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URGENT ACTION: COVID Outbreak in CCWF

COVID cases are rising rapidly at Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) with over 200 people testing positive. We are hearing from incarcerated people that conditions are rapidly deteriorating. Join CCWP and take urgent action now.

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A Year of Collective Care: 2020 Reflections

We cannot overstate the gravity of trying to survive a pandemic in prisons that were already a public health crisis, under the watch of guards who do not value your life, in an institution with medical care that is either horrible or non-existent. But in all the darkness, we were amazed by the light—the courage, resilience, collective care, and fighting spirit of our currently incarcerated members.

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Human Rights Day Action

Life Without Parole is a Death Sentence. This Human Rights Day, Thursday December 10th call on the Governor to use his power of clemency – a power only he has – to commute the sentences of people with Life Without Parole (LWOP).

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Historic Racial Justice Act Is Signed!

Governor Signs Landmark Legislation Advancing Racial Justice in California. A historic, first-of-its-kind law in the State, the California Racial Justice Act – co-sponsored by CCWP – prohibits the use of race, ethnicity, or national origin in sentencing and convictions.

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Welcome Home Patricia!

CCWP welcomes Patricia Wright, home amid COVID-19 prison outbreaks. Patricia Wright, a 69-year-old Black mother and grandmother, survivor of domestic violence, and terminally-ill cancer patient, was released today under emergency order from Governor Newsom.

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#FreeOurElders for Mother’s Day

Please join us this weekend in the fight to free incarcerated mothers. The #BringThemHome Call to Action is a collective effort to call on Governor Newsom to grant clemencies and IMMEDIATELY release elders who are at extremely high risk of death and fighting for their lives.

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Newsom Grants 21 Commutations!

Governor Newsom granted 21 commutations and five pardons on Friday, March 27, 2020. CCWP welcomes Governor Newsom’s exercise of executive clemency for all of these people and we commend him for examining the public health impact of each commutation grant.

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Vigil for Vickie Lee Hammonds

Vickie Lee Hammonds, a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and beloved by many others, died from medical neglect at the California Institution for Women (CIW) on June 5, 2019. She was only 55 years old.

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#MeToo Behind Bars Rally

On Wednesday October 30th, over sixty people rallied in front of the CDCr office building in Sacramento to demand an end to the sexual and gender-based violence that has targeted trans and gender non-conforming (TGNC) people in California’s prisons.

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