Natasha and David have discussed the horrendous practice of long-term solitary confinement and the urgency of reducing it with a number of Delegates during their scheduled individual meetings. For instance, they met with Delegates Tony Wilt and Todd Gilbert of Shenandoah Valley, VA. In Southside, they have met with Delegate Danielle Marshall in order to discuss the same pressing issue. Furthermore, they attended meetings with Delegate Robert Bell of Southwest, VA, and Delegate Marie March of Roanoke. They are currently coordinating meetings with Delegate Terry Kilgore of Southwest, VA, and Delegate Wren Williams of Southside, VA.
While on tour, Natasha and David traveled to probation offices located in Southside, Shenandoah Valley, and Charlottesville. They placed the Virginia Coalition on Solitary Confinement’s door knockers in order to disseminate information about the organization’s mission of preventing long-term solitary confinement. The door knockers are dispersed at housing complexes of those who have been directly impacted. In an effort to raise awareness, Angela Miles, a reporter for the VPM news magazine, shadowed Natasha and David on tour to document their milestones. Stay tuned for the interviews that Angela Miles documented that will premiere in early 2022!
Natasha White has also planned a virtual webinar series via Zoom that is titled “Students Against Solitary Confinement”. The Coordinator intends to bring students across various universities in Virginia to attend the virtual meetings as a way of learning about the organization’s goals, the negative consequences of solitary confinement, and ways to become involved in our advocacy efforts.
Natasha has been invited to be a panelist on numerous occasions. For example, she has spoken at a virtual “Coffee Talk” meeting with students attending George Washington University. Similarly, on December 10th, she scheduled a meeting to share her story once more with Old Dominion University in Virginia. She has been a panelist for the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia (ACLU-VA) to discuss organizing advocacy after Virginia’s election. She has also spoken on a segment titled “Solitary Confinement”. The Coalition's former Chair, David, has attended a virtual event at Pace Center at Virginia Commonwealth University in collaboration with the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy.