CCWP started Family Visiting Day in 2005 when we realized how many women were not getting regular visits from their families because of the difficulties involved with transportation to the prisons. In 2005, we brought families from the Bay Area but this year we expanded the event to include a bus from Los Angeles. We spent several months raising money, getting donations of food, collecting names and information from families who were interested in participating, researching chartered bus companies and working on dozens of other details to make it all possible. Some families were picked up by volunteers and some got to the meeting places on their own. There were packets of information which included descriptions of CCWP?s programs for each family, as well as healthy snacks, and crayons, paper and flash cards for the kids to pass the time on the long bus ride there. Although everyone was sleepy because of the early hour, you could feel the excitement running up and down the aisles!
CCWP celebrated our 10th year anniversary on June 9, 2005. The event, held at the African American Art and Culture Complex in San Francisco, opened with a dedication to women inside.
An article by an incarcerated mother about not giving up hope for her child.
An article by CCWP’s own Christina Wilson, which was published in Arise Magazine.
On May 8th, 2003, teachers, students, parents and concerned community members from across California rallied at the state capitol to advocate for education funding over prison spending. This statement from Ellen Richardson, a prisoner incarcerated at VSPW, was included in various activities at the rally.
On October 7, queers and their allies demonstrated against Governor Gray Davis’ prison policies during a fundraiser at the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center.
The California Department of Corrections is attempting to pass a set of regulations which would severely limit prisoners’ access to legal services and advocacy.