I usually don’t post announcements about my political world or organizing work that isn’t somehow related to art-making on this blog but this shit is too important not to. Besides, if I am really interested in bridging that divide between cultural and political work, where better to do so than here. So, here it is folks, the announcement of an upcoming action that many of us are pouring our hearts into.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is converting Valley State Prison for Women (VSPW) into a men’s prison in response to a U.S. Supreme Court order to reduce overcrowding. Instead of releasing people and closing VSPW, they are squeezing over 1,000 women and transgender people into the two remaining women’s prisons. The population of the other women’s prison in Chowchilla, Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) is dangerously close to 4,000 even though its maximum capacity is 2,000. The conversion has aggravated overcrowding, created dangerous conditions, and healthcare is already getting much worse. What’s more, they have added yet another men’s prison to their inhuman system. We’ve had enough! Come show support for all people locked up in Chowchilla’s prisons and tell the Federal Judges that overcrowding must stop now!
CHOWCHILLA FREEDOM RALLY, Saturday, January 26, 2013
Rides available by bus and carpool. Contact email@example.com or 415-255-7036 ext. 314
Caravans leaving from MacArthur BART in Oakland at 10:30AM and Chuco’s Justice Center in Inglewood at 8:30AM. We will gather at 2PM at the SE corner of Avenue 24 and Fairmead Blvd. off Highway 99 in Chowchilla.
Rally begins at 3PM at VSPW.
OVERCROWDING = DEATH
BRING OUR LOVED ONES HOME!
COMMUNITY RELEASE PROGRAMS * PAROLE FOR ELDERS * RELEASE FOR MEDICAL REASONS * END LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE (LWOP)
Solidarity actions encouraged! If you cannot make the rally or do not live in California, we encourage you to organize a solidarity action on the same day in your community. Hold a demonstration in front of the DOC offices or the county jail, organize a speak-out against prisons in a public space, stand in solidarity with the Chowchilla Freedom Rally! Please let us know how we can support you! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org