[Controlunittalk] FW: Gene Siskel/Empty Bottle/Mess Hall/results--Tamms Year Ten
NBlack at afsc.org
Wed Apr 16 09:08:53 EDT 2008
The Tamms year 10 Campaign is really moving and can use your support. If you are in the area, please consider attending and/or supporting their efforts to raise awareness and bring an end to the torturous conditions at Tamms Supermax prison in Illinois.
American Friends Service Committee
1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
nblack at afsc.org
From: lreyno at artic.edu [mailto:lreyno at artic.edu]
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Subject: Gene Siskel/Empty Bottle/Mess Hall/results--Tamms Year Ten
Friends of Tamms Year Ten:
We want to invite you to three upcoming Tamms Year Ten events this very week. This Thursday night is a great time to see the video Space Ghost, and probably the last. Hearing Roommate on Saturday night will be a slice of heaven. And Sunday, please join us in the physical material work of making handsome patches and hoods (yes hoods) for the upcoming press event. It is important ideological work that you can do with your hands!
These next 2 weeks are critical for the prisoners at Tamms. A lot of terrible things go on with Illinois taxpayer money, and YOU can help us draw the line at permanent psychological torture. If you can volunteer any single hour over the next two weeks, please let us know.
Finally, look below for the long awaited results of your phone calls to legislators--please make them if you haven't already. And save the date of the hearings--Monday, April 28 at 10am--with a press event at 9:15 am. We need not only you, but the two people you bring!
Tamms Year Ten
Check out images from our last meetings! <http://www.flickr.com/groups/yearten/pool/>
"Lock yourself in your bathroom for the next 19 years and tell me how it will affect your mind."Charles Freeman, in Tamms for 10 years
1. UPCOMING EVENTS--these are really soon!
2. NEXT MEETING--last time to come out to a meeting before the hearings!
3. RESPONSE FROM LEGISLATORS--results from your phone calls!
1. UPCOMING EVENTS
SPACE GHOST and IN LOVING MEMORYat Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N. State St., Chicago IL 60601
You Dont Remember The Time You Do: Moments in the Lives of Prisoners
Films by Laurie Jo Reynolds and Rob Todd.Featuring a post-screening Q+A withLaurie Jo Reynolds andlive call-in from Illinois death-row prisoner Victor Safforld. Co-presented with the Campaign to End the Death Penalty
Weaving together pop cultural imagery and prison phone conversations, Reynolds' collage-like SPACE GHOST (2007) explores confinement and isolation in the lives of astronauts and the imprisoned. Todd's IN LOVING MEMORY (2005) juxtaposes the reflections of prisoners on their lives with haunting landscape shots of prisons around the country, in a moving meditation on memory and a compelling critique of the death penalty. Tom Comerford
SPACE GHOST is an experimental video constructed with juxtapositions and non-linear narrative. It is about isolation, mediation, separation; being de-linked from the world of touch, and time, and dailiness, and human contact. Its about the attempts in face of that disconnection to read mystical connection into any links you can find. Its about the craziness of isolation, about not being able, literally, to move; about living in virtual not real space, and about disappearing there. Its about a sister and a brother communicating only by telephone; its about not having pancakes, but seeing pictures of pancakes. Laurie Palmer inReport Back, AREA Chicago <http://reportback.areachicago.org/2008/03/25/tamms-ljr-hydeparkartcenter/>
Roommate at Empty Bottle
1035 N. Western Ave, Chicago IL 60622
Roommates We Were Enchanted record release show!
Battlecats (Toby Summerfield plus Roommate collaborators Anton Hatwich & Jaimie Branch) will open the show and the The Judy Green <http://myspace.com/thejudygreen> (starring Roommate bassist Gillian Lis饩 will play second. The Roommate set will start sometime around midnight and will feature selections from the new album, an even newer song inspired by letters to and from Tamms C-MAX prison, some old chestnuts from the Roommate catalog, and guest performances by a few of the people responsible for some of the record's most magical moments.Look at thisfeature about Roommate <http://kentlambert.org/> in the Reader or learn more atKent Lambert's website <http://kentlambert.org/> .
The Sewing Rebellion + Tamms Year Ten
SundayApril 20noon to 4PM.
