…and in Los Angeles

On November 1, 2003, The Action Committee For Women In Prison(ACWIP) held its very first fund raiser, The Dia De Los Muertos., in Los Angeles. The event was designed to honor all women who have ever been victims of violence, and the lives of these women were commemorated with beautiful and poignant altars. Artist Edith Abeyta contributed a powerful and touching installation entitled “I Miss You”. The event featured great food, raffles, a silent auction, and fabulous live music provided by Jamie Green and Frankie Trush. The uniqueness of the event was marked by the presence of four women who had served life sentences together at The California Institution for Women: Cheryl Minicelli, Susan Deering, Cheryl Sellers, and Gloria Killian who is now the Executive Director of ACWIP. Another lifer, Yolanda Ochoa, who recently passed away while in custody, was present in spirit and represented on stage by her daughter, Mona Infante, who drove up from San Diego in honor of the event. Although the event was successful as a fund raiser, the real joy of the evening came from demonstrating the beauty and power present in the lives of women who are too often marginalized and forgotten.