Wednesday, February 3rd from 10 am to 11:30 am (PST), the Asian Prisoner Support Committee (ASPC), SEARAC, Youth Justice Coalition, and Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, will co-host the #Pardons4thePeople panel event on APSC’s Facebook page.
This panel will feature formerly incarcerated immigrants and refugees community leaders Phal Sok, Billy Taing, Danny Thongsy, Maria Luna, Charles Joseph, Ny Nourn, and special guest Bounchan Keola, CDCR firefighter recently released from ICE detention after serving over 22 years in prison.
The panel discussion will highlight:
- The impacts of pardons
- How pardons can disrupt the school-to prison-to deportation pipeline
- Challenges and successes they face re-entering into society
- And learn about how communities can come together to support people at-risk for deportation
At the end of the panel discussion, we will launch the #Pardons4thePeople Digital Toolkit, which will be available tomorrow morning. The toolkit will highlight immigrant and refugee community members Maria Luna, Bounchan Keola, Kao Saelee, An Nguyen, Justin Chung, Liyah Birru, Borey “PJ’ Ai, and Chares Joseph, who are all facing deportation. We invite you to help make calls, email, and tweet at Governor Newsom to grant pardons for them.
Please share this invitation widely with your networks and if you’re not able to view the discussion, it will be recorded and you’ll have access to view it. However, we encourage you tomorrow between 11:30 am to 4:00 pm (PST), to participate and help amplify the #Pardons4thePeople social media action at bit.ly/pardons4theppl
UCLA CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF WOMEN PRESENTS
GENDER, RACE, AND AGE BEHIND BARS: IMPACTS OF LONG-TERM SENTENCING
CO-HOSTED BY THE UCLA CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROGRAM AND THE LA COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE
DATE: Wednesday, February 3, 2021
TIME: 12:15 PM-1:30 PM
LOCATION: Zoom Webinar (RSVP)
This event is free and open to the public with registration.
Join us for a rare opportunity to hear from two formerly-incarcerated women activists on the compounded adverse impacts of long-term sentencing on the elderly, women, transgender people, and people of color in prison and beyond. Jane Dorotik was incarcerated for almost 20 years on a wrongful conviction. She was released in April 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns, and her conviction was reversed in July 2020. Romarilyn Ralston was incarcerated for 23 years, and is now the Program Director of Project Rebound at the California State University-Fullerton. Both are organizers with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP). Dorotik and Ralston will be in dialogue with LA County Public Defender Ricardo Garcia, and moderator Alicia Virani, the Gilbert Foundation Director of the Criminal Justice Program at the UCLA School of Law. This event is hosted by the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, and co-hosted by the Criminal Justice Program at the UCLA School of Law and the LA County Public Defender’s Office.
Read CSW’s 2020 Policy Briefs, “Confronting the Carceral State, Reimagining Justice,” featuring briefs written by Jane Dorotik and Romarilyn Ralston.