CCWP’s visiting program in California’s women’s prisons is at the core of all our work. We partner with women and trans people inside to publish the Fire Inside newsletter to give voice to feelings, ideas and art. Together we build campaigns like DROP LWOP to win freedom. We support the Spitfire Speakers Bureau as a way for formerly incarcerated people to tell their stories and educate the public. In our FireStorm project, we study about the impact of the U.S.-led prison industrial complex on women and trans people around the world in order to build international solidarity with global movements.
Our visiting program is at the core of all our work. Visits guide our understanding of what support people inside women’s prisons need. Our programs are constantly evolving in response to the insights of the people we visit and the changing conditions within the prisons and jails.
We monitor and challenge the abusive conditions inside the women’s prisons and jails, including grossly inadequate health care services, sexual and physical abuse, and overcrowding.
We fight for the release of women and transgender prisoners, with a focus on prisoners with Life Without Parole (LWOP) sentences; survivors of domestic violence; elder prisoners and youth.
We support women and transgender prisoners in their process of re-entering the community so they are able to survive, grow and become involved in the struggle for civil and human rights. We advocate for resource development, offer skills and leadership training and build community
We do this work in alliance with movements in Palestine, Mexico, the Phillipines, Canada & more…
Join us to Research, Educate, Connect and Mobilize:
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Writing Warriors Project:
CCWP’s new Writing Warriors project is being initiated at this COVID moment when in-person visiting is impossible due to the pandemic. Writing Warriors opens up the possibility of being in contact with more people incarcerated at women’s prisons during this time when people are more isolated and stressed than ever.
The project will initiate correspondence with people who have expressed interest in CCWP either because they have written us directly or because they were referred by someone else that CCWP works with already. Writing Warriors volunteers will primarily communicate via JPAY email but can also correspond thru U.S. mail via the CCWP Oakland office address. Writing Warriors is a collective undertaking with others in CCWP to further our mission and programs working with people incarcerated in the women’s prisons. In this way it is different from a traditional prison pen pal program that connects people individually.
A CCWP project whose focus is international solidarity with women and trans people targeted by the U.S.-led Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) around the world. The PIC has a global reach which is rooted in racist, gendered and economic violence. At this time of escalating criminalization, attacks on immigrants, rampant xenophobia, misogyny and America First, white supremacist nationalism, we want to reach out to international movements that are struggling against the entire carceral system.
The Spitfire Speaker’s Bureau:
Anchored by formerly incarcerated women, transgender, and gender non-conforming people who educate the general public about the realities of life inside prison and the challenges of reentry. Through Spitfire, formerly incarcerated people have the opportunity to develop their leadership and at the same time receive financial stipends for their vital educational work.