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Sarah SAYS:
Dear All, Getting a donati…
Dear All,

Getting a donation from you for Opening the Box felt like a beam of sunlight! We're aggressively looking for producers/funders to help us get this play on stage in 2015. If you have any ideas, please email me

Recent funds generously given will go towards paying actors for a professional reading we have coming up in February at Z Space in San Francisco. With hope this will create the buzz we need.

The struggle to end prolonged solitary confinement is a strategic one that has the potential of forcing the US prison system to shrink and shift towards rehabilitation. As Angels Davis says, "One can look at solitary as a microcosm of the whole (prison) system. The prison is solitary confinement within the society. And how can one expect to create any kind of the context of the kind of isolation that happens in these institutions?”

My Huffing Post Live interview about solitary confinement:

Please stay in touch, think of me for speaking gigs near you ( and thank you for your energy and commitment towards greater justice in 2015.

Yours, Sarah Shourd

3 years ago
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Sarah SAYS:
Dear Friends of Opening the …
Dear Friends of Opening the Box,
Thanks for continuing to donate! I'm hard at work doing research for my play on solitary confinement: visiting prisons, talking to activists and experts, meeting with playwrights and corresponding with people in solitary and their families. Our 215th person just donated today and I'm hoping we can to 250 in the next few weeks. Please spread the word about your support for this project and ask your friends to donate if they can. Any amount goes a long way to show the energy behind crucial issue. Huge Thanks, Sarah
4 years ago
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Community SAYS:
Thank you for your kind and …
Thank you for your kind and generous donation to the Sandra Coke Fund. We continue to be moved by the overwhelming response of so many persons.
Sandra too would be both surprised and appreciative of the outpouring of love and support from her extended community. May you be blessed always.
4 years ago
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Sarah SAYS:
Dear Friends, The public ph…
Dear Friends,

The public phase of our fundraising campaign for Opening the Box has officially concluded. Over the course of 42 days, 199 people contributed and we raised well over fifteen thousand dollars. I call that a huge success.

If you haven’t done this yet, please stay in touch by friending us on Facebook:

Some of you that donated have been personally effected by the cruelty of solitary confinement—either by having survived it yourself or knowing someone else who has—but I would argue that every one of our lives has been profoundly effected by the wide-spread use of torture in our prisons—simply because the result is more violence, crime and division in our communities.

Our Crowdrise site will still be up indefinitely and featured on the Nation Inside: You can even still donate if you haven’t had a chance. I will also be creating a newsletter (and sending that link out soon) so all of you will be able to get updates about the project as it progresses. Also, those of you that took advantage of our VIP ticket offer in the last few weeks, I'll be emailing you your tickets sometime in the next month.

I would never have had the courage to embark on this project without the support I have from all of you—my friends, family, extended community and of course Solitary Watch. Please know that not a single piece of advice, idea or word of encouragement goes unappreciated.

Sarah Shourd, Solitary Watch and Team

Comments posted on the site:

“I believe in the power of stories to shake us out of our sanguine inhumanity in allowing torture to take place in our lifetime. Proud to be part of what will be an incredible production, run by people I know can make a movement happen.”

"There is no excuse for America to employ such barbarism."

"Donating to a cause in the world's largest economy is not easily done from my third world country base. However, since we all inhabit planet Earth and you feel passionate about the project, I'm in. Good luck!"

"In Memory of my father, Mostafa Naimi, who suffered through the isolation of the mind and body.”

“In memory of my clients.”

“Thanks for reminding us that we are all dehumanized by the practice of solitary confinement.

"Great cause, I've experienced it before...several times..."
5 years ago
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Crystal Bybee
Oakland, CA United States
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Activist, board member of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty



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93% Raised of $1,000 Goal