[Pnews] New - Santa Cruz Women’s Prison Project Collection

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Tue Jun 1 15:25:31 EDT 2021


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    Santa Cruz Women’s Prison Project Collection

We recently processed a new collection of materials related to Bay Area 
women’s’ prison organizing during the 1970s, the Santa Cruz 
Women’s Prison Project (SCWPP). Through photographs, newsletters, 
reports, correspondence, poetry chapbooks, and more, this collection 
documents SCWPP’s prison work at the California Institution for Women 
(CIW), where the organization launched an educational project 
<http://freedomarchives.org/Documents/Finder/DOC70_scans/70.SCWPP.CIW.WorkshopPamphlet.1973-74.pdf> 
that provided UC extension credit for classes such as creative writing, 
women’s health, and social action. The project marked the first time 
that college credit was granted to prisoners in the history of the 
institution.

Beyond their work at CIW, the SCWPP engaged in numerous forms of 
mobilizing against prisons and building support for the prisoner 
movement. In 1977, the group helped organize a women’s prison 
conference 
<http://freedomarchives.org/Documents/Finder/DOC70_scans/70.SCWPP.ActionConference.Report.1977.pdf>, 
bringing together 
<http://freedomarchives.org/Documents/Finder/DOC70_scans/70.SCWPP.ActionConference.Attendance.1977.pdf> 
over 120 formerly incarcerated women and women of diverse backgrounds 
from across the western United States.


          Check out the full collection and finding aid
          <https://search.freedomarchives.org/search.php?view_collection=1081>
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