A coalition of organizations, advocates, and survivors of domestic violence are organizing a Domestic Violence Awareness Month rally in Bakersfield, CA on Friday, October 23rd at 9am to call for the end of criminal punishment of survivors of domestic violence. We call on the Kern County DA to drop the charges for survivors, Wendy Howard and Michaele Bowers, who defended their lives from abusive assaults. Ms. Bowers’ has had two mistrials because the DA does not have enough evidence to convict her, and a judge in Wendy Howard’s case has said that hers is a clear case of self-defense. Yet, the DA continues to pursue prosecution!
Join us to say #DropTheCharges!
Friday, October 23rd
Meet at Kern County Superior Court, 1415 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93301
March to Kern County District Attorney’s Office, 1215 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93301
The rally will feature a survivor speak out and education on the connection between surviving domestic violence and mass incarceration.
We ask attendees to please wear a mask and observe COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.
We hope to see you there!
about the criminalization of survivors of domestic violence. We also welcome you to watch the film, Belly of the Beast
, a documentary on the reproductive violence and coerced sterilization in California women’s prisons that has only recently come to light.