“You encouraged me to tell my story, then you actually listened. You made others listen. You CARED.”
-Laverne Dejohnette, LWOP sentence commuted by Gov. Brown on 8/17/18
Endorsed by California Prison Focus, Copwatch, Critical Resistance, CUAV, Justice for Kayla Moore, Survived & Punished, Transgender Advocacy Group
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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.