The ACLU is our nation’s guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. Over the last two decades corrections systems have increasingly relied on solitary confinement as a prison management tool – even building entire institutions called “supermax prisons” where prisoners are held in conditions of extreme isolation, sometimes for years or decades. But solitary confinement jeopardizes our public safety, is fundamentally inhumane and wastes taxpayer dollars. We must insist on humane and more cost-effective methods of punishment and prison management.
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Drawing on continuing spiritual insights and working with people of many backgrounds, we nurture the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social relations and systems.
Founded in 1961 the Center for the Study of Law and Society encourages and supports empirical research and theoretical analysis of the social consequence of law, including legal institutions and processes, the impact of law on individuals and groups, and social, political, and intellectual influences on law itself and legal activity. While located in the U. C. Berkeley School of Law the Center provides an environment where faculty and graduate students from many campus departments in the socials sciences and humanities, as well as visiting scholars from the US and oversees institutions regularly meet, present research papers, exchange ideas, and explore new concepts, perspective and research agendas. The Center’s associated faculty and visitors are drawn from many disciplines, such as political science, sociology, economics, psychology, law, philosophy, and history.
Freethehikers.org is a website dedicated to freeing Sarah Shourd, Josh Fattal, and Shane Bauer fron unlawful detainment in Evin Prison, Iran.
Solitary Watch is a web-based project aimed at bringing the widespread use of solitary confinement out of the shadows and into the light of the public square. Our mission is to provide the public—as well as practicing attorneys, legal scholars, law enforcement and corrections officers, policymakers, educators, advocates, people in prison and their families—with the first centralized source of unfolding news, original reporting, firsthand accounts, and background research on solitary confinement in the United States.
Pedagogy & Theatre of the Oppressed’s mission is to challenge oppressive systems by promoting critical thinking and social justice. We organize an annual meeting that focuses on the work of liberatory educators, activists, and artists; and community organizers. This organization developed from a series of four conferences held in Omaha, Nebraska from 1995-1998. The conference was based on the ideologies and works of Paulo Freire and Augusto Boal. Using pedagogy and theatre, they each worked with oppressed peoples of the world to develop critical literacies and actions to overcome social systems of oppression.
United for Iran is a non-partisan global network of Iranian and non-Iranian individuals and human rights activists working to promote fundamental human and civil rights in Iran. Works to provide a common platform and to promote fundamental human and civil rights in Iran, and formed to help coordinate and amplify voices of those who desire to work on issues related to human and civil rights.