ACTION ALERT – Bring Arlene Home & #FreeAllSurvivors

During Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, please join us on Thurs, May 20th for a Day of Action to Bring Arlene Home and #FreeAllSurvivors. We are urging Governor Newsom to grant immediate release for Arlene through a commutation.

Arlene Dugmore is a mother, grandmother, and long-term survivor of severe domestic violence who has served 21 years of an extreme sentence of Life Without the Possibility of Parole. Though another person killed Arlene’s abusive husband in response to the violence, Arlene was held criminally responsible for his death. Arlene deserves healing and to be reunited with her loved ones.

We invite you to join us in calling for Arlene’s release. Please take action on Thurs. 5/20:

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!

Action Alert: Tell San Diego DA Summer Stephan to stop prosecuting Jane Dorotik!

Dear community,

Please take one minute to sign this petition to stop the San Diego DA from re-trying Jane Dorotik on the same false evidence they used 21 years ago, and after she spent 20 years in prison. Then please share the petition with your friends, family & community and ask them to sign too. 

Petition: bit.ly/Justice4Jane

Background:

The re-prosecution of Jane Dorotik is not in the interest of justice and it will not promote public safety.  It is an enormous waste of public resources and an irresponsible use of prosecutorial discretion.  We urge D.A. Summer Stephan, the elected District Attorney of San Diego County, to stop the unjust and unfair pursuit of a second conviction of Jane Dorotik.

In 2001, Jane Dorotik was convicted of the murder of her husband, Robert.  She maintained her innocence from the moment she was arrested.  Twenty years later, an innocence project exposed numerous problems with the evidence presented against Jane at trial and the unfairness of the proceedings—including false and unreliable testimony by crime lab analysts. 

The San Diego District Attorney’s Office agreed in July 2020 that Jane was denied her right to a fair trial when she was prosecuted and convicted in 2001.  In the meantime, critical forensic and other evidence Jane needs to defend and exonerate herself has been destroyed or lost.  Witnesses’ memories have faded and, in some cases, have been altered altogether by the prosecution’s characterization of Jane  – a portrayal that has played out repeatedly on nationally aired “true crime” drama television shows.

Now 74 years old, Jane spent 20 years in prison fighting to prove her innocence.  She lost 20 years with her family and friends, her life savings, her career, her reputation in the community, and her freedom—all based on false forensic evidence that the San Diego District Attorney’s Office has previously admitted was improperly used in her first trial.

In prison, Jane dedicated herself to advocating for better conditions and to supporting people to survive.  Through her efforts, she personally helped countless incarcerated women.

The San Diego D.A.’s office is now seeking to retry Jane, using the very same evidence they have already conceded was faulty.

A preliminary hearing is now underway that is expected to last well over a month.  In this ongoing hearing, witnesses have misremembered or failed to recall critical facts.  Despite substantial evidence of wrongdoing at the crime lab, where all of the evidence in the case was examined, the prosecution is intent on forging ahead with a second trial.  Incredibly, half of the blood in the vial collected from Jane’s husband’s body during his autopsy is inexplicably missing; the whereabouts of that vial are unaccounted for during weeks at a time, even while evidence was being tested in the lab.

We urge D.A. Summer Stephan to do the right thing and put the nightmare Jane Dorotik has been living for the last 21 years to an end.  It is in the interest of justice to dismiss the charges against her. 

Action Alert – Bring Wendy Home & #FreeAllSurvivors

During Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, please join us on Thurs, May 6thfor a Day of Action to Bring Wendy Home and #FreeAllSurvivors. We are urging Governor Newsom to grant immediate release for Wendy through a commutation.

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Wendy Fong is a mother, grandmother, and incarcerated survivor of sexual and domestic violence. In 2013 she was convicted in Sacramento County to Life Without the Possibility of Parole – even though she was not involved in the incident for which she was convicted. Due to the effects of compounded trauma and distrust of police, Wendy felt terrified to testify in her defense. Wendy deserves healing with the support of her loving family and community awaiting her release.

We invite you to join us in calling for Wendy’s release. Please take action on Thurs. 5/6:

  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!

ACTION ALERT: #EndEugenicsLegacy #CompensateSurvivors in California!

We need your help! For the past three years, Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez has held and killed our bill, the Compensation for Survivors of Forced or Involuntary Sterilization Act (AB 1007), in Assembly Appropriations. Black, Indigenous, Latinx, incarcerated people, people with disabilities, and poor people have been the populations targeted for sterilizations by the state. It’s time to tell Assemblymember Gonzalez we can no longer wait. Call and/or post on social media in support of AB 1007. Survivors need justice now!

TAKE ACTION!  
TELL ASSEMBLYMEMBER LORENA GONZALEZ SURVIVORS OF FORCED STERILIZATIONS NEED JUSTICE NOW!

Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez
Capitol Office Phone #:
916-319-2080

Sample Script:
“Hello, my name is _______and I am a resident of [NAME OF YOUR CITY] calling to urge Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez to please support #AB1007, the Compensation for Surivors of Forced or Involuntary Sterilization Act, which is currently in Assembly Appropriations. Now more than ever, we need California’s commitment to ending state violence against Black, Indigenous, Latinx, incarcerated people, people with disabilities, and poor people. These are the same populations devastated by COVID-19, survivors of state sanctioned sterilizations cannot wait another year! It’s time for California to confront a violent history that continues to affect and rob our communities of the right to decide if and when to have a family. I urge the Assemblymember to put an end to California’s legacy of eugenics.”

USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO RAISE YOUR VOICE!

CLICK HERE TO TWEET: @LorenaAD80 we MUST #EndEugenicsLegacy and #CompensateSurvivors Eugenics practices, including forced sterilizations, have never stopped in this country. #AB1007 provides an opportunity for CA to confront its legacy of eugenics. 

CLICK HERE TO TWEET: @LorenaAD80 Black, Indigenous, Latinx, incarcerated people, people with disabilities, and poor people have been targeted for sterilizations. #AB1007 is long overdue. It’s time to #EndEugenicsLegacy and #CompensateSurvivors

CLICK HERE TO TWEET: @LorenaAD80 please support #AB1007 and help #EndEugenicsLegacy in CA. Our legislature has failed to see the urgency of ending the legacy of eugenics in California for the past 3 years. Survivors of state sanctioned sterilizations cannot wait another year!

YOU CAN ALSO TAKE THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS:

  1. Submit a Letter of Support
  2. Sign and Circulate the Petition
  3. Uplift AB 1007 on Social Media
  4. Call Assemblymember Gonzalez to Voice Your Support

About The Forced Sterilization Compensation Program 

Summary: The Forced Sterilization Compensation Program would provide reparations to survivors who were forcibly sterilized in state institutions under California’s eugenics law from 1909-1979 or who were subjected to coerced or involuntary sterilizations in women’s state prisons after 1979. Additionally, an outreach and sterilization notification program will be established, and markers or plaques will be placed at designated sites, raising awareness of the unjust sterilization of thousands of people. 

Action Alert – #BringTraceeHome!

Please join us this Friday, April 30th for a Day of Action to Bring Tracee Ward Home

The toolkit and instructions can be found here: bit.ly/BringTraceeHome


Tracee is a longtime, beloved member of CCWP sentenced to LWOP. We are asking Governor Newsom to grant Tracee a commutation and allow her to go before the parole board. 

Tracee Ward is an incarcerated Black woman and survivor of Intimate Partner Violence and extensive physical and psychological abuse at the hands of her older boyfriend. She is serving her 24th year of a Life Without Parole sentence for a series of murders planned and committed by her abusive boyfriend, who dragged Tracee along for the ride and hurt her and threatened to kill her when she tried to escape. Tracee was only 19 when she was prosecuted for her boyfriend’s crimes and tested “barely competent to stand trial,” due to extremely low cognitive function, and was pressured into taking Life Without Parole as a plea bargain. Tracee must be given a living chance to return to her community. 


In Tracee’s own words:

The reality didn’t set in that I had a Life Without Parole sentence until the years went by. I would think, “Oh my god, I’m spending the rest of my life in prison.” It’s more of a death sentence, but it’s a death sentence walking. I was scared into a plea deal; the lawyers told me if didn’t take Life Without Parole, I would get the Death Penalty. I was in a prejudice county: I’m a Black girl, I’m not from this place, and they’re gonna hang me.But why? I did not pull no trigger. So, they’re telling me I was going to get the Death Penalty because I was there and I couldn’t stop him?