Jules Lobel, Pitt Law Professor and Center for Constitutional Rights lawyer for Pelican Bay prisoners, will relate the inspiring story of inmates overcoming gang violence and racism as they fight for their human rights. Their struggle has included a hunger strike against California’s arbitrary system of solitary confinement, which frequently locks down prisoners in isolation for decades.
On Saturday June 22nd over 61 people, many from faith communities, gathered at East Liberty Presbyterian Church to learn more about solitary confinement in our prisons. The event was organized by the American Friends Service Committee PA (AFSC) and members of East Liberty Presbyterian Church and Community House Presbyterian Church.
This will be an opportunity to hear from Robert King, one of the Angola Three, about the use of prolonged isolation in our prisons. Robert King was held in solitary confinement for 29 years. Since his release King has worked tirelessly to expose the injustices of the American penal system perpetrated against African-Americans and poor people.
We will also hear from family members whose children are in isolation and explore actions that we can take to end prolonged isolation in our prisons.
October 28th and 29th 2011 at Market Square Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg
Seven inches of snow did not prevent forty two of the sixty registered to attend the First PA Conference Against Torture. Sixteen brave folk drove through sleet, snow, rain and fog over the mountains from Western PA at 6:00am on Saturday morning.
On any given day, as many as 80,000 men and women are locked in solitary in U.S. prisons—alone for 23 hours a day. This video captures the visceral experience and long term impact of that isolation.
Who we are
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
Where we work
AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.