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ACTION ALERT: July 23 NYC Rally and NYS Call-In Day!


NYC Rally &
NYS Call-In Day

Rally: 23 July 2015 @ 6 pm
NYC/Union Square/E14th & Bway

David Pinero was recently sentenced to 210 days of 23+ hour isolation for testing positive for drug use. Before and after past 60- and 90-day sentences to solitary for drug use, David requested treatment. His request was denied, and he is now back in solitary. David also has an upcoming surgery for diverticulitis and Corrections plans on returning him to solitary after his surgery. Solitary confinement will not help him heal and recovery--David needs treatment, not isolation!

David is just one of thousands condemned to solitary confinement in NYS. Despite the findings of the UN Special Rapporteur, that stays in solitary over 15 days amount to torture, NYS regularly holds people in solitary for months, years, even decades. 

We must end the torture now.

Take Action 23 June 2014

TOGETHER we can end solitary confinement

New York City RALLY: 

  • RALLY at Union Square at 6 pm - meet on 14th btwn Broadway & 4th Ave.
  • LIVETWEET at the rally, using #together23 #HALTSolitaryConfinement and @NYGovCuomo
  • Look out for #together23 actions on the 23rd of every month, all around the state!

New York State CALL-IN DAY: 

  • CALL Governor Cuomo at 518-474-8390 and tell him: "I am a New Yorker and I oppose solitary confinement. Please end its use in NYS prisons and jails. You have the power to end  this torture and make New York a leader in respecting the human rights of all people."
  • CALL the Dept. of Corrections Commissioner Anthony Annucci at 518-457-8134 and tell him: "I am a New Yorker and I oppose solitary confinement. I urge you to end its use in NYS prisons. Today I am calling to ask you to release David Pinero, who is in solitary confinement because of a drug addiction. Please release him from solitary confinement, allow him to access the drug treatment he has requested, and allow him to recover from his upcoming surgery in an appropriate medical setting, not the toxic conditions of solitary. 
  • CALL your NYS Assembly and Senate Representatives and tell them: "I live in your district and I oppose solitary confinement. I ask you to support the Humane Alternatives to Long-Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act, A.4401/S.2659. This bill would end the torture of solitary and create more humane and effective alternatives." Find your legislators at
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We are the Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (CAIC). CAIC brings together advocates, formerly incarcerated persons, family members of currently incarcerated people, concerned community members, lawyers, and individuals in the human rights, health, and faith communities throughout New York State. Find out more about us, how to join us, and about upcoming meetings here.
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