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Struggle against solitary confinement and a new humanism

Date:
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Time:
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Event Type:
Meeting
Organizer/Author:
Ron Kelch
Email:
Address:
P.O. Box 3345, Oakland, Ca. 94609
Location Details:
Niebyl-Proctor Library
6501 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, Ca.

Four years ago Pelican Bay Security Housing Unit (PB SHU) prisoners staged their first hunger strike, awakening a nationwide movement in and outside prisons against the pervasive use of long term solitary confinement. Today there are many challenges to what is internationally recognized as state sanctioned torture: from ongoing negotiations with the original PB strike representatives, to legal challenges including a law suit Ashker v. Brown, to swing-vote Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy inviting a challenge to the way solitary confinement is used as an unconstitutional form of "cruel and unusual punishment." The prisoners' movement has continued on the ground, even as guards are staging their own actions to punish the prisoners and make the PB SHU more unbearable. Come hear prison rights activist, Urszula Wislanka, on her recent visit to the PB SHU and to Folsom where prisoners have their own story on the guard staged murder of Hugo Pinell.
Added to the calendar on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 8:19PM
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