Leonard Peltier has been in prison for 40 years
Published February 2, 2016
SAN JOSE – The Leonard Peltier Support Group Silicon Valley is hosting to honor Leonard Peltier on Saturday, February 6, 2016. The event conicides with the 40th anniversary of Peltier’s arrest by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Canada.
In addition to honoring Peltier, organizers are using the event to shine the light on the impact of solitary confinement, which occurs in every jail and prison in the United States.
Charlie Hinton will perform his solo performance play, “Solitary Man: My Visit to Pelican Bay State Prison.”
In July, 2013 Hinton responded to an action alert to write letters of support to a number of hunger strikers held in the Pelican Bay Security Housing Units (SHUs), also known as solitary confinement. Several of them wrote him back. Through their letters, conversations with former prisoners, and his personal observations, Hinton created the play, which takes place in late fall, 2014.
“In Solitary Man,” Hinton visits a lifer named Otis Washington, a 64 year old native of New York City, who’s been locked up since 1975, and at Pelican Bay since it opened. To quote Otis, “There are people who say they have no regrets in life, and if they had to do it all over again, they wouldn’t change a thing. Well, I’m just the opposite. Ignorance guided me to this present predicament. Over the decades I’ve worked hard to better myself and recover from my raggedy past.” In Solitary Man, Otis explains some of what he has learned and experienced.
Other speakers and performers will be announced at the event.
This event is a potluck. Please bring something to share that is prepackaged, i.e. not made at home.
Leonard Peltier Honoring Event and “Solitary Man: My Visit to Pelican Bay State Prison” Performance
Saturday 6th February, 2016
6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.
School of Arts and Culture, Mexican Heritage Plaza
1700 Alum Rock Avenue
San Jose, California 95116