Is herd immunity the secret policy in California prisons?

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CIW when it was new, in about 1932 – What and who was the prison designed for then?

by Cheryl Vaughn

Introduction by Editor Nube Brown: As an abolitionist on a constant rant that modern-day slavery is taking place within our prisons, codified by the 13th Amendment exception clause, in constant receipt of hundreds of letters from prisoners describing their inhumane conditions on the plantation – Angola State Prison in Louisiana is literally built on a plantation – and buoyed by the International Jurists’ GUILTY verdict to the people’s charge of genocide by the U.S. government, the comparison of the survival of the fittest mentality that manifested on the slave ships to herd immunity in prisons is not lost on us and is the continuation of crimes against humanity – genocide.

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What and who is the CIW prison designed for now?

What follows is Part 1 from a woman vigorously reaching out to be heard. I recall seeing Cheryl’s first submission, but, not familiar with navigating JPay, I thought I had responded. Due to another desperate situation occurring in another prison, I was forced onto JPay again and it was from there I realized Cheryl had since submitted weeks’ worth of emails, hoping they would be published, or at least responded to. It appeared I had “ignored” them. As a woman, this affected me deeply and brought crashing into my consciousness the issue of women prisoners and people in women’s prisons in general – they do not get equitable representation, space, respect or empathy. I’ve been endeavoring to change that – now it’s pedal to the metal!

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Sixty-eight years ago, this was the “honor cottage” at CIW for women who were pending parole release.
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Sixty-eight years later, seeing the overcrowded day room of today, we return to a 2014 SF Bay View headline: “Women prisoners plead for help”: “Two women writing to expose abuse that has terrorized them at CIW (California Institution for Women) wish not to reveal their identities for fear of more retaliation.”

CDCR’s Mission Statement

To facilitate the successful reintegration of the individuals in our care back to their communities equipped with the tools to be drug-free, healthy and employable members of society by providing education, treatment, rehabilitation and restorative justice programs, all in a safe and humane environment.

Dec. 8, 2022

It’s me, Cheryl. How are you? I talked to Ms. Griffin a couple of days ago. 

Well, it’s a madhouse here at CIW (California Institute for Women) with these compaction moves. That’s what the staff have put on the bed move papers. I just think it violates health and safety laws, since we got the Covid-19 virus and the Delta Variant and now something called the Omicron?! 

“Although they have committed crimes, prisoners are still entitled to adequate healthcare. They are still human beings who should get medical treatment that’s fair. To be captured and denied care by your captor is a form of TORTURE. As a result, you also suffer mentally and emotionally from your internal physical torture.”

In the Prison Health News, on page 12, there was an article titled “Prisoners Health Must Matter” by Bobby Bostic. Here is some of what it stated: 

“Although they have committed crimes, prisoners are still entitled to adequate healthcare. They are still human beings who should get medical treatment that’s fair. To be captured and denied care by your captor is a form of TORTURE. As a result, you also suffer mentally and emotionally from your internal physical torture.” (Emphasis added.)

In the landmark case of Estelle v. Gamble, the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution was held to guarantee medical care as part of a prisoner’s rights. 

I am no legal expert at all; I am just a human being, an inmate. I truly think that compacting us during a global pandemic that keeps changing and expanding is ethically and morally wrong, callous and disregards the safety needs of everyone involved. This is particularly cruel to us who are held captive. 

To illustrate: Right when Covid was first sweeping through the U.S., a group of us here at CIW filed emergency grievances (602s), asking for early releases. Every single one of us that I know was denied. 

Covid swept through CIW, killing one inmate. The COs said it was her underlying condition. Yeah, OK, lying under what? Covid? Then, when we got Covid, we were treated like it was our fault. We were sick and forced to move to an isolation unit in RC (restricted custody), which was filthy. 

This happened Dec. 12, 2020. We were in RC about two weeks. Some of us were bunked with a cellmate. We were not allowed to use the washing machines; our blankets were germy and dirty, and we were locked in cold cells most of the day. 

When I asked one of the nurses or TTAs who was taking my vitals (my blood pressure kept escalating) if this was all a part of the plan to establish herd immunity, she said, “I plead the Fifth.” 

See, I asked that because I was being told by Wendy Howard, at “Justice for Wendy’’ in Tehachapi, Calif., an advocate for prisoners’ rights, that “right, wrong or indifferent,” establishing herd immunity was the plan. 

It was supposed to be a secret plan – to intentionally allow sick inmates to mix with well in order to attempt to establish herd immunity. Well, it created a pandemic within a pandemic here at CIW. 

I believe the way we have been dealt with compares to the way the men in San Quentin were treated and that what staff did or failed to do was something like crimes against humanity.

We knew something was up because of the careless, casual way staff were transferring people from CCTRP (Custody to Community Transitional Reentry Program) and other places, and not waiting the period of time to insure that person was okay. That happened to me. 

A lady left CCTRP and came back to prison. Around the first night she was back, they put her in the cell with me. After I got Covid, I was diagnosed with heart failure.

See, there was no more need for early releases to prevent us from contracting Covid, because they quickly made sure we got it. The THREAT of it was over. It was now a reality, and most of us got it. 

Even in Sao Paulo, Brazil, a Brazilian senate panel urged that President Jair Bolsonaro be criminally charged for his pandemic actions, alleging he let Covid-19 rage freely in the country to test out herd immunity. The 11-member panel said Bolsonaro should be charged with crimes against humanity. He is accused of carrying out a secret plan in which as many Brazilians as possible became infected with Covid-19 to increase the country’s levels of natural immunity against the virus. 

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Cheryl Vaughn with her son, Damion Vaughn, and grandson in 2015, back when hope-raising visits were still an option.

Brazil has the world’s second highest death toll after the U.S. Across the U.S., prisoners were misused in the same way.

It is torturous still – the constant testing; the constant new people coming in; constantly wanting to poke us with the two shots, then the booster and then the flu shots, sometimes back-to-back. The booster today, then the flu shot tomorrow. 

Now, in the last few weeks, they are piling us up on top of each other again. Even before the nurse Quok could test us all, they started the compaction moves. He said, “Please Stop!” There are 120 people in a unit; for instance, Emmons A, 120 people, and Emmons B, 120 people or close to it. Stress levels, anxiety for inmates and some staff, is very high.

Now, in order to accommodate two to a cell, prison doctors are snatching people’s lower bunk chronos – even when a person has a permanent lower bunk chrono for various health concerns. You have to fight to get your chrono back, even temporarily. 

If you are over 56 years old, been down 22 years with arthritis in most of your body and you have degenerative joint disease, etc., they don’t care. They snatch your chrono, and actually call these compaction moves. 

You know what the word compaction means – that’s for sardines, not people! Or you compact your trash, not human beings. We can’t even see a memo or get a clear answer as to why. 

If there are deaths, it’s OK because we are probably considered acceptable losses, casualties in the war against disease.

I believe the way we have been dealt with compares to the way the men in San Quentin were treated and that what staff did or failed to do was something like crimes against humanity.

When a San Quentin correctional sergeant, Gilbert Polanco, died from Covid-19, attorney Julia Sherwin represented his family. The federal civil rights suit claims that his death was preventable and resulted from unsafe conditions because of “intentional and deliberately indifferent” decisions. 

Attorney Charles Carbone represented some of the San Quentin inmates there who were affected by Covid – but what about here in CIW? What about any of the women’s institutions? Who represents us? I believe my lifespan was shortened. Is this prison being fined by Cal OSHA for COVID-related workplace violations?

I was definitely injured, as were many of my peers. Many of us experienced heart problems as a result of Covid.

