GSMCB will not be held in October 2022; We will resume November 12th


The Gillespie-Senter 

Memorial Community Breakfast

October 8, 2022

While we will not hold a session for the month of October, we urge those who can attend to participate in remembering the life and work of Albert Woodfox during a special Celebration of Life ceremony at the Treme Community Center, 900 North Villere Street, New Orleans, Saturday October 8, 10am until

Here's the announcement we received from the Vera Institute of Justice regarding Albert Woodfox: 

Dear friends,

On Saturday, October 8, the life of Albert Woodfox will be honored at the Tremé Community Center in New Orleans. Woodfox, a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist for his memoir Solitary and pioneer against solitary confinement passed away on August 4, 2022. He spent 44 years in solitary confinement at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. His time in confinement is the longest span ever endured by anyone. As Robert Hillary King, the last surviving member of the Angola 3, said, "[A]s awareness grew about Woodfox’s case, it brought increased national scrutiny about solitary confinement and its effects, particularly on juveniles, a practice that is now banned or limited in 23 states.” Katy Reckdahl writes that "[I]n Louisiana, the state Legislature passed a bill in June limiting isolation to one carefully monitored 24-hour period for youth . . . only [to] be used where there is an extreme threat to life."

Traveling the world, Woodfox served on expert panels and was part of the vanguard fighting to end solitary confinement. His commitment to influencing policy and legislation that reduced the cruelty of solitary confinement serves as a legacy of triumph.



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