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Families of California Prison Hunger Strikers

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Families of California Prison Hunger Strikers Pt.1 from Producciones Cimarrón on Vimeo.

More than 30,000 California prisoners initiated an indefinite hunger strike. They are calling on the Governor and the CDCR to meet their 5 Core Demands.

California holds nearly 12,000 people in extreme isolation at a cost of over $60 million per year. The cells have no windows, and no access to fresh air or sunlight. The United Nations condemns the use of solitary confinement for more than 15 days as torture, yet many people in California state prisons have been encaged in solitary for 10 to 40 years!

In 2011, over 12,000 prisoners and their family and community members participated in statewide hunger strikes protesting the inhumane conditions in the SHU. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) promised meaningful reform. In February 2013, prisoners announced that another hunger strike would begin July 8th because of CDCR’s failure to fulfill that promise.

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East Side Stories: A Grassroots Vision for Education & Community

Monday, May 27th, 2013

East Side Stories: A Grassroots Vision for Education & Community from Producciones Cimarrón on Vimeo.

Students from across the Los Angeles area will teach community members about a range of social justice issues at a June 1 conference that positions youth voice at the forefront of social change efforts.

Organized by a group of Roosevelt High School educators and students, the conference—East Side Stories: A Grassroots Vision for Education & Community—seeks to foster youth empowerment and community organizing. The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Roosevelt High School, 456 South Mathews Street, Los Angeles. Admission is free.

“We aim to include what is often absent in the conversation on public education, which is powerful, transformative student voice,” said conference organizer and Roosevelt teacher Eddie Lopez.

SOMOS WYVERNWOOD: “Our Voices Will be Heard.”

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

SOMOS WYVERNWOOD: “Our Voices Will be Heard.” from Producciones Cimarrón on Vimeo.

On January 23, 2013 the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council voted and passed a motion in support of the Fifteen Group’s Wyvernwood “redevelopment” project. The vote, however, was in violation of various by-laws, including that the public was not properly informed about the location of the council meeting. The Fifteen Group’s proposed project has been guised as a community development project, when in reality it may displace more than 1,200 families. The “redevelopment” project will create more density in all ready dense area, have a significant environmental impact in the Boyle Heights area and displace the Wyvernwood community.

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Somos Wyvernwood: Adriana Carranza

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Somos Wyvernwood: Adriana Carranza from Producciones Cimarrón on Vimeo.

A video series dedicated to giving voice to the residents of the Wyvernwood Housing Complex that are being displaced under the guise of community development, jobs and modernization.



Sunday, September 30th, 2012

STAND WITH GRACE from Producciones Cimarrón on Vimeo.

Supporters Rally Together for Final Push Towards Asylum

LOS ANGELES– Grace Grande stood before a captivated audience Tuesday night and once again shared her story of fear and hope during the “Stand With Grace” Community Forum & Fundraiser. After more than five years of struggling to be free from her abuser and transborder stalker, Grande asserted, “I still choose to do the right thing […] I just want freedom and justice for my boys and me.”

Her future will be determined this Monday, September 24th, when Grande faces her final immigration court hearing for asylum. Grande and her children continue to be harassed and threatened by her abuser- a powerful, wealthy Philippine politician nearly double her age, in retaliation for her refusal to remain as his concubine. Grande seeks asylum for safety from him as well as future persecution and prosecution. If denied asylum, Grande will be deported back to the Philippines and will face retribution from a corrupt government official who has already threatened her life and the lives of her children.

The Association for Filipinas, Feminists Fighting Imperialism, Re-feudalization, and Marginalization (AF3IRM) and the Mariposa Center for Change have been working tirelessly to help Grande gain political asylum. The “Stand With Grace” campaign has brought together people from around the world. The widespread support reflects the global attention to the transnational aspects of the case- that forms of violence against women, such as stalking, know no borders, and that there is a dire need to strengthen and create policies that protect all women from violence, regardless of their immigration status. Thousands have decided to “Stand with Grace” – to not just fight back against abusers, but to also change the systems that empower and protect them. Grande’s abuser has manipulated US and other government agencies, including ICE, to force her back to the Philippines, and this has gone on for far too long.

For more information on the “Stand with Grace” campaign, please visit the AF3IRM website (af3irm.org) and Facebook (facebook.com/standwithgrace).