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UPCOMING CAIC EVENTS AND ACTIONS

MONTHLY TOGETHER TO END SOLITARY ACTIONS, Wednesday, August 23: Please join CAIC for the 26th month in a row as we recognize the 23+ hours a day people spend in solitary and push for #HALTsolitary.

  • NYC6 pm, Staten Island on the steps of Borough Hall, 10 Terrace Place, Staten Island (near the Staten Island Ferry exit). In collaboration with Move Forward Staten Island and with Senator Diane Savino joining us, we will hold a speak out to end the torture of solitary in NY. As this is CAIC’s first monthly action in Staten Island, we hope as many people as possible can join!
  • Long Island6:30 pm, in the Worship Room, UUCSR, 48 Shelter Rock Road, Manhasset, NY. After a vigil in the worship room we will go to the art gallery for a screening and discussion of 13th: A Conversation with Oprah Winfrey & Ava DuVernayDirections at http://www.uucsr.org/discover/getting-to-shelter-rock/
  • Ithaca:  5 pm, Vigil outside the Tompkins County Public Library,101 E. Green Street, in partnership with Amnesty International group 73 and the Ithaca Prisoner Justice Network.

PLEASE ALSO TAKE ACTION AS PART OF THIS MONTH’S TOGETHER TO END SOLITARY EFFORTS:

  • CALL Governor Cuomo at 518-474-8390 and tell him: “I am a New Yorker and I oppose solitary confinement. We need to end its use in NYS prisons and jails. You have the power to end this torture and make New York a leader in respecting the human rights of all people.”
  • CALL Assembly Speaker Heastie at 518-455-3791 and tell him: “I am a New Yorker and I oppose solitary confinement. We need to end its use in NYS prisons and jails. The Humane Alternatives to Long-Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act (A. 3080 / S. 4784) would end the torture of solitary and create more humane and effective alternatives. A majority of Assembly Members support the HALT Act. We need your leadership to move the bill forward.”

NEXT MONTHLY CAIC MEETING: Tuesday, August 29, 6 pm. Location TBD. Call-in: 515 739 1015, ID:318 838 798. All are welcome!

CAIC COMMITTEE MEETINGS:

Communications CommitteeWednesday, August 9, 6 pm. Urban Justice Center, 40 Rector St., 9th Fl, NYC. We will be discussing how we can leverage media, social media, and various types of messaging and outreach to support CAIC’s strategies over the next six months or so. Everyone is welcome to attend, and everyone’s energy and ideas are important! No particular experience in this area and no huge time commitment are required.

Organizing and Action CommitteeMonday, August 14, 5 pm: Phone meeting only. Call-in: 515 739 1015, ID:318 838 798. We will be planning future actions, events, advocacy, and other organizing to mobilize more people to push key policy-makers to support HALT.

JOIN THE RAPID RESPONSE PROTEST LIST: If you are interested in being on a rapid response list to be informed of future actions that come up with a very short time frame, please email Scott at: spaltrowitz@hotmail.com.

SEND UPDATES AND PICTURES: A reminder that if you have a confirmed upcoming event re solitary or have pictures from a past event – for the 23rd of the month action or any CAIC event – please email: casellaj4@gmail.com;jchausow@gmail.com;  JPerez@urbanjustice.org; spaltrowitz@hotmail.com; vpate@nycaic.org so the info can be shared on all of the various CAIC platforms.

SAVE THE DATES! September 13 – 17 and 21 – 24. CAIC, in collaboration with Solitary Watch and others, is sponsoring an exhibit at this year’s Photoville in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The exhibit, called Photo Requests from Solitary, features photos taken in response to requests by people in long-term solitary in New York’s state prisons. CAIC members will be on hand to talk with viewers. For hours, location, and other details, go to http://photoville.com/.

IMPORTANT ACTIONS WITH PARTNERS/ALLIES:

Alliance of Families for Justice March from NYC to Albany: August 26 to September 13Anyone who is interested in participating in any part of the march should register ASAP at: https://afj-ny.org/sign-up-for-march-info, and should email Victor (vpate@nycaic.org) and Scott (spaltrowitz@hotmail.com) to let us know when you will participate. Also, please email us if you need transportation to get to any of the specific events below that CAIC agreed to be a part of at our last meeting:

  • CAIC forum: CAIC is tentatively scheduled to carry out its workshop on the evening of Friday, September. 1 (potentially in Cold Spring, but possibly Beacon or Peekskill–details still TBD and will be passed on). Anyone interested in being there, let Victor and Scott know.
  • Launch of the MarchSaturday, August 26, morning, National Black Theater in Harlem, 2031 5th Ave between 125th/126th.
  • Albany Conclusion of the March: Wednesday, September 13, Albany. Anyone needing a ride there, let us know. AFJ folks are checking on whether there can be a CAIC speaker at the final event.
All participants are encouraged to bring HALT signs, banners, t-shirts, etc. to any parts of the March.
FYI for those participating in the March a helpful AFJ meeting will take place on Thursday, August 246-8 pm at the National Black Theater.
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