Wed, Sept. 23 ACTIONS by Location
the Bronx, NY – Crescent City, CA (Pelican Bay) – Los Angeles, CA – Nationwide for Yom Kippur – Oakland, CA –San Diego, CA – Santa Cruz, CA
If you still don’t see your locale, we haven’t received the details or YOU just might need to set up a simple action where you are!! Here are two resources with ideas to mark the day:
- Here are fliers and handbills to distribute.
- Check out our updated Universal Handbill to give out at these actions!
Statewide Coordinated Actions To End Solitary Confinement (SCATESC) has a PHSS Facebook Event page. SCATESC’s growing list of Co-sponsors and Endorsers is below. Look soon for a website launch for ‘Together to End Solitary’, the nationwide collaboration
Sept. 23 Locations & Details
the BRONX, NY:
All are welcome to join this monthly demonstration against the torture of solitary confinement. New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (CAIC) asks you to lend support to abolish Solitary Confinement in New York State.
Here’s the Bronx Flier & NY Solitary Fact Sheet
Bronx Action Details
Time: 6:00pm EST
Location: corner of White Plains Rd and Gunn Hill Rd, Bronx, NY 10467
For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/435402853327387/
CRESCENT CITY , CA:
Headed to demonstrate outside Pelican Bay State Prison (Crescent City, CA)
“Sleep Deprivation is Torture”
Please join us on Wednesday, Sept 23rd to protest the sleep deprivation torture that began on the night of Aug 2nd in Pelican Bay SHU, perpetrated by the guards. People in SHU cannot escape the constant noise, and they can’t sleep. It’s torture and it’s really hurting them.
We plan to set up across from Pelican Bay in protest of the 30 minute so-called welfare checks, the guards’ bogus excuse for the sleep deprivation. These “checks” happen 48 times a day, keeping people in SHU sleep deprived DAY & NIGHT.
Want to join us? We will have a banner and music and information (you can learn, if you don’t know much about solitary). People have been writing letters, sending emails, and making phone calls about the sleep deprivation, which seems to be retaliation for two successful lawsuits settled on behalf of prisoners.∗
The men inside will learn of our solidarity action which, we hope, will lift their spirits.
We will leave for Crescent City from Eureka on Wednesday morning and come back in the evening. Also, we will be demonstrating against CA prisons entombing people in solitary confinement, period.
Crescent City Action Details
Time: Carpool from Eureka about 9:00am PST
Protest 12:00pm – 5:00pm PST
Location: across from Pelican Bay, 5905 Lake Earl Dr, Crescent City, CA 95532
For more info, call 707-267-4249
Contact Name: Verbena
Contact Email: email@example.com
#CAHungerStrike #StopSolitary #Together #SleepDeprivationIsTorture #StopSolitaryCA
If the SHU Fits – Sept 23 Voices to End Solitary Confinement If the SHU Fits – Voices from Solitary Confinement is a play which uses the history, use of, and statistics about solitary confinement in the United States to paint a broad picture of the practice. But the heart of the play comes from letters, articles, statements, stories and commentaries from those imprisoned and their family members, as well as legal and community testimony.On Sept 1, 2015 an historic legal settlement was announced between CA and prisoners held in isolation for 10 years or more at Pelican Bay State Prison, calling for the end of the use of solitary confinement for people based on alleged prison gang affiliation. Despite that, the struggle is not over.Come join us to learn more about the ongoing efforts to end solitary confinement and to take action yourself!
HERE‘s the Los Angeles flier!
Los Angeles Action Details
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: St. John’s United Methodist Church 1715 Santa Ana Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90002
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/997504186975480/
For more info, call 310-704-3217
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NATIONWIDE FOR YOM KIPPUR:
T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights is asking people to dedicate their fast for Yom Kippur (which is on Sept. 23rd) to people in solitary and to educate themselves.
#StopSolitary #Together #StopTorture
Unfortunately, for many people in America, being alone–continuously–is a daily reality. Between 80,000 and 100,000 incarcerated persons in solitary confinement are alone for 23 hours a day. In support with those who face isolation, activists around the country have dedicated the 23rd of every month as a day of action and solidarity. This month, the 23rd is Yom Kippur. T’ruah is calling on Jews across the country to dedicate their fast to those who suffer in prolonged solitary confinement and renew their commitment to ending it.
OAKLAND, CA (two actions, day & night):
Oakland Daytime Action
The big banner and new placards will put attention on the horrendous noise at Pelican Bay SHU 24/7, caused by the ‘wellness checks’.
SLEEP DEPRIVATION = TORTURE
The architecture of the SHU at Pelican Bay amplifies the slamming of the pod doors, the guards clambering up and down the tiers as well as the beeper and wand action by guards. The interpretation of these wellness checks by Pelican Bay staffers is unacceptable. Turn out to hear the latest and sign up for our emergency response network.
Daytime Oakland Action Details
Time: 11:30am – 2:00pm
Location: in front of the CA State Building, 1515 Clay St, Oakland, CA 94612 (between 14th and 15th Streets)
Contact phone: 510-435-1898
Contact email: email@example.com
Oakland Nighttime Action
Flying Over Walls will be hosting their Oakland LGBTQ+ Prisoner Letterwriting Nightagain in conjunction with Statewide Coordinated Actions To End Solitary Confinement – and discussing the recent Ashker v. Governor of California settlement, including what it means and what we are still fighting for.
As the SF Bay Area chapter of Black & Pink, our focus is to connect the non-incarcerated LGBTQ+ folks who participate in our events to B&P members in Northern California prisons.
Nighttime Oakland Action Details
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm PST
Location: The Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1635556230055874/
SAN DIEGO, CA:
We will be out talking with people and providing information to END SOLITARY CONFINEMENT and promote the AGREEMENT TO END HOSTILITIES. Please come join us for an hour after the work day.
San Diego Action Details
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm PST
Location: Rosa Park (park is next to the library) City Heights, San Diego 92105
Contact Person: Martha Esquivel
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SANTA CRUZ, CA:
Join us on Wednesday September 23rd, 2015 in Santa Cruz as part of actions statewide throughout California and state-by-state nationwide. We will have sign-making, leafletting, and a rally. Also:
•Zines and other literature
•Security Housing Unit (SHU) / solitary model food tray
•Updates on the landmark victory of Ashker v. Gov. Brown and Statewide Coordinated Actions To End Solitary Confinement in CA & nationwide
•Readers’ Theater: plaintiffs’ statement on the settlement of Ashker v. Governor of California; women in and against solitary confinement.
On September 1, 2015 a landmark settlement ended indeterminate long-term solitary confinement in California prisons. The settlement may release 2,000 prisoners from solitary confinement. Let’s keep up the pressure to make sure it is implemented, and to end solitary confinement (15 days is torture), abusive prison conditions, and mass incarceration of the poor, particularly communities of color. 90% of people in the SHU in CA are people of color.
Sept. 5, 2015 is the 2-year anniversary of the suspension of the third nonviolent CA Prisoner Hunger Strike and work stoppage by over 30,000 prisoners. It was based on 5 Core Human Rights Demands and the Agreement to End Hostilities between all racial/ethnic and geographic groups in CA prisons, jails, and communities.
Santa Cruz Action Details
Time: 11:30am Sign-Making and Set Up
12 noon Leaflet and Talk with passersby
12:30pm – 2:30pm RALLY
Location: corner of Pacific Ave. and Cooper St., next to O’Neill’s, 110 Cooper St., Santa Cruz 95060
For more info, call 831-325-3251
Contact email: email@example.com
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1685905584966193/
“Together to End Solitary” is the national collaboration for actions on the 23rd of each month, representing the 23 or more hours a day people in solitary are in their cells (80,000- 100,000 adults and youth in U.S.). Please join people throughout the U.S. who are holding monthly actions to call for an end to the torture of solitary, at the recommendation of people incarcerated in Pelican Bay prison who led the momentous hunger strikes in CA prisons. Together we can end the torture of solitary confinement and make human rights a reality for all people. #StopSolitary #Together Here is the call out from the National Religious Campaign Against Torture.
∗Coleman vs. Brown and Ashker vs. Brown.
The constant noise and sleep deprivation is a distorted and abusive implementation of the “welfare” checks required by the Coleman settlement.
- Abolitionist Law Center
- ACLU of Northern California
- American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
- Anti-Racist Action-LA
- California Families Against Solitary Confinement (CFASC)
- California Prison Focus
- Coalition for Effective Public Safety (CEPS)
- Critical Resistance- Oakland
- Direct Action Monterey Network
- Dramastage Qumran
- Fight for Lifers West, Inc.
- Food Not Bombs
- Freedom Outreach Ministries
- Global Women’s Strike
- Human Rights Coalition Philly/Pittsburgh
- Human Rights Pen Pals
- Incarcerated Nation Corp.
- Justice for the Dallas 6 Support Campaign
- LA Laborfest
- Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC)
- National Lawyers Guild – SF Bay Area Chapter
- New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (CAIC)
- Oakland Alliance (OA)
- Prison Activist Resource Center (PARC- Oakland)
- Payday Men’s Network
- Peoples’ Action for Rights and Community (PARC- Eureka)
- Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition (PHSS)
- Project: Pollinate
- Santa Cruz County Peace and Freedom Party
- Santa Cruz Resistance Against Militarization (SCRAM!)
- Sin Barras
- Student Alliance for Prison Reform (SAPR)
- Women and Trans Prisoner Defense Committee
- Women of Color/Global Women’s Strike
- Youth Justice Coalition
- ACLU – Pasadena/Foothills
- ACLU of Southern California
- American Friends Service Committee- LA
- Ramona Africa and The MOVE Organization
- Dr. Nancy Arvold, PhD, MFT, member Psychologists for Social Responsibility
- Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC)
- Black and Pink – San Diego
- Cabrillo College Justice League
- Cafe Intifada
- Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB)
- California Peace and Freedom Party
- Center for Constitutional Rights
- Children’s Defense Fund of California
- Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action (COPA) Restorative Justice Institutions
- Critical Resistance –LA
- Darrell and Karen Darling
- Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
- FACTS Education Fund
- Fair Chance Project
- Family of Frank Alvarado Jr., killed by Salinas Police, July 10, 2014
- Freedom Archives
- Free Our Minds, Free Radio Santa Cruz
- Rabbi Borukh Goldberg
- Rabbi Philip Posner
- Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace
- Justice for Palestinians, San Jose
- LA No More Jails (No Mas Carceles)
- MLK Coalition of Greater LA
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)-Santa Cruz County
- National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT)
- Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church-Pasadena
- Dylcia Pagán, former Puerto Rican Political Prisoner held in US prison
- Leonard Peltier Support Group Silicon Valley
- Progressive Christians Uniting (PCU)
- Public Works Improvisational Theater
- Queer Strike
- Redwood Curtain CopWatch
- San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper
- Santa Cruz County Community Coalition to Overcome Racism (SCCCCOR)
- Sharon Kyle
- South Bay Committee Against Political Repression (SBCAPR)
- The WE Empowerment Center
- T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights
- United Against Police Terror – San Diego
- US PROStitutes Collective
- Donna Wallach
- Women’s Council, California Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers