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National STOPMAX Campaign

Organizing to Abolish Solitary Confinement & Torture in U.S. Prisons

"National STOPMAX Campaign Conference"

May 30 – June 1, 2008.
Temple University. Philadelphia, PA.

Our Partnership

Thousand Kites and the American Friends Service Committee are partnering in a grassroots outreach for the STOPMAX Campaign using the documentary film "Up the Ridge." Join us in reaching out to youth groups, community activists, civic leaders, lawyers, and concerned citizens. Screen the award winning documentary about Appalachian Supermax prisons at your home, church, or community center and join the STOPMAX Campaign!

V iew the trailer for Up the Ridge.


We have a limited number of free documentaries to share to support the outreach for the STOPMAX campaign. To order a free documentary email us here with you name and address or support our effort by purhasing a copy here.

About the Campaign:

The STOPMAX Campaign, sponsored by
the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), works to eliminate the
use of isolation and segregation in U.S. prisons.

Strategies include research, grassroots organizing, public
education and policy advocacy to abolish solitary confinement and / or
reduce its use.

Phase One
The first phase of the STOPMAX campaign is focused on determining the
extent of the use of isolation in a cross-section of correctional
facilities: various state Departments of Corrections, the state
Departments of Juvenile Corrections, and immigration detention
centers. In selected states, we are surveying how many people are
living in isolation conditions, who those people are, what conditions
they are living in, how they came to be placed there, and whether and
how it is possible to exit those units. This reserach process will
result in publication of regional reports. Phase I of the campaign
will culminate with a national organizing Conference on May 30-June 1,
2008 at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. More>

What Is Solitary Confinement?

confinement of prisoners exists under a range of names; isolation,
control units, supermax prisons, the hole, SHUs, administrative
segregation, maximum security or permanent lockdown. Learn more at the stopmax.org.


  • Upcoming: May 30 – June 1 2008, National STOPMAX Campaign Conference. Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Ongoing: Thousand Kites and American Friends Service Committee launch 100 house party screenings of "Up the Ridge" for the STOPMAX Campaign.


National STOPMAX Campaign Conference

Save the Date Card.


Get involved with the STOPMAX Campaign using Thousand Kites tools:


Faciliate a film showing of Up the Ridge in your community. Use the screening to kick off recruitment to the STOPMAX Campaign. More.

Work with your local community radio station to broadcast a Thousand Kites radio program and organize a panel discussion about our justice system. More.

Use the play performance and the
audience discussion to get new members involved in your
organization. More.