9am – 3pm LOBBYING
12pm RALLY & SPEAK OUT
CA State Capitol Building, 10th and L Streets, Sacramento, CA 95814
Join Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) members and California Coalition for Women Prisoners as we visit the capitol to present Governor Brown with our request for him to commute every Life Without the Possibility of Parole (LWOP) sentence in the state of California.
The noon Rally & Speak Out will feature formerly incarcerated survivors of Life Without Parole, statements and poetry from inside prison, dance performances, and more!
Over 5000 people are serving LWOP (Life Without the Possibility of Parole) sentences in California prisons. People of color are disproportionately sentenced to LWOP and of the nearly 200 people serving LWOP in California’s womens prisons, the overwhelming majority are survivors of abuse, including intimate partner battering, childhood abuse, sexual violence, and sex trafficking. You can learn about their stories through A Living Chance – the digital story project that helped start the DROP LWOP Campaign. Life without parole is an inhumane sentence. It denies that people have the capacity to change, grow and be rehabilitated.
As Governor Brown nears the end of his term, he has granted an unprecedented number of commutations for people serving LWOP sentences. Commuting a sentence does not guarantee release from prison, but it does guarantee that each person will have the right to see the Parole Board in their lifetime, rather than being sentenced to spend the rest of their lives in prison under a “living death penalty.”
Over 110 organizations have signed a letter asking Governor Brown to commute the sentences of all people serving Life Without Parole in California’s prisons to parole-eligible sentences. We will be delivering the letter to Governor Brown’s office. Come to Sacramento on August 6th!
Your organization can sign the letter here: https://droplwop.wordpress.com/letter-to-governor-brown/
⇒ Learn all about (and join!) the statewide campaign to DROP LWOP and secure sentence commutations for all people serving Life Without the Possibility of Parole https://droplwop.wordpress.com/
More info about Rally & Lobby Day:
• from California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP)
• from Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB)
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/199371177555122/