Brian Nelson & Gregory Koger, founders of Torture Survivors Against Solitary, will be speaking at University of Chicago on November 1, 2016:
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 – 6pm – 8pm
University of Chicago
The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality
5733 S University Ave.
Why is solitary confinement torture? What makes it a racial justice and queer issue? What is the history of solitary confinement in IL? What are the ramifications of recent IL solitary confinement policy changes? The Stop Solitary Coalition of Illinois will lead this teach-in answering these questions and more. Then they will talk about how students can join the current fight to end solitary confinement. We will also write letters in support of prisoners who are currently hunger striking against solitary confinement in CA and WI.
Dinner will be served.
Our teachers will include:
Alan Mills, Executive Director of Uptown People’s Law Center, an attorney that has litigated against solitary confinement since 1982
Gregory Koger, a solitary confinement survivor
Brian Nelson, Prisoners’ Rights Coordinator at Uptown People’s Law Center
Afrika, a member of Black and Pink: Chicago
Also be on the look out for our installation of a box the size of a solitary confinement cell, starting Thursday October 27th.
All are welcome!
Funded in part by Student Government
University of Chicago Students Working Against Prisons
Over the last week, Brian Nelson and I have worked together to record interviews with torture survivors and family members to share the stories of those most affected by solitary confinement. I’ve posted many of those interviews on this site already – below are links to the interviews. We will be adding more.
Earl – 50 Years in Prison – Solitary & Being Released
Monica – 20 Years In Prison – Solitary & Being Released
Eddie Talks About His Time In Solitary Confinement
Rosario Talks About Her Brother In Solitary
Michelle Talks About Her Brother In Solitary
Francisco Talks About His Uncle In Solitary
Federico Talks About His Uncle In Solitary
Francisca Talks About Her Son & Family In Solitary
Sammy Talks About His Time In Solitary Confinement
Celia Talks About Her Time In Solitary Confinement
Susana Talks About Family Member on Death Row
We’d like to thank Alan Mills and Uptown People’s Law Center for allowing us to use their space for interviews. Thanks to Brian Nelson for coordinating the space and interviews with many of the family members from United Voices for Prisoners. Thanks to Brian Orozco from Gregory E. Kulis and Associates, who volunteered and helped record the interviews. Thanks to Eddie from Black and Black & Pink for sharing his story. Thanks to Monica Cosby, who was just released a couple months ago, for sharing her story and helping craft the questions and video recording.
And special thanks to all the survivors and family members who have shared their stories and who are putting themselves through the pain of reliving the trauma of solitary in order to ensure that no one else suffers the torture of solitary confinement.
We hope that others will step up and join us in this struggle to end solitary confinement, and the broader struggle to end mass incarceration and the New Jim Crow.