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Crystal Bybee's Fundraiser:

End Solitary Confinement

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BENEFITING: Community Futures Collective

ORGANIZER: Sarah

EVENT DATE: Jun 25, 2013

Crystal Bybee

THE STORY:

About Crystal:

Crystal Bybee is an activist and a board member of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty.

 

THE STORY:

Our fundraising efforts will last 42 days in recognition of the 42 years Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox of the Angola 3 have spent in solitary confinement in Louisiana.

Sarah Shourd is partnering with Solitary Watch to write and produce a play using real stories from a diverse pool of people in solitary confinement in the United States today. The stories will represent a spectrum of people—immigrants, children, lifers and women. Some will have lived in solitary for a quarter of a century, others a few months or weeks.

 

ABOUT THE PROJECT: BY SARAH SHOURD

For this project I will draw from my own experience as an author, a journalist and the 410 days I spent in solitary confinement while held as a political hostage by the Iranian government from 2009-2010. My goal is to portray real stories with truthfulness, dignity and complexity and also to make the experience of watching this play as visceral as possible.

I want the audience to breathe along with a young man having a panic attack after being denied a visit with his mother, to crawl inside the skin of an immigrant detainee terrified of being deported and to travel with a lifer on a magic carpet of memory—only to be pulled back into the stark, implacable reality of the hole. By hearing these stories, my hope is that the audience will be able to relate to the men and women enduring this torture in our prisons, to their pain but also to their resistance to the dehumanizing forces around them, their incredible resilience…and their refusal to be institutionalized.  

Once the play is written we’ll move to stage production—enlisting well-known actors and survivors to perform in cities across the country. Our strategy is not just to perform the play—in each city we visit we will meet with local politicians, prison officials, activists, survivors and their families. Everywhere we go, we will provide our audience with ways to stay involved, act on what they’ve seen and contribute to nation-wide efforts to end this practice in our prisons for good.

 

Become a Producer for ‘Opening the Box’:

We want your name on our permanent website and playbill!

$100 donation = Your name on our permanent website as a donor

$250 donation =  Your name on our permanent website as an elite donor

$500 donation = Your name on our website as a top donor

$1000 donation = Your name on website and playbill as a producer

$2,500 donation = Your name on website and playbill as an elite producer

$5,000 donation = Your name on website and playbill as a top producer

$930

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $75

  • JP Massar

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $25

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    $50

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    $50

  • Anne Hawkins

    $25

  • Richard Chen

    $10

  • Claire Kiefer

    $20

  • Norm Hile

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $15

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Rachel Odes

    $100

  • Molly Batchelder

    $50

  • Pat Aties

    $50

  • Anne Weills

    $200

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93% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $19,832 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

JOIN THE TEAM
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Sarah Shourd

Amount Raised

$10,332

 

34% Raised of $30,000 Goal

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Rev. Nora Smith

Amount Raised

$1,145

 

57% Raised of $2,000 Goal

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James Sadri

Amount Raised

$1,090

 

109% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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Emily Churchill

Amount Raised

$1,000

 

100% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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robert egger

Amount Raised

$1,000

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Amy Fettig

Amount Raised

$1,000

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Kelly Winter

Amount Raised

$970

 

97% Raised of $1,001 Goal

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Crystal Bybee

Amount Raised

$930

 

93% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Anne Weills

Anne Weills

DONATION: $200

In honor of the 2013 hunger strikers! 5 years ago

Pat Aties

Pat Aties

DONATION: $50

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Molly Batchelder

Molly Batchelder

DONATION: $50

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Rachel Odes

Rachel Odes

DONATION: $100

What an inspiring project. 5 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

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Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $15

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Norm Hile

Norm Hile

DONATION: $50

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Claire Kiefer

Claire Kiefer

DONATION: $20

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Richard Chen

Richard Chen

DONATION: $10

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Anne Hawkins

Anne Hawkins

DONATION: $25

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