Mess Hall <http://www.messhall.org/> , 6932 N. Glenwood, near Morse Stop on the Red Line
Radical Sewers will be sewing for the Tamms Year Ten Campaign! The Sewing Rebellion will be helping us to produce hoods, patches and banners to be used at the Tamms Year Ten public action on April 28 before the hearings of the House Prison Reform Committee. It doesn't matter if you know how to sew, you can come and help! We will also be stenciling and screening. We need hands for this fun and meaningful labor!Images of Sewing Rebellion at work. <http://chilaborarts.wordpress.com/category/sewing-rebellion/>
2. NEXT MEETING
The Progressive Community Center, The People's Church
56 E. 48th St., Chicago IL 60615
Learn about Tamms C-MAX from ex-prisoners and family. Discuss and prepare for the hearings on April 28. Plan the press action. Please contact us if you need a ride, or if you can give a ride.Check out images from our last meetings! <http://www.flickr.com/groups/yearten/pool/> (Thank you Joe!)
3.RESPONSES FROM LEGISLATORS
Be proud and impressed by the number of legislators who have said they will attend the hearings about Tamms C-MAX prison. (Some hearings go by with 1-2 legislators.) We have this many because they received multiple phone calls from people in their district. Thank you!
But, we can do even better.In every case, it was the number of phone calls that moved them from polite interest to promising to attend. Your phone call will still make a difference. There are a lot of good progressive legislators who still have not heard from anyone, and if you live in Chicago, you probably have one of them!
These hearings are the most efficient and powerful argument we can make against the psychological torture at Tamms. Legislators will hear clear, concise evidence and testimony from ex-prisoners and various experts. They will have a chance to ask questions. We cannot reproduce this experience in a report. Your five-minute phone call will mean so much more right now than it will later. If you need instructions/scripts, check the website or email us. Don't you want to put your legislator on this list?!
SAID THEY WILL ATTEND THE HEARING or SEND STAFF
Rep. Eddie Washington (D)--YES--he is sponsoring the hearings!
Rep. Dennis Reboletti (R)--YES
Rep. Toni Berrios (D)--YES, for part of it. Have gotten many calls.
Rep. Karen Yarbrough (D)--YES
Rep. Julie Hamos (D)--YES--This is the right thing for the Prison Reform Committee to be working on.
Sen. Heather Steans (D)--They're sending a staff person (Jen Walling).
Sen. Iris Martinez (D)--They have been inundated with calls. STAFF PERSON WILL PROBABLY ATTEND
Rep. Paul Froehlich (R)--YES
Sen. Ricky Hendon (D)--YES--it is on his schedule.
NOT ATTENDING BUT WANT A REPORT
Sen. Susan Garrett--NO, but would like an executive summary.
Rep. Naomi Jakobsson (D)--NO, but wants to see a report. She's been hearing from "MANY" people in her district about the prison and she is very concerned about it.
Rep. Karen May--NO, but wants to find out more. If she can't send staff, she wants a summary or a briefing
Rep. Sara Feigenholtz--Office didn't think she would attend until it came to a floor debate. Sent report/summary beforehand.
WE REALLY HOPED WOULD ATTEND BUT NO
Sen. Willie Delgado--No, he already knows all about Tamms.
Rep. Art Turner--No, will not attend because he has a leadership meeting.
WE REALLY HOPED WOULD ATTEND BUT NOT ENOUGH CALLS
Rep. Connie Howard
Sen. John Cullerton
Sen. Kwame Raul
Rep. Annazette Collins--Collins is very busy and will not attend.
Sen. Mattie Hunter
Sen. Kimberly Lightford
Sen. Jeffrey Schoenberg
Rep. Luis Arroyo
Rep. Esther Golar
EVERY OTHER member of the Black and Latino Caucuses
Tamms Year Ten is endorsed by:
8th Day Center for Justice
American Friends ServiceCommitteeChicago
Anti Gravity Surprise
Black People Against Police Torture
Campaign to End the Death Penalty
Champaign-Urbana Citizens for Peace and Justice
Cheap Art for Freedom (CAFF)
Chicago Anarchist Black Cross
Chicago County Fair
Chicagoland Coalition for Civil Libertiesand Rights (CCCLR)
Citizens For Earned Release
Critical Resistance Chicago
Education Justice Project,Urbana-Champaign
Feel Tank Chicago
Illinois Institute for Community Law
Justice Coalition of Greater Chicago
Jos項. L, Executive Director, JuanAntonio Corretjer Puerto RicanCultural Center
Rev. B. Herbert Martin, The People'sChurch
Men and Women in Prison Ministries
National Boricua Human RightsNetwork
Midwest Books to Prisoners (MWBTP)
National Alliance Against Racist &Political RepressionChicago
National Lawyers Guild-Chicago
Progressive Community Center, ThePeople's Church
Saving Our Sons Ministries
Saints of Humboldt Park
Raising Awareness to InspireOthers (RATIO)
Tamms Poetry Committee
Urbana-Champaign Books toPrisoners
Voices for Creative Non-Violence
Waukegan Coalition to ReduceRecidivism
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