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November 2012

Solitary Confinement and Human Rights (Robert King) @ Chicago, IL

When: Friday, November 09 2012 @ 06:30 PM - - 08:30PM
Contact: Sullivan Galleries
Where: 33 S. State st. 7th floor
Chicago, IL

Solitary Confinement and Human Rights: An evening of American stories

November 9th, 2012

6.30-8.30pm (evening session)

Sullivan Galleries

33 S. State st. 7th floor

Chicago, IL

Hosted by the Midwest Coalition for HUman Rights and Amnesty International

About the event:

Please joint us for an evening to consider the US's use of solitary confinement. Through art and story, we will look at three regionally diverse cases.

For more information about this event, contact Claire Leslie (

For details about the Sullivan Gallery human rights art exhibits, see their "Current Schedule" at

Keynote Speakers

Robert King

Activist, Author

Member of the Angola 3

Tessa Murphy

North American Research Team

Amnesty International

The Stories we will tell

The Angola 3:40 years ago, three men were convicted of murder and condemned to solitary confinement in Louisiana's Angola prison. Two have remained in isolation ever since. The third, Robert King, was released after 29 years and is committed to sharing his story with the world.

California Secure Housing Unites: Hundreds of prisoners have been confined in California's high-security segregation units for 10 or more years in conditions of severe isolation. The issue caught the public eye when, in summer 2011, inmates launched a hunger strike. Tessa Murphy will share recent research on conditions in CA's security housing units.

TAMMS CMAX: 200 inmates in Illinois Tamms Closed Maximum Security Unit (CMAX) languish in prolonged solitary conferment. Governor Quinn blocked funding to the facility in July, 2012- but it remains open today. The story of Tamms will be told through the "Tamms Year Ten Campaign Office" exhibit at Sullivan Galleries.

For more on From the Bottom of the Heap: The Autobiography of Black Panther Robert Hillary King click HERE .


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