California Freedom Petitions
TAKE ACTION in 3 STEPS!
Urge California Governor Gavin Newsom to decriminalize survival and COMMUTE THE SENTENCES of all survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
1. SIGN FREEDOM PETITIONS
Petitions can make a difference in the decision to commute the sentences of incarcerated survivors sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, or those survivors who are constantly denied parole because of discrimination they face because they are trans, Black, immigrant, survivors of domestic/sexual violence, etc. Please sign the petitions below and share widely!
- Janetta Leiva: bit.ly/CommuteJanetta
- Stacey Dyer: bit.ly/CommuteStacey
- Brandy Scott: bit.ly/CommuteBrandy
- Kanoa Pendang-Harris: change.org/commute-kanoa
- Tomiekia Johnson: bit.ly/CommuteTomiekia
- Wendy Fong: change.org/p/bring-wendy-fong-home
- Maria Adedono: bit.ly/FreeMariaAdedondo
- Liyah Birru: freeliyah.org
Maria is an elderly woman currently undergoing chemotherapy for stage 2 breast cancer. Maria’s battle with cancer and other health conditions makes her especially vulnerable to Covid-19.
Brandy Scott is a Black transgender woman serving a 22 year sentence. Brandy was criminalized for defending herself against her abusive partner.
Kanoa Pendang-Harris is a transgender survivor who, in an example of the extreme and disproportionate sentencing of trans people of color, was sentenced to two life without parole sentences & two 25-to-life sentences.
Stacey Dyer is an incarcerated survivor of child sexual abuse and severe domestic violence who has been in prison for 16 years.
Wendy Fong is a survivor of domestic violence who was prosecuted for someone else’s actions.
Arlene Dugmore is a survivor of severe domestic violence who was prosecuted for someone else’s actions and has been incarcerated for 21 years.
Janetta Leiva is 48-year-old Native American woman (Yokut and Yaqui Nations) & a survivor of domestic violence who was criminalized for actions taken while suffering from untreated paranoid schizophrenia and postpartum depression.
Liyah Birru is an Ethiopian immigrant survivor of domestic violence who may be deported for defending herself against her abusive ex-husband if she is not pardoned by Gov. Newsom.
* THANK YOU! *
Your crucial support has helped secure commutations for the following incarcerated survivors: Tammy Garvin, Barbara Chavez, Kelly Ann Savage, Christina Martinez, and Gabriela Solano! Also, Tammy, Barbara, Kelly, and Lynn Noyes have all been granted parole! Your support was key in bringing these survivors closer to release and raising awareness about the criminalization of survivors and survival. You’re the best! Keep the love going and check out more opportunities to be in solidarity with survivors…
2. DROP LWOP!
3. SEND POSTCARDS & LETTERS
Governor Gavin Newsom
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Dear Governor Newsom,
I join California residents urging you to commute the sentences of all criminalized survivors, and to end Life Without Parole sentencing.
The vast majority of people in women’s prisons, and many in men’s prisons, are survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Survivors are criminalized while attempting to navigate dangerous conditions of abuse and coercion. California prisons and detention centers perpetuate cycles of violence through the “abuse to prison” pipeline and because they are themselves sites of systematic gendered violence. This must end.
I call on you to boldly expand the historic increase in commutations and pardons. As an ally to survivors of violence, I urge you to recognize prisons and detention centers as forms of gendered violence and commute all survivors.