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Friday, Sept 7, 2007



Emergency Rally on Medical Crisis
 

MRSA Epidemic Outbreak
 

Support of AB1539
 

Support of Sentencing Bills
 

Crisis of Abuse of Mentally Ill
 

State Capitol Building
llth and L Street North Side,
9 am. Friday Sept 7, 2007
 

Load up your car
a crowd is needed to show
the Gov and legislators that people care about prisoners! Caring begins with you! Print off the flyer and distribute widely

click here, hit print, should print off on one page

www.1union1.com/rally_flyer_sept7.html

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The Greyhound Bus Depot is four blocks from the Sacramento Capitol Building, you can walk to the North Side, llth and L Street side, if you want to share a hotel room please email uniondatabase@aol.com. The AMTRAK station is a short cab ride away.

Please book all travel arrangements (flights, hotels, rental cars) for this rally and at all other times from anywhere in the US with our UNION member Shella Zelenez, just go to this link and book. The Travel Lodge is a ten minute walk to the North side of the Capitol, the Motel 6 on Richards Blvd is within a few miles, or just come for the day.

www.shella.globaltravel.com
 

If you have a ride to offer or need a ride to the rally on September 7, please email uniondatabase@aol.com.

Two rides are needed from San Jose

Rides are needed from Palmdale

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http://www.senate.ca.gov/~newsen/schedules/files.htp
 
 

Our bill AB 1539 to re-sentence and release permanently incapacitated and terminally ill prisoners will be held before the Senate Appropriations Committee on (not re-scheduled yet). A similar bill passed last year but was vetoed by the Governor. The Governor remains the biggest block to many important reforms including Compassionate Release of those who shouldn't be in a prison at all and media access.
 
 

Fax your support of the passage of AB 1539 to re-sentence terminally ill and permanently disabled prisoners to the Senate Appropriations Committee

Sample letter to fax to numbers below

Dear Senator:

As a California taxpayer and voter, I wholeheartedly support AB 1539, the Medical Release and Fiscal Savings Bill. This bill will facilitate the medical release of terminally ill prisoners already required by Penal Code Section 1170, but not being carried out due to procedural deficiencies and delays. It will also allow the medical release of the permanently medically incapacitated. Neither of these groups poses any risk to public safety and constitutionally should be released in a humane and timely manner.

Currently, prisoners who qualify for medical release, and their families, painfully endure an ill-defined and lengthy process that often ends only with the inmate’s death in prison. AB 1539 would specify and streamline proper legal procedures to ensure timely medical releases of those whom a prison doctor, the prison’s chief medical officer, the Board of Prison Terms, and the warden all concur deserve an opportunity for a court to recall his or her sentence and issue a medical release order to Corrections.

AB 1539 can remedy the unlawful and inhumane practice of keeping the terminally ill and the permanently medically incapacitated in prison until they die, and it will save hundreds of thousands of Corrections’ dollars, which could be more effectively used toward the Governor’s renewed rehabilitation goals, which certainly will need more funding than allocated so far. Passing AB 1539 will also help to free up much-needed prison space for rehabilitation classrooms.

I sincerely hope that you will carefully consider these benefits of passing AB 1539 to amend PC 1170 so that it reflects its full intent and disencumbers the currently ineffective legal process of sentence recall and medical release.

Very truly yours,

Your signature - reword it into your own words

 Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee

Senator Tom Torlakson tom@tomtorlakson.com Fax (916) 445-2527 Senator Dave Cox These are all the numbers listed on his website: FAX 530-283-3439 Fax 916-783-5487 FAx 916-324-2680 FAX 209-223-9140 Senator Samuel Aanestad Fax: 916-445-7750  Senator Roy Ashburn Fax: (916) 322-3304 Fax: 661-323-0446  Senator Jim Battin Fax: (916) 327-2187 Fax: (760) 568-1501 Fax: (951) 653-9524  Senator Gilbert Cedillo Fax (916) 327-8817  Senator Ellen Corbett Fax (916) 327-2433  Senator Robert Dutton Fax (916) 327-2272  Senator Dean Florez Fax (916) 327-5989  Senator Sheila Kuehl Fax (916) 324-4823  Senator Jenny OropezaFax: (916) 323-6056 Senator Mark Ridley-ThomasFax: (916) 445-8899  Senator George RunnerFax: (916) 445-4662 Fax: 661-729-1683 Fax: 760-843-8348 Fax: 661-286-2543  Senator Joe SimitianFax: (916) 323-4529 Fax: (650) 688-6370 Fax: (831) 425-5124  Senator Darrell SteinbergFax: (916) 323-2263  Senator Mark WylandFax: (916) 446-7382 Fax: (949) 489-8354 Fax: (760) 931-2477  Senator Leland YeeFax: (916) 327-2186-----------------------------------

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Tilton's entire confirmation hearing held yesterday 07/11/07 before the Senate Rules Committeee IS online now at www.calchannel.com  Everyone with a loved one in prison or who cares about the extreme taxpayer waste and inhumanity taking place in California's pisons needs to review this video more than one time so that you can see the smoke and mirrors being billowed up the tailpipe of the various legislative committees.  You can see that Tilton talks about reform but most of what he says are empty words.  What is missing of course is his real action.  It was difficult for me to get in all our complaints.  You can see Senator Perata was cutting off everyone who tried to voice anything negative. The other prisoner advocates were testifying in support of Tilton but they all had some reservations and conditions.  It takes some courage to go sit up there in that opposition seat especially in view of retaliation and purposeful lack of access imposed upon those who speak out but we didn't get prison reform on the table by being too nice. As you can see, Senator Perata actually believes that the ombudsmen can and will actually take care of the family complaints.  In my experience, maybe one of one hundred situations get taken care of by ombudsmen!  So, there is a huge breakdown of communications about their effectiveness that needs to be bridged. In fact, there were only two people there in opposition to Tilton's confirmation,  myself and a mother who testified after me who gave Perata a video of her son being abused she said.  I have not seen this tape and do not have a copy of it, however, I am interested in doing so but I didn't get her phone number or email.    There is a ten minute recess during this meeting.  Here are instructions to get to the hearing go to www.calchannel.com you will need the Windows Media Player 10 which is free to download click on "webcast" in the upper left hand corner click on "search archive" on the left put in the date with no dashes or slashes 071107 Senate Committee type in Rules click submit click watch once the program loads, drag the slider over to exactly 53 min. 45 seconds where the hearing begins.  I encourage you to take the time to watch all of it, twice if possible so you can get the innuendos and see past some of the smoke and mirrors.  My testimony followed by one of the prisoner mothers begins at exactly 02:06:53 - Two hours, six minutes and 53 seconds   Rev. B. Cayenne  Bird
UNION
P.O. Box 340371
Sacramento.Ca. 95834
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The joint hearing held by Judges Thelton Henderson and Lawrence Karlton held in Sacramento on June 27, 2007 was a huge success. A web page has been set up so that you can print off and mail the articles to the prisoners at

www.1union1.com/prison_cap_campaign.html

Congratulations UNION members for a turn out so large that it made the news wire services. This is the largest turn out for a prison reform hearing by prisoners and their families in the history of California. A clear message that the families of prisoners can organize and that they can respond to calls to action to stand up against those politicians who oppress them, a new day has dawned, but keep on organizing, mobilizing and registering the poor to vote.
 
 

  Honorable JudgeThelton E. Henderson
United States District Court
450 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, California 94102

 Senior District Court Honorable Judge Lawrence K. Karlton (LKK)
501 I Street, Suite. 4-200
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 930-4000
Fax: 916-491-3934Dear Honorable Judge Karlton------------------

Make certain that you are writing letters to editors on the violations that the lawmakers are making of the California Constitution which forbids holding people in custody when they cannot provide adequate medical care. Caring starts with you. We will need more people to sit in the audience when the bill goes to the Senate. Sign up in the UNION so you can help with this important work. An 8th grader can do it. You are needed. Billions of education dollars are being wasted on punishing sick people. How ludicrous!

 You can see the hearing online of UNION members testimony before the Assembly Appropriations Committee. If you have a windows media player in your computer.  It's up now.go to www.calchannel.com click on webcasts, click on archives, enter 050907  (just like that - no slashes or dashes) select Assembly, Select Committee, Select Appropriations, click submit and it will come up on May 9, click watch. Move your slider to 42 minute mark by holding down your mouse

Notice the lockstep voting of the Repugs.  They have always done this and continue to do it.  No one is safe as long as Repug politicians sit in elected office.

More information on our campaign to support AB 1539 can be found here

http://www.1union1.com/ab1539_index_page.html

Tell the prisoners to send their families because a crowd could be needed as the bills enter their final phases.

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How do you make noise? Be prepared to respond to UNION Calls to Action and write to editors. Everyone is hoping and praying that our side is going to find it's own organizing legs soon.

The state runs on voting groups and we outnumber everyone but that doesn't matter if we aren't writing, recruiting, filing lawsuits and initiative campaigns.. All of this oppression is happening because we haven't organized well enough or loudly enough. I made need you to back me up at the Senate level by bringing a crowd to the Sacramento courtroom where the war is located. Sign up for the daily newsletter so you can learn to become an activist for change. Get off the sidelines, writing to editors, recruiting more writers and protesters, getting out the vote is essential to reform! The war is in Sacramento and 90% of winning it is showing up when you're supposed to be there.

http://www.1union1.com/Join_the_UNION.html

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My past articles which include many sensible prison reform recommendations which would free up tens of thousands of prison cells are located at the following links. I hope you can take them and post them everywhere to THE OTHER VOTERS and mail them into the prisoners. The legislators are in office to service the people who gave them money to get elected, not to service the poor. This is where failure to get out the vote catches up with us.

Rev. Cayenne
 
 

http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewByAuthor.asp?authorID=264
 
 

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One powerful organized voting group could demand the closure of 70% of the adult prisons. Failure to organize is costing us our lives and future. It is necessary for us to elect our own people to office as the first step in achieving something like this major feat below. There is no evidence that prisons, jails, juvenile halls, the death penalty, harsh laws, long sentences do one thing to deter crime. 6500 people willing to do a little work can force reform through initiatives, referendums, recalling or electing politicians. Less than that number cannot raise enough funds or make the 150 day signature gathering deadlines.

Please subscribe to the UNION daily newsletter so you can learn how, when, where to become an advocate for change.

http://www.1union1.com/Join_the_UNION.html
 
 

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the UNION media email list is located here - use it to post letters to editors of 150 words or less (use your pen name if you're afraid to speak out but don't neglect to make your voice heard!) Post comments at as many publications as possible.

http://www.1union1.com/union_addresses.html

Our battles are only as effective as the NUMBER OF PEOPLE who write, recruit and bring people to the polls to vote. That means you!
 
 

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UNION CURRENT CALL TO ACTION #2 in effect until April 30, 2007

This is different from our normal Calls to Action because you are objecting to an interim rule created by the now disgraced US Attorney General Gonzales. The rule if passed will affect every sex offender and the one million women and children in California connected to them. Please send it priority mail today or tomorrow in a red, white, blue envelope so we feel like a force on the receiving end. The cut off date is April 30, 2007. Please also post to national level journalists who are currently missing this important change in the law done by a criminal trying to save himself - Gonzales. A sample letter for you to post online to journalists follows the sample letter that goes to David Karp, Senior Counsel. Power of numbers is the only prayer we have of being heard. Just do YOUR share.David J. Karp, Senior Counsel, Office of Legal Policy,Room 4509, Main Justice Building, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue,NW., Washington, DC 20530. To ensure proper handling, please reference OAG Docket No. 117 on your correspondence.

You may view an electronic version of this interim rule at Regulations.gov. You may also comment via the Internet to the Justice Department's Office of Legal Policy (OLP) by e-mail to: olpregs@usdoj.gov or by using the Regulations.gov comment form for this regulation. When submitting comments electronically you must include OAG Docket No. 117 in the subject box.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura L. Rogers, Director, Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking; Office of Justice Programs, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC, 202 514-4689.

David J. Karp,Senior CounselOffice of Legal Policy, Room 4509Main Justice Building950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20530.  Re:  OAG Docket No. 117 Please allow me to voice my grave concern  and opposition for the Interim Rule issued as a result of the Adam Walsh Act (AWA) and SORNA by Attoney General Gonzales. This law will allow double jeopardy which is legal only because federal jurisdiction and state jurisdiction are separate. A person can now be punished by both the federal; and state government for the same violation of registration.  Every state has a registry in place and this is certainly a duplicate effort and an excessively expensive and unnecessary law.  A great many people who have moved on with their lives and living law abiding and productive lives will now be re-exposed with the retroactive clause of SORNA.  This is tantamount to the Salem witch hunts only now it is the families of sex offenders who will brought down with this draconian and vindictive law.  This is cruel and unusual punishment, not public safety as SORNA will show places of employment in the Federal Registry which will be an open invitation to the fear mongers and hatemongers to protest their places of work and/or physically attack them.    Posting places of employment in a federal database will stand in the way of any sex offender in California (and the nation)  from being able to earn a living, no matter how minor their crime.  This is completely counterproductive to the goal of reintegrating ex-felons back into society as self supporting, productive citizens.  The Attorney General has said that SORNA's applicability will be to "virtually the entire existing sex offender population".  Clearly the intent is cover "virtually" everyone, but there is no mention about whether Congress specifically limits what he can do.  Why was this left out? 

  Please consider the effect this will have on the one million women and children attached to a sex offender when they cannot earn a living.  Current laws have forced a group of people to live under a bridge in Florida.  This is an excellent example of how this law will further affect the offenders and their families.  They are unable to work and support their families or themselves  The one time sex offender is lumped together with the violent sexual predator.  In California, there are already laws in effect to handle the truly high risk offender and considering all sex offenders one and the same is simply not right or just.  The tiny fraction of a percentage of sex offenders who are guilty of raping and/or murdering a child are mentally ill and they belong in places of healing. 

They are the people who need to be removed from society for the purpose of safety but even this should be done in a much more healing manner, as they are most often severely mentally ill.   More than 90% of sex crimes involving a child occur within families.  No registration, residency restriction or monitoring system will stop these crimes.  This law is targeting an entire group of people and only a fraction of the group would possibly be stopped from a crime.  We are so scared that those people who have been convicted of sex offense will reoffend,  but look at the statistics.  The Department of Justice states that the average rate of recidivism is 5%, one the lowest rates among all felonies.  It is an invented lie that has been perpetrated to the public that sex offenders cannot be rehabilitated and that they have a high rate of recidivism. This is simply not true.  Our conservative leaders are constantly preaching about building the family and knocking the liberals for not having stricter morals, but laws such as this are destroying families over mental illness.  It's barbaric, opportunistic and political grandstanding at its worst.

  SORNA can be passed as Federal Interim Rule because Congress empowered Attorney General Gonzales, whose character is now being assassinated to do so.  All of his initiatives should simply be cancelled.  He has proven not to be trustworthy and everything he has touched is now tainted, including SORNA.  He most likely wrote this rule anticipating he would need the support of fellow Republicans over the firings of the Attorneys.  How can it be a good rule when Conservatives are so hell bent to overpunish the severely mentally ill in order to build political careers and Gonzales so desperately needs their support.  The fact that SORNA touches so many millions of lives in a destructive manner makes it as much, if not more important than the other probes.  In addition, the Attorney General fails to point out anything relative to Sec. 117 (Duty to Notify Sex Offenders of Registration Requirements and to Register) which places a requirement on him (and his office).

  Notification is a basic tenet of due process, is it not?  Why was this left out of the Interim Rule?  This is an ill conceived, poorly thought out Rule and I ask that it be struck down before we allow the invented hysteria that has pervaded our country continue to destroy families.  A child is 40 times more likely to be killed by a drunk driver than a sex offender.  Why are these people being ostracized, forced to live in exile and banishment, on the streets of our FREE country?  This is all too reminiscent of the nightmare of Nazi Germany.  That is a frightening state of affairs for our country.  SORNA should be discarded immediately Signature ----------

------------ Make your letter  express your view and the impact on your own life or that of people whom you love, do not simply copy my letter word for word.  Where's the focus on prevention and healing of the mentally ill?  There are many issues not mentioned here.  Please copy me on what you wrote Mail in a red, white and blue priority mail envelope by Tuesday night so we feel like an army because we all mailed within 48 hours of one another.  Get your family members to write. I may be changing the above letter since this is just a draft but I wanted you to get started on at least thinking about this and exchanging arguments and ideas since we have 54 California journalists on our UNION newsletter list who are learning this issue as well. ---------------------------------Schwarzenegger and O'Reilly sued and settled for sexual harrassment. Why aren't they in the database? http://www.1union1.com/sexual_harassment.html--------------------------------Sexual assaults committed by youth are a growing concern in this country. Currently, it is estimated that adolescents (ages 13 to 17) account for up to one-fifth of all rapes and one-half of all cases of child molestation committed each year (Barbaree, Hudson, and Seto, 1993). In 1995, youth were involved in 15% of all forcible rapes cleared by arrest—approximately 18 adolescents per 100,000 were arrested for forcible rape. In the same year, approximately 16,100 adolescents were arrested for sexual offenses, excluding rape and prostitution (Sickmund, Snyder, Poe-Yamagata, 1997). --------------------------------Treatment for most sex offenders works http://www.1union1.com/Jessicaslawtreat.html --------------------------------http://www.anandaanswers.com/pages/naaFalse.html

An alarming national trend:
False Rape Allegations

Eugene J. Kanin, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, 
Purdue University

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Cayenne, This my SORNA post to: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2007/04/21/testimony-doesnt-help-go_n_46494.html Another important issue needs to be brought into this discussion of justice to all vs. undue loyalty to a few: the Federal Interim Rule that Congress empowered Attorney General Gonzales to write amending SORNA (the Federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act). This Interim Rule should be challenged for a number of reasons, among them the questionable character of its author whose mission of justice for all has been clearly tainted by his misplaced loyalty and covert lies. Other reasons to challenge SORNA:

SORNA applies to virtually all sex offenders, whereas its intent was to apply to child molesters. Retributive justice on such a broad scale can do little to prevent child molestation. According to Bureau of Justice statistics, more than 90% of child molestation is by someone the child knows well, and child molesters have less than 4% recidivism rate. Ironically, the fear mongering engendered by SORNA promotes vigilantism and thus endangers far more children than it protects. Every child suffers who is connected to a sex offender who is banished and persecuted.

SORNA allows a "legal" form of double jeopardy. A person can be punished under both federal and state law for the same registration violation.

SORNA requires sex offenders to register where they work and go to school, as well as where they live. This invites hate-monger protests, and poses a risk of physical assaults, at workplaces and schools. Posting one's place of employment and education in a sex offender database can undoubtedly hinder a person's efforts to earn a living.

Now, the February 16, 2007, Federal Interim Rule written by Alberto Gonzales would require SORNA registration restrictions to be placed retroactively on "all sex offenders, including sex offenders convicted of the offense for which registration is required prior to the enactment of that Act." People who have become law-biding, productive members of society will be subject to unjust banishment and punishment if this retroactive feature of SORNA is made permanent. SORNA is already unjust to many; it does not need to be retroactive too! Attorney General Gonzales should have to answer to this injustice as well

On April 17, 2007 a number of bills will be approved or disapproved by the California Public Safety Committee in the Assembly. Now that Assemblymember Mark Leno is head of the Appropriations Committee. We seem to have a very uninformed new person as Chair of Public Safety, Jose Solorio, so we can no longer assume that Democrats are killing every terrible bill as they did in the past when Leno was chair. In fact, there are now a total of nine Democrats who have been voting with the Republicans who have blocked prison reform of any type for two decades.

What we need is more people who understand the legalease wording of these proposed bills, in particular those proposed by Republican legislators at the core of most of our problems. Many bills are going unchallenged which is interpreted by the legislators to mean consent. We also need more people to learn the issues by subscribing to the UNION daily newsletter so there can be attendance at some of these hearings, letters to editors in support or opposition and when necessary, massive rallies at the Capitol which we have done many times over the past decade.

Please take a look at Dr. B. Cayenne Bird's column at the Chronicle for a list of the bills which need to be studied and commented upon then write her at rightor1@yahoo.com because we are surely missing points with so much happening at once and not enough qualified volunteers who actually understand the trainwrecks coming if these pass. Lives are at stake and your work is needed. Get active now, everyone can get a pen name and write 7 sentence letters to editors and show up three or four times a year on some of the campaigns or they can send someone. The people with no group are the ones who go to prison in California. Groups run the legislature, large, funded groups that have a million dollars in their treasury at least because that's what is needed to do referendums, initiatives, or recalls. No muscle means no reform is possible. Get active and do something about your problems as there are no rescuers and no way to win without lawsuits, referendums and initiative campaigns. This can be done if enough people help. Takes a little work.

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Our eight year campaign against medical neglect in California's prisons and jails has been very successful. Support for our wrongful death and medical neglect lawsuits still in progress is still very important since their outcomes will affect every California prisoner. The Mark Grangetto medical neglect lawsuit is coming to court in Hanford this summer and we will need to overflow the courtroom to show that people do care about prisoners! By attending and bringing people to the hearing, you will help make a strong point that medical neglect of any prisoner is unacceptable to we the voters of California. We won't know about the trial date until the very last minute so make certain you are subscribed to the UNION Daily Newsletter via email and have ten people lined up to come with you.

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Are you posting comments beneath prison reform articles and writing to editors short 7 to 10 sentence reactions to what they're writing in the news? We elaborate on the issues in the daily UNION newsletter but you can find plenty of places to help educate the public on prison issues that appear almost daily in the Sacramento Bee, North County Times, California Progress Report Be interactive if you want to see reform as silence is consent. When you aren't writing and attending protests, everyone assumes that you are happy with the status quo. We have a great media email list online for you to use (select, copy, paste)
 

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This is special area of our website that we have set up to rail against Prop 83 Jessica's Law. One million women and children are in danger of becoming homeless and banned from society and not one child will be saved by this most unconstitutional law. Read the stories of real California families affected and get the facts.
 

http://www.1union1.com/Jessicaslaw...Noway.htm

If you would like to be one of the 6500 workers to help me bring about criminal justice reform, better conditions in prisons and jails and help for the families of prisoners, please join our UNION.  We always need help with our website updates, researchers, letter writers, protesters, people to give rides when we have a call to action to attend an important hearing on protest. We also need clerical assistance filing and answering mail in Sacramento as the pleas for help number in the thousands. We could always use supplies, paper, postage, ink cartridges, the state runs on groups, if you don't have a big one, you can't elect people to office who will represent you. Your participation in this process is necessary as the power of numbers is the only solution.

there is an audio you can listen to at this link

Join the UNION

Rev. B. Cayenne Bird

rightor1@yahoo.com

United for No Injustice, Oppression or Neglect

www.1union1.com

 Writing, protesting, recruiting more workers, getting out the vote, that's what real patriots do when their chains become too heavy. We never have enough volunteers in action which is why the problems still exist. You can do something about this needless suffering when you work in a group. There are 3 million people attached to a state prisoner but until they are properly organized, funding themselves and getting out the vote, the numbers won't count and we will be stymied in our work to file more lawsuits and do more initiative campaigns. 6500 workers can change any law, elect or recall any politician, will you be one who takes action in the UNION?


Complain about callous State and CDC Employees by Sending Letters to:

Ms. Anne Sheehan
State Personnel Board
801 Capitol Mall, MS #22
P. O Box 944201
Sacramento, CA 94244-2010

Other complaint information is located on this page link



 
 

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Contact: U.N.I.O.N.
Rev. Dr. B. Cayenne Bird
Volunteer Director
P.O. Box 340371
Sacramento, Ca. 95834
 

 Rightor1@yahoo.com



 
Congratulations UNION members  - Victory is sweet, is it not?
 
The Governor has signed AB 1539 for the compassionate release of permanently disabled and dying inmates.
 
It is less than a perfect law with many ways for harsh sentencing judges and prison physicians to weasle out of actually releasing people, but I believe this is a baby step toward reform that many UNION people should be extremely proud of accomplishing.
We will communicate with the media over this one every step of the way as so many UNION people have loved ones who should qualify.  It doesn't actually take effect until January 1 but perhaps with enough pressure and noise, we can bring attention to the case of Mark Grangetto and see a new day in California.  There are about 4500 prisoners who would qualify for release under this new law, but will it happen?
 
I can only pray  that it does.  Thank you for all your help in bringing this step forward into reality
 
I hope that you will be posting out there about it everywhere because those who did absolutely nothing to help us with these horrible, nightmare real cases of human suffering will be the first to take credit for getting the bill passed.  I am just certain that none of you will allow that to happen, correct? Funding goes to the groups that claim victory, whether or not they deserve it.
 
Thank you Governor Schwarzenegger, Judges Henderson and Karlton and Donald Specter and his staff, Nora Weber, Cindy Cannon, and all the writing, fighting, lawsuit filing members of the UNION whose noise was too loud to ignore.
 
Thank you one and all from the bottom of my heart.  The past decade of working on getting this problem on a daily basis  which resulted in getting this watered down bill passed was not in vain.
 
Now you see why we take three bills each session at the most and hammer them to a done, based on our available funds and volunteers.  This is why we are focused on recruiting right now if you want to see more progress.  We simply cannot go forward from here in the current political scene without the ability to force serious changes in the law through the initiative process and at the ballot box.
 
It's small, but to those who should be released, it means the world. When people are too nice, nobody listens.  When people write to editors, file lawsuits, do protests, and register the poor to vote, when they are visibly organizing a funded, voting lobby, everybody listens.
 
Great work in theory, let's see if we can pry some of these suffering and dying people from the clutches of these monsters who have taken over our state.  You can thank the Governor and pray that we can make this happen.  Never be silent, yell and scream every step of the way until  your dying loved one is home.  All for one, one for all in the UNION.
Rev. B. Cayenne Bird
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UNION members:
There is much posting to be done on AB 1539 when it hits the media today.  I hope that you posted at the links I sent you over the week - end, if not get that done now.  I was out at Salinas Valley Prison this week end and have some reports from there.
 
If you haven't mailed the September news update to at least one prisoner, please include this email with it, I am very sure they want to get the news that there is a chance that should they become ill they might not be forced to die alone on a cold, concrete floor in a dungeon.
Sept summary of newsletters for you to print off and mail to one prisoner is located here
 
 
don't forget to send the rally photos
 

http://www.1union1.com/Sept7_rally_photos.html

make sure that you subscribe to the UNION daily newsletter so you can learn how, when, where to fight back and win other victories. Subscriptions finance our rallies, public education work, and help us to be able to answer thousands of letters from prisoners needing help.

http://www.1union1.com/Join_the_UNION.html

 


Rev. Cayenne

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Dying inmates may be given leniency

 

 

Hearing Before the Three Judge Court this Monday, September Sept 24, 2007

01:30 PM 

(r)C01-1351 PLATA, et al. v. SCHWARZENEGGER, et al.

S90-0520 LKK RALPH COLEMAN, et al. v. SCHWARZENEGGER, et al.

Don Specter (p) Paul Mello (d)

 

Hearing before Three-Judge Court
Federal courthouse is located at
450 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, California 94102
It's in the ceremonial courtroom at the Federal Building in SF--the same building where Henderson has his courtroom--at 1:30 p.m.,   Ask security if you get lost.

The Amtrak arrives just three blocks away, walking distance, I have taken this method many times and it is the best way to get there.

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 I urge everyone with a crisis in progress to mail letters and documents to both Judges Henderson and Karlton so they can see the brick walls and lack of responsiveness to your cases.  If you copy off a set for me, I will share your struggle with several reporters who are probing our issues (UNION members only please copy me)  Their addresses are below.

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Honorable JudgeThelton E. Henderson
United States District Court
450 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, California 94102
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Senior District Court Honorable Judge Lawrence K. Karlton (LKK)
501 I Street, Suite. 4-200
Sacramento, CA 95814

The Sept 7 Rally was a big success. A special thank you to everyone who attended. The sentencing commission bills were put on hold until next year (didn't pass) Our bill AB 1539 for sick and dying inmates is on the Governor's desk, he must sign or veto it by October 12, 2007. Keep on writing to editors about the expense and futility of punishing the sick
 

 September 7 Rally Photos

September 7 Main Rally Index
 
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http://www.senate.ca.gov/~newsen/schedules/files.htp
 
 

Our bill AB 1539 to re-sentence and release permanently incapacitated and terminally ill prisoners will be held before the Senate Appropriations Committee on (not re-scheduled yet). A similar bill passed last year but was vetoed by the Governor. The Governor remains the biggest block to many important reforms including Compassionate Release of those who shouldn't be in a prison at all and media access.
 
 

Fax your support of the passage of AB 1539 to re-sentence terminally ill and permanently disabled prisoners to the Senate Appropriations Committee

Sample letter to fax to numbers below

Dear Senator:

As a California taxpayer and voter, I wholeheartedly support AB 1539, the Medical Release and Fiscal Savings Bill. This bill will facilitate the medical release of terminally ill prisoners already required by Penal Code Section 1170, but not being carried out due to procedural deficiencies and delays. It will also allow the medical release of the permanently medically incapacitated. Neither of these groups poses any risk to public safety and constitutionally should be released in a humane and timely manner.

Currently, prisoners who qualify for medical release, and their families, painfully endure an ill-defined and lengthy process that often ends only with the inmate’s death in prison. AB 1539 would specify and streamline proper legal procedures to ensure timely medical releases of those whom a prison doctor, the prison’s chief medical officer, the Board of Prison Terms, and the warden all concur deserve an opportunity for a court to recall his or her sentence and issue a medical release order to Corrections.

AB 1539 can remedy the unlawful and inhumane practice of keeping the terminally ill and the permanently medically incapacitated in prison until they die, and it will save hundreds of thousands of Corrections’ dollars, which could be more effectively used toward the Governor’s renewed rehabilitation goals, which certainly will need more funding than allocated so far. Passing AB 1539 will also help to free up much-needed prison space for rehabilitation classrooms.

I sincerely hope that you will carefully consider these benefits of passing AB 1539 to amend PC 1170 so that it reflects its full intent and disencumbers the currently ineffective legal process of sentence recall and medical release.

Very truly yours,

Your signature - reword it into your own words
 
 Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee

Senator Tom Torlakson tom@tomtorlakson.com Fax (916) 445-2527 Senator Dave Cox These are all the numbers listed on his website: FAX 530-283-3439 Fax 916-783-5487 FAx 916-324-2680 FAX 209-223-9140 Senator Samuel Aanestad Fax: 916-445-7750  Senator Roy Ashburn Fax: (916) 322-3304 Fax: 661-323-0446  Senator Jim Battin Fax: (916) 327-2187 Fax: (760) 568-1501 Fax: (951) 653-9524  Senator Gilbert Cedillo Fax (916) 327-8817  Senator Ellen Corbett Fax (916) 327-2433  Senator Robert Dutton Fax (916) 327-2272  Senator Dean Florez Fax (916) 327-5989  Senator Sheila Kuehl Fax (916) 324-4823  Senator Jenny OropezaFax: (916) 323-6056 Senator Mark Ridley-ThomasFax: (916) 445-8899  Senator George RunnerFax: (916) 445-4662 Fax: 661-729-1683 Fax: 760-843-8348 Fax: 661-286-2543  Senator Joe SimitianFax: (916) 323-4529 Fax: (650) 688-6370 Fax: (831) 425-5124  Senator Darrell SteinbergFax: (916) 323-2263  Senator Mark WylandFax: (916) 446-7382 Fax: (949) 489-8354 Fax: (760) 931-2477  Senator Leland YeeFax: (916) 327-2186-----------------------------------

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Tilton's entire confirmation hearing held yesterday 07/11/07 before the Senate Rules Committeee IS online now at www.calchannel.com  Everyone with a loved one in prison or who cares about the extreme taxpayer waste and inhumanity taking place in California's pisons needs to review this video more than one time so that you can see the smoke and mirrors being billowed up the tailpipe of the various legislative committees.  You can see that Tilton talks about reform but most of what he says are empty words.  What is missing of course is his real action.  It was difficult for me to get in all our complaints.  You can see Senator Perata was cutting off everyone who tried to voice anything negative. The other prisoner advocates were testifying in support of Tilton but they all had some reservations and conditions.  It takes some courage to go sit up there in that opposition seat especially in view of retaliation and purposeful lack of access imposed upon those who speak out but we didn't get prison reform on the table by being too nice. As you can see, Senator Perata actually believes that the ombudsmen can and will actually take care of the family complaints.  In my experience, maybe one of one hundred situations get taken care of by ombudsmen!  So, there is a huge breakdown of communications about their effectiveness that needs to be bridged. In fact, there were only two people there in opposition to Tilton's confirmation,  myself and a mother who testified after me who gave Perata a video of her son being abused she said.  I have not seen this tape and do not have a copy of it, however, I am interested in doing so but I didn't get her phone number or email.    There is a ten minute recess during this meeting.  Here are instructions to get to the hearing go to www.calchannel.com you will need the Windows Media Player 10 which is free to download click on "webcast" in the upper left hand corner click on "search archive" on the left put in the date with no dashes or slashes 071107 Senate Committee type in Rules click submit click watch once the program loads, drag the slider over to exactly 53 min. 45 seconds where the hearing begins.  I encourage you to take the time to watch all of it, twice if possible so you can get the innuendos and see past some of the smoke and mirrors.  My testimony followed by one of the prisoner mothers begins at exactly 02:06:53 - Two hours, six minutes and 53 seconds   Rev. B. Cayenne  Bird
UNION
P.O. Box 340371
Sacramento.Ca. 95834
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The joint hearing held by Judges Thelton Henderson and Lawrence Karlton held in Sacramento on June 27, 2007 was a huge success. A web page has been set up so that you can print off and mail the articles to the prisoners at

www.1union1.com/prison_cap_campaign.html

Congratulations UNION members for a turn out so large that it made the news wire services. This is the largest turn out for a prison reform hearing by prisoners and their families in the history of California. A clear message that the families of prisoners can organize and that they can respond to calls to action to stand up against those politicians who oppress them, a new day has dawned, but keep on organizing, mobilizing and registering the poor to vote.
 
