop All New Prison Construction including New “Mental Health” Cages being built in Chino and Vacaville
Justice for Oscar Grant and all targets of racist police brutality
Thank you to everyone who supported, participated, and organized the rally!

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June 21st, 2010: CCWP Supports Fast for the Scott Sisters

The California Coalition for Women Prisoners expresses our strong solidarity with the courageous fast by the Gray-Haired Witnesses for Justice to demand freedom for the Scott Sisters and an inspection of the prison where Jamie Scott is being held. In California, we witness similar inhuman conditions for people in women’s prisons on a daily basis, and we condemn the systemic racism and sexism which has caused the population of women in prison to triple in the past twenty-five years.
Jamie and Gladys are serving outrageous life sentences which in Jamie?s case could well turn into a death sentence if the criminal health care conditions she is enduring aren?t quickly improved. We deeply appreciate your determination to stand up and expose the grave injustice being perpetrated against the Scott sisters and the tens of thousands of others who are wrongly incarcerated across the United States.
For more information about the Scott Sisters and the June 21st rally in Washington, D.C., please see: http://freethescottsisters.blogspot.com/.

May 12, 2010: Mass visit to Mothers at CCWF

The Women?s Foundation of California, the Women Donors Network and the Center For Restorative Justice Works (CRJW) organized a Criminal Justice Briefing and Prison Visit on May 11-12, 2010. It was an opportunity to learn from leading criminal justice reform advocates and formerly incarcerated people, and to visit the Central California Women?s Facility (CCWF) in Chowchilla, which is part of the largest women?s prison complex in the world.

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Recent Event on March 11, 2010

The True Life Story of Becoming a Black Panther
Keeping the Faith in Prison & Fighting for Those Left Behind
Foreward by Angela Davis
Afterword by Mumia Abu-Jamal
Edited, with an Introduction by Laura Whitehorn
Bay Area Release Event with Safiya Bukhari’s Daughter, Wonda Jones
Editor, Laura Whitehorn, Former Panther, Kiilu Nyasha and other guests
Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 7 pm
Women’s Building – 3543 18th Street
San Francisco
endorsed by All of Us or None, California Coalition for Women Prisoners, Freedom Archives, Friends of Marilyn Buck, It’s About Time & Out of Control
Feminist Press – to order the book.
Safiya Bukhari Website to view other Bay Area and National events and read reviews.
www.freedomarchives.org/Safiya_event.html