Action Alert: Take Action to Free Incarcerated Survivors: Join us every 2 weeks.

This spring join us every two weeks to take action to free incarcerated survivors by submitting public comment to Governor Gavin Newsom! 

During Sexual Assault Awareness Month, please join us on Thurs, April 8thfor a Day of Action to Bring Kanoa “Rae” Harris-Pendang home and #FreeAllSurvivors. We are urging Governor Newsom to grant immediate release for Kanoa through a commutation.

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Kanoa “Rae” Harris-Pandang is a transgender survivor who has been incarcerated in California for over 20 years. In an example of the extreme and disproportionate sentencing of trans people of color, Kanoa was sentenced to two life without parole sentences and two 25-to-life sentences in 1998 for “conspiring to commit” two murders that he did not commit. Kanoa is a beloved friend and long-time member of Survived and Punished. He deserves healing in community, not more punishment. 
In Kanoa’s own words: “To be sentenced to death by incarceration wiped my hope with the sound of the gavel. Fortunately my spirit to survive surpassed the lost hope that was trying to be embedded in my heart by a hammer and robe. Now that there is hope amongst the community of people serving life without parole (LWOP), I feel like it took that gavel for me to rebel against its hopeless intention to ultimately prepare me for freedom. I humbly ask for your support with my freedom and continue hoping for a living chance for all people serving death by incarceration.”

We invite you to join us in calling for Kanoa’s release. Please take action on Thurs, April 8:

1. Submit a public comment – instructions here: bit.ly/FreeAllSurvivors

2. Post on social media – sample posts here: bit.ly/FreeAllSurvivors

3. Tap three of your friends to join us as we continue to call to FreeAllSurvivors, and forward this action to your networks, please!

FREE GABBY SOLANO NOW IMPRISONED BY ICE!

Background: We are coming together to defend Gabby Solano, an immigrant woman, and survivor of domestic violence who was cruelly transferred to ICE on the evening of March 30, 2021. Gabby was supposed to be released today after spending over 20 years incarcerated due to the actions of her abuser and his acquaintances. Her family and community were ready to receive her with open arms, but Governor Newsom allowed California’s state prison system (CDCr) to work with ICE and detain Gabby for deportation. Despite a change in our country’s administration, immigrants and refugee survivors like Gabby are still facing the violence of detention and deportation. 

ICE can and must use its prosecutorial discretion to release Gabby. She, like other incarcerated people deserves a chance to experience freedom and be finally reunited with her loved ones. Gabby is currently being transferred to Aurora Detention Center in Colorado. Please take action – this toolkit will continue to be updated as we get new information. 

Follow @survivepunish for updates & contribute to the #FreeGabby Bond/Release Fund.

Take Action to Support Justice for Survivors

Take Action to Support Justice for Survivors
Assembly Bill 124 (Kamlager) supports survivors of violence, including intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking, by providing trauma-informed charging, sentencing, and resentencing relief by requiring judges to give great weight to the impact of trauma on the person’s behavior.

AB 124 is sponsored by Black Futures Lab (BFL) Public Policy InstituteCalifornia Coalition of Women Prisoners (CCWP)Free to ThriveHuman Rights WatchNational Center for Youth LawSurvived and PunishedUSC School of Law Post Conviction Justice Project, and Young Women’s Freedom Center (YWFC)

TAKE ACTION in support of AB 124:If you have 5 minutes: write a Letter of Support by Thurs, April 1. Use the attached Word Document (AB 124 LOS Asm. Public Safety Template.docx) to draft your letter to Assembly Public Safety Committee and submit it via the Advocates Portal

Email a copy of your completed letter to
crogowski@youthlaw.org and Balkis.Awan@sen.ca.gov.

If you have 1 minute: provide a “Me Too” in advance of the Assembly Public Safety Hearing.Complete this Google Form by Monday, April 5 and an advocate will share your support during the hearing!

For more information, visit our website, download our fact sheet or contact Kate Walker Brown at KWalker@youthlaw.org. Updated language for the bill will be available on LegInfo shortly. 

Action Alert! Support AB 1007 Sterilization/ Compensation Bill

On behalf of California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ), Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), and California Coalition for Women Prisoners, we are reaching out for your support on AB 1007 (Carrillo). AB 1007 would provide reparations to survivors of forced sterilization under California’s eugenics laws from 1909 to 1979;  and survivors of involuntary sterilizations in women’s state prisons after 1979. Additionally, an outreach and sterilization notification program will be established in consultation with community-based organizations, and markers will be placed at designated sites, raising awareness of the unjust sterilization of thousands of people.

Between 1909 and 1979, California forcibly sterilized 20,000 people in state institutions. It was the most aggressive eugenics sterilizer in the nation, accounting for one-third of the 60,000 sterilizations that were performed nationwide. Although these laws were repealed in 1979, a subsequent state audit revealed that at least an additional 144 people were sterilized during labor and delivery without required consents and authorization in California’s women’s prisons between 2006 and 2010. 

“Stop Forced Sterilization” poster by Rachael Romero, San Francisco Poster Brigade, 1977

AB 1007 will be heard in the Assembly Public Safety Committee on Tuesday, April 6th at 1:30pm. AB 1007 is the 4th item on the agenda. Please submit a letter of support by Thursday, April 1st by 4:00pm

To submit a letter of support

  • Use our attached template to draft a support letter
  • Submit LOS by Thursday, 4/1 by 4:00pm through the legislative online portal:  https://calegislation.lc.ca.gov/Advocates/
    • Create an account if you do not already have one.
    • Click on “Submit a Letter”
    • Select a bill: AB 3052
    • Select recipient: Public Safety
    • Select Stance: Support, Subject AB 3052, upload your letter, review, and submit.
  • Email copies of your letter of support to lorena@clrj.org, cmyers@dredf.org, and aminah@womenprisoners.org 
  • Please share widely with your networks!

Action Alert: Thurs March 25th – Day of Action to Bring Brandy Scott home and #FreeAllSurvivors

Dear Supporters, this spring join us every two weeks to take action to free incarcerated survivors by submitting public comment to Governor Gavin Newsom! 

In the last week of #WomensHistoryMonth, please join us on Thurs. March 25th for a Day of Action to Bring Brandy Scott home and #FreeAllSurvivors. We are urging Governor Newsom to grant immediate release for Brandy Scott through a commutation.

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Brandy Scott is a 43-year-old Black trans woman and criminalized survivor of domestic violence. She has a 22-year sentence and already served her base term, but is still incarcerated due to a gun enhancement. Like thousands of incarcerated trans and gender nonconforming survivors, Brandy also faces consistent and targeted transphobic violence by prison guards. As deadly COVID-19 outbreaks continue in California prisons, we are concerned for her ongoing safety for the duration of her sentence. Brandy is a beloved friend and long-time member of Survived & Punished and TGI Justice Project, and she deserves healing – not more punishment.

We invite you to join us in calling for Brandy’s release. Please take action on Thurs., March 25:

  1. Submit a public comment – instructions here: bit.ly/FreeAllSurvivors
  2. Post on social media – sample posts here: bit.ly/FreeAllSurvivors
  3. Tap three of your friends to join us as we continue to call to #FreeAllSurvivors, and forward this action to your networks, please!