 
 
  Honorable JudgeThelton E. Henderson
United States District Court
450 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, California 94102
 
 
 Senior District Court Honorable Judge Lawrence K. Karlton (LKK)
501 I Street, Suite. 4-200
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 930-4000
Fax: 916-491-3934Dear Honorable Judge Karlton------------------

Make certain that you are writing letters to editors on the violations that the lawmakers are making of the California Constitution which forbids holding people in custody when they cannot provide adequate medical care. Caring starts with you. We will need more people to sit in the audience when the bill goes to the Senate. Sign up in the UNION so you can help with this important work. An 8th grader can do it. You are needed. Billions of education dollars are being wasted on punishing sick people. How ludicrous!
 
 You can see the hearing online of UNION members testimony before the Assembly Appropriations Committee. If you have a windows media player in your computer.  It's up now.go to www.calchannel.com click on webcasts, click on archives, enter 050907  (just like that - no slashes or dashes) select Assembly, Select Committee, Select Appropriations, click submit and it will come up on May 9, click watch. Move your slider to 42 minute mark by holding down your mouse  

Notice the lockstep voting of the Repugs.  They have always done this and continue to do it.  No one is safe as long as Repug politicians sit in elected office.

More information on our campaign to support AB 1539 can be found here

http://www.1union1.com/ab1539_index_page.html

Tell the prisoners to send their families because a crowd could be needed as the bills enter their final phases.
 
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How do you make noise? Be prepared to respond to UNION Calls to Action and write to editors. Everyone is hoping and praying that our side is going to find it's own organizing legs soon.

The state runs on voting groups and we outnumber everyone but that doesn't matter if we aren't writing, recruiting, filing lawsuits and initiative campaigns.. All of this oppression is happening because we haven't organized well enough or loudly enough. I made need you to back me up at the Senate level by bringing a crowd to the Sacramento courtroom where the war is located. Sign up for the daily newsletter so you can learn to become an activist for change. Get off the sidelines, writing to editors, recruiting more writers and protesters, getting out the vote is essential to reform! The war is in Sacramento and 90% of winning it is showing up when you're supposed to be there.

http://www.1union1.com/Join_the_UNION.html

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My past articles which include many sensible prison reform recommendations which would free up tens of thousands of prison cells are located at the following links. I hope you can take them and post them everywhere to THE OTHER VOTERS and mail them into the prisoners. The legislators are in office to service the people who gave them money to get elected, not to service the poor. This is where failure to get out the vote catches up with us.

Rev. Cayenne
 
 

http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewByAuthor.asp?authorID=264
 
 

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One powerful organized voting group could demand the closure of 70% of the adult prisons. Failure to organize is costing us our lives and future. It is necessary for us to elect our own people to office as the first step in achieving something like this major feat below. There is no evidence that prisons, jails, juvenile halls, the death penalty, harsh laws, long sentences do one thing to deter crime. 6500 people willing to do a little work can force reform through initiatives, referendums, recalling or electing politicians. Less than that number cannot raise enough funds or make the 150 day signature gathering deadlines.

Please subscribe to the UNION daily newsletter so you can learn how, when, where to become an advocate for change.

http://www.1union1.com/Join_the_UNION.html
 
 

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the UNION media email list is located here - use it to post letters to editors of 150 words or less (use your pen name if you're afraid to speak out but don't neglect to make your voice heard!) Post comments at as many publications as possible.

http://www.1union1.com/union_addresses.html

Our battles are only as effective as the NUMBER OF PEOPLE who write, recruit and bring people to the polls to vote. That means you!
 
 

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UNION CURRENT CALL TO ACTION #2 in effect until April 30, 2007

This is different from our normal Calls to Action because you are objecting to an interim rule created by the now disgraced US Attorney General Gonzales. The rule if passed will affect every sex offender and the one million women and children in California connected to them. Please send it priority mail today or tomorrow in a red, white, blue envelope so we feel like a force on the receiving end. The cut off date is April 30, 2007. Please also post to national level journalists who are currently missing this important change in the law done by a criminal trying to save himself - Gonzales. A sample letter for you to post online to journalists follows the sample letter that goes to David Karp, Senior Counsel. Power of numbers is the only prayer we have of being heard. Just do YOUR share.David J. Karp, Senior Counsel, Office of Legal Policy,Room 4509, Main Justice Building, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue,NW., Washington, DC 20530. To ensure proper handling, please reference OAG Docket No. 117 on your correspondence.

You may view an electronic version of this interim rule at Regulations.gov. You may also comment via the Internet to the Justice Department's Office of Legal Policy (OLP) by e-mail to: olpregs@usdoj.gov or by using the Regulations.gov comment form for this regulation. When submitting comments electronically you must include OAG Docket No. 117 in the subject box.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura L. Rogers, Director, Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking; Office of Justice Programs, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC, 202 514-4689.

David J. Karp,Senior CounselOffice of Legal Policy, Room 4509Main Justice Building950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20530.  Re:  OAG Docket No. 117 Please allow me to voice my grave concern  and opposition for the Interim Rule issued as a result of the Adam Walsh Act (AWA) and SORNA by Attoney General Gonzales. This law will allow double jeopardy which is legal only because federal jurisdiction and state jurisdiction are separate. A person can now be punished by both the federal; and state government for the same violation of registration.  Every state has a registry in place and this is certainly a duplicate effort and an excessively expensive and unnecessary law.  A great many people who have moved on with their lives and living law abiding and productive lives will now be re-exposed with the retroactive clause of SORNA.  This is tantamount to the Salem witch hunts only now it is the families of sex offenders who will brought down with this draconian and vindictive law.  This is cruel and unusual punishment, not public safety as SORNA will show places of employment in the Federal Registry which will be an open invitation to the fear mongers and hatemongers to protest their places of work and/or physically attack them.    Posting places of employment in a federal database will stand in the way of any sex offender in California (and the nation)  from being able to earn a living, no matter how minor their crime.  This is completely counterproductive to the goal of reintegrating ex-felons back into society as self supporting, productive citizens.  The Attorney General has said that SORNA's applicability will be to "virtually the entire existing sex offender population".  Clearly the intent is cover "virtually" everyone, but there is no mention about whether Congress specifically limits what he can do.  Why was this left out?   Please consider the effect this will have on the one million women and children attached to a sex offender when they cannot earn a living.  Current laws have forced a group of people to live under a bridge in Florida.  This is an excellent example of how this law will further affect the offenders and their families.  They are unable to work and support their families or themselves  The one time sex offender is lumped together with the violent sexual predator.  In California, there are already laws in effect to handle the truly high risk offender and considering all sex offenders one and the same is simply not right or just.  The tiny fraction of a percentage of sex offenders who are guilty of raping and/or murdering a child are mentally ill and they belong in places of healing.  They are the people who need to be removed from society for the purpose of safety but even this should be done in a much more healing manner, as they are most often severely mentally ill.   More than 90% of sex crimes involving a child occur within families.  No registration, residency restriction or monitoring system will stop these crimes.  This law is targeting an entire group of people and only a fraction of the group would possibly be stopped from a crime.  We are so scared that those people who have been convicted of sex offense will reoffend,  but look at the statistics.  The Department of Justice states that the average rate of recidivism is 5%, one the lowest rates among all felonies.  It is an invented lie that has been perpetrated to the public that sex offenders cannot be rehabilitated and that they have a high rate of recidivism. This is simply not true.  Our conservative leaders are constantly preaching about building the family and knocking the liberals for not having stricter morals, but laws such as this are destroying families over mental illness.  It's barbaric, opportunistic and political grandstanding at its worst.  SORNA can be passed as Federal Interim Rule because Congress empowered Attorney General Gonzales, whose character is now being assassinated to do so.  All of his initiatives should simply be cancelled.  He has proven not to be trustworthy and everything he has touched is now tainted, including SORNA.  He most likely wrote this rule anticipating he would need the support of fellow Republicans over the firings of the Attorneys.  How can it be a good rule when Conservatives are so hell bent to overpunish the severely mentally ill in order to build political careers and Gonzales so desperately needs their support.  The fact that SORNA touches so many millions of lives in a destructive manner makes it as much, if not more important than the other probes.  In addition, the Attorney General fails to point out anything relative to Sec. 117 (Duty to Notify Sex Offenders of Registration Requirements and to Register) which places a requirement on him (and his office).  Notification is a basic tenet of due process, is it not?  Why was this left out of the Interim Rule?  This is an ill conceived, poorly thought out Rule and I ask that it be struck down before we allow the invented hysteria that has pervaded our country continue to destroy families.  A child is 40 times more likely to be killed by a drunk driver than a sex offender.  Why are these people being ostracized, forced to live in exile and banishment, on the streets of our FREE country?  This is all too reminiscent of the nightmare of Nazi Germany.  That is a frightening state of affairs for our country.  SORNA should be discarded immediately Signature ---------------------- Make your letter  express your view and the impact on your own life or that of people whom you love, do not simply copy my letter word for word.  Where's the focus on prevention and healing of the mentally ill?  There are many issues not mentioned here.  Please copy me on what you wrote Mail in a red, white and blue priority mail envelope by Tuesday night so we feel like an army because we all mailed within 48 hours of one another.  Get your family members to write. I may be changing the above letter since this is just a draft but I wanted you to get started on at least thinking about this and exchanging arguments and ideas since we have 54 California journalists on our UNION newsletter list who are learning this issue as well. ---------------------------------Schwarzenegger and O'Reilly sued and settled for sexual harrassment. Why aren't they in the database? http://www.1union1.com/sexual_harassment.html--------------------------------Sexual assaults committed by youth are a growing concern in this country. Currently, it is estimated that adolescents (ages 13 to 17) account for up to one-fifth of all rapes and one-half of all cases of child molestation committed each year (Barbaree, Hudson, and Seto, 1993). In 1995, youth were involved in 15% of all forcible rapes cleared by arrest—approximately 18 adolescents per 100,000 were arrested for forcible rape. In the same year, approximately 16,100 adolescents were arrested for sexual offenses, excluding rape and prostitution (Sickmund, Snyder, Poe-Yamagata, 1997). --------------------------------Treatment for most sex offenders works http://www.1union1.com/Jessicaslawtreat.html --------------------------------http://www.anandaanswers.com/pages/naaFalse.html

An alarming national trend:
False Rape Allegations

Eugene J. Kanin, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, 
Purdue University

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Cayenne, This my SORNA post to: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2007/04/21/testimony-doesnt-help-go_n_46494.html Another important issue needs to be brought into this discussion of justice to all vs. undue loyalty to a few: the Federal Interim Rule that Congress empowered Attorney General Gonzales to write amending SORNA (the Federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act). This Interim Rule should be challenged for a number of reasons, among them the questionable character of its author whose mission of justice for all has been clearly tainted by his misplaced loyalty and covert lies. Other reasons to challenge SORNA:

SORNA applies to virtually all sex offenders, whereas its intent was to apply to child molesters. Retributive justice on such a broad scale can do little to prevent child molestation. According to Bureau of Justice statistics, more than 90% of child molestation is by someone the child knows well, and child molesters have less than 4% recidivism rate. Ironically, the fear mongering engendered by SORNA promotes vigilantism and thus endangers far more children than it protects. Every child suffers who is connected to a sex offender who is banished and persecuted.

SORNA allows a "legal" form of double jeopardy. A person can be punished under both federal and state law for the same registration violation.

SORNA requires sex offenders to register where they work and go to school, as well as where they live. This invites hate-monger protests, and poses a risk of physical assaults, at workplaces and schools. Posting one's place of employment and education in a sex offender database can undoubtedly hinder a person's efforts to earn a living.

Now, the February 16, 2007, Federal Interim Rule written by Alberto Gonzales would require SORNA registration restrictions to be placed retroactively on "all sex offenders, including sex offenders convicted of the offense for which registration is required prior to the enactment of that Act." People who have become law-biding, productive members of society will be subject to unjust banishment and punishment if this retroactive feature of SORNA is made permanent. SORNA is already unjust to many; it does not need to be retroactive too! Attorney General Gonzales should have to answer to this injustice as well

On April 17, 2007 a number of bills will be approved or disapproved by the California Public Safety Committee in the Assembly. Now that Assemblymember Mark Leno is head of the Appropriations Committee. We seem to have a very uninformed new person as Chair of Public Safety, Jose Solorio, so we can no longer assume that Democrats are killing every terrible bill as they did in the past when Leno was chair. In fact, there are now a total of nine Democrats who have been voting with the Republicans who have blocked prison reform of any type for two decades.

What we need is more people who understand the legalease wording of these proposed bills, in particular those proposed by Republican legislators at the core of most of our problems. Many bills are going unchallenged which is interpreted by the legislators to mean consent. We also need more people to learn the issues by subscribing to the UNION daily newsletter so there can be attendance at some of these hearings, letters to editors in support or opposition and when necessary, massive rallies at the Capitol which we have done many times over the past decade.

Please take a look at Dr. B. Cayenne Bird's column at the Chronicle for a list of the bills which need to be studied and commented upon then write her at rightor1@yahoo.com because we are surely missing points with so much happening at once and not enough qualified volunteers who actually understand the trainwrecks coming if these pass. Lives are at stake and your work is needed. Get active now, everyone can get a pen name and write 7 sentence letters to editors and show up three or four times a year on some of the campaigns or they can send someone. The people with no group are the ones who go to prison in California. Groups run the legislature, large, funded groups that have a million dollars in their treasury at least because that's what is needed to do referendums, initiatives, or recalls. No muscle means no reform is possible. Get active and do something about your problems as there are no rescuers and no way to win without lawsuits, referendums and initiative campaigns. This can be done if enough people help. Takes a little work.

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Our eight year campaign against medical neglect in California's prisons and jails has been very successful. Support for our wrongful death and medical neglect lawsuits still in progress is still very important since their outcomes will affect every California prisoner. The Mark Grangetto medical neglect lawsuit is coming to court in Hanford this summer and we will need to overflow the courtroom to show that people do care about prisoners! By attending and bringing people to the hearing, you will help make a strong point that medical neglect of any prisoner is unacceptable to we the voters of California. We won't know about the trial date until the very last minute so make certain you are subscribed to the UNION Daily Newsletter via email and have ten people lined up to come with you.

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Are you posting comments beneath prison reform articles and writing to editors short 7 to 10 sentence reactions to what they're writing in the news? We elaborate on the issues in the daily UNION newsletter but you can find plenty of places to help educate the public on prison issues that appear almost daily in the Sacramento Bee, North County Times, California Progress Report Be interactive if you want to see reform as silence is consent. When you aren't writing and attending protests, everyone assumes that you are happy with the status quo. We have a great media email list online for you to use (select, copy, paste)
 

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This is special area of our website that we have set up to rail against Prop 83 Jessica's Law. One million women and children are in danger of becoming homeless and banned from society and not one child will be saved by this most unconstitutional law. Read the stories of real California families affected and get the facts.
 

http://www.1union1.com/Jessicaslaw...Noway.htm

If you would like to be one of the 6500 workers to help me bring about criminal justice reform, better conditions in prisons and jails and help for the families of prisoners, please join our UNION.  We always need help with our website updates, researchers, letter writers, protesters, people to give rides when we have a call to action to attend an important hearing on protest. We also need clerical assistance filing and answering mail in Sacramento as the pleas for help number in the thousands. We could always use supplies, paper, postage, ink cartridges, the state runs on groups, if you don't have a big one, you can't elect people to office who will represent you. Your participation in this process is necessary as the power of numbers is the only solution.

there is an audio you can listen to at this link

Join the UNION

Rev. B. Cayenne Bird

rightor1@yahoo.com

United for No Injustice, Oppression or Neglect

www.1union1.com

 Writing, protesting, recruiting more workers, getting out the vote, that's what real patriots do when their chains become too heavy. We never have enough volunteers in action which is why the problems still exist. You can do something about this needless suffering when you work in a group. There are 3 million people attached to a state prisoner but until they are properly organized, funding themselves and getting out the vote, the numbers won't count and we will be stymied in our work to file more lawsuits and do more initiative campaigns. 6500 workers can change any law, elect or recall any politician, will you be one who takes action in the UNION?


Complain about callous State and CDC Employees by Sending Letters to:

Ms. Anne Sheehan
State Personnel Board
801 Capitol Mall, MS #22
P. O Box 944201
Sacramento, CA 94244-2010

Other complaint information is located on this page link



 
 

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It is now too late to mail or fax your letter to Tilton's confirmation hearing. Below are the issues the UNION brought to the Committee's attention on behalf of everyone

Senate Rules Committee
 Senator Don Perata State Capitol
Room 420 Sacramento , CA   95814

Dear Honorable Senator Perata and Rules Committee:

Subject: Oppose Confirmation of Secretary James Tilton

The following Senators are on the Rules Committee and will be voting on Tilton's confirmation.  If you describe an incident, be sure to name a date, a place, a time, people involved, any letters you sent to Tilton and his replies. (evidence)  Or you can just voice your opposition but evidence is much better. 

Senate Rules Committee
 Senator Don Perata State Capitol
Room 420 Sacramento , CA   95814
Senate Rules Committee Fax
1-916-445-0596
 
Members:
Senator Don Perata (Chair)916-445-0596
 
Senator Roy Ashburn (Vice-Chair) Fax: (916) 322-3304
 
Senator Gilbert Cedillo, Fax (916) 327-8817
 
Senator Robert Dutton,  (916) 327-2272
 
Senator Alex Padilla, Fax 916-324-6645

Senate Rules Committee Phone:
(916)651-4120
Room:
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Tilton has been named in several of our UNION family lawsuits for a failure to protect the safety of prisoners in life and death situations.  Tilton has ignored Nora Webers' appeals, ignored all the appeals for medical help sent to him by desperate family members and supports out of state transfers.  He was going along with the idea of a new state agency for the mentally ill then suddenly dropped that support with no explanation whatsoever.
 

