WHAT YOU CAN DO

 

rally photoATTEND our October Rally at the Michigan Capital in Lansing. (for info: jacobsen@umich.edu)

 

SEND letters or postcards to Gov. Jennifer Granholm, State Capitol, PO Box 30013, Lansing, MI 48909 AND Michigan Parole Board, PO Box 30003, Lansing, MI 48909.

 

SEND an email message to the Governor. www.mich.gov/gov/0,1607,7-168-21995---.html

 

ASK friends and neighbors to sign a citizen petition for clemency for battered women prisoners.

 

CALL local newspapers, radio or TV stations, and ask if the News Editor is going to the prison to interview or write a story on any of the women, especially those from the local county.

 

WRITE or CALL local judges to let them know they need to support women prisoners wrongly convicted who killed abusers in self-defense.

 

WRITE or CALL prosecutors or parole board members, especially if you know any.

 

WRITE articles or op ed pieces or letters to the editor in support of clemency or women prisoners.

 

CALL newspapers, tv and radio stations to keep public pressure on the Governor and Parole Board and let them know there is public support for these women.

 

SPEAK UP by calling a radio station during call-ins. Make a TV program for Public Access TV on the Clemency Project or issues affecting the human and civil rights of women prisoners.

 

RECRUIT a reporter to write an article on these women, or on a particular woman's case.

 

ADVOCATE for these wrongly convicted women prisoners by showing a film for your friends, colleagues, organization, community group, classroom ("From One Prison...", "Clemency", etc.)

 

ORGANIZE a workshop, panel discussion, or film screening with Coordinators of the Michigan Battered Women's Clemency Project.

 

RESEARCH and PUBLISH on the issue of women's criminalization, from prostitutes' rights to prisoners' human and civil rights. Much news and scholarship and publishing is needed!

 

RECRUIT friends, colleagues, attorneys to help on these cases or this issue.

 

WEAR a Michigan Battered Women's Clemency Project T-shirt.

 

DONATE used books to the Women's Prison. Bring them to the above address.

 

DONATE to the Michigan Battered Women's Clemency Project - and get a film or T-shirt.

 

VOLUNTEER with the Michigan Battered Women's Clemency Project to do case research, newspaper research, writing of petitions, website updates, organizing of events, mailings, distributing postcards, fundraising, media contacts, or whatever you can help with. Our Summer Campaigns run May-September.


Selected Films Available

Sentenced, 6 min., 2002.

Short documentary narrated by, and dedicated to, Connie Hanes, an inmate who later committed suicide in her cell. Sponsored by Amnesty International USA in connection with its campaign on torture in U.S. women's prisons.

 

Segregation Unit, 30 min., 2000.

Agonizing look at a torture unit inside Scott Women's Prison, in Michigan. The film is narrated by the woman seen in the footage which was shot by guards during her incarceration, and obtained after her release through Freedom of Information Act. In 2000, She sued the State of Michigan for torture and won. Sponsored by Amnesty International USA.

 

Barred and Gagged, 8 min., 1999.

Despite audible warnings by the Deputy Warden, women prisoners courageously tell what they are not allowed to speak about in prison: rape by guards, lack of medical care, few programs, and other issues.

3 on a Life Sentence, 30 min., 1998. A conversation between 3 women serving life sentences for murder in Scott Women's Prison.

 

Clemency, 15 min., 1997.

A brief introduction to the Clemency Project. 11 battered women prisoners serving life for killing in self defense narrate their painful story.

 

From One Prison..., 70 min., 1994.

Award winning documentary narrated by four women serving life sentences in Michigan prisons. The women give scathing critiques of the systems that failed them from the domestic to the public spheres. Distributed by UC Berkeley @ $225

 

For information about the Clemency Project, to order a film (free to activists, and donations are gratefully welcomed!) or to request a screening, contact:

 

Michigan Women's Justice & Clemency Project

1019 Maiden Lane
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
(734) 662-0776 phone or fax
jacobsen@umich.edu