Sincerely, Cheryl Vaughn

Dec. 8, 2021

Today, Dec. 8, 2021, here at CIW (California Institute for Women) since these compaction moves have been going on, there are people now quarantined in Emmons A, 404 up, 447 up. Basically, Ya Ya, Apple and Megan are quarantined.

These staff people won’t be happy until one or more of us dies.

All of the IDL (Inmate Day Labor) inmate workers have been exposed to Covid again by their supervisor, who tested positive.

This makes a good case against involuntary servitude in prison.

The CDC upgraded how Covid is spread; it’s now admittedly aerosol, not just sneeze or cough droplets, but a finer mist than aerosol droplets, and it is airborne.

Seeing as we are viewed as the bottom-feeders of society, outcasts anyway, we serve a purpose for scientific research and job security for the all-powerful California Correctional Peace Officers Association – one of the most powerful unions in the world. They just about make or break governors.

So, here in Emmons, A3 inmates are now quarantined; they had to move out to various units bringing that possible contagion to those units.

Only one inmate got to stay here in Emmons A in her original cell – Megan Powell, because she is single celled, and she is of the executive IAC body.

Also, there is already at least one confirmed positive in the prison. It may not even be reported. This is a human rights crisis.

The warden we have now was transferred – not fired – from CIM. It was alleged she was transferred because she allowed inmates from CIM to be transferred to San Quentin during the pandemic when all those San Quentin inmates and one sergeant ended up dying of COVID. They did not fire this warden but transferred her here.

She was not charged with any crimes against humanity.

Cheryl Vaughn

Dec. 12, 2021

Good morning text message of the future, 

I woke up this morning, I jumped out of bed, my knee didn’t hurt, nor did my head 

I moved at a pace, not sluggish and slow. My heartbeat was regular, my eyes were aglow 

And I could see at a distance without ocular aid, there were lions in the garden. I wasn’t afraid

I ran out to join them and could easily breathe, the air was so clear, and the lions didn’t leave 

They didn’t attack nor did they show fear, as they strolled by the river with elephants and deer 

I needed no medicines, tablets or sprays, my health was improved in oh, so many ways 

I looked in the water, I smiled and could see a full set of teeth smiling straight back at me 

A tree full of fruit hanging heavy on the bough, could be plucked when I wanted, and I wanted it now 

Lost loved ones were there, living and well, returned from the places where they once fell 

There is no more strife, the world is now full of love and new life 

My back isn’t aching, my tummy is flat, I don’t need liposuction cuz there is no fat 

My proportions are perfect, my skin young and clear, my hair is not thinning, I’ve nothing to fear 

I realize now, I have made it through; THE NEW WORLD IS HERE AND SO ARE YOU 

Verify these prophecies in your own Scriptures at Psalm 37:10, 11, 29 and John 5:28,29. Also Isaiah 2:4 and Isaiah 11:9 then Micah 4:4; next see Job 33:25 then Revelation 21:3, 4. 

Have a pleasant day, and when this world we are in now stresses you, look up these things and ponder over them.

Dec. 17, 2021

Hi, Nube it’s me, Cheryl. 

How is your day going? My day is very noisy. As I write, many bed moves are still going on here in Emmons A at CIW (California Institution for Women) due to many inmates having to go on quarantine. They now have to move out of Emmons A and be housed in Miller B housing unit and other places. 

Does he not know what’s going on in his prison system? Perhaps allowing us to be killed in the name of science is not really crimes against humanity, since we may not actually be considered human. However, I still say exposing and re-exposing us or animals to a deadly virus is torture.

The quarantine is necessary because their supervisors in some departments such as IDL, Plant Operations etc. have either tested positive or been exposed to Covid. So the inmates have been possibly exposed because of their free staff or custody bosses. 

About two days ago, women fresh off the bus from CCWF and other institutions who had lower-bunk chronos had to be transferred to Folsom prison because there were no more lower bunks available here, even after Dr. Frank Truong and other doctors started yanking people’s permanent lower-bunk chronos. 

So now many people in lower bunks who really need to be in those bunks have temporary lower bunks only. Well, even with all of that, inmates don’t have enough available lower bunks to go to. So off to another prison they have to go. 

My question is why are they steadily bringing in new prisoners from other places in the first place? Why is Gov. Gavin Newsom allowing all of this? Why is Sacramento looking the other way on this? Is this another herd immunity testing experiment on us inmates to see how we react to the new variants after many of us received the vaccines plus the boosters? 

Instead of testing lab rats, the doctors can conduct live human experiments to test their theories about the efficacy of the shots against Covid and its variants on us. They have a bunch of inmates to expose and re-expose to Covid and its variants to see how effective vaccines are. 

The problem with the strip search, cough squat method is the officer has the female’s genitalia on camera. None of us knows who is reviewing that recorded film, what kind of weirdos are seeing all your family jewels. 

If there are deaths, it’s OK because we are probably considered acceptable losses, casualties in the war against disease.

Seeing as we are viewed as the bottom-feeders of society, outcasts anyway, we serve a purpose for scientific research and job security for the all-powerful California Correctional Peace Officers Association – one of the most powerful unions in the world. They just about make or break governors.

Is it true our governor accepted about $80 million from them in the form of campaign donations for his run for presidency or some other political endeavors? Could it be that’s why he is allowing all of these Compaction Moves and prison transfers amid an ever-changing, expanding pandemic? 

Note: It looks like Gov Newsom’s campaign received $1.75 million to fight against his recall, a huge problem even at that amount. And here is the California Department of Corrections and rehabilitation’s 2021-2022 annual budget: $13,624,979, an increase of $1,229,014 over last year – for what?

Does he not know what’s going on in his prison system? Perhaps allowing us to be killed in the name of science is not really crimes against humanity, since we may not actually be considered human. However, I still say exposing and re-exposing us or animals to a deadly virus is torture.

Now all of us inmates have to program or work with these free-staff or custodial supervisors in some capacity. This is because of that loophole in the constitution about slavery. This is involuntary servitude. 

How do we even know it’s not being sold underground on the black market or something? Why is it necessary to have everyone viewing us that closely?

But is it OK for our slavemasters to expose us to deadly diseases because they want to come to work themselves after they have been exposed or because they don’t want vaccinations? Is this an ethical practice? 

Sincerely, Cheryl

Dec. 19, 2021

Hi, it’s me Cheryl. I hope your day is going well. It is very disturbing here in CIW, in women’s prisons in California, period. 

I have a friend that almost wants to stop visiting her mom and dad. She loves them dearly, but every time she has a visit when it ends, she has to disrobe completely and cough, squat and allow an officer to look at her naked bottom for “safety reasons.”

This is very unnecessary because they have a low-level x-ray machine the women can stand on and the female officer can see everything that way.

The problem with the strip search, cough squat method is the officer has the female’s genitalia on camera. None of us knows who is reviewing that recorded film, what kind of weirdos are seeing all your family jewels. 

How do we even know it’s not being sold underground on the black market or something? Why is it necessary to have everyone viewing us that closely?

No one but the gynecologist should see all that. I pray this practice stops!

Cheryl Vaughn

Dec. 21, 2021

A picture is worth a thousand words 

This morning here at CIW I saw the saddest, yet profound sight. An elderly female lifer was programming. It made me think of a cartoon. The lady is an LWOP (Life Without the possibility of Parole), she has pins all throughout her body, osteoporosis and she is severely thin and fragile, about 75-years-old or older. 

She has been locked up since she was a young, beautiful woman. She was hunched over trying to do her involuntary servitude programming.

We still don’t know what all the poison ingredients are to this so-called water. They treat us so poorly in CDCr though that many of us consider it a “privilege” to work in the kitchen so that we can get a poison shower – that’s wrong on so many levels.

