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October 25, 2015

Join the Together to End Solitary Nationwide Actions

The Together to End Solitary nationwide campaign is growing, as people of faith and conscience are hosting actions on the 23rd of each month, symbolizing the 23 hours a day that between 80,000 to 100,000 people in solitary confinement endure for months, years, even decades. This growing effort comes at the recommendation of people incarcerated in Pelican Bay prison who led the historic 2011 and 2013 hunger strikes in California prisons.

To invite communities of faith to join in public witness and action on the 23rd of each month, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture has created a bulletin insert for sharing with your community.

This month, we are pleased to announce the launch of the Together to End Solitary website. Visit this new website to learn about and share upcoming events on the 23rd of each month.

As you plan to participate in the Together to End Solitary Nationwide Actions on the 23rd of each month, here are some ideas to get you started:

• Host a screening of NRCAT's documentary, Breaking Down The Box. DVD order form, an interfaith viewing guide, and sample poster are available at www.nrcat.org/breakingdownthebox.

• Organize a vigil to speak out against solitary confinement and stand with survivors.

• Host a letter writing campaign to your legislators to call for an end to solitary. Here's a sample message to get you started.

• Host a chalk-in: Join students and many others who are drawing a 6x9 ft box with chalk and then sit in it, symbolizing the average dimensions of a cell people spend 23 hours a day for months, years and decades in solitary.

• Share photos and updates about your action on Twitter and Facebook. Follow us at @nrcattweets and use the hashtags #STOPsolitary #together

• Host a reading of "If the SHU Fits: Voices from Solitary Confinement” a resource that powerfully weaves together excerpts of letters, blog entries, government reports, and speeches of family members and survivors of solitary, organized into a one-hour Reader's Theatre Format. Available for download here.

• Sign and share the Statement Against Prolonged Solitary Confinement.

Together, we can end the torture of solitary confinement and make human rights a reality for all people.

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