(click here)plenty of quotes Tilton made over the past year which are very revealing about what he stands for and the punishers he represents. 

 

Senate Rules Committee
Senator Don Perata
State Capitol Room 420
Sacramento , CA   95814

Dear Honorable Senator Perata and Rules Committee:

 

Subject: Oppose Confirmation of Secretary James Tilton

 

(Use some of these ideas, but write in your own words. Also see list of Tilton media quotes.)

As a concerned California citizen and taxpayer, I hereby go on record in opposition of the confirmation of James Tilton as Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. I am fully aware that Acting Secretary Tilton inherited many of the problems that plague the prison system today, but in over a year, he has in my opinion allowed these problems to become much worse, primarily by lack of courage to act according to reason over politics.

 

Secretary Tilton’s record clearly backs up this statement. He should have used his authority to implement changes and take actions that would have -- with no threat to public safety whatsoever -- reduced the prison population, retained the minimal rehabilitation programs in place, and allowed the rehabilitation program expansion to which he has been giving lip service since he was appointed to this position. He should have taken responsibility and leadership action in emergency situations, such as medical neglect. Secretary Tilton’s lack of action begs answers to many questions:

·         Why has he not worked toward eliminating the lengthy bureaucratic delays in the compassionate release process?

 

·         Why has he not been responsive to, or set up a response team to handle, pleas from prisoners’ families whose loved ones suffer, and in some cases die, due to lack of proper and timely medical care?

 

·         Why has he not taken steps to keep the mentally ill out of Security Housing Units, which in most cases clearly exacerbate their illnesses? Or out of prison altogether, for that matter?

 

·         Why has he not taken a stronger position on his professed agreement with the need for community programs, alternative sentencing, more effective parole supervision, and increased jail space to stem the flow of thousands, who should rightfully remain local, wrongfully going to prison?

 

·         Why has he resorted to the temporary fix of transferring prisoners out of state even if it means involuntarily?

 

·         Why is he apparently supporting an upcoming rules change that would increase strip searches of visitors when it is common knowledge that most of the drugs and contraband are brought in by corrections officers? Why does he not crack down on them?

 

·         Does his position as head of the Prison Industry Authority board raise conflict of interest issues?

 

It appears that Secretary Tilton lacks strong problem-solving and leadership qualities. Rather he is a political puppet catering to a powerful lobby whose members cling to the draconian belief that punishment and dehumanization deter crime and who have a vested interest in building the prison industry. He comes from a finance administration background, and although he utters words of reason and compassion to the press, he seems more concerned with managing his budget and keeping his bosses happy than with real solutions and courageous change in the prison system he is supposed to manage.

 

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, with reference to the new 198-page report, "A Roadmap for Effective Offender Programming in California," just released by a panel of corrections experts who say that the report shows how California can cut its inmate population by 27 percent and save nearly $1 billion a year with a few recommended parole and prison rehabilitation fixes.

 

Secretary Tilton’s response to the media was that the roadmap was a “good starting point” and that the report would not be “put on a shelf” as many previous reports had. But on specifics, he discounted a key part of the roadmap: reducing inmates' sentences and releasing them early as an incentive for completing various programs. Rather, he favored lesser incentives, such as increasing visitation rights, long-distance telephone calls, or vouchers to purchase goods. Good grief! The topic of the report is offender programming, not offender rights or privileges. Where is this man coming from?

 

The immensely challenging and complex job of California prison management and operations needs to go to someone with much more intelligence, courage, and compassion to ACT than Mr. Tilton has demonstrated. We, the people, do not want a puppet; we want a man (or woman) of action!

 

Sincerely,
 
(write your own letter and include in it what is bothering you about prison operations and policy. Please copy rightor1@yahoo.com so we can know what you wrote and whether or not we have enough voices speaking out on this) 
 
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A Year of Corrections Secretary Tilton in the Press (Excerpts)
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The hearing on our bill ab1539 to release permanently incapacitated and terminally ill prisoners was held before the Senate Public Safety Committee on 06/26/07 and  is online now. The next step is that it will go to the Senate Appropriations Committee. The big hurdle is going to be the Governor himself
 
go to www.calchannel.com
 
click on webcasts
 
click on archives
 
enter 062607 in the date box without any dashes
 
Select Senate
 
Select Committee
 
type in Public Safety
 
a list will come up that says Public Safety Committee 06/27/07  click on watch
 
in the left hand corner there is a small button, click on it with your mouse and drag it to the two hour, ten minutes and 34 seconds mark reads like this
 
02:10:34
 
That is the beginning of the short hearing.
 
Nancy Mendoza gave unforgettable testimony that only a bereaved mother could deliver on everyone's behalf  and she soulfully explained part of what happened when her son Daniel Provencio was shot in the head with a "foam" bullet from which he died.  This was a major UNION campaign in 2005 which you can view by clicking on her picture in the left hand corner at http://www.1union1.com/about_union.htm
 

Mark your calendars to attend the trial of Mark Grangetto coming up in Hanford - the outcome will affect every California prisoner

August 23 and or August 24 are the best days to show up with a carload to show the judge, jury and the media that people do care about what is happening in the prisons.

This is every mother's lawsuit to stand up against torture and murder by medical neglect, abuse of the mentally ill, SHU issues.

click here to see the story of Mark Grangetto

 

 

 

Senate Bill 40 - Hearing March 13, 2007
 

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Prop 83 Lawsuit Hearing in San Francisco on February 22, 2007, has been canceled.

Order of Dismissal - PDF File
 
 

CDC has proposed two important rules changes. One concerns the filing of citizen's complaints and a new complication that they are trying to impose and the other concerns dental care. The one on dental care has a cut off of Dec 7, 2006, and the citizen's complaint restrictions Jan 9, 2007. 

Some of the most evil tricks that CDC has imposed upon prisoners and their families come through these rules changes. There are two in progress right now. Send me your comments at  rightor1@yahoo.com, here are the links:

 NCR - Citizens Complaint

 Notice - Citizens Complaint

 ISOR - Citizens Complaint

 Text - Citizens Complaint


John Doe vs Schwarzenegger will be heard Monday, November 27 at 11 am in the  in San Francisco, on the 17th Floor, courtroom 2 of Judge Jeffrey White. The purpose is a ruling on the preliminary injunction, very relevant to Prop 83.  They do not want to take faxes or phone calls but I feel it is very important for some of you who will be devastated by Prop 83 to tell the Judges your story via letters so they can realize the tremendous impact to the one million mostly women and children connected to and dependent upon a sex offender.  This should be a personal letter from you.  I have listed both Judges involved in Prop 83 cases.  Since the hearing is this Monday, you will need to send your letter overnight mail to be heard.

Judge Jeffrey White 
 Courtroom 2  17th floor 
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 
United States Courthouse
450 Golden Gate Avenue 
San Francisco, CA 94102 
Case Number 06-6968JSW 

Dear Honorable Judge White:
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Senior District Court Judge Lawrence K. Karlton (LKK)
501 I Street, Suite. 4-200
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 930-4000
Fax:  916-491-3934 

Dear Honorable Judge Karlton


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Demand Over-ride of Govs Veto of Prison Media Access Bill/Let Peter Camejo Debate 


The citizens need to be outraged and write short letters to editors over two threats to liberty


The First Amendment is being trampled in California. First the Governor vetoes the media access bill to prisons SB1541 in the midst of a humanitarian crisis. Then Peter Camejo, a popular Gubernatorial candidate is denied the right to debate in a public University Facility just because he definitely has an impact. What is going on here? 


The links I have given you here must be copy/pasted to your browser as they will not work by simply clicking on them due to the set up at Web Commentary 

 I have promised a fourth column on prison reform dealing with the dysfunction and corruption of the state courts and criminal justice system at every level. 

This is not it. 
 
 

Governor Schwarzenegger's excuse for the veto is weak and unsubstantiated, especially in view of the murders, medical neglect and sucides taking place in the mismanaged prisons. What is he hiding by continuing to unconstitutionally ban the media from interviewing the prisoners in a time of crisis? 

Most of the journalists have been repeatedly lied to by the California Department of Corrections and they're not accepting that access will be allowed on a limited basis, the latest promise of the new CDC Director James Tilton. 

You as a citizen can write 100 word letters to editors and flood your local politicians with phone calls to urge an over-ride of the Governor's veto of the media access bill. There is an excellent editorial in today's Vacaville Reporter about it.. http://www.thereporter.com/editorials/ci_4435502The Governor's Third Strike 

When the son-of-a-Nazi slaps the journalists AND the legislators in the face with a veto in the midst of a human crisis, it reminds me that the first thing Hitler did was to kill the journalists, then the attorneys. No State institution, no public official should enjoy such immunity from scrutiny and the laws of our land. 

Please chime in to "Over-Ride the Veto of SB1541 of the Media Access Bill" in letters to editors and phone calls to politicians Noisy citizens cannot be ignored especially at election time 

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While you're at it, please take action on another disturbing block of public information that the voters have the right to know. The Green Party Candidate, Peter Camejo has been excluded from the debate between Schwarzenegger and Angelides at the California State University campus, this Saturday, October 7. 

Camejo is not a corporate candidate and he made the debates in the last election very informative by putting the issues out to the people. Now he is excluded from debating by the California Broadcasters Association!And is CSU cooperating with Camejo's exclusion at a University, also financed with our tax dollars, an institution of higher learning which encourages education and wide participation in the voting process? My understanding of the First Amendment is that school buildings are subject to the laws of our land that forbid discrimination. Perhaps a lawyer needs to get involved on defining selective public use of a University campus facility. 

Please email the California Broadcaster's Association at info@cabroadcasters.org and ask them to "Let Peter Camejo debate" on October 7. A press conference is being organized on the CSU campus at 5 pm on Saturday if Peter continues to be excluded in front of Capistrano HallThis is an article about the debate at the Ca. State University Sacramento website. 

http://www.csus.edu/news/091306governor.stm
The reason for this exclusion of Camejo in the public debates is that he has a good chance to win if he can get some press coverage of his views on the issues. In my opinion, Camejo is by far the best candidate, even though I am not typically a Green Party voter. Angelides appears to be as ridiculous as Schwarzenegger on criminal justice issues in particular, there is no advantage there. 

Decline to State voters are at an all time high of 19% as of September 6 and growing as people realize the two corporate candidates do not represent them. There are 12 million potential voters who are not even registered so I hope everyone is out registering at least 20 people to vote by October 23, the last day to register. It is necessary to register as "Decline to State" to get all the ballots. Here is my source for the statistics. 

http://www.ss.ca.gov/elections/ror/60day_06gen/county.pdf

Decline to State - Voter Information Total Registered as Decline to State as of September 6 (Calif)
2,900,269 

18.57% 

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Decline to State information can now be heard through the Secretary of State's toll-free number of 1-800-345-VOTE (8683). You may refer all voters to call this line and press option 7 to hear specific information regarding DTS voters. 
 
 

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You can have ten "Register to Vote" forms mailed to you at a time and do this online at the link on http://www.votecamejo.com

Have ten voter registration cards sent to eveyone on your Christmas card list. It appears to me that the majority of the people showing up to vote are friends and family members of law enforcement labor unions. That's why the politicians kiss their feet and not ours, even though we outnumber all the jackboots. The power goes to those who cast a vote at the polls, so we can either do that and bring all our friends and family members or live with unbearable repression. 

If the poor would actually support their candidates and send them $5 once in awhile, we would not have to settle what law enforcement's candidates dish out to us in the name of justice 

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Here are a couple of interesting websites that I put up to illustrate the hard work of the parents of prisoners who are doctors, teachers, nurses, social workers, four journalists, people from every walk of life, the grocery clerk, receptionist at the doctor's office, all these people are connected to a state prisoner now, so great is our police state. 

Many people want to know how the August 27 protest of the mamma bears taking on the Green Wall Jackboots at Salinas Valley Prison went. The answer is that it was a big success and received excellent press coverage considering it was a Sunday and we were out in the middle of no where. Here are some photos and heartbreaking perspective of why people came to it (read the captions and links to the side)

http://www.1union1.com/Aug27protestphotos.htm

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This is another special website that the families set up so you can know the facts about Prop 83, Jessica's Law, a coming war on the people if it gets passed that will do nothing to help children. In fact it will harm the one million women and children connected to a "sex offender" which is very damaging to our society and does not serve public safety at all. There are stories here from real people who never dreamed that their loved one would be accused, prosecuted and convicted as a sex offender in many cases. We never think when agreeing to these harsh laws that we could be the next to be taken into slavery in our state's biggest industry - that of human bondage. See the stories, learn the facts and take a look at who's recommending a "no" vote.

http://www.1union1.com/Jessicaslaw...Noway.htm

If you would like to be one of the 6500 workers to help me bring about criminal justice reform, better conditions in prisons and jails and help for the families of prisoners, please join our UNION. 

there is an audio you can listen to at this link 

Join the UNION

Rev. B. Cayenne Bird 

rightor1@yahoo.com

United for No Injustice, Oppression or Neglect 

www.1union1.com

 Writing, protesting, recruiting more workers, getting out the vote, that's what real patriots do when their chains become too heavy. We never have enough volunteers in action which is why the problems still exist. You can do something about this needless suffering when you work in a group 
 
 
 

"Ignorance and apathy of the people rule governments.
Knowledge is power. Knowledge comes from reading newspapers,not from getting your news from television alone"Rev. B. Cayenne Birdrightor1@yahoo.com
Dr. B. Cayenne Bird


Founder and Director, United for No Injustice, Oppression or Neglect


Biography - Dr. B. Cayenne Bird

Dr. B. Cayenne Bird is an ordained minister and a 37-year veteran op-ed publisher and journalist who volunteers her time as founder and director of United for No Injustice, Oppression or Neglect UNION. The UNION is active in prison reform and criminal justice issues. She is a mother and grandmother and focuses on human rights and restorative justice. She is also the host of television series "Cayenne Common Sense" and publishes a daily online newsletter.


Read other commentaries by Dr. B. Cayenne Bird.

Visit Dr. B. Cayenne Bird's website at http://www.1union1.com/advice.htm
 

Copyright © 2006 by Dr. B. Cayenne Bird
All Rights Reserved.


 



 

Sunday, August 27, Protest Against Visiting Abuses Happening Statewide - Out front of Salinas Valley Prison and Ca. Treatment Facility at dawn - Be there(click here for flyer)
 

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  UNION Families Object to CDCR being given $600 million with which to build bogus mental hospitals on the prison grounds. All these will turn out to be are more ad seg and SHU units. We encourage everyone to write letters to editors of 7 to 10 sentences (only)objecting to this allocation and waste of tax dollars. Sample letters to editors can be read at this link. Please continue to demand release of the frail elderly and terminally ill as well in your posted comments at the news sites and letters to editors

http://www.1union1.com/mentalhospitals.html



Sunday, August 27, Protest Against Visiting Abuses Happening Statewide - Out front of Salinas Valley Prison and Ca. Treatment Facility at dawn - Be there(click here for flyer)
 
 

UNION families are planning a protest at Salinas Valley Prison/California Treatment Facility. The primary reason is verbal abuse to visitors and turning them away for absurd reasons.
We were able to get a guard fired and several wardens fired or demoted by protesting at prisons in the past to expose their wrongdoings.

This is the Green Wall at SVSP/CTF (two prisons on one grounds, and if we don't stand up to it, our silence is consent.

Everyone needs to spread the word, mail the flyer into inmates, and plan to bring ten people with you.

We will operate fully within the law, the warden has acknowledged our First Amendment right to protest on the public property in front of the prison. Look for our UNION banner and join us.

Even if your loved one is not at Salinas Valley or CTF, and you have a loved one in prison, it is very important that you back us up with this protest.

The power of numbers in action is the only solution and you are needed. The Green Wall accuses prisoners of crimes they didn't commit simply because they question policy.

 They turn people away who have spent hundreds of dollars for wearing white, or some making up an excuse to turn them away.

 A large, funded citizen's group can demand employees such as Sgt. K. Nuckles to be fired off the taxpayer payroll.

This is a call to action for everyone with a prisoner inside, which means three million potential voters

Older people, especially those with clear records and small children, handicapped are encouraged to attend.

Please confirm how many you are bringing or sending with rightor1@yahoo.com

If you have a ride to offer or you need a ride, please email Susan Randall at uniondatabase@aol.com. Vans can be rented for $59 a day unlimited mileage and people can share costs, that way it is very inexpensive to make the trip

See the flyer for more details, it will be a beautiful day, high expected late afternoon is only 85 degrees

 We will begin protesting at dawn, stay until we drop if we have a large enough crowd.

To worm out of working to make this protest successful is to worm out of winning the media coverage that we need to put this prison on the hotseat over these cruel and unnecessary practices.

