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.
Art Against Imprisonment
Join us Sunday, March 21 at 10 am PST for Art Against Imprisonment, a virtual art exhibit that features art from incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people in Palestine and in the US.
Join us will be former political prisoners: Hafez Omar, Linda Evans, and Oscar Lopez Rivera; Anmar Rafeedie, cultural worker and long time member of El-Fanoun Palestinian Dance Troupe; and a message from Kevin Cooper currently on California’s death row. We will also be joined by musical artist Naima Shaloub. More to come.
Join us Thursday, March 25th for an International Women’s Month conversation with four courageous women who have stood up for their lives and their communities.
Register here: bit.ly/DefendOurLives
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. When the event is at capacity, you can tune in via FB Live
- Janet and Janine Africa – the MOVE 9
- Siwatu Salama Ra – Freedom Team Detroit/Grassroots Global Justice
- Laura Whitehorn – RAPP (Release Aging People in Prison)
- *Possible surprise speaker!
- Moderated by Aleta Toure’ – Parable of the Sower Intentional Community Cooperative, Grassroots Global Justice (GGJ), People’s Strike, and AfroSoc
Across the U.S. and the globe, unprecedented health, economic and social crisis is leading to escalating violence against BIPOC communities, often targeting women and TGNC people in particular. Over 10,000 people were arrested in the course of the 2020 uprisings after George Floyd’s murder, but they have largely been disappeared from public view. Women who have been imprisoned for defending themselves and their communities have much to teach us about resisting state violence.
Spread the word on Facebook!
Hosted by California Coalition for Women Prisoners & Parable of the Sower Intentional Community Cooperative
Endorsed by: The National Jericho Movement, New York City Jericho Movement, Release Aging People in Prison, Aging People in Prison – Human Rights Campaign, Oakland Jericho Movement, Freedom Archives, and Grassroots Global Justice, Critical Resistance