Sept. 19, 2018

Free Jennifer Gann

From A Lesbian Transwoman's Journal by Jennifer Amelia Rose (author's profile)

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[Letterhead is the Anarchist "A" symbol]

September 13, 2018

Free Jennifer Gann!

I'm an imprisoned anarchist and trans feminist prison rebel held captive behind enemy lines by the state in California (the occupied Chumash and Native Territories). I've been held as a political prisoner for nearly 30 years!

I need your solidarity and support! In 2018, I won my appeal in the California Supreme Court for a new hearing and reconsideration of sentence reduction under California Proposition 36 - "Three Strikes Reform Act of 2012". Please call elected state officials to demand my release, write a letter of support for my release to:

Gov Edmund G Brown Jr.
State of California
State Capital, 1st Floor
Sacramento CA 95814
(916) 445-2841
www.governor.ca.gov

(Please send me a copy as well!)

Urge Gov. Jerry Brown to grant executive clemency on my application for commutation of sentence filed on New Year's Day - January 2018.

Thank you! :)

WHAT IS A POLITICAL PRISONER?
A political prisoner is defined as a person imprisoned for their political activities, particularly those who oppose or criticise the government of their countries.

WHAT IS A PRISONER OF WAR (POW)?
A POW is defined as a person who engaged in military action and acts in support of and/or defence of freedom.

Jennifer Gann is a pp/pow held in California State Prison since 1990. Originally sentenced to seven years for an armed robbery when she was age 21, Jennifer became politicised as a jailhouse lawyer and prison abolitionist during the 1991 Folsom Prison Food Strike, and as a result was targeted by the California Department of Corrections prison officials' illegal brutality and torture. Jennifer spent more than a decade in solitary confinement at Folsom and Pelican Bay SHU where she engaged in self-defense and resistance actions, sabotaging/breaking prison cell windows and attacking the pigs. Jennifer was subsequently given multiple 25 year to life sentences for "non-serious" felonies after a trial where she was denied benefit of counsel and defence witnesses.

Jennifer is 48 years old and has continued to experience misogynist/transphobic violence by prison guards and inmates for the past several years, including a 2015 prison riot at Kern Valley State Prison between anti-racist Black and Queer prisoners against homophobic gang members and a 2016 police brutality incident where she was severely beaten and hospitalised by four male correctional officers.

Jennifer has earned 22 college credits at San Bernardino Valley College and Coastline Community College toward an Associate in Arts degree. She has worked in vocational welding class, as a recreation aide in the Enhanced Outpatient Program (EOP), and as a Transgender Coordinator for the Inmate Advisory Council (IAC). Jenny also led a Siddha Yoga class in 2015, and received certificate of completion for therapy groups in Cultural Change and Getting Out by Going In (GOGI). Because of her age, educational achievements and decades in prison, she falls into the US Justice Department's category of the extremely low recidivism rate of roughly 1%. Not only does she not pose a risk to society, Jennifer plans to volunteer work at the TGI Justice Project helping others in her community.

30 years is ENOUGH!!! Jennifer went to prison as a troubled young person, now she is a student, worker and activist. It's time to bring her home to her mother, sister, family, friends and community.

Personal correspondence and support letters are welcome. Please visit the Anarchist Black Cross websites and www.junell.org for the latest news on Jennifer and other anarchist political prisoners and POW. Also check out www.jenichony.org for news on many other political prisoners/POW.

FREE ALL US HELD POLITICAL PRISONERS AND POWS!

[Photo of Jennifer Gann at Salinas Valley State Prison on June 10, 2018 for the 2018 International Day of Solidarity with Long Term Anarchist Prisoners (www.junell.org).

Visit Jennifer's support site at babygirlgann.noblogs.org

Jennifer Gann E23852
Salinas Valley State Prison
PO Box 1050
Soledad, CA 93960
babygirlgann.noblogs.org

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arcadiaego Posted 1 year, 8 months ago. ✓ Mailed 1 year, 8 months ago   Favorite
Hi Jennifer, hope my transcription is all accurate for you. Solidarity from the UK with all your struggles and your legal fight for freedom. Your strength after so much ill-treatment is admirable.

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