Harvard University- Oct 14-15 7pm-7pm
Vassar College- TBA
Rutgers University- Oct 14-15 7pm-7pm
Long Island University- Brooklyn- TBA
The Ohio State University- Oct 12-13 12pm-12pm
The George Washington University- Oct 15 7am-10pm
UW-Madison- Oct. 5th, 13th, & 14th 7pm
Boston University- Oct 14-15 9am-7pm
Yale University- TBA
Princeton University- Oct 23-24 7pm - 6pm
Fordham University- Oct 22 4pm-6pm
Columbia University- Oct 14 8pm-10pm
What is 7x9?
Every October, students on campuses around the country rally for 7x9, a performance art exhibit against solitary confinement. Founded in 2013 by SAPR advisor Five Mualimm-ak, and initiated by Princeton SPEAR, 7x9 honors the tens of thousands of people (as young as 13 years old) locked in solitary confinement within our justice system.
Activists construct a 7ft by 9ft electrical tape outline to symbolize a "cell" (as 7x9 is the average size of a solitary confinement unit). Each hour, for 23 hours, a student will hold a vigil in the 7x9 cell. In keeping with the restrictions on people in solitary confinement, they will have no books, music, or other forms of intertwinement. They will not interact with the outside world. On the last hour, the cell is left empty, in honor of the hour people held in solitary are allowed to shower, exercise, or call their families.
The presence of the 7x9 cell challenges passerby to confront solitary confinement and the horrors of incarceration, and to take action. A signature collection for our joint petition with Fusion (a media conglomerate with a focus on social justice), asking the White House to stop the solitary confinement of juveniles will be available next to the display.
We hope that 7x9 will facilitate the conversation on campuses about solitary confinement, motivate individual interest in researching more about the practice, and inspire students to take action to reduce the use of solitary confinement in American facilities. RSVP to our Facebook event here.
To learn more about solitary confinement, you can read this New Yorker piece, and take action by signing the following petitions:
ACLU: Stop the Abuse of Solitary!
National Religious Campaign Against Torture: End Prolonged Solitary Confinement Now
NYC Jails Action Coalition: NYC DOC: End The Use of Solitary Confinement in NYC