Click Here for the flyer -http://www.1union1.com/August27protest.html

I need everyone's support and participation because this abuse must come to an end. Only the size of the crowd determines whether or not that will happen. Will you back me up?P> Rev. B. Cayenne Bird



Journalists want to interview families whose loved ones died during or just after the bacteria outbreak at ll prisons in California. Please report all deaths, riots and fights to your local media or rightor1@yahoo.com for more information. Your name will be protected. An attorney is interested in filing a class action lawsuit over the latest filth disease outbreak. Urge your loved one never to drink the milk produced by the Prison Industry Authority PIA, if this had been a bird flu outbreak, 85,000 prisoners would already be dead
 
 

CSATF Letter by Guard
Describes inmate deaths by starvation and beatings  - information sought.

The following volunteers are needed

Web page assistants must know basic html

People who will join our protests three or four times a year in Sacramento to stand up for prisoners and their families

Paralegal and legal assistants who can assist as volunteers for individual criminal and civil cases including wrongful deaths

People who will report all deaths, riots and lockdowns to the UNION Daily Newsletter to keep the press informed of what is taking place behind the walls in California only, send info to rightor1@yahoo.com

Writers who can make short editorial statements of 7 to 10 sentences on prison issues

People who will recruit new subscribers to the UNION Daily Newsletter so they can get trained on how, when, where to fight back for themselves and others

We need at least 100 people to attend important hearings at the legislature in Sacramento and to offer testimony on behalf of prisoners and their families when important bills are on the table.

Writers, protesters, recruiters and those who will register others to vote for candidates who are really going to represent our interests are needed by the thousands. Please write to  rightor1@yahoo.com  to volunteer your services
 
 



We need a call to action for people to write to editors about the dangers of heat meds, no air conditioning and no ice.  Cells in Sacramento today were over 105 degrees.  This is against the law but it takes a couple hundred people writing to editors about it for anyone to listen

Beverly Bittner wrote a good sample letter a few days ago.  If the families don't care enough to write, people are going to die and the prisons get away with killing people.  Your silence allows this suffering - nothing more - sqeaky wheels get the grease.

 http://www.1union1.com/union_addresses.html

Psych meds cause the person taking them not to be able to handle temperatures above 90 degrees.
Dear Editor 

Has anyone considered how this extreme summer heat may affect inmates who are on certain medications referred to as "hot meds? Prisons do not have air conditiong and only a few facilities are designed with an air conditioned area specifically for inmates on these particular medications. 

These meds cause the body temperature to rise very rapidly when the person's exposed to high heat. Unless there's a way to keep this individual cool, the result will be heat stroke and even death. 

An inmate on "hot meds" died because his jail cell was too hot. His body temperature had become so high that the skin broke out all over in blisters! The coroner was shocked by the negligence that caused the death of this inmate. 

Why does our prison system feel the need to torture inmates in this manner until it results in another preventable death?!!



To announce the filing of a lawsuit against state employees at four prisons - CSATF, CMF Vacaville, Salinas Valley and Tehachapi for the long term torture and medical neglect of Mark Grangetto

Lawsuits and initiative campaigns are the language of reform. Anything less than that isn't heard.  Thank you for fighting for yourself and others. Please confirm your attendance and the number of people you are bringing with   rightor1@aol.com  . The outcome of this lawsuit will affect every inmate in California and we need to all get behind it.



Press Conference -Monday, September 7, 2005,

Public Hearing to Protest Changes in Ad Seg Rules, September 7, 2005, 10 am 'til Noon, Water Resources Auditorium, 1416 Ninth Street and N.  Several hundred people are needed to speak out against the extension of ad seg reviews from 30 days to 90 days.  If an inmate is missing paperwork at the ten day review hearing, they will automatically be in the hole for a minimum of 100 days.  During this time phone calls are denied, visits are restricted if allowed at all, legal cases are delayed and family ties are destroyed. A crowd is needed to reverse this rule which was already put into effect without going through the regular process.

Go to this link, print the flyer and pass it out at prisons, mail into inmates. It's important. If a crowd doesn't show up, CDC assumes everyone is happy with it.

Public Hearing and Press Conference -Monday, September 7, 2005

 http://www.1union1.com/September_7_Press_Conference.htm l

Also on September 7, 2005 after the public hearing on the patio of the Water Resources Building, 1416 Ninth Street and N, a press conference will be held.

To announce the filing of a lawsuit against state employees at four prisons - CSATF, CMF Vacaville, Salinas Valley and Tehachapi for the long term torture and medical neglect of Mark Grangetto

Lawsuits and initiative campaigns are the language of reform. Anything less than that isn't heard.  Thank you for fighting for yourself and others. Please confirm your attendance and the number of people you are bringing with   rightor1@yahoo.com  . The outcome of this lawsuit will affect every inmate in California and we need to all get behind it.

I have a notice that there will changes to the rules around ad seg which at first glance are alarming.  I'd like for those who  can wade through this heavy legal language to give me  your opinion, it's just a few pages long. 

Go down to Notice of Change to Director's Rules 3335 

 http://www.corr.ca.gov/RegulationsPolicies/Pages/pendingrulespage.asp



 

Judge Thelton E. Henderson - Ordered Federal Receivership
 


July 5, 2005
What you're  hopefully working on today.

Honorable Thelton E. Henderson
United States District Court
450 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, California 94102


We have an audio and the sign up forms on how you can learn how, when, where to fight back posted at this link  There is a daily newsletter but you must subscribe to it to get it

 http://www.1union1.com/Join_the_UNION.html



Inmates are dying at Pleasant Valley, CSATF and Corcoran and the Fresno Bee is not covering these deaths in the news. We may need people to call their advertisers and boycott their products if this protection of the Prison Guards continues

Other newspapers are doing a good job at covering inmate deaths when they know about them

   We need information and family contacts on all inmate deaths at all prisons sent to rightor1@yahoo.com. Silence is deadly for everyone!
 

We are preparing to support a lawsuit against CSATF, a mother believes that he son was murdered by the prison guards in ad seg. We need information to support this lawsuit. There are 27 families in the UNION whose loved ones have died preventable deaths. There are 25 lawsuits filed and everyone needs to support these legal actions before disaster knocks on their door.


2.  The families of prisoners have absolutely no place to go for help even in life and death emergencies (unless it blossoms in the media) then politicians become interested.There needs to be a person in this multi-billion dollar industry that is going to take care of inmate and family complaints to prevent deaths. Keep pressing for that in your letters to editors and posted comments at the news sites.

Civilian oversight.

No place to go.

Keep on writing until we get through. I think we are exceeding the word count on the letters to editors which means they won't get used and of course, hundreds of letters must be received before anyone recognizes it as important.  Limit your letters to editors to 150 words unless you are a professional writer

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We need to find the family of Philip Allen who was murdered by guards at CSP Lancaster in September of 2004.

We need the name of the guard who shot Daniel Provencio.

Families with incapacitated inmates may be entitled to get their loved one paroled on compassionate release.

We need the names of inmates who have died at San Quentin, and other prisons and the names of their families who should contact U.N.I.O.N. Rightor1@yahoo.com




We need 100 volunteers to attend hearings in the legislature in 2006 and 2007.

Also need letters to editors about ad seg and SHU torture with that going before the Supreme court and the legislators claiming "the prisons are fixed" we need a whole lot more noise out there.



The focus right now is downloading and emailing the television  shows to  friends and family members posted here.  So far they can be sent one at a time via email just fine!  You may also copy these to diskettes and CD's  and mail them as gifts to people.  Public education is everyone's job!

 http://1union1.com/Sound_tracks.htm
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We have inmate addresses for people who will send in the August 27, 2006 Visiting Protest event flyer.  There's still a lot of work that needs to be done on this one.

Put the newsletter form on the back of it.    http://www.1union1.com/newsletter.html
 

Hand it out in  the line up at the prison, at jails, juvenile halls and the warrants office.  Use the YOU word a lot, there are no rescuers and there can be no justice in anyone's case without fixing the system.  Only a large, funded citizen's group can change laws.  So work on this each day!
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How many names, addresses, phone numbers and emails have you collected from people who will support a big lawsuit against changes in the visiting regulations. This one needs to be done right!  We aren't collecting any money at this time but an email address will save us the expense of a stamp when the time comes that we reach 2,750 supporters.
 

All visits - not just family visits - were eliminated by SB2601 passed in 1996 before the UNION existed. This one is complicated  and requires a large base of support before we even attempt to  do it.  Everybody thinks someone else is going to do their share of the fighting for them which means nobody can win anything important.  What a shame when the families of prisoners outnumber all these law enforcement labor unions with the number of votes we could collectively cast



The Medical Board will you tell they don't get involved with prison doctors.

The Health Department will tell you that they don't have jurisdiction over any prisons except the two that are hospitals.
But if all 200 families file complaints on the doctors (forms are online) they just might get involved.  I feel that a lawsuit is in order here but the first priority is to get medical help for these stranded inmates.  So let's raise a huge stink.

California Medical Board
1426 Howe Avenue, #54
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 263-2382
E-Mail:
Webmaster@medbd.ca.gov
 http://www.medbd.ca.gov/



National Commission on Correctional Health Care
1300 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Phone (773) 880-1460  |  Fax (773) 880-2424
E-mail:   http://www.ncchc.org


Complain about callous State and  CDC Employees by Sending Letters to:

Ms. Anne Sheehan
State Personnel Board
801 Capitol Mall, MS #22
P. O Box 944201
Sacramento, CA 94244-2010


John W. Ward, M.D., Editor
Epidemiology Program Office MS C-08
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30333
Fax: (404) 639-4198



Audio Sound tracks of several programs TV programs

Our television  show Cayenne Common Sense will air on two Cox stations in San Diego County on Dec 3.

  Our television show focusing on prison, jail and criminal justice dysfunction is Cayenne Common Sense. It is airing in the following time slots.   Make certain that you call a friend with cable  and ask them  to record and circulate the shows.

A local resident must turn in these shows to each public access station. If you will do this for the good of public education and the UNION, please let me know right away, rightor1@aol.com
 

    Every Thursday on Channel 17 at 8:30 p.m., Sacramento County Channel  19 Time Warner Cable San Diego, Every Saturday 9:30 pm     Channel 20  In Santa Clarita (Newhall, Saugus, Valencia, Canyon Country -- with  access to Lancaster, Palmdale, Castaic, Acton, Agua Dulce.) Every Thursday at 3 p.m. Channel 25 San Fernando Valley  every Tuesday at 9:30 pm San Rafael Comcast Channel 26, every Wednesday at   7 PM Now airing in Novato!  Channel 27
    9pm Every Wednesday
  Pasadena  - ONLINE AND ON REGULAR PROGRAMMING ON TV Cayenne Common Sense: Revised Schedule/ONLINE Prisoner TV show On Streaming Video on Internet -- Pasadena56. TV  website Go to    http://www.pasadena56.tv/

click on the top television set Each show will be aired twice every Wednesday at 10:30 am and 10:30 pm. The series is now seven shows long so this at least a fourteen week run, be certain to tune in.  It will also air on regular television on Channel 56 Pasadena in the same time slots.

Also coming to Long Beach, San Francisco, a second channel in San Diego and Orange County. If your city isn't listed here, we need you  to take the show into your local cable station. Radio Show, Cayenne Common Sense Hour Sacramento County, 88.9  Cable Radio, Sacramento County, go to Channel 17 and hit the SEP button on your television.

Every Friday from 5 to 6 pm one full hour of the Cayenne Common Sense Hour will  play. Be sure to tape the shows and pass them around to your friends. If It isn't playing in your area, please notify rightor1@aol.com   so we can help you get it on. We have five audio files but they can only be sent to AOL subscribers since they are large. Be sure and download these to CD's!   We have three videos of Cayenne Common Sense available on one tape now available, regular vhs,  $18.  Package Ban Rips Off Inmate Families, Visit Regulations Keep Families Apart, State Murder by Medical Neglect 90 min long - all three episodes on one tape.

The Second Set of Four Shows (Approx. 120 min total) is now available on VHS dubs for $18 each. Hidden Costs of Incarceration, Crime of Statistics, Lockdowns Cause Mental Illness, & Officials Violate First Amendment. Or you can tune into the stations and  tape them directly for free

  Cayenne Common Sense - Schedule


Save Kevin Cooper



A phone bombardment is worthwhile to do because  thousands might participate.

This will make it effective.

Skip sending the email, make the phone call to Gov. Schwarzenegger's office.

He will know HOW MANY people called.  Tell Gov S. that you as a voter and taxpayer want a moratorium placed on the death penalty and an end to immunity of judges, prosecutors and all government employees.

Tell his aides what he obviously doesn't know  that the  system is corrupt arrest through parole. Mention the expense, inhumanity and injustice of 3 strikes, death penalty, parole laws.

Billions spent, great inhumanity and barbaric non solutions to crime and all we can do is punish addicts and execute the mentally ill?  This is 2004.  At no time in the Bible did they ever execute the mentally ill except during the wars.

There are too many questions in this case. Is Gov. S a murderer himself? Ask these questions. The death penalty is non solution to crime and each case costs at least a million dollars to prosecute.

Mention  the U.N.I.O.N. so he knows you are smart enough to organize.  They do not fear initiative campaigns, lawsuits and recalls from families of prisoners.   This  is why we have all these problems, the families have failed to organize a voice for themselves, the gods are the law enforcement groups who have purchased the legislators..

There are 3 million people connected to state inmates alone. So we are allowing ourselves to be oppressed when the power of our combined vote far outnumbers everyone.

(916) 445-2841.
 

From: Assemblymember.Hancock@assembly.ca.gov
Subject: Stop the Scheduled Execution of Kevin Cooper
Date: Fri, Feb 6
To: Assembly District

This week over 1,000 churches, unions, community organizations and individuals called on Governor
Arnold Schwarzenegger to stay the execution of Kevin Cooper. New technology has proved that innocent people have been wrongfully convicted of capitol murders, but this technology has not been applied to many questionable death row cases, including Cooper's. I signed an advertisement placed in the New York Times to request that Cooper's execution be stayed until questions are answered about evidence and witnesses that were not introduced in his trial. Jurors who convicted Cooper have expressed reservations about their decision after learning of evidence that might
have helped in his defense.

Our judicial system, while excellent, is still imperfect because it is a human endeavor. The wrongful
execution of an innocent person is an injustice that can never be rectified.

I encourage you to join my colleagues and me in our efforts. Please contact Governor Schwarzeneggger and ask him to grant a stay of execution for Kevin Cooper.

His email address is  mailto:governor@governor.ca.govff  or you can leave a message for him at (916) 445-2841.

LONI HANCOCK
Assemblywoman - 14th District



 

CURRENT ACTION

We waited ten years for our Eddie Dillard "Booty Bandit" Prison Guards on trial case to come to court. It is now underway in Federal Court in Fresno. The outcome of this trial affects every inmate and we are asking that you attend for at least one day.

Attorneys Marina Dini and Robert Bastian and have worked hard on this case for ten long years and taken no money. Lawyers will almost never take cases of this nature because the guards literally get away with murder and evidence is distorted, manipulated and withheld. Twenty five other inmates were also ordered by the guards to be raped by Robertson, a seriously mentally ill inmate. Rape, murder, torture ought to be against the law but because you don't organize and fight back loudly enough, it happens daily. If you will attend this trial for one day during the next four weeks, please email me at rightor1@aol.com. If you can't support your advocates, then you will have no advocates.
 

By an overwhelming majority vote, UNION subscribers have chosen Peter Camejo as our preferred candidate for governor.

Notify ten inmates of this plan. If each inmate sent ten friends/family members to load up their cars on October 7 with ten more voters, that would equal 16 million votes, enough to elect anyone.

Support your advocates, or you will have none. Make certain you subscribe to the Daily Online Newsletter and send it into an inmate. It is good therapy to fight back instead of just being a victim of larger voting groups. We outnumber almost everyone. Three million people are tied with heartstrings to an inmate, all we need to do is get together and VOTE. Everybody thinks someone else is going to do this work for them then it doesn't get done. The only reason in the world we have all these problems is our failure to organize and get active in large enough numbers. Do your share. Take the day off on October 7 if you can to shuttle people.

Nothing is more urgent than getting out the vote for Arianna Huffington. Nobody in the history of California ever had the courage to put commercials on television that say "schools not prison guards" except her.

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We have a new television show that will premiere on 100 channels in September 2003, called Cayenne Common Sense. We have filmed nearly a dozen episodes on visiting, denial of inmate transplants, crime statistics, the biggest lie ever told, the cruelty of lockdowns, billions in hidden costs of incarceration your legislators don't want you to know about, and the First Amendment Violations of the Media Ban.Look for this soon, we'll post the times and channels.

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Boycott the forced vendor packages. This is nothing more than a $60 million money grab. There is no problem with families bringing in drugs - the prison guards and vendors are the suppliers. Join our lawsuit for this unlawful end run by the California Department of Corrections.

There are many epidemics in California's State Prisons which could be controlled through control of unsanitary conditions in laundry and food handling especially.

The Center for Disease Control states that 8,000 news cases of Hepatitis are caught EVERY YEAR in California's prisons and are spreading out to the public. This is also true with Staph, T.B. and other diseases such as AIDS. SARS will be an instant crisis because inmates are already sick from other plagues.

Families of inmates, not inmates themselves, should be filing complaints with the National Center for Disease Control by the thousands.

