Solitary confinement continues in Canada, just by any other name: SIUs, Mental Health Monitoring, Medical Isolation, Dry Celling, Lockdowns. Join groups and individuals from across the country to put a spotlight on the ongoing practice of solitary confinement. Join us for daily events, discussion, and action.Today we will be focusing on what meaningful human contact means in the context of solitary confinement in Canada. Our panelists include: El Jones El Jones is a spoken word poet, an educator, journalist, and a community activist living in African Nova Scotia. She was the fifth Poet Laureate of Halifax. In 2016, El was a recipient of the Burnley “Rocky” Jones human rights award for her community work and work in prison justice. She is a co-founder of the Black Power Hour, a live radio show with incarcerated people on CKDU that creates space for people inside to share their creative work and discuss contemporary social and political issues, and along with this work, she supports women in Nova Institution in writing and sharing their voices. El was recently named the Nancy's Chair of Women's Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University for the 2017-2019 term. Her book of spoken word poetry, Live from the Afrikan Resistance! was published by Roseway Press in 2014. El would like to pay tribute to the many nameless and unrecognized women whose work makes it possible for her to be here today. George Myette Bio coming soon Idil Abdillahi Bio coming soonThis event is pre-recorded and will go live on our YouTube channel at the event start time. Organizing partners: Prisoner Legal Services, Schulich School of Law - Dalhousie University, the John Howard Society of Canada, and the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies.