A New Northern California Chapter of CCWP Formed

by Karen Diers
The Northern California Coalition for Women Prisoners was launched on October 21 with a showing of Truth to Power: Women Prisoners Testify at Legislative Hearings. The event was held at Humboldt State University in Arcata, Ca. and co-sponsored by the Women’s Center on campus and Bar None. It was attended by about 25 students and members of the wider community.
Before the video, members of NCCWP–Liz, Alex and Jessica–read selections of poetry from Our Voices Within: Healing From the Inside Out. After the video, there was a lively discussion. Many people in the audience seemed to have similar experiences to those described by the testimonies. Amy of the campus Rape Crisis Center offered the center’s services to anyone who needed them. Several people showed interest in joining the newly formed NCCWP.
We were sorry that Stormy Ogden, who was to lead the discussion, could not be there due to an illness. We wish her speedy recovery.