It is the law that food servers should be medically screened yet they are not. And food porters deliver trays who are also not medically screened. Laundry is crammed so tightly into washers and dryers that it is not clean. The law says that laundry needs to be done once each week, yet it is not.

American Corrections guidelines state that inmates should be given a shower three times per week. If this is not happening at your prison, then you need to file a complaint and fight back!

Inmates cannot reach out for help without being punished for it. This means that family and friends must do all the fighting for them because no one else cares. They can tell you of dangerous unsanitary conditions, but you are the one who needs to originate the complaint outside of a prison postmark. You are a voter, you have power so please use it!

When 50 letters are received on a prison, the federal disease control agency will come in and do an investigation. The State hates this, but the health department's jurisdiction does not cover prisons. Everyone should file these letters now before more people die or only wish they were dead from life threatening diseases

Sample letters and the address to Center for Disease control are located here:

http://www.geocities.com/1union1/Dr_ward_letters.htm

John W. Ward, M.D. Editor
Epidemiology Program Office MS C-08
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30333

The UNION newsletter asks all subscribers to notify of deaths, suicides, medical neglect and unsanitary conditions in prisons and jails statewide. Anyone who caught a disease in prison should be participating in and support our class action lawsuit. They are entitled to damages.

The UNION has people going out together to Recall Gray Davis and build our voting group up so that we can achieve the 6500 workers necessary to change the laws. Volunteers are needed, please contact rightor1@aol.com so that you can make a difference. After the recall is successful, we will need you to assure that a Republican does not get elected. Or someone who is a punisher instead of a healer such as Bill Lock-yer up and throw away the key, our attorney general.

Under Davis, things are getting worse and worse as he thinks like a Republican. Check our bills page for all the bills to benefit prisoners and their families, to prevent crime that Davis has vetoed. 99% of the mean-spirited laws come from Republicans.

AB1513 by Alan Nakanishi(Republican) will eliminate BY LAW visits from children to their fathers for thousands of California inmates. This law punishes children. Families are vital to the rehabilitation process. The new visiting regs effective May 1 have cut out visits for many thousands of inmates. But to make it a law is worse. I cannot stress the importance of having families actively writing, protesting and sharing the load of our lawsuits. We are always short on funds and volunteers, even though we are the large communication system in California.

6500 people willing to do a little work can change any law through the initiative process. Less than 6500 cannot.

6500 people willing to gather 200 signatures each can get 1.3 million in the 160 days allowed by the Secretary of State to qualify changes in the law to be placed on the ballot for the voters to decide upon.

6500 x $200 each will make a campaign possible.

We must all work to build our voting group of ACTIVE workers to a large enough size to be able to do initiatives and lawsuits.

Sign up ten people to get the UNION newsletter and be on standby alert to write and protest with us. Email is free at every public library.

Teach the ten people you recruit to sign up ten. Keep repeating the process.

We need only double ourselves four times to have enough people to change any law. We believe there are 6500 intelligent people out of the three million hurt. Go find them or we're all stuck in the status quo.<{> Teach inmates to send their families. Dangerous diseases are spreading inside like wildfire. We must have everybody getting the daily newsletter and helping with the work. Lives depend on it!

Go here and hit print, hand these out at jails and prisons, mail them inside

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We have 535 people interested in filing a class action lawsuit and naming everyone who has been callous to our repeated pleas for help in it including Gray Davis, Robert Presley and everyone in between, down to the lowest MTA. I would like to see 2600 committed people before we go forward with this and hire the lawyer, but would like to begin interviewing them now. Lawsuits need several thousand participants to be done properly. That means YOU are needed to stand up to the cruelty. Inmates cannot fight back for themselves except to send their families to help us with this work.

This lawsuit, I hope, will incorporate every form of cruel and unusual punishment inflicted upon its participants. We hope it will include some of the following forms of cruel and unusual punishment

psychological intimidation and torture

starvation

terrible new visiting regs that prevents some categories of prisoners from ever seeing their own children until they turn 18 (even behind glass. Other visiting restrictions which interfere with the pursuit of happiness guaranteed by our Constitution.

beatings

medical neglect and refusal to give inmates transplants

sentencing in CDC's kangaroo courts where there is no justice

imposing harsh sentences on non violent offenders such as those of mandatory minimums and the three strikes law

no parole policies

suicides caused by psychological torture

unsanitary conditions causing 8000 people PER YEAR to get Hepatitis. If you know anyone who got Hepatitis in prison, they should be a part of this lawsuit!

careless double celling with mentally ill inmates

repeatedly ignoring complaints in the legislature or weakly pursuing them to a remedy

ambulances that take an hour to arrive

denial of medicine prescribed by doctors

inmate deaths

attempt to take away packages, stealing from packages, guards kicking in the packages after they arrive to prevent inmates from receiving them

the money grab of restitition increased to 55% of whatever families send to their inmates.

lack of access of families in an emergency. If your loved one needs surgery you will not be notified or allowed to visit them, and their condition may not be known by you for ll days or more. This is inhuman!

big profit center from overpriced canteen items

$5 copay which is costing the state money and stopping medical access $5 is equivalent to $150 for an inmate earning 20 cents per hour.

retribution for filing 602's or asking anyone on the outside for help

high telephone rates which punishes families

pepper spraying the mentally ill to get them to come inside off the yard.

using necessary surgeries as "punishment"

punishing inmates for asking for medical help

And everything else that surfaces along the way amounting to cruel and unusual punishment.

The days of patience and not fighting back, the days of ignorance are over. Lives are on the line and the families of prisoners organizing in the UNION are simply not going to take this anymore.

God is on our side. It is unGodly what the legislators and the lap dog media folks are allowing to happen in foster homes and prisons. They need to be held personally and individually accountable for this callousness.

Spread the word and have people email me of their desire to participate in a massive lawsuit. Initiative campaigns and lawsuits are what we're down to as the bodies continue to drop all around us and few care.

We are taxpayers financing this abomination. We are voters and we far outnumber the oppressors. Let us take multiple actions right away.

With this new killer disease spreading rapidly, a staph epidemic now affecting the public on the loose, and vast amounts of Hepatitis, TB, AIDS, etc., we need to get a court order that forces disinfectant in the kitchen. Soap for cleaning the cells and bodies has been cut down to one bar a week. This is dangerous, the cells need disinfectant too. Let's get a lawyer and a court order right now and save thousands of lives just with simple soap.

If you're with us on this, send me an email, we will not proceed unless lots of people are participating on these legal issues. These are serious matters of life and death but it takes many of us to make things happen, hundreds, thousands, and this idea that someone else is going to do this necessary work must be put aside. I'll wait for your support.

These are times when doves must do pecking or end up being eaten alive. Things will get worse and worse unless we show teeth now.

B. Cayenne Bird, Volunteer UNION Director

rightor1@aol.com

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Grievances/Proposed Solutions
Protest at the Capital, Thursday, March 13, 2003

Stand up for prisoners against Lockdown, Food & Medical deprivation, Visiting restrictions, packages, psychological intimidation, three strikes and parole laws,mistreatment of the mentally ill,
unsanitary conditions and isolation SHU.
Demand early release of non violent, terminally ill and elderly inmates, more focus on schools not prisons.
Show new legislators that families of prisoners are indeed intelligent enough to organize and do voter initiative campaigns

A massive crowd is crucial, please attend!


The picket date has been set for March 13, 2003 on the North side of the Capitol building in Sacramento. 

The protest will begin at 8 a.m. and run until 1 p.m.  I have the permit in hand. 



Every inmate must be alerted not to riot, not to go on hunger strikes.  What is necessary is that they send their families to help us bring at least 1000 picketers to the Capitol to back up these demands. 

Inmates are missing the point that it is their families - not themselves - who have the power of the vote and musst be ACTIVE with our calls to action if reform is ever going to happen.  This will have press coverage this week, but we must prepare to create the necessary crowd so that it has EXTENSIVE press coverage and those at the top, including DAVIS, can see that we mean business. Mail this inside to five inmates, I have addresses if you don't.  It is a crisis, there will be even more bloodshed if we don't ACT now.  We must get the word inside before more riots happen.  Everyone support our U.N.I.O.N. and find ten who care enough about their loved ones to picket soon.  We must cover this and cover this well or sit and suffer in our stupid silence.
 


 

Solutions Letter

Solutions Letter


B. Bird, Journalist,
P.O. Box 22765
Sacramento Ca. 95822-0765

U.N.I.O.N. Grievances/Proposed Solutions

Mr. Robert Presley, Secretary
California Adult and Youth Correction Agency
Sacramento, CA
Dear Mr. Presley:

Because you are the executive at the top reporting directly to Governor Gray Davis, the man he appointed as Secretary of the Agency for Adult and Youth Corrections, the Senate Rules Committee has made it clear that our grievances can only be settled by you. We've been told that what happens inside California prisons is ultimately your responsibility. I have prepared this letter for the special Warden meeting you've called which proposes solutions and our collective serious objections and capabilities.

For the wardens who have yet to meet us, here's a little history. Over the past five years, we have united in a statewide communication system and daily newsletter to report to California media and legislators the tragic fiscal and human loss happening in voter-financed penal institutions. As you know, our action system is called United for No Injustice, Oppression, or Neglect (U.N.I.O.N.) We consist of a coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to reforming the criminal justice system from arrest through parole. Additionally, thirty six publishers and journalists subscribe to the newsletter and consider it a very reliable news source in California for what is really happening behind the walls.

We have 6,000 subscribers to the newsletter who are inmate families, groups, lawyers, authors, legislators and other alarmed citizens. Many are in the helping professions. We have been focused on building a voting lobby large enough to change any law or recall any politician through the initiative process. We are pastors of large congregations, priests, social workers, public defenders, civil and defense lawyers, educators, physicians and nurses - humanitarian organization leaders, families of inmates from every imaginable occupation. Somehow the arrests crossed over into the middle and upper middle class. It isn't just family members of the poor and uneducated that you have caged. We know the formula for successful organizing and each and every U.N.I.O.N. subscriber is committed to reach our goals for reform through ACTION.

I should also mention that our U.N.I.O.N. coalition gathered 66,000 signatures even after coming in at the last minute to the Amend Three Strikes petition campaign this past summer.

The point is that we are intelligent and we do know how to organize, write letters to editors and author stinging books. We are skilled at giving speeches and appearing on television and radio. We know how to draw crowds and picket to draw attention to injustice and inhumane treatment of U.S. citizens mistreated daily in California's prisons and jails. We know how to organize initiative campaigns and recalls and are experts in how to deal with onerous bullies and thugs. We do not operate from a position of fear.

During the past five years, we have brought to everyone's attention in CDC and the legislature thousands of instances of unbearable incompetence which result in needless suffering and dying and lawsuits costing taxpayers millions, if not billions of dollars which could better be used to actually rehabilitate and/or to prevent crime from ever happening.

For awhile it seemed that conditions were improving. Admittedly it required a legal settlement of $123 million per year in additional inmate medical care to make the point that abusing and medically neglecting peoples' family members is unacceptable. Not to mention virtually thousands of inches of articles and letters to editors so that the voters could see what they were buying with their tax money. We have learned that just asking nicely without noise making and activism doesn't work.

We have witnessed some improvements but they are so minuscule in proportion to the size of the problems that we are compelled to take a stronger stand against practices that you and the lawmakers accept as business as usual.

I have detailed the preceding so that it is clear we have the numbers, the education and the ability to fight back in a meaningful manner which all of the Wardens and rogue CCPOA members need to fully comprehend.

Our eyes and ears are everywhere, inside every jail, every prison and every juvenile detention facility. We cannot be deceived with public relations cover ups, lied to, or convinced that we shouldn't put an end to this needless suffering and dying. We're here to stay and we're growing daily with ACTIVE WORKERS who are not afraid to fight back for the safety and well being of their loved ones.

That said, we can either engage in an all-out battle where we outnumber all of you, since there are at least three million people hurt, or you can accept that we are dead serious about the following items and set about to make changes. We're way past being merely fed up. This is what we want to see NOW, not six months or years from now - but NOW! We've been waltzing with concepts and empty promises for five years. It is past the time for us to actually see these reforms take effect.

  1. This fact is foremost. There are too many people in prison. Conveyor belt laws such as Three Strikes need to be eliminated and non-violent offenders need to be released. Such conditions endanger the public safety as people are just becoming sicker due to inhumane treatment. There are many forms of alternative sentencing at the court level. While it may be CDC's job to warehouse human beings sent to them by the court, some administrator needs to exhibit the courage to say "HALT! We have too many people in custody and we're not going to accept anymore non-violent inmates because we cannot properly care for them within the current budgets." Anyone who buys into this mistreatment by continuing to accept non-violent inmates is just as guilty of crimes against humanity as Gray Davis.

2. The mentally ill only become distraught and depressed in the hostile environment of prisons and jails. Careless double celling of 18,000 mentally ill inmates with light offenders is causing murder and mayhem, and unnecessary lockdowns.

A. Special, accommodations such as hospitals should be provided for the mentally ill so that they can be healed instead of psychologically intimidated, victimized, robbed, raped and physically tortured or murdered in vicious prison and jail settings. Retribution style justice makes "custody" the opposite of "healing." The current methods are not a solution to crime and the mentally ill should not be punished, nor should innocents be exposed to their demented disorders.

B. The mentally ill are never going to be able to follow "rules" - that's what distinguishes them as "mentally ill." Mentally ill inmates have no business in prison at all. End the practice of using pepper spray on the mentally ill to get them to come inside from the walk alone cages.

3. The practice of continuous lockdown in whatever form, whether it is "modified programming", "full lockdown" or "fog alerts" that last all day needs to end. Putting two men in a cell the size of a bathroom for days, hours and weeks on end is just wrong. Guards are made more vulnerable to violence when people are so severely mistreated. Here's what we know about a better way to handle people who need more help than anyone else in prison - young gang members. These mostly young people might also be tremendously mentally ill, or they may be under-educated. The power struggle doesn't work to help them to recover. Medical and psychological tests should be administered on every prisoner when they are committed and then routinely conducted every year afterward.

. a. Never mix three gangs on the same yard. NEVER.

b. Southern and Northern Hispanics shouldn't even be at the same prison, let alone the same yard.

1. Whites and Southern Hispanics can live fairly well together.

2. Blacks and Northern Hispanics can live fairly well together.

3. Blacks and Whites are also fairly compatible.

4. Eliminate any combinations of THREE races or gangs on any one prison yard which is something that most CDC administrators already know. Provoked riots is a way that CCPOA justifies itself to the public but we're wise to this game and we're not going to stand for it any longer. Two compatible races/gangs on each yard will GREATLY reduce violence. This is only common sense.

c. Hold only the people responsible for disturbances accountable instead of blanket punishment lockdown for thousands of men.

The mental breakdown from isolation and continuous lockdown is severe and there is no real treatment, except to offer mind-numbing drugs instead of stimulation of the mind by educational opportunities, some sun and exercise in good air.  This should be done in compatible small groups. Military studies show that group punishment and isolation simply do not work.

Guard overtime is costing the taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars according to the Legislative Analyst. It shouldn't require weeks on end to search the cells looking for contraband. We believe this is an inhumane ploy mostly designed to benefit the guards. It is unacceptable to us that this continue.

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Psychological intimidation, limited access to legal libraries, interference with mail and packages and retribution for filing complaints against Guards are unacceptable to the people of the U.N.I.O.N.

We believe that prison guards intentionally create lockdowns by provoking through psychological intimidation temper outbursts from men who are already emotionally broken people. We have reports of social gatherings, pot lucks, training meetings and other guard fun going on while inmates are cruelly caged for hours, days, months and years.

Often, the guards believe they are above the law and want to justify their jobs and overtime to the voters. They get bored with routine and tranquility. Many have retribution-style training and enter this occupation with only a high school education to live out a "wanna-be" cop fantasy. Some are fearful that the inmates they kick around and psychologically torture with constant cell searches, destroying pictures and legal material, and a thousand other taunts might fight back with physical violence. They go to great lengths to create lockdowns over minor situations such as a cell phone found or a plastic cafeteria tray missing. We're not referring to one or two days but months, years and excessive punishments which gives the inmates no quality of life.

Individual wardens and their employees are making up the rules as they go along, completely disregarding the inmate's Title 15 and D.O.M. which should be used as the final authority. The "system" is out of control and the inmates have nowhere to turn for help. The media is banned, the guards exercise retribution if they file a 602 or a lawsuit. Medical care is withheld as a "punishment" for months and years on end if inmates even dare to speak out. CDC MUST enforce these two sections of the penal code and provide serious consequences to Wardens and Guards who deviate from your own rules.

Penal Code §147. Every officer who is guilty of willful inhumanity or oppression toward any prisoner under his care or in his custody, is punishable by fine not exceeding four thousand dollars ($4,000), and by removal from office.

Penal Code §149 Every public officer who, under color of authority, with out lawful necessity, assaults or beats any person, is punishable by a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars. ($10,000), or by imprisonment in the state prison, or in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

We believe that administrators should have no less than a Master's Degree in criminology and that guards should have a minimum AA degree which includes basic CPR and some courses in teaching and social work. Everyone would be better off if you sent the bar bouncer types back onto the streets and hired someone besides the present bullies and thugs.

