Artworks by Cindy Sherman, Kiki Smith, Louise Lawler, Janiva Ellis, Laurie Simmons, Torey Thornton and more exclusively on Paddle8 August 15-29

To bid on artwork in the auction, please visit 

LOS ANGELES, CA, AUGUST 2018 California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP) today announces partnerships with online auction house Paddle8 and L.A. gallery Blum & Poe to raise funds for the organization’s mission to combat mass incarceration.

The auction includes works by more than 40 donating artists — including pieces by Carroll Dunham, Janiva Ellis, Louise Lawler, Cindy Sherman, Kiki Smith, Torey Thornton, and Michael Williams — whose pieces will be available exclusively online on  Paddle8,  live to bidders worldwide August 15 – 29.

The launch event  for the 2018 CCWP Benefit Auction will be Saturday, August 18, 7-10pm at Blum & Poe (2727 La Cienega).  This event is open to the public and will showcase the donated artworks, celebrate CCWP’s efforts, and educate about the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC). The works may also be viewed at the gallery by appointment only August 16 and 17.



On Monday August 6th, a hundred people from all over California came together to lobby for the passage of SB 1393 and rally to DROP LWOP sentencing in a day coordinated by CCWP and CURB.  Below is a quick, heartfelt summary of the day by Pam Fadem from CCWP with some photos.
Delegation that went to deliver the letter signed by over 100 organizations calling on
Governor Brown to commute all 5,000 people with LWOP sentences in California prisons.

It was WONDERFUL– TONS of formerly incarcerated people, lots of amazing family members, many visits to legislators, and a VERY beautiful and spirited rally — with incredible statements from people inside and former prisoners, and beautifully and powerfully displayed with people wearing DROP LWOP t-shirts (thank you Angel and Christina), ribbons (thank you June!!), amazing posters of our loved ones serving LWOP (thank you Anna H and  Grace!!), lots of homemade signs and banners—There was never a lull or a low point.

We were able to walk all of the materials collected into his office and do a hand off to the Governor’s Assistant Director of external affairs. Two family members of  people serving LWOP –Joanne Scheer and Christina Mendoza– did the drop off, and it was very emotional for everyone–

This is clearly  a growing campaign/ movement—  It was beautiful, powerful  and filled with emotion!

The box delivered to the Governor had  three 8 ft paper banners made by  people at Central California Women’s Facility — full of their handprints, signatures and family photos, over 30 statements from people serving LWOP, the official letter to the Governor calling on him to commute all currently serving LWOP signed by over 100 community organizations. It was a stunning sight.

Let’s keep the pressure up, the work  growing and continue to welcome our loved ones home.


Banner created by people at CCWF


Colby, Romarilyn, & Yolanda
Rojas, Romarilyn & Jackie



Over 5000 people are serving LWOP (Life Without the Possibility of Parole) sentences in California prisons. People of color are disproportionately sentenced to LWOP and of the nearly 200 people serving LWOP in CA women’s prisons, the overwhelming majority are survivors of abuse, including intimate partner battering, childhood abuse, sexual violence, and sex trafficking.  Life without parole is an inhumane sentence. It denies that people have the capacity to change, grow and be rehabilitated.

As Governor Brown nears the end of his term, he has granted an unprecedented number of commutations for people serving LWOP sentences.  Commuting a sentence does not guarantee release from prison, but it does guarantee that each person will have the right to see the Parole Board in their lifetime, rather than being sentenced to spend the rest of their lives in prison under a “living death penalty.”

Over 100 organizations have signed a letter asking Governor Brown to commute the sentences of all people serving Life Without Parole in California’s prisons to parole-eligible sentences.  We will be delivering the letter to Governor Brown’s office.  Come to Sacramento on August 6th!

RSVP for August 6 DROP LWOP Rally/Lobby Day at


“For the first time in more than 38 years, I’ll be able to celebrate with my daughter. I am deeply grateful to Governor Brown for granting me this tremendous opportunity to live a better life.” – Kenneth Hartman, formerly serving Life Without Parole (LWOP)

Dear friends,

Please join with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP) in asking Governor Brown to commute more women, men and transgender people with LWOP sentences this Father’s Day 2018. 

Below is a short message you can email to the Governor’s office. Please bcc on your message and check out our new DROP LWOP website for more information about the campaign.

Sample Message to Governor Brown
Email address:
Dear Governor Brown,
I join with Kenneth Hartman, one of the men whose LWOP sentence you have generously commuted, in urging you to commute more LWOP sentences for Father’s Day.

“I am one of the fortunate few who had their sentence of LWOP commuted to life with parole last year. Consequently, I have now been out of prison for 6 months.  It is particularly meaningful to me to be out for this Fathers’ Day.  For the first time in more than 38 years, I’ll be able to celebrate with my daughter.  I am deeply grateful to Governor Brown for granting me this tremendous opportunity to live a better life, and I cannot adequately express how much this has positively impacted my family.  I hope and pray that many more men and women serving LWOP will have a chance to live this better life.”
Kenneth Hartman

I applaud the historic number of LWOP commutations that you have granted and hope that you will continue to recognize that people have the capacity to change, grow and be rehabilitated, which an LWOP sentence denies.

Looking forward to your Father’s Day commutations!
Thank you,



Join CCWP for the Drop LWOP Town Hall

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In the past six months six women have had their Life Without Parole (LWOP) sentences commuted by the Governor. At the end of January 2018 two of these women were found suitable for parole and will soon be free. This victory illustrates how the Drop LWOP Campaign and A Living Chance project are creating a foundation for the commutation of all people sentenced to LWOP and the  elimination of LWOP  from the penal code altogether.

At the Drop LWOP Town Hall  you will

  • learn updates about the Drop LWOP campaign
  • hear audio from A Living Chance Storytelling to End Life Without Parole
  • engage with a panel of formerly incarcerated women, including survivors of the life without parole sentence
  • learn how you can get involved

When: Saturday, March 24 from 5-8pm
Where: Red Bay Coffee Roastery, Bar & Garden, 3098 E 10th St, Oakland (Near Fruitvale Bart)

Featuring food from Mamacitas Cafe, a raffle and items for sale made by people living inside women’s prisons.

Donations Requested: $5-20. No one turned away for lack of funds., 415-255-7036 x 4