[Ppnews] Chowchilla Freedom Rally January 26

Political Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Thu Jan 3 11:38:55 EST 2013

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*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 health care is already getting much 
worse. What?s more, they have added yet another men's prison to their 
inhumane 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!


*Saturday, January 26, 2013 *

Rides available by bus and carpool. Contact chowchilla.rally at gmail.com 
<mailto:chowchilla.rally at gmail.com> or 415-255-7036 x 314 
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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 SE 
corner of Ave. 24 and Fairmead Blvd off Highway 99 in Chowchilla.

Rally begins at 3PM at VSPW.




*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 the Chowchilla Freedom Rally! Please 
let us know how we can support you! Contact info at womenprisoners.org 
<mailto:info at womenprisoners.org>.

*Interested in helping organize this event? Join our coalition! Our next 
meeting is Wednesday, January 2, 2013 from 6 - 8PM at the CCWP offices. 
1540 Market Street, Suite 490, San Francisco. Or contact 
adrienne at womenpriosoners.org <mailto:adrienne at womenpriosoners.org>.

The Chowchilla Freedom Rally Coalition includes members from California 
Coalition for Women Prisoners, Californians United for a Responsible 
Budget, Justice NOW, All Of Us Or None, Legal Services for Prisoners 
With Children, Fired Up!, Transgender, Gender Variant, Intersex Justice 
Project, Critical Resistance, Youth Justice Coalition, Global Women's 
Strike, Occupy 4 Prisoners, Asian Pacific Islander Support Committee and 
the California Prison Moratorium Project.

Freedom Archives 522 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110 415 
863.9977 www.freedomarchives.org

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