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Rev. Nora Smith's Fundraiser:

End Solitary Confinement

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BENEFITING: Community Futures Collective

ORGANIZER: Sarah

EVENT DATE: Jun 25, 2013

Rev. Nora Smith

THE STORY:

“As an Episcopal priest, the Gospel that encourages my participation in speaking out against- and dismantling- systems of injustice motivates me. I came to know Sarah Shourd during and after her incarceration in Iran. My congregation prayed for the release of Sarah, Shane, and Josh for as many weeks as it took to see them all free and home. Though many never met them, we all felt grateful that we could work towards their release by “visiting” them in prison with our hearts at prayer, and by making their story known and heard in our communities. It changed some of us, myself included, into people who now want to work to stop the cruel practice that is solitary confinement here at home. I can think of no better way than supporting the work of Sarah Shourd and Solitary Watch through the creation of ‘Opening the Box.’”

(The Rev. Nora Smith is Rector of The Church of St. Barnabas in Irvington, NY.)

 

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

 

$1,145

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Rev. Lulu

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Donald Butt

    $30

  • Gordon Gossage

    $100

  • Barbara and Tom Wright

    $100

  • Kim McCarthy

    $100

  • Alan Bronston

    $75

  • Annie Reiniger-Holleb

    $150

  • Anne Gorrissen

    $110

  • Anonymous

    $10

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57% Raised of $2,000 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $19,832 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

JOIN THE TEAM
Fundraiser Title

Sarah Shourd

Amount Raised

$10,332

 

34% Raised of $30,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Rev. Nora Smith

Amount Raised

$1,145

 

57% Raised of $2,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

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

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $10

5 years ago

Anne Gorrissen

Anne Gorrissen

DONATION: $110

5 years ago

Annie Reiniger-Holleb

Annie Reiniger-Holleb

DONATION: $150

5 years ago

Alan Bronston

Alan Bronston

DONATION: $75

5 years ago

Kim McCarthy

Kim McCarthy

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Barbara and Tom Wright

Barbara and Tom Wright

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Gordon Gossage

Gordon Gossage

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Donald Butt

Donald Butt

DONATION: $30

5 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $200

5 years ago

Rev. Lulu

Rev. Lulu

DONATION: $20

5 years ago