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Dr. B. Cayenne Bird is a 37-year veteran op-ed journalist and publisher. She volunteers her time as founder and director of United for No Injustice, Oppression or Neglect UNION since 1998. The UNION is active in prison reform and criminal justice issues IN CALIFORNIA ONLY. She is a mother and grandmother and focuses on human rights and restorative justice. She is also the host of television series "Cayenne Common Sense" and publishes a daily online newsletter to subscribers. An partial archive of her columns can be found here
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Thursday, September 20, 2012     

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Veteran Op-Ed writer denied prison visit for identifying herself as a journalist
(6 comments) Senior oped journalist humiliated over bra choice by California Prison Guards Tracy Brown, E. Vazquez and D. Alfaro, turned away and forcibly removed from grounds after identifying herself as a journalist. Major First Amendment Rights violation may result in lawsuit.

Saturday, January 8, 2011     

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Scott Kernan Retires from CA Prisons Post but Who Killed the Capitol Cook?
(7 comments) Calif. Prisons Undersecretary Scott Kernan retires amidst scandals. Dying former Capitol cook Teddie Rowe names him as responsible for fatal medical neglect. Teddie Rowe's nine year sentence turned into a death sentence - alleged victims recanted story but it was too late. Who killed the Capitol cook?

Saturday, January 1, 2011     

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CDCR can Mobilize over a Fence Story but Ignores Sick Prisoners
(7 comments) My Op-Ed about an expensive fence built at the California Department of Corrections headquarters created an uproar and more lies coming out of the agency that has broken our hearts and broken our budget. Look closer at the fence that is....

Tuesday, December 28, 2010     

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CDCR Builds Million Dollar Prison Gate Fortress in Downtown Sacramento
(4 comments) California Department of Corrections has built a million dollar fence at its downtown Sacramento headquarters at a time when the state is broke "to keep out the homeless."

Saturday, September 25, 2010     

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Prison Officials Lying About riot at Sierra Conservation Center
(2 comments) Warden Frank X. Chavez lied to the media about a riot that took place at Sierra Conservation Center last week involving at least six serious injuries. There are reports of torture and murder at the prison and complaints are being filed with the United Nations in hopes that an investigation will actually take place. California prisoners have no place to go for help, so riots are predictable, and preventable

Thursday, May 27, 2010     

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Calif. Prison Reformers: Don't be suckered by sound bites and statistics New Zealanders
(2 comments) California's 3 Strikes law is irrational, unsustainable and at the core of the prison and budget woes that have devastated the state. There are no academic statistics that prove it has done one thing to reduce crime. Our violent crime rate is still 11% above the national average, while NY, by using methods of rehabilitation, has fallen dramatically well below national averages. Why is New Zealand using us as a model?

Tuesday, May 4, 2010     

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Ron Givens to deliver messages of the draconian three strikes law to New Zealand
(1 comments) Ron Givens will embark on a speaking tour of New Zealand beginning May 12 to educate the citizens there of the destructive effects of this law in California. He is representing the families of the UNION who are sending messages about the injustice in their cases.

Saturday, December 12, 2009     

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$475,000 Wrongful Death Lawsuit Win- Families, Clergy, Attorneys Decry Murders in Prisons
(6 comments) $475,000 Wrongful death lawsuit win - families, clergy, attorneys and activists decry murders of California prisoners

Monday, August 10, 2009     

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Outrageous rates charged for prison phone calls breaks family ties
(4 comments) Collect calls from prisons are outrageously high from the families who can least afford them. It has long been established that family ties are critical to rehabilitation, yet phone company monopolies and correctional departments are making out like bandits. An action to cap the rates is before the FCC.

Sunday, July 5, 2009     

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California Constitutional Convention initiatives filed by the people, for the people
(1 comments) Californians in crisis have filed two initiatives in an attempt to empower themselves to re-write their State Constitution. Paul Currier, a patriot who is a poor man, drafted two articles which if passed, would give Californians a chance to revise their own laws. The goal is to keep special interests away from the lawmakers. It's a multi-partisan plan that could work with enough grassroots support.

Sunday, April 26, 2009     

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Torture Ignored in California's Prisons
(13 comments) Torture & criminal behavior on the part of public servants is a pervasive problem in America today.

Sunday, March 29, 2009     

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Suspicious Death at Chowchilla Womens Prison - Jackboots Obstruct Journalists and Jailhouse Lawyers
(2 comments) More than 4,500 deaths have taken place in California's prisons over the past decade, and even the guards have confessed to torture and outrageous abuse. State officials will not remedy the problem and are hell bent on covering it up in order to preserve the human bondage industry which pays for the bureaucracy. The jailhouse lawyers are suffering severe retaliation and blocked access to the courts.

Monday, February 16, 2009     

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Prisoner Release Ruling is Long Overdue as the Death Toll Mounts
(1 comments) One of the most asinine laws in existence is that prisoners must parole back to the area where they were arrested, regardless of whether or not they have a job or support of family/friends there. Many prisoners want to leave the state or the country when they are paroled but this is prohibited. Why? A prisoner is dying every day under the eyes of the media.

Sunday, February 15, 2009     

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Real Justice Served with Prisoner Release Order - at long last
(19 comments) A historical accounting of the UNION moms' long battle to bring California's murder by medical neglect and abuse of the mentally ill by the journalist who lived and battled for it for more than a decade. The judges' order to release tens of thousands of prisoners is to be celebrated in a humanitarian crisis of immeasurable proportions that continues today.

Monday, January 5, 2009     

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Inmates Forced to Drink Poison Water - No Place to Go for Help
(7 comments) Over the last decade, I have published in my columns and editorials information about inmates being forced to drink poison water at most of the prisons. I would like to share with you a letter sent to me by Daniel Zuma, a member of our UNION prison reform group with a graduate degree who gives us a first person, professionally qualified description of tainted water at DVI a prison at Tracy, Ca.

Friday, November 28, 2008     

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Throng of families of dead and dying prisoners beg for help outside Federal Courthouse
(6 comments) Large crowd of families of Dead and Dying Prisoners beg for help outside the Federal Courthouse in San Francisco during historic Plata hearing.

Monday, November 17, 2008     

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Rally to End Murder by Medical Neglect in CA Prisons
This Friday, Nov 21 at 9 a.m. sharp 450 Golden Gate Ave San Francisco, CA Meet by the flagpole rain or shine the rally flyer is here

Tuesday, July 8, 2008     

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Jailhouse Lawyer Denied Medical Appliance to Block his Lawsuits
(1 comments) Eric K'napp is at this very moment being tormented, blocked and denied his right to answer an important lawsuit that he filed over similar treatment at CSP Los Angeles County Lancaster. He has a deadline of July 17, 2008 to file objections to case CV 06-7702-JVS before US Magistrate Judge Rosalyn M. Chapman.