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Food

The new heart healthy diet is causing needless hunger among inmates. This diet might be practical for people who can eat anytime they want since carbohydrates are known to burn up quickly. But for inmates who are given three eating periods with one of those consisting only of a cold, mystery meat sandwich at lunch, the hunger is intolerable. Mystery meat full of sodium and nitrates is not heart healthy.

We want real meat back on the menus because protein is more filling and nutritious. The word protein is Greek for "first importance" because every function of the human body depends on adequate amounts of PROTEIN. For those people who want protein alternatives to meat due to religious reasons and/or special diets, we support that position too.

The majority of the inmates want REAL poultry, beef, pork, chicken, fish and decent quantities food so that they are not continually suffering symptoms of starvation.

Some people do not metabolize carbohydrates well at all and this creates a medical condition known as hyperinsulinism, written about extensively by Dr. George Atkins whose 30 year studies (and 10 million books sold) are widely used by thousands of American physicians. A carbohydrate-based diet creates a pre-diabetic condition which ultimately develops into diabetes for many people.

Inmates are human beings and deserve fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and starches in greater quantity and quality served in a SANITARY manner. God help the thousands of inmates who do not have family to send them money for canteen so they can pay exorbitant prices for junk food to stave off the hunger pangs. It's outrageous and very likely contributing to the present violence throughout the prison system.

Blood sugar regulation is different for everyone and when it gets low or is deprived or shockingly contaminated, nothing but chaos will result. The heartbreak of families witnessing their loved ones underfed is unnecessary. As you know, we UNION people have a way of turning heartbreak into lawsuits. Cutting food will no longer be a cost-savings. We will name individuals responsible for this insanity in lawsuits from the lowest aid to the top callous legislators who sit idly allowing this great abuse. It's a promise we can and we will keep! Cease the heart healthy starvation diet immediately.

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We believe that many jail suicides are either homicides or caused by extreme psychological intimidation. Jailers should be neutral instead of voicing degrading opinions to people who may not even be guilty. It seems that there is no justice in the courts and that the prisons are filled with innocent and/or mentally ill people who deserve to be treated with more respect. Our files are full of abuse at all 33 prisons, all the jails and all the juvenile detention facilities.

This all comes back to a testosterone-driven revenge mentality which endangers guards, inmates and the public. This red-neck attitude may be rooted in tradition but this is the year 2002. Restorative justice techniques will stop the never-ending cycle of revenge. Murders, beatings, injustice in CDC's kangaroo courts are causing a strong reaction from people who are already downtrodden and hopeless. Not one U.N.I.O.N. subscriber has any trust whatsoever in our criminal justice system. That's because it is totally corrupt and ineffective. Instead of cutting back on fair trial expenditures, we should be increasing budgets in this area. Ultimately, the taxpayers pay dearly for what is meted out in the name of justice. People begin to take the law into their own hands - both inside the prisons and in the neighborhoods. A little street sense would go a long way toward reducing violence. We want the degradation of our loved ones to stop.

Conditions where 600 men are living in a gym at Mule Creek prison with exposed pipes and bunk beds stacked three high are just as cruel as continuous lockdowns. For ten toilets shared by 600 men to be spaced 12" apart and offer no privacy dividers is an affront to common decency. Human waste on the walls, floors, poisoned water supplies, filthy kitchens and showers endangers the public safety since there are highly contagious diseases such as Hepatitis and Tuberculosis to name a couple which can be transmitted to families.

Clean up ALL the hellholes to reduce the costs of rampant disease. California prisons are on a par with those in Tijuana and are an international disgrace. We've had it on this point! When did it become acceptable for a minor violation to result in a deadly disease due to administrative callousness and ignorance? You are not dealing with herds of livestock, these are the loved ones of California's voters. Many are veterans. Many are simply addicts who need rehabilitation, or geriatric seniors who are well past the point where they are a threat to society. Too many are even innocent or over-sentenced. We are dead serious on this point - clean it up or we'll clean you out through the power of the vote.

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Visiting is inexpensive therapy and gives hopeless men and women a reason to live. Yet even after we testified on March 8 by scores we are still experiencing intimidation of families who attempt to visit.

We know that the legislators failed California when it violated our State Constitution by ending all visits in 1997. But the people of the UNION also know very well how to bring 6500 people together to raise money for lawsuits and initiative campaigns. We are not morons incapable of collecting 200 signatures each to change any law, recall any politician or file a class action lawsuit. If rehabilitation, education and healing are the goals then visiting must be viewed in a completely different light. The families of prisoners are innocent victims and to mistreat devastated people is not only cruel and unusual, but certain to bring about violence in the institutions and neighborhoods. It's a downright stupid action. Overnight family visits should be restored and used as a reward system. This would certainly give incentive to rehabilitate.

We have posted at our website a complaint submitted against Mule Creek Prison which details 22 pages of problems. It was composed by 87 inmates. At least 90% of the problems described in this document apply at all prisons, jails and juvenile detention facilities in California. There are many proposed solutions in that document as well. We have it posted online at this website address:

http://www.geocities.com/capitolhill/parliament/2398/mulecreek.htm

Our general website address containing a collection of our published articles, campaigns and subscriber complaints, as well as informative studies and books authored by our subscribers can be found here.

http://www.geocities.com/capitolhill/parliament/2398/index.htm

The human bondage industry cannot continue to operate in its present manner without a tremendous response from the families connected to hundreds of thousands of people victimized by these inhumane practices and failure to adhere to laws. Enough said.

Most sincerely,

B. Cayenne Bird, Journalist
Volunteer Director
U.N.I.O.N.

Back to the Lockdown Index

http://www.geocities.com/capitolhill/parliament/2398/lockdown_index.htm

Print out and Mail the above letter to Prisoners for them send to their families!No group in California can handle indiviual cases because inmates and families do not help with the work and funds needed to make a strong citizen's group. Nobody can help people who won't write letters to editors, protest by the thousands and recruit others tro write and protest or to vote. Inmates should only help by sending their families and friends to use their power of the vote and help with the workload. 6500 workers can change any law, where are they?
 Proposed Solutions

 Lockdown Index



UNION CURRENT CALL TO ACTION FAX,
LETTER CAMPAIGNS, AND APPEALS FOR HELP

CURRENT ACTION LETTERS NEEDED TO OPPOSE PROPOSED VISITING REGS, SEND, EMAIL, FAX,
DELIVER THIS ALERT TO FIVE PRIESTS, PREACHERS

Select, copy, open a new email, paste this appeal to a new email. Let's alert the clergy in California only. Please contact five churches and ask everyone you know to do the same. Fax, email, snail mail, deliver this letter to at least five members priests, pastors.

Good Christians will be happy to hear from you. Make certain that you too have written a 200 word letter to the editor re the visiting threat. Reach out for help. Stand up for visits. We must garner support now. Lives depend on it. 

To Beloved Friends and Fellow Laborers: 

March 20, 2002 

Greetings: 

As brothers and sisters in Christ we are commanded to love one another and to continue loving one another. That includes remembering people in prisons and hospitals who are suffering. We are to remember them as if we were suffering with them. Prisoners need to be visited, as they are often solitary and forsaken by the rest of the world. And, as our Lord instructed, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." (Matthew 25:40). 

We have an urgent situation in our state. California Department of Corrections is planning to change, restrict and add to the already harsh regulations governing prison visits. In some cases it will even halt the ability of clergy, friends, and family to reach these people. 

Inmates in the cruel Security Housing Units will be restricted to short visits from blood relatives only. 

Certain drug convictions will forbid visits for a year. This is an intolerable situation! Indeed, it goes contrary to all that has been asked of us in the Bible and that we have been commanded to do. We believe the true intent is that Gray Davis needs to make a budget cut. He has selected the poorest, least organized, weakest voting group of mostly grandmothers, wives, and little children in a move that will ultimately endanger public safety. 

In order to help as quickly as possible, we need for you to contact the people in your congregation to let them know what is happening. Additionally, we have asked everyone to write to their newspapers (letters-to-the-editor) explaining the importance of such visits to the prisoner mental and spiritual well-being. This is not a political issue but rather a situation whereby the clergy will be forbidden to carry out their responsibility to minister to those in need. 

Reluctantly, we may also need to file a lawsuit against the state to correct matters and should we reach that point, we will urge you to join us in our efforts. Our organization is very poor since many of our members are families of prisoners, but we have heart and will try to stand up to this oppression. We will need help with funds and volunteers from all over the State. 

We were able to find a lawyer who would work on contingency for two prisoners who were abused. Eddie Dillard was raped at Corcoran after the guards put him in the cell of a predatory rapist (Booty Bandit) on purpose. Stephanie Hardie was a young mother sentenced to ten years in prison for overdrawing her own checking account. She died needlessly at Chowchilla Prison due to medical neglect at a young age and left two young children behind. These hearings will be coming up soon and their outcome affects the safety of every California inmate. We need people to know and write about these two cases as well. It would be good to fill the courtrooms during the hearings in Fresno which are coming up. 

Visiting was simply deleted in 1996 by the Legislature. The UNION did not exist at that time and the advocates missed it. The Legislators failed to uphold their oaths to defend the California Constitution. Visiting is now considered a "privilege" and not a "right." People will surely die over this travesty which violates the rights of the families. Unreasonable search and seizure, pursuit of happiness, and more are but a few of the rights in jeopardy. 

As long as the law is in place, the threat will be over us. But it would take 6500 people cooperating to change the law. You can see by the hardship that is happening in the campaign to end the three strikes law that families of prisoners do not know how to do this work. They are emotionally and financially devastated and do not know how to organize a voting group of the proportion needed. 

So we need to cry out to fellow Christians for help since millions of people will be adversely impacted. 

I give thanks to God always for all of you and what you are doing in His name. As I close this message, I would like to echo the words of the Apostle Paul, "Grace to you and peace from God." What better way to remember Christ, who was a felon, at Easter. Please contact me with your pledge to help those who most need it - the innocent victims of crime who are families of prisoners. We have a daily online newsletter which reports on criminal justice and human rights which you may subscribe to in order to stay current. 

In truth and love, 

B. Cayenne Bird, Journalist 
Volunteer Director, U.N.I.O.N. (United for No Injustice or Neglect) 
http://www.geocities.com/capitolhill/parliament/2398/advice.htm 
rightor1@aol.com 
P.O. Box 22765 
Sacramento, Ca. 95822 

For more information on this subject please go to these sites. Index is on first page 

http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Parliament/2398/visiting_regulations.htm 

Text of Visiting Regulations 

Letter written by UNION Director B. Cayenne Bird to CDC containing more details of visiting threat 

Los Angeles Times Commentary - Don't Cut Off Prisoners From Their Families 

Letters to CDC About Visiting 

1996 Senate Bill 2601 (deleted visits in 1996) 

Inmates' families rip rules proposal 

Harsh new rules threaten public safety 

U.N.I.O.N. HOME 

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hundreds of letters should be sent to editors and news directors throughout California to show we are upset. Here are some sample letters. 

Dear Editor: 

Friday, March 8th, an important hearing took place in Sacramento which most people probably don't know about. And yet it was well- and emotionally-attended by those who did know. The California Department of Corrections held it to air proposed changes to visiting rules in our 33 state prisons, changes which are rather onerous. 

Of course, if you are one of our 160,000 prisoners or one of their presumably 800,000 family members, you care about visiting rules. But the truth is that if you are any citizen in the state of California you should care because the vast majority of prisoners will parole and there is precious little else in their prison experience besides family contact that may help them exit prison a whole, non-repeat offender. 

Prison is...well, prison--total loss of freedom, exposure to gangs, drug availability, insanity, brutality, sexual abuse, antagonistic guards. For ten years now the mind-set of our Governors has been to reduce educational and self-help opportunities. A troubled person commits a crime, gets sentenced, and several years later exits a whole person? Highly unlikely, unless something makes a difference in his/her life, and the best hope of that is family support and visiting. 

The CDC, rather than making visiting more difficult and stressful, should be bending over backwards to make use of the thousands of free "therapists"--family members--whose unsolicited efforts can make life inside and outside the prison more stable and safe. 

Deborah D. J... 

opinion@sacbee.com, letters@latimes.com 

Dear Editor: 

The people in charge of state prisons in California (CDC) would have you believe that 1% of the drugs in prison come in through the Correctional Officers. That must be based on the opinion that they don't need the money since they just got a whopping 25% raise from the Governor (who's union is Davis' biggest campaign contributor). But with drugs inside going for 10 times the street price, don't bet on it. 

CDC has visitors to the inmates passing the contraband. Oddly enough, the visitors are screened, the visits are monitored, and after the visit the inmates are strip searched. Now just who is kidding who? 

Maybe funding a drug rehab program upon entry to prison would do more for the citizens of the state than fattening the CO's wallets would. 

Bob D 

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Letters must be faxed in to become part of the legal records by 5 p.m. March 8, 2002. Letters to editors on this topic are also greatly needed. We expect inactive people to do the crowd generation on this as UNION volunteers are very over-extended right now on matters of equal importance. 

We are against proposed changes to the Director's Rules #02/03 

Regarding: Visiting Rules 

 We, the 5000 humanitarian groups and individuals of United for No Injustice, Oppression or Neglect, strongly oppose the proposed changes to the Title 15, Visiting Rules for California State Prisons 

The public comment period will close March 8, 2002 at 5:00 p.m. Any person may submit public comments in writing (by mail, or by fax) regarding the proposed changes. To be considered by the Department, comments must be submitted to the Department of Corrections, Regulation and Policy Management Branch, P.O. Box 942883, Sacramento, CA 94283-0001; by fax at (916)322-3842;before the close of the comment period. The email which was previously advertised to accept comments was shut down. 

 Faxing is best. Follow up by snail-mailing your letters. Write your own letter in your own words. The letter below should give you plenty of ideas. It is a sample only. Limit yours to one page. Explain how the regulation offends or inconveniences you in any way. Try not to curse. 

 Writing letters to the editor is very important. If the press misses this one, CDC will get away with it completely. Do not exceed 200 words. The email list is posted here. If hundreds of letters don't arrive objecting to these changes, the media will assume everyone is happy with them and you will suffer forever. 

 Media addresses

 B. Cayenne Bird 

 Director, UNION 
P.O. Box 22765 
Sacramento, Ca. 95822 



U.N.I.O.N. 
United for No Injustice, Oppression or Neglect 
P.O. Box 22765 
Sacramento, Ca. 95822 
 

March 2, 2002 
 
 

Rick Grenz, Chief, 
Regulation and Policy Management Branch 
Department of Corrections 
P.O. Box 942883 
Sacramento, CA 94283-0001 
 

Dear Mr. Grenz: 

We are against proposed changes to the Director's Rules #02/03 . We, the 5000 humanitarian groups and individuals of United for No Injustice, Oppression or Neglect, strongly oppose the proposed changes to the Title 15, Visiting Rules for California State Prisons 

In times of a budget crisis it is easiest to cut services to prisoners and their families because they do not have a large enough funded voting group with which to defend themselves or their loved ones. If they did, such oppressive, dramatic visiting regulation proposals wouldn't dare be issued. Our group the UNION is the nearest resemblance to a citizen's group to fill this role. Here are our comments and objections to the Proposed Visiting Regulations. 

Those who participate in locking people in cages have a responsibility to do the right thing for the poorest of the poor. It may not be found in a manual written by power-hungry men, but it is found in the Bible. 

Christ himself was a felon. He had a particular softness toward those who through mental illness, duress or just wrong decisions ended up in prison. He instructed us to view prisoners as if they were Christ himself. I already know that people who use pepper spray to bring mentally ill inmates in from the outdoor cages cannot be appealed to through compassion. 

The UNION questions whether CDC has the authority to alter the regulations since visiting is not a privilege as stated in the beginning paragraphs.  Visiting is a right according to the California Constitution. Visiting has been used for punishment, for psychological torture and mind control techniques. This is a violation of California 
Constitution, Article 1, §7 (b), where no distinction between classes of citizens is made, including prisoners who are being punished for some violation. 

"A citizen or class of citizens may not be granted privileges or immunities not granted on the same terms to all citizens. Privileges or immunities granted by the Legislature may be altered or revoked."  California Constitution, Article 1, §7 (b). "Where rights secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rule making or legislation which would abrogate them." 

Miranda vs. Arizona, 384 US 436, The use of visitation as punishment is cruel and unusual, as receiving mail and visitors are the only thing that prisoners receive to keep them sane, in touch with family and friends, which contacts are needed when they are released at some future date. Rights are something that cannot be taken away from us. 

We are aware that the government through the legislative process likes to turn rights into privileges, but privileges can be tampered with, changed at the whim of a bureaucrat who has no authority to make these kind of decisions. Privileges can be tightly regulated and, with little justification, taken away where "Rights" present greater obstacles to abuse. We would request that the sentence at the start of the regulations "Visiting is not a privilege," be removed from the new regulations that are proposed. 
 

The regulations parrot the general attitude at all California's prisons that the families are criminals who deserve to have their rights Constitutionally violated. All the regulations, in one form or another violate the Fourth amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, the Fifth amendment right to remain silent, denial of equal protection of the laws, the right to due process. 
 

These regulations appear to have two underlying purposes. To give California prisons carte blanche to violate rights of visitors, prisoners, attorneys and anybody else they want to investigate. The regs give the employees arbitrary and capricious powers to deny anyone privileges, who doesn't "toe the line" or violates some hidden rule or regulation unknown to the outside. I guess I am just old fashioned, but I thought the Bill of Rights meant something. 
I guess they are null and void in the prisons of California. 
 

They may be the weakest, poorest-of-the-poor citizens in California. But to deprive, punish, intimidate and BULLY families in this manner who already stressed to the maximum is just morally wrong. They are the innocent victims of crime, not trash. When inmates see or hear that their family members were abused during visits, it creates great emotional trauma. This results in bad feelings towards the guards and does not help the inmates heal. It leaves the families traumatized. 

The goal should be to rehabilitate, educate and return inmates back to their communities in much better condition than before they were incarcerated. This attitude is far more conducive to ensuring the public safety than the present approach to give guards with only a high school education encouragement to degrade people who are already financially and emotionally devastated. 

The State of California insists that it wants people to hold jobs and be productive, tax-paying citizens so that they can earn money to pay for the bureaucracy. Causing them inconvenience and mental duress during visiting, requiring young children to have legal I.D. cards, timing the length of a hug or a kiss to 5 seconds has no practicality.1) 3175 (e) Limiting the greeting and goodbye hug and/or kiss to a maximum of five seconds. 
This sort of over-policing costs not only in terms of the expense of wasted motion but in human terms as well. The taxpayers of California should not need to pay for inmates, their wives and children to be psychologically intimidated, forced to stand in long DMV or prison visiting room lines, missing days of work and creating mountains of unnecessary paperwork. 

CDC whines constantly and wastes money, makes excuses for medical neglect claiming that there are staff shortages, yet proposes to worsen that situation with 3172 (b) Requiring CDC106 Applications for all persons, including minors. 

What's a DOJ or CLETS search on a child supposed to accomplish except maybe "marking" that child for life in your database? Will you ever get a report stating "This seven year old has a record of drug smuggling and aggravated assault." The answer can only be NO, so what is the real purpose of such a reg? We want this one deleted entirely and suggest 14 years of age to be more reasonable. 

3175 (f) Disallowing children seven years and older from sitting on a male inmate's lap. 
This assumes all inmates are pedophiles when in fact, the percentage is very low. There are already adequate regulations concerning sex offenders. Most children by nature cling to their fathers on the infrequent times they can visit. 

This type of guard interference might result in permanent scarring of the child involved. It sends a message that love is bad and emotional distance is good. This is not the message we need to send to children who are already confused about why their dads have men/women with guns standing by ready to shoot. The prison environment is a frightening place for adults, let alone children. What possible abuses have brought about this idea? There is little opportunity for lawbreaking in a visiting room as it is since they are heavily guarded. 

4) 3170.1 (c)Disallowing non-family members from visiting SHU inmates 

The regulation that prohibits only family members to visit inmates in cruel solitary confinement (Security Housing Units SHU) does not consider that a large percentage of inmates have no family. They are in fact, former foster children in many instances who have never had much love or nurturing. 

Putting someone in isolation is an inhumane act of violence designed to break their spirit and causes extreme mental illness. To prohibit visitors to the SHU who are not family members will mean in many instances that there will be no visitors forever to thousands of isolated prisoners. 

Christ commanded that EVERYONE, family members or not, visit those in prisons and hospitals regularly to facilitate their healing. The current laws violate one of the most basic premises of Christianity by blocking the public from doing their required service to humanity. There can be no motivation here that is understandable or acceptable. Not legally; not morally this practice is nothing less than an outrage. Isn't the real intent here to block priests, preachers, advocates from inmate contact so that they cannot report back to the media on the horrors of the SHU? 

3171 (1) (d) Disallowing new inmates convicted of drug charges from having contact visits for their first year. 

In addition to invoking cruel and unusual punishment on both inmates and family members, this is a highly prejudicial regulation implying that only drug addicts or accomplices would visit an inmate convicted of drug use. The media has reported many abuses of guards supplying inmates with drugs and very few incidences of families bringing in drugs. 

One of the comforting factors to anyone who has lost a family member to prison for this reason might be that drug dependency problems would at least be eliminated during incarceration. The family often hopes that with their continued love and support and rehabilitation programs, if they existed, the inmate might emerge from prison drug-free. 

Is the purpose of this regulation to psychologically torment and alienate recovering addicts and their families? The treatment practices in Betty Ford Center for example include the families. This proposed reg defies modern mental health procedures at every turn. They were sent to prison as punishment, not FOR mental cruelty. Often addicts are fathers and husbands. A year of separation is an unreasonable time frame and we recommend you strike this one entirely. Childhood friends, fiancées, foster parents would all be prohibited from visiting prisoners who desperately need social contact and support for survival. Mental breakdown will worsen and it is already at shameful levels. 
Families of prisoners are not to be judged as criminals. The rule that does not allow former inmates already covers any potential problem well enough. The search process is thorough for families but not for guards. We would suggest cavity searches for all guards before and after each shift as more of a solution to this problem. 

3179. Appeals Relating to Visiting 

The UNION has some recourse against accusations of misconduct or erroneous interpretations of rules and regulations by CDC Visiting Staff. Those who are not part of our coalition that includes tens of thousands of families are caused to suffer during the months of waiting for written replies from Wardens and the Director's office to remedy the situation. 

The Inspector General's office is far too busy to have their precious time spent on thousands of these type of complaints, yet they are important to the healing and rehabilitative process. The more rules imposed, the greater resulting complaints and problems since most of the Guards are on power trips and abuse their authority. 
These regs general violate rights, spew hate and help no one. They do a great deal to harm relationships and to further damage the most vulnerable members of our society; the innocent victims of crime who are the families and children of prisoners. 

Sincerely, 
 

B. Cayenne Bird 
UNION Director 
http://www.geocities.com/capitolhill/parliament/2398/home.html
rightor1@aol.com
 



PUBLIC HEARING ON VISITING:

 Date and Time: March 8, 2002, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

 Place: Department of Water Resources Auditorium 

 1416 Ninth Street 

 Sacramento, CA 95814 

 Purpose: To receive comments about this action. 


Volunteers are needed to attend three important hearings coming up soon. 

 Stephanie Hardie, Chowchilla prison wrongful death medical neglect case 

 Eddie Dillard (Booty Bandit) civil suit against the guards 

 Both of these trials are being held in Central California 


 Lawyers who will accept pro bono or contingency cases are desperately needed. Also, students and other volunteers who will assist with criminal cases can make a difference here. Email rightor1@aol.com. Spread the word 
 
 

Jim Shook, a veteran in prison for a minor crime needs a liver transplant. Transplants are denied to all prisoners. A minor crime shouldn't result in a death sentence. To benefit all prisoners needing a transplant, we ask that you circulate the flyer on this webpage to at least TEN Veteran's groups and churches. Christ would never condone this cruelty, Jim's family is devastated. We are all there is to help. Click on the red web address and when you get to the site, hit your print button. Then send the flyer everywhere 

 http://www.geocities.com/capitolhill/parliament/2398/Shooktransplant.htm


 The medical crisis is full blown now with 39 inmates dead in one month statewide. Six of those deaths occurred at Chowchilla and and six at CMF Vacaville. 

 The UNION is the only way that the journalists and attorney who have surfaced can get the news out to the public. We need everyone's help in locating family members of the 39 inmates who died statewide Nov. 1 through Dec. 12 so that we may determine circumstances. 

 We are supplying 31 news agencies, especially the Los Angeles Times with the information as it breaks. Reporters are banned from the prisons, so everyone's help is needed in bringing the people involved together. 

 Volunteers are also needed for research as we need it, filing, preparation of other cases for national television news coverage, and we may end up picketing. 

 This affects everyone with a loved one inside. Everybody pitch in 

 rightor1@aol.com 
B. Cayenne Bird 
P.O. Box 22765 
Sacramento, Ca. 95822 


A letter like this needs to be FAXED to Gov Gray Davis and a PHONE CALL placed so that we make incredible noise and put an end to the harassment of witnesses to the prison deaths. Only hundreds of calls get attention. 

 February 8, 2001 

 Gov. Gray Davis 
Sate Capitol, 
Sacramento, CA 95814 
Fax: 916-445-4633 
Subject: Mistreatment of Chowchilla Witnesses 
Letter to the Editor: 

This letter is about several inmates who witnessed several deaths that occurred at the Chowchilla Women's Facility and other Correction Facilities within the State of California between November 1 and December 12, 2000. 

 Currently, there are several witnesses at the Chowchilla Women's Facility who are being harassed and threatened due to their testimonies regarding the deaths that occurred at the Chowchilla facility. This type of inhumane retaliation needs to be investigated and stopped before more inmates are lost to untimely deaths. 

 The media and our Legislators are not being fair to the California taxpayers when they refuse to acknowledge these witnesses and ignore their cries for help. The public has a right to know what is going on in our Prisons. If inmates (witnesses) continue to suffer mental and physical abuse at the hands of the CDC, this will only lead to more lawsuits - at the taxpayer's expense. 

 A concerned citizen, 

 Donna H. 
Chula Vista, CA 

 Make your own letter on the topic of mistreatment of Chowchilla inmate witnesses and fax it here. Also, call your local legislators and let them know that you as a voter resent this abuse and would like to see some bills going forward for prisoners 

 Gov. Gray Davis, 
State Capitol, 
Sacramento, Ca. 95814. 
Sacramento Phone: 916-445-2841 FAX: 916-445-4633 
San Francisco Phone: 415-703-2218 FAX: 415-703-2803 
Fresno Phone: 559-445-5295 FAX: 559-445-5328 
Los Angeles Phone: 213-897-0322 FAX: 213-620-2365 
These are serious matters of life and death for all California inmates. We need thousands more people helping to get this important work done. 
 
 

Statewide Medical Crisis


We have several cases where an inmate nearly died because the ambulance took one hour or more to arrive at the prison. Most prisons are in rural areas. With the frequency of riots, delayed ambulances are a form of torture and medical neglect. We are seeking cases where an inmate needed emergency service and couldn't get it. We need to know how long it took from the time the inmate was injured until he was actually given emergency help and all the specifics.


UNION members have been mailed a survey so that we may take a vote on the next three projects we plan to focus on in the next legislative session. If you aren't a UNION member, sign up today. Individuals don't count in Sacramento, the laws are influenced by large groups. Without a group, nothing can be changed. When the families of inmates become active, laws will change, but not one minute before.

Ten volunteers are needed to research government data for important information needed by UNION members who work inside the media. This entails tracking lawsuit payouts and how budget appropriations intended for one program actually ended up being spent. Please email rightor1@aol.com if you are good at research and want to make a difference


The best search engine in the world pays the UNION three cents everytime you access it from our page. Please use it for all your searches.

Search engine

CDC held a hearing regarding media access to prisons on September 6. To view these proposed changes and to get full information go to

Media Access

 Letters, phone calls, faxes and visits to Governor Davis' office by the thousands are needed. The Phone Bill which will reduce the prices paid by families for phone calls from inmates must be signed or vetoed by him by September 30.

It passed both the House and Senate and everyone who worked for this is to be congratulated. Too many people think someone else is doing this VITAL lobby work, then not nearly enough people do it.

 Teach inmates how to fight for themselves since they have time to write a letter for every member in your family. Unless we show numbers, the bills lose by default

 Governor Gray Davis
California State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814
Capitol (916) 445-2841

 Subject: SB 1978 (Hayden) - Telephone Contract Bill>

 TALKING POINTS

 The bill's intent is to provide affordable telephone service for families with incarcerated loved ones by eliminating the commission to the state, approximately 40%. The current annual commission to the state is $16-20 million.

 The bill would require that "only the costs of operating the phone system be recovered" by the state. Many of California's 33 prisons are located in remote regions making it expensive and difficult for families and friends to travel to these remote locations and visit their family member in prison.

Such a situation forces many families to accept collect calls as the only means to stay in touch with their loved one in prison. The rates range from $0.30 to $0.50 per minute.

A connect fee starts at $3.00 and can go up to $8.00. If the call is for some reason disconnected, you are subject to the same connection fee again.

 There is a security feature consisting of a voice over-lay that periodically plays throughout the call. The over-lay results in interruptions and drowning out of conversation.

Your support for SB 1978, if passed and signed into law, would help thousands of Californians gain access to fair and affordable collect phone calls from California prisons.


 This same lobby work is needed for all bills which pertain to prisoners and their families. Most of them passed both houses and can only be stopped by the Governor who is always anxious to prove his "tough on crime" stance. Only when he sees a well organized MAINSTREAM group will he listen. This means that you as REGULAR citizens need to bug him. The bill numbers and text are at

UNION Bills Page

 Fight back or be a victim? The choice is yours
 
 

 The medical doctors/administrators believe that only violent inmates are housed in the SHU's in California. If you are aware of inmates who do not have a violent conviction confined to the SHU, please email me right away no matter what prison. You may send letters too but overnight delivery is important. Keep it coming until I say stop.

 The medical doctors/administrators believe that the guards are not chaining dying inmates to their beds in hospital secure areas of the prisons. If your inmate is subjected to this chaining, or you know someone who is, please email me or send overnight mail to the address below.

Restraints are never supposed to be used on inmates for merely screaming for help. If your inmate has ever been "Punished" for screaming by being placed in restraints, please email or write me.

 If your inmate has ever been given methadone for pain relief please email or write the details.

 If your inmate has ever been "punished" for a suicide attempt through loss of privileges, confinement to the SHU or other custody punishments, please email or write me. If your inmate has ever been punished for his/her mental illness no matter what prison, we need to show the patterns now.

 While we do have documentation or families with complaints on all our claims, it never hurts to overdo.

 All families need to pitch in and help gather the data so that major reforms and employee discipline will be administered as promised.

B. Cayenne Bird, Director
 


 We have been warned by friends in the legislature that waiting rooms and visiting areas have been equipped/are being equipped with microphones to record conversations with your loved ones. Pass the word to be careful.


 B. Cayenne Bird, Director
U.N.I.O.N.
UNITED for NO INJUSTICE, OPPRESSION or NEGLECT
P. O. Box 22765
Sacramento, CA 95822-0765

 http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Parliament/2398/home.html


 We have a Call to Action to mail the 46 legislators who voted "NO" on the AB2447 to Amend the Three Strikes Law into ten inmates. We have an email which gives full snail mail addresses and teaches the inmates how to help us organize the UNION, participate in letter campaigns and recruit their families to help us. This has already strengthened your UNION and we need many more of these mailed inside. If you just mail ten sets, it will travel to and teach many inmates how to fight back. It doesn't matter whether your emphasis is on the Death Penalty, Parole, Mandatory Minimums or Injustice in general, it is the same group of uninformed assembly members who are going to vote everything down until they see a voting lobby built LARGE enough for them to respect. The letter can be written to suit any aspect of injustice. Go to

What needs to be done to change the laws



 

CDC Healthcare, Angie Tam - ATam@healthcare.corr.ca.gov
Prison Visitor Info - 1-800-374-8474
Inspector General for Prisons
Inspector General Steve White
801 K Street, Suite 1900
Sacramento, CA 95814
Ph: 916/445-6696
e-mail: swhite@yaca.corr.ca.gov


Mr. Steve Cambra, Director
California Department of Corrections
Director: Steve Cambra
P.O. Box 942883
Sacramento, CA 94283-0001
Headquarters Street Address:
1515 S Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-7682 or (916) 445-7683
FAX (916) 322-2877
 


Please email or write to us if you will fight back for yourself. We need a much larger pool of demonstrators and letter writers if we are going to be effective at changing the laws in Sacramento

Rightor1@aol.com


The Attorney General's office will almost always tell you that they don't want to get involved with your complaints at all. Most other people will pass the buck as well. However, it is necessary to continually bug people since they say their decisions are based on "no opposition". Camp on the doorstep of your local Senators and Assembly persons with all your friends and family as often as possible.

 Attorney General's Offices
Email pin@hdc.dojnet.state.ca.us
Sacramento (916) 324-5437
Los Angeles (213) 897-2000
San Francisco (415) 356-6298
San Diego (619) 645-2001
San Diego (619) 525-4641
San Francisco (415) 703-2218

Governorís Office
Capitol (916) 445-2841
Fresno (209) 445-5295
Irvine (714) 553-3566
Los Angeles (213) 897-0322
Riverside (909) 680-6860
San Francisco (415) 703-2218


Team leaders who can set up 30 prison families without computers on a fax list in order to get our messages and Calls to Action out rapidly are badly needed.

 Everyone should recruit at least ten families and teach them to recruit ten families until we build a giant voting lobby which will have the clout needed for reform.. Team leaders must have both a computer and a fax and be committed to bringing their 30 people to a Call to Action about once a month to back up legislators who may be willing to write new laws for us and/or attend critical hearings.

We are also investigating legislative financial holdings relating to any prison-building businesses and need researchers on this topic.


Besides letter writers and demonstrators, we need office supplies, transportation for our demonstrators from all points in California, postage, postage, and money to pay the phone bill so that we may continue to handle complaints and liasion between media, legislators and prisoner families on a number of issues.

 Send money made out to B. Bird, P.O. Box 22765, Sacramento, Ca. 95822

 rightor1@yahoo.com

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