BENEFIT FOR #METOO BEHIND BARS LAWSUIT
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2018, 3 PM
NEW PARKWAY THEATER – 474 24th St, OAKLAND
PANEL with Rojas – CCWP,
Maria Moore – Justice for Kayla Moore,
Jen Orthwein – Transgender Advocacy Group
Four plaintiffs who have been incarcerated at the women’s prison in Chowchilla, CCWF, have filed the #MeToo Behind Bars lawsuit against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The plaintiffs all identify as transgender, gender non-conforming (GNC) or queer. The lawsuit denounces physical assaults, sexual harassment and homophobic/ transphobic insults by correctional officers against them. Rojas, one of the plaintiffs in the case will be part of a panel discussion after the film.
Southwest of Salem tells the story of four Latina lesbians who were wrongfully convicted of gang-raping two young girls in the early 1990’s in San Antonio, Texas. They spent decades in prison before finally being exonerated. Their prosecution and conviction was the product of a homophobic culture and criminal legal system. Now trans, GNC and queer people are facing persecution in California’s women’s prisons as a result of similar attitudes and a prison power structure that condones them.
Sponsored by California Coalition for Women Prisoners
Endorsed by California Prison Focus, Copwatch, Critical Resistance, CUAV, Justice for Kayla Moore, Survived & Punished, Transgender Advocacy Group
For more information contact email@example.com or call 415-255-7036 ext. 4
CALIFORNIA COALITION FOR WOMEN PRISONERS
ANNOUNCES BENEFIT AUCTION TO COMBAT MASS INCARCERATION
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.
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.
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