SHU Advocacy Post Ashker Case

May 19, 2016

SHU Advocacy Post Ashker Case
Thursday, May 19, 6-8PM
At ACLU, 39 Drumm St, San Francisco, CA 94111 (Ring the buzzer and come up the elevator). 1.5 hours General CLE credit (We ask attorneys to make a donation of $30 to support the work of the Prisoner Advocacy Network; no one will be turned away.)

-This training will teach participants about the Ashker v. Governor settlement and strategies for advocating for and with people still enduring solitary confinement or retaliation due to political activity and/or alleged gang activity. Trainers will focus on strategies for successfully advocating with and on behalf of people in SHU or otherwise related to the Ashker settlement.

The format of the training will be a question and answer session between Carol Strickman, Steven Czifra, and readings pieces on topic by incarcerated Jailhouse Lawyers. More TBA.

Presenters Include:

  • Steven Czifra, who spent 16 years in CDCR custody, 8 of which were in the SHU. He co-founded the UC Berkeley Underground Scholars Initiative (USI). Formerly incarcerated students created USI to support all prospective and current UC Berkeley students impacted by issues of mass incarceration, imprisonment, and detainment of any kind. The goal of USI is to bridge the topic of mass incarceration that is highly popularized in academia with one that is grounded in the lived experiences of UC Berkeley students. USI has the unique opportunity of making UC Berkeley a catalyst for the development of a Prison to School pipeline within the University of California educational system.
  • Carol Strickman (Senior Staff Attorney at Legal Services for Prisoners with Children and named attorney on Ashker v. Gov.)
  • People currently or previously housed in the SHU

This training series will focus on practical skills development for loved ones, activists, legal workers, and lawyers to understand the nitty gritty methods and best practices for supporting people in SHU.