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April 2 Protest at Lancaster, CA Prison

by B. Cayenne Bird Thursday, Apr. 07, 2005 at 6:12 PM P.O. Box 340371, Sacramento, Ca. 95833

Families and friends of inmates stood in front of CSP-LAC Prison at Lancaster on April 2 to alert the media of six deaths there since Sept. and multiple reports of torture and beatings. The Los Angeles Daily News printed a picture but not the reason why the families were there in the middle of no where. The weak prison plan that doesn't include civilian oversight was also being protested. Living Wills are a license to kill and the idea comes from Assemblymember Sharon Runner who allows horrible conditions at CSP-LAC Lancaster

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Go here to read about the murders and tortures at issue.

Be afraid, be very afraid of what is being done in our name and with our tax dollars at CSP-LAC and at most prisons statewide.

Remember that 6500 people willing to organize and do lawsuits and initiative campaigns can change any law, recall any politician.

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Peaceful demonstrators with strong words

by B. Cayenne Bird Thursday, Apr. 07, 2005 at 6:12 PM P.O. Box 340371, Sacramento, Ca. 95833

Peaceful demonstrato...
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Protesters lined up down the street on City Property in front of the prison after making arrangements in advance to be there. This sign read Prisons for the Poor, Profits for the Rich

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United for No Injustice, Oppression or Neglect

by B. Cayenne Bird Thursday, Apr. 07, 2005 at 6:12 PM P.O. Box 340371, Sacramento, Ca. 95833

United for No Injust...
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Holding the banner for five hours was tedious Next time we're bringing poles. Roasting in the sun, the family and friends of George Jacobs, kept the UNION banner high for all passing by to see that the families of inmates do understand organizing their own voting block, and will stand up when inmates are abused

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Mothers and family members of every race came together

by B. Cayenne Bird Thursday, Apr. 07, 2005 at 6:12 PM P.O. Box 340371, Sacramento, Ca. 95833

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The loss felt by the mothers in the UNION caused them to converge upon the prison in protest. (L to R) Patty St. Peter, Robin Goods (mother of George Jacobs), UNION Director B. Cayenne Bird, Alexis Durango stood together to pass the message to all gang members - UNITE against the one true gang - CCPOA. Red, yellow, black, white, brown, the families came and stood together. Mamma bears told their cubs "do the same, form the voting block necessary to put an end to this madness with your families joining with the UNION." Photo by Daniel Wharmby

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Every Prison is Somebody's Child

by B. Cayenne Bird Thursday, Apr. 07, 2005 at 6:12 PM P.O. Box 340371, Sacramento, Ca. 95833

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Every prisoner is Somebody's child

This little boy delivers the message that these are people's loved ones being locked in cages and abused at Lancaster

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Barbed wire, gun tower and tears in child's artwork

by B. Cayenne Bird Thursday, Apr. 07, 2005 at 6:12 PM P.O. Box 340371, Sacramento, Ca. 95833

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These are the sweet hands of the daughter of a prisoner about 5 yrs old.

Notice the woman crying in the upper left hand corner, the gun tower,

barbed wire. The name of her picture is "Help the Prisoners" This child,

too wise for her age, and has obviously seen too much pain. God help the children of prisoners left without fathers and sometimes mothers. We cried over this one as she drew for us sitting in the desert sand.

Photo by Daniel Wharmby

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Danny Provencio's mother cried and protested

by B. Cayenne Bird Thursday, Apr. 07, 2005 at 6:12 PM P.O. Box 340371, Sacramento, Ca. 95833

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Still grieving, Nancy Mendoza the mother of Daniel Provencio who was shot and killed by an un-named Wasco guard stood out in front of Lancaster Prison. Also present were his sisters and brothers. The story has appeared internationally eight times and a special hearing will be held April 15 on

changes in the death bed policy. As a result of this, many completely incapacitated inmates could be released from prison but it will be a battle over each and every one. Nancy was an inspiration to everyone present.

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Convergence of Mamma Bears

by B. Cayenne Bird Thursday, Apr. 07, 2005 at 6:12 PM P.O. Box 340371, Sacramento, Ca. 95833

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Shirley Wetherwax and her family, stood in the wind and sun for five hours to alert passing motorists to murders and abuse going on at Lancaster. Journalist Patricia St. Peter wore black and baked but held her up place on the picket line until we ran out of flyers. Some 400 families at Lancaster were asked to join the efforts of the UNION to save their inmates during the rally.

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Don't try this unless you're over the age of 50

by B. Cayenne Bird Thursday, Apr. 07, 2005 at 6:12 PM P.O. Box 340371, Sacramento, Ca. 95833

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About one hour before visiting ended, three guards rolled slowly past the picket line. CO R. Hendricks was shooting us with a polaroid camera, possibly in an effort to intimidate us to leave before the visitors exited and we could organize our UNION larger. Notice he blocks his face and put his camera down as UNION Director B. Cayenne Bird comes up to his window

with her camera. The camera shoot out begins.

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Prison Guards roll down the picket line

by B. Cayenne Bird Thursday, Apr. 07, 2005 at 6:12 PM P.O. Box 340371, Sacramento, Ca. 95833

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The guards cruise along past Cayenne and begin snapping photos again.

This shot was taking as she ran up to the car to block their view, snapping

her camera in their faces. It was a real crowd pleaser and a clear message

that the Mamma Bears in the UNION are unresponsive to intimidation.

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Take that click, no you take that click

by B. Cayenne Bird Thursday, Apr. 07, 2005 at 6:12 PM P.O. Box 340371, Sacramento, Ca. 95833

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Then there is a camera shoot out for several minutes between Cayenne Bird and CO Hendricks. She allows him to photograph the UNION banner and

the sign she is holding "Eric K'napp tortured here for filing complaints." The guard tried to get people to pose for his shots and Cayenne ordered him out of the area. Since we were on City Property and all had been arranged in advance, he had no jurisdiction or authority. They left without most of the pictures they had tried to take. We stayed for the visitor exit and did not fold

to this intimidation tactic. A young male would of any race would likely have been pepper sprayed, it is quite a different thing when grandmothers take them on. They didn't know what to do.

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And Grandfathers were out too

by B. Cayenne Bird Thursday, Apr. 07, 2005 at 6:12 PM P.O. Box 340371, Sacramento, Ca. 95833

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Dale Wetherwax spoke to literally hundreds of families as they exited visiting

and passed out flyers for hours. His sign "Welcome to Abu Lancaster, Come Again" really said it all. He was very funny in appraising the sneers of the guards exiting. There is no doubt in my mind that Warden Harrison had a morale problem on Monday with the bullies in his prison.

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Horns honked, families exiting the prison joined us all day

by B. Cayenne Bird Thursday, Apr. 07, 2005 at 6:12 PM P.O. Box 340371, Sacramento, Ca. 95833

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We formed a single file picket line all down the entire front of the prison.

The guards could not make eye contact with us. One even flipped us

the bird finger. We did not shirk from our responsibility as parents and

American Patriots to alert the other taxpayers what is going on behind

the walls of Lancaster. Murder and torture are considered business as usual.

Photo by Daniel Wharmby

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Black and White Police Cars Hovered

by B. Cayenne Bird Thursday, Apr. 07, 2005 at 6:12 PM P.O. Box 340371, Sacramento, Ca. 95833

Black and White Poli...
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By the time April 2 came around, the entire City of Lancaster knew that angry mamma bears were coming to picket the prison. We were peaceful and followed the rules. A black and white sits in the background here watching the protesters. The First Amendment gives us the right to protest and it is always the NUMBERS of protesters that delivers the message or not.

Photo by Daniel Wharmby

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Living Wills Will be a Death Sentence

by B. Cayenne Bird Thursday, Apr. 07, 2005 at 6:12 PM P.O. Box 340371, Sacramento, Ca. 95833

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This delightful family brought joy and sorrow to us all day long with their meaningful artwork and sweet dispositions. The little one on the chair was about three years old and never complained once, she is actually holding up her sign. The children are our future and they will likely never forget the day they picketed with the UNION against injustice. Sign says Living Wills are a Death Sentence. Republicans have a dangerous proposal that CDC should have permission to pull the plug instead of the family. Runner has proposed "Living Wills" for inmates that are nothing m ore than a license to kill. This idea must be defeated!

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Standing up the Guard Assault Task Force

by B. Cayenne Bird Thursday, Apr. 07, 2005 at 6:12 PM P.O. Box 340371, Sacramento, Ca. 95833

Standing up the Guar...
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Our presence was made known to the entire City of Lancaster. George Jacobs has been beaten at three prisons and guards gouged out his right eye, he has been maimed but they won't take him to the doctor. The beatings started at Lancaster which hosts a gang within a gang, The Guard Assault Task Force

Photo by Daniel Wharmby

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Even tired, they still held their posts

by B. Cayenne Bird Thursday, Apr. 07, 2005 at 6:12 PM P.O. Box 340371, Sacramento, Ca. 95833

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The rally was held in the middle of no where at CSP-LAC in an attempt to bring attention to the murders and abuses of inmates by guards there. There were no toilets, no water, and no shade but almost everyone maintained their position. Two protesters who turned out against the beatings of George Jacobs and psychological torture of Eric K'napp take a rest

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Lane ends, go left

by B. Cayenne Bird Thursday, Apr. 07, 2005 at 6:12 PM P.O. Box 340371, Sacramento, Ca. 95833

Lane ends, go left...
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The Republicans have proposed a slew of harmful bills that will turn into laws if more people aren't showing up to the hearings in Sacramento where the war is located. To see these bills go to and click on Legislative Bills you Should Know About The street sign behind this protester was appropriate Lane Ends, Merge Left

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