Our Mission

CCWP is a grassroots social justice organization, with members inside and outside prison, that challenges the institutional violence imposed on women, transgender people, and communities of color by the prison industrial complex (PIC). We see the struggle for racial and gender justice as central to dismantling the PIC and we prioritize the leadership of the people, families, and communities most impacted in building this movement.


CCWP es una organización que lucha para el cambio de las condiciones de violencia impuestas en las mujeres, las personas transexuales y las comunidades de color por las prisiones y el sistema criminal de justicia. Estamos construyendo un movimiento con mujeres en prisión, familiares de las prisioneras y la comunidad amplia a través de la organización, el desarrollo del liderazgo y la educación política.

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Meeting Structure

1st Wednesday evenings and 3rd Saturday mornings of the month and are subject to change, depending on other related events, meetings, and actions happening at the same time. Meeting confirmations are sent to our email mailing list, and you are also welcome to confirm by contacting the CCWP office.

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History of CCWP & Charisse Shumate: Fighting for Our Lives Film

California Coalition for Women Prisoners was founded in May 1995 after women prisoners filed a lawsuit, Shumate v. Wilson, regarding the horrible medical care that women prisoners in California receive. Founding members of CCWP were made up of women and trans prisoners, former prisoners and supporters.
CCWP fue fundada en Mayo de 1995 después de que un grupo de mujeres prisioneras encausaran una acción legal, Shumate vs Wilson, en relación al horrible cuidado de salud que las mujeres en prisión sufrían en California. Las miembras fundadoras de CCWP fueron las mismas mujeres y transexuales en prisión, ex-presas y personas que apoyan esta lucha.
Charisse Shumate: Fighting for Our Lives
This 37-minute video was created in collaboration with the Freedom Archives and focuses on the life of Charisse Shumate and people in California prisons for women. It includes amazing prison interviews as well as materials from State Senate hearings on conditions for prisoners in the California State Prison System and historical video footage of Charisse and her family.
You can watch the film in streaming video by clicking here (best for Windows PC users).
For more information on the film, click here.

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