Solitary confinement increased in our nation's prisons during the pandemic by 500%. Now, we are coming out of isolation, but prisoners across the country are not, and we want to do something about that.
The End of Isolation Tour needs your help to use our powerful, legislative art to help knit together communities across the country working to pass legislation to ban solitary confinement. We will attract new audiences, bring in stakeholders, and gain media attention. We will create a documentary that will knit together organizers across the country and shine a light on the face of this movement to replace isolation and punishment with decarceration and restorative justice.
Our community partners, like Voice of the Experienced and The Abolitionist Law Center have committed to raising $100,000 for our tour but we’re only half-way to what we must raise in 3 months. These funds will help pay the salaries for formerly actors while we travel for two months this summer:
July 15, 16, 17 Austin, Texas
July 19, New Orleans, Louisiana
July 22, 23, 24, Fayetteville, Arkansas
July 27, 28, 29 St.Louis, Missouri
August 5, 6, 7 Chicago, Illinois
August 10 Detroit, Michigan
August 12, 13, 14 Pennsylvania
August 18, Baltimore
August 19, 20, 21, D.C.
August 25, 26, 27, North Carolina
September 2, 3, 4 Atlanta, Georgia
The pandemic has highlighted the cruelty and failure of American incarceration. Instead of curbing the spread of COVID-19, this dramatic increase exacerbated the spread by weakening incarcerated people’s immune systems and then sending them back to the general prison population where they infected others. The Times reported that one in three incarcerated people in state prisons are known to have had COVID-19.
These is something that that you can contribute to strengthen a movement that’s having real impact. Please help us meet this challenge by making a tax-deductible donation now.
Yours In Community,
Sarah Shourd, Founder