survivors deserve real justice
☎️☎️☎️ Time to contact your Oklahoma Legislator about HB 1639 ☎️☎️☎️
Find your Oklahoma legislator.
Join the coalition here https://oksurvivorjusticecoalition.org/
There are 2 capitol dates we hope to see you at. RSVP here and learn more.
Brenna Rose’s latest News Ch. 8 story about a criminalized survivor:
You are needed: Survivor Justice Day at the Oklahoma Capitol
HuffPost: When The Criminal Legal System Doesn’t Believe ‘Imperfect Victims’’
Police will always find a way to say, “Well, yeah, we care about victims, but this person isn’t a victim because …” And prosecutors will always find a reason to say, “But she was angry and not a victim. She was a violent person and not a victim. She had a foul mouth and was not a victim,” and the same with judges. So we see the ways that discretion plays out in this system now when people make really credible and strong claims of victimization and how those actors find ways to dismiss, discredit and disbelieve those survivors. There’s no reason to believe that reforms will make that any different.
Free Film Screening about Oklahoma’s female incarceration: ‘Women in Prison: America’s Forgotten Voices’
Film Screening and Panel Discussion on Women’s Incarceration in OklahomaIncarceration rates for women have increased 800% across the nation. In #Oklahoma alone, the number of women locked away in prisons has increased more than 17-fold, from 176 in 1978 to 3,114 in 2017. We continue to lead the nation in female incarceration, only second to Idaho, and this devastating phenomenon has caught the attention of the world.
Join us in a private screening of the film Women in Prison: America’s Forgotten Voices by French film studio StudioFact Rights documenting the mass incarceration of women in Oklahoma.Afterwards we will be joined by Kris Steele, the Executive Director of TEEM, Colleen McCarty, the Executive Director of Oklahoma Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, and Tondalao Hall, an advocate for reform and formerly incarcerated individual.
The program Poetic Justice is showcased in this documentary. April Wilkens was a part of that program last year, but is not featured. Colleen McCarty of Oklahoma Appleseed Center for Law and Justice is on the panel. McCarty is the co-host of the Panic Button podcast, whose first season told the ongoing story of April Wilkens.
ICYMI: Win for criminalized survivor Lisa Rae Moss
The comments on this post talk about what happened at the December 2022 Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board meeting. This is a huge win for all criminalized survivors in Oklahoma!
New Panic Button Episodes? Stay tuned!
View a home video of April bringing her son home for the first time
View a recording of The Ladies of Hope Ministries panel discussion for ‘Survived & Criminalized’ here
Colleen McCarty of the Oklahoma Appleseed Center for Law and Justice speaks about April Wilkens on this panel: