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End Solitary Santa Cruz Rally

Thursday, March 23, 2017
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Event Type:
Together to End Solitary, Santa Cruz
Location Details:
corner of Pacific Ave. and Cooper St. (112 Cooper St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060)

End Solitary Santa Cruz, rally 12-2 pm, Thursday Mar. 23, Sunday April 23rd, and 23rd of every month (for the 23+ hours a day people in solitary are in their cells)
corner of Pacific Ave. and Cooper St. (112 Cooper St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060)

End Solitary Confinement Torture!
End mass incarceration in the Prison Industrial Complex and mass criminalization and crimmigration.

11:30 am - set up.
12 noon – signs and outreach to passersby.
12:30-2:00 pm – rally, speak-out, readers’ theater, take action, write letters to end sleep deprivation torture of people in CA solitary units.

End Solitary Santa Cruz
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End sleep deprivation torture of people in CA solitary units

Guards doing “security/welfare checks” jarringly awaken people every 30 minutes night and day in isolation units throughout California prisons. (In Central CA Women's Facility, people are now awakened every 15-30 minutes at night; in Pelican Bay State Prison, people are awakened every 60 minutes at night.)

Supposedly to prevent suicide, this increases the risk of suicide and causes extreme mental and physical harm.

Sleep deprivation is torture (like what was done at Guantánamo), immoral, and inhumane, and violates the CA penal code and constitutional and international human rights law. It has no "security" or “welfare” interest.

People need compassionate care, rehabilitation, and restorative justice, not the torture of solitary confinement and sleep deprivation.

Take Action
* Write a letter to END SLEEP DEPRIVATION TORTURE of people in CA solitary units “Take Action” sidebar: “Security/Welfare Checks”

* Promote the AGREEMENT TO END HOSTILITIES (English & Spanish) right sidebar: Prisoner Human Rights Links: Agreement to End Hostilities

Readers’ Theater
Voices from Solitary: CA Prisoner Human Rights Movement 2011-2016

Watch online and show video of Aptos, CA performance at your events
Solitary Confinement | Readers Theater | Temple Beth El 2016
Featuring CA Families Against Solitary Confinement, Temple Beth El and community members

The readers' theater script (with and without religious texts) is available for you to perform at your events

Deep gratitude to our readers’ theater sources:
♥ Survivors of solitary & family members
♥ The book Hell is a Very Small Place: Voices from Solitary Confinement, edited by Jean Casella and James Ridgeway of Solitary Watch ( & Sarah Shourd
♥ If the SHU Fits: Voices from Solitary Confinement, Reader's Theatre compiled by Melvin Ishmael Johnson and Andy Griggs ( and videographer: lucaswolfvideo (

Buried Alive: Stories From Inside Solitary Confinement

Interview against solitary confinement

“How Albert Woodfox Survived Solitary”


Save the date:
Reel Work May Day Labor Film Festival: Together to End Solitary, Sunday, April 30, 2017, 3:00 - 5:30 pm
Santa Cruz Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Documentary Film: Solitary: Inside Red Onion State Prison
Kristi Jacobson, 2016, 82 min, USA
With unprecedented access over the course of one year, director Kristi Jacobson offers a revealing and moving portrait of life inside solitary confinement.

Speaker: Dolores Canales
Dolores Canales, Organizer, has become a strong and compassionate advocate and spokesperson for incarcerated peoples and their families. Dolores is a member of the National Council for Formerly Incarcerated & Incarcerated Women & Girls and she was instrumental in co-founding California Families Against Solitary Confinement (CFASC), a collective of family members that rose in protest of California’s conditions of confinement in Security Housing Units (SHU). In 2013 Dolores received the Family Unity Award by Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC), and in 2014 she was awarded the Soros Justice Fellowship for the Family Unity Network (FUN).

Event Hosts: Together to End Solitary, Santa Cruz; ACLU-NC, Santa Cruz County Chapter;
Peace and Freedom Party, Santa Cruz County; Reel Work Labor Film Festival; Temple Beth El; Veterans for Peace, Santa Cruz

End Prison Slave Labor


Solitary Film & Speaker Dolores Canales
Reel Work Labor Film Festival - April 15-May 1, 2017 - Full schedule at

Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition (CA),
Together to End Solitary (nationwide),
End Solitary, Santa Cruz,
Added to the calendar on Sat, Mar 18, 2017 8:18PM
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