Milwaukee, October 9: Informational Forum on Prison Solidarity

From lengthy hunger strikes about solitary confinment to nationwide solidarity actions over what has been called prison slavery to disproportionate incarceration rates in Milwaukee, the prison system has become an increasingly pressing topic that affects many in the city.

Rust Magazine will sit down for a conversation that explores the issues at hand, how they affect our community, and what is being done to address problems. We will hear from people who were formerly incarcerated and have spent time in solitary confinement, family members who have epxerienced the prison system through a loved one, and organizers who are working to make a change.

Panelists include:

Talib Akbar – Talib has spent several years in prison, with a number of them in solitary confinement. He’s a member of Ex Prisoners Organizing (EXPO), and is heavily involved in organizing against solitary confinement & advocating for the rights of prisoners. With the help of Edgewood College in Madison, he has created a replica of a solitary confinement cell that has toured across the country to show people what solitary can really be like.

Chance Zombor – Formerly incarerated at Waupun Correctional Institution, where the Dying to Live hunger strike campaign against solitary confinement is taking place, Chance brings to the table first-hand experience of incarceration, and his tireless organizing against prison abuse during and aftr incarceration.

Ben Turk – Ben is an activist associated with Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) and Support Prisoner Resistance (SPR), having extensive experience in prisoner organizing in the Midwest along with a deep understanding of the prison system and the organizing of supporters on the outside.

Sister Linda Muhammad – Witnessing the affects of the prison system and solitary confinement through her son, who is at Wapun Correctional Institution, Sister Linda is a chair with Prison Action Milwaukee (PAM) and has worked to share her story with the community.

For more information on the Dying to Live campaign, visit http://solitarytorture.blogspot.com/

The forum will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Community Room I at the Milwaukee Central Library. Coffee and refreshments will be provided.

**Child-care may be available upon request. Please message us or post in the event page to get more information.***

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