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Emily Churchill's Fundraiser:

End Solitary Confinement

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July 18, 2013

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BENEFITING: Community Futures Collective

ORGANIZER: Sarah

EVENT DATE: Jun 25, 2013

Emily Churchill

THE STORY:

Emily Churchill, journalist and singer from London, UK

Hearing Sarah's story brought me closer than I could ever have otherwise been to understanding the horror of solitary confinement. I am fundraising for this ground-breaking play so that more people can hear stories like Sarah's, recognize that solitary confinement is torture, and add their voices to the call for it to end.

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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

 

$1,000

MONEY RAISED
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  • Emily Churchill

    $30

  • Maya

    $25

  • Marina Delponti

    $10

  • Celine Cantat

    $20

  • Aileen

    $40

  • Yaz

    $100

  • Pete Churchill

    $60

  • Daniel Gorman

    $30

  • Mehdi

    $20

  • Larisa

     

  • Mary Lowder

    $20

  • Roger Hurding

    $20

  • Julia Race

    $50

  • Helen Khera

    $100

  • Swordshine Ltd

    $100

  • Jessie Khera

    $20

  • Shubel Ahmed

    $25

  • sarah ingers

    $30

  • The Cha to your -mily ;)

     

  • Guy Taylor

    $25

  • Zoe

    $30

  • brenda

    $10

  • Hannah West

    $10

  • Anne Beales

    $30

  • Rachel Collins

    $20

  • The forgetful lucky ones

    $115

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100% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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The Team: $19,832 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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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

Fundraiser Title

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

The forgetful lucky ones

The forgetful lucky ones

DONATION: $115

To those who are forced to endure the unendurable. 4 years ago

Rachel Collins

Rachel Collins

DONATION: $20

5 years ago

Anne Beales

Anne Beales

DONATION: $30

5 years ago

Hannah West

Hannah West

DONATION: $10

5 years ago

brenda

brenda

DONATION: $10

5 years ago

Zoe

Zoe

DONATION: $30

Great work, Emily. All the best for the play 5 years ago

Guy Taylor

Guy Taylor

DONATION: $25

5 years ago

The Cha to your -mily ;)

The Cha to your -mily ;)

5 years ago

sarah ingers

sarah ingers

DONATION: $30

5 years ago

Shubel Ahmed

Shubel Ahmed

DONATION: $25

5 years ago