Reel Work May Day Labor Film Festival: Together to End Solitary
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 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 Host: Together to End Solitary, Santa Cruz
Co-sponsors: ACLU-NC, Santa Cruz County Chapter; Peace and Freedom Party, Santa Cruz County; Temple Beth El; Veterans for Peace, Santa Cruz; Santa Cruz Live Oak Grange
85-90% of people in CA Security Housing Units (SHUs-solitary) are people of color.
From 2011-2013, the CA Prisoner Human Rights Movement carried out 3 Hunger Strikes against solitary confinement and prison abuses & for their constitutional and human rights.
After the 2012 Agreement to End Hostilities across racial/ethnic and geographic lines, over 30,000 CA prisoners and 100’s nationwide joined the 2013 Hunger Strike. Over 100 people were on Hunger Strike for 60 days.
On Sept.1, 2015, the prisoner-led class action lawsuit Ashker V. Governor Brown successfully settled.
Over 2500 people have been released from SHU to general population in CA prisons, and the Agreement to End Hostilities has greatly decreased violence among people incarcerated in CA.
Now people in CA solitary units are being awakened every 30 minutes night and day.
End Prison Slave Labor
END SOLITARY CONFINEMENT AND SLEEP DEPRIVATION TORTURE!
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition (CA), prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/
Together to End Solitary (nationwide), togethertoendsolitary.org/
End Solitary, Santa Cruz, https://www.facebook.com/events/1521035501270256/
Dolores Canales at Temple Beth El Social Justice Shabbat | 11.20.15 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IY7--GJLByY
Solitary Film & Speaker Dolores Canales https://www.facebook.com/events/1861977537351962/
Reel Work Labor Film Festival - April 15-May 1, 2017 - Full schedule at reelwork.org