I felt that this should be turned into a political cartoon, with age progression of this female lifer in CDCr. The same Black woman doing the same mopping – as beautiful, strong, young then as she is frail, elderly, skeletal and with a mask on now, while the prison guard watches her with his young, strong self and his feet up, mask hanging off his face. You get the picture. 

Also, in another cartoon they should show the CCPOA giving a big sack of $$ to the governor with 80 million stamped on it as he is exchanging a female in chains or something that gets that point across. 

Cheryl

Editor’s note: Sounds like a worthy artist’s challenge!

Dec. 22, 2021

Well, if it’s not bad enough that many of the women here at CIW just got off of quarantine after being exposed by their supervisors to Covid because their supervisors had tested positive, now the big brass wants to come as I write this looking for any contraband in our cells. 

They came with body bags. A lieutenant, a sergeant and an associate warden who acts like he totally hates inmates, especially female inmates. Why don’t they leave us alone already?!

Here, being tormented at CIW. They will be here next. Wow. 

Bye, Cheryl

Dec. 24, 2021

Hi, it’s me, Cheryl, here at CIW, 

It’s Dec. 24, 2021, 7:50 a.m. We are all locked down. An inmate died here either early this morning or late last night. I am not sure if it’s another suicide or what yet. 

Gov. Newsom could put a halt to many of these abuses very effectively and swiftly if he cared to, but I guess that campaign donation he accepted from the California Correctional Peace Officers Association has clouded his judgement. He seems to be reneging on many of his previous commitments. Looks like he changed horses and direction. 

Thank you, Cheryl Vaughn

Dec. 27, 2021

Hi Nube, 

It’s me, Cheryl here at CIW. We are having it Third World-rough in here! We got the boil water notice on Christmas Day; even though CIM and the big brass here at CIW have known since December that we should not have been drinking, brushing teeth or even using the water without boiling. 

Perhaps notice was given to those other members of the community and neighbors, but we inmates at CIW were the very last to know because once again we don’t count. We are mere property. State property – slaves, really. So, if we get sick it’s OK. We are easily replaced.

We still don’t know what all the poison ingredients are to this so-called water. They treat us so poorly in CDCr though that many of us consider it a “privilege” to work in the kitchen so that we can get a poison shower – that’s wrong on so many levels.

They started allowing the kitchen slaves (inmate workers) to shower in the poison water before we have it tested again to see where we are at with acceptable levels of debris, parasites, fecal matter and arsenic or plain old poison in the water! They should turn it off completely so that people aren’t even tempted to use it out of sheer desperation because we have been without showers for days and women are tempted to wash their crevices and should truly not be using it at all. 

We finally got our own individual bottles of sealed drinking water called Aqua Pure, after much wrangling and back and forth with the women and the powers that be. But they want us to work. As an incentive, they offer us the poison shower (think Germany during the Hitler/Nazi regime), which now women are thinking is better than no shower at all. 

They keep trying to predict that everything will be back to normal soon. Yes, they want to blow smoke up our noses and tell us the water’s fine, come on in! No. We need an honest agency with much oversight to really let this water issue be completely transparent, as water itself should be! 

Shame on Gov. Newsom for accepting any money from this evil band of marauders called the CCPOA and for his allowing all these human rights abuses in women’s prisons. These people commit crimes against humanity. 

Tell us the absolute truth about the water in a timely manner. Tell the neighboring nursing homes and churches and residents who are on the same water system as us. 

Sincerely, Cheryl Vaughn

Dec. 28, 2021

Hi, Nube, it’s me Cheryl from CIW. 

How’s your day going? It is Dec. 28, 2021, Tuesday morning at 7:00 a.m. We still have no showers in the institution for general population, only for the listed people who are critical workers. My thing is the lies being told to the inmates and the public. 

Dec. 7, 2021, was when officials at CIM (California Institute for Men) knew about the water problem. I believe the officials here in CIW did too. But on Dec. 24, 2021, they only told us we were on water conservation because water was low, which is not that unusual here. So, since Dec. 24, 2021, we have not had laundry or showers. But on Dec. 25, 2021, we got the boil water notice. I guess that was supposed to be a gift from Santa Clause or something. It was a bombshell instead. 

But the women who help do the trash are all excited because they may be able to at least get a poison shower afterward. Last night, the housing staff sent the porters around with sign-up sheets to see who all wanted to take a 3-to-5-minute shower in the poison water – pretty much everyone signed up out of sheer desperation; plus no one wanted to hear the taunting of the other women about not signing up to wash your nasty ––––.

Up to that point, we were still brushing our teeth and washing our faces and cooking with this water. Perhaps on Dec. 7, 2021, they should have shut the water off completely as a safety precaution and issued a notice to everyone on this water system and the community such as medical clinics, dentist offices, schools, nursing homes, animal shelters, residential homes and businesses, as well as prisoners who are on this water well system. 

Perhaps notice was given to those other members of the community and neighbors, but we inmates at CIW were the very last to know because once again we don’t count. We are mere property. State property – slaves, really. So, if we get sick it’s OK. We are easily replaced.

I guess it is also okay that on Christmas Day was the last hot meal we had; perhaps they cooked our dinner with this water. We had a Christmas dinner of roast beef, mashed potatoes, boiled yams, pasta salad, cold almost frozen apple pie and cold chocolate milk. We rarely ever get such treats except on one of the big holidays. 

But the critical workers think it’s a privilege to be allowed to shower in this poison water. We are so desperate to not feel gross, we all are starting to think poison water is better than no shower at all. 

On Dec. 25, 2021, an associate warden lied to my friend’s mother telling her we were all getting bottles of water. My friend’s mother is not just part of the public at large – who he should never be comfortable lying to – no, my friend’s mother sits on one of the family council boards for the prisoners. 

Let me tell you how they distributed “drinking” water to us on Christmas Day: The housing staff had porters help him get igloos. We suggested they NOT give us water in those because when was the last time they were cleaned and what was there to clean them with? He had said they did not have enough water stocked to give us individual bottles. Inmates wanted to know why not? They see them being given to staff quite often.

I mean, we even have the puppy program here. People would not shower or bathe their pets or animals in poisonous water. They certainly wouldn’t make them drink it!

In fact, when we try to buy bottled water on our shop days, they are usually low or out because it is given or sold to staff first. But on that Christmas Day, the housing staff was perhaps following orders from his superiors to pour the bottled water in the contaminated igloos. 

The igloos were contaminated because they used the tap water to rinse out the igloos. Then people lined up to fill up their containers. He admonished them not to use too much. He stood over one inmate and told her to stop; her container was too big to fill up. 

Other people had water bottles and you could see them putting the lip of their containers right up touching the spigot/mouth of the igloo. More contamination. 

So, after the brass lied to the public on Dec. 25, 2021, on Dec. 26, 2021, at dinner time, they told us we could go to the chow hall and get a gallon of water each – our own individual bottles, finally!

Well since Christmas Day the portable toilets have been sitting all over the institution, placing two in front of each housing unit. But since they never turned the water completely off, which they should probably do for safety reasons, we have been using our toilets in cell. 

No one wants to go out in the rain at night to use the outhouse. The staff don’t want to let us out for that. The women have volunteered to help dump the trash because all the Styrofoam containers we are using for our cold foods the chow hall serves us in now have been piling up – another ecological tragedy that goes to some landfill.

But the women who help do the trash are all excited because they may be able to at least get a poison shower afterward. Last night, the housing staff sent the porters around with sign-up sheets to see who all wanted to take a 3-to-5-minute shower in the poison water – pretty much everyone signed up out of sheer desperation; plus no one wanted to hear the taunting of the other women about not signing up to wash your nasty ––––.

That’s what one particularly loudmouth, louder than the others, was monitoring – who was signing up and who was not, putting shame on women who were skeptical about the risk involved. Like we needed that extra pressure. 

In a perfect world, the water would be off until the problem is fully repaired or replaced if it can be and until a report of honest, full disclosure to the public can be made about the water. And honest, timely, full disclosure to us inmates. 

I mean, we even have the puppy program here. People would not shower or bathe their pets or animals in poisonous water. They certainly wouldn’t make them drink it!

Can we please get some kind of detailed report about the darn water? If I cannot drink the water, should I be showering in it?

If necessary, close this prison and transfer us, or let people go who have a year or less left. I mean this place was built at a time when asbestos was being used as insulation. They lied to us and said there was no asbestos here. 

Some of us have swept up debris from when they tore down a trailer for education. There was asbestos insulating material with foil around a pinkish fibrous material. It was asbestos. That trailer had sat unused for such a long time because it also had black mold in it and could not be used. 

We have not received another gallon jug of water since the evening of Dec. 26, 2021. How many cups of water should a human drink each day? How much water should our puppies here drink? 

C. Vaughn

Dec. 28, 2021

Here at CIW, 11:22 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021.

Our housing staff announced we are off stage-3 water conservation, so we can shower and do laundry, but still do not drink the water. ARE THEY JUMPING THE GUN ON SAFETY? 

Can we please get some kind of detailed report about the darn water? If I cannot drink the water, should I be showering in it?

Should this place be allowing it, or should they be turning it off completely until it is fully repaired, and a truthful report is generated? 

Should our puppies be drinking it or bathing in it? Is it safe for any of that? Would the SPCA approve? 

Now we have 339 inmates on quarantine. Seven are active Covid cases in general population.

Then why don’t they want to give us more bottled water, instead of continuing to give us water in these old, contaminated igloos? 

The last time we got our own bottle of sealed water was on Dec. 26, 2021. PLEASE HELP.

Dec. 29, 2021

Russia’s Supreme Court Plenum Resolution – What will it mean for Jehovah’s Witnesses? 

On Oct. 28, 2021, the Russian Supreme Court Plenum amended a resolution regarding extremist activity. The new language indicates that individual or collective worship should no longer be viewed as participation in the activities of a banned religious organization. 

However, the plenum’s resolution has not yet stopped the systematic persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses, as Russian authorities have already interpreted the amendment in vastly different ways. For example, since the Oct. 28 amendment, authorities have raided at least 13 homes of Witnesses, denied the appeal of Sister Irina Lokhvitskaya and convicted 80-year-old Sister Yelena Savelyeva. 

In contrast, on Nov. 22, 2021, a court in Vladivostok found Brother Dmitriy Barmakin not guilty and acquitted him of all charges. We do not know if the amended resolution will relieve the persecution or perhaps even lead to harsher prison terms. 

HELP. PLEASE.

Whatever happens, we continue to fully trust in Jehovah to help our brothers and sisters to endure with joy until he provides true and lasting salvation. – Psalm 146:3-5

Jan. 1, 2022

Dear Nube, 

Today is New Year’s Day. We are getting locked down because inmates tested positive for some form of Covid here at CIW. No showers or anything yet. Let people go home.

Jan. 5, 2022

Hi, Nube, 

It’s Jan. 5, 2022, 12:40 in the afternoon. Already this New Year has a bad start here at CIW.

PLEASE HELP.

Now we have 339 inmates on quarantine. Seven are active Covid cases in general population.

We are on Phase 1 again at CIW. Deja vu. We are locked down.

We are short of staff because 100 of them have tested positive.

We have bad water. Can’t they let people go?

The inmates who are positive are all in Wilson housing unit so far. There are some in Psychiatric Inpatient Programs (PIP) who are positive, but they are not being counted as part of the prison because they are not in general population with us and they have their own yard etc.

HELP. PLEASE.

PLEASE HELP.

Inmate Cheryl Vaughn, W93852

Send our sister some love and light: Cheryl Vaughn, W93852, CIW, 16756 Chino-Corona Rd., Corona, CA 92880.