California Coalition for Women Prisoners was founded in May 1995 after women prisoners filed a lawsuit, Shumate v. Wilson, regarding the horrible medical care that women prisoners in California receive. Founding members of CCWP were made up of women and trans prisoners, former prisoners and supporters. Charisse Shumate: Fighting for Our Lives is a 37-minute film created in collaboration with the Freedom Archives that documents the origins of CCWP.
We want the abolition of a prison system whose purpose is punishment, control and the warehousing of human beings, the majority of whom are people of color and poor. We work for a society where education rather than incarceration is the priority, where investment goes to jobs not jails, where sexual violence is not tolerated, where human rights are a reality for all people.
To become involved with CCWP, email us at email@example.com
We have open meetings the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm via zoom.