As the COVID-19 outbreak at San Quentin rapidly spreads, we are working to mobilize the resources and networks we have access to in order to protect incarcerated lives.
WAYS TO HELP RIGHT NOW
- Increase the visibility of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people by sharing their advocacy efforts and publications widely, and support their work.
- Donate to the Prison University Project’s general operations. We are uniquely positioned to support and advocate for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people during this crisis and will continue to provide supplies and educational materials to people inside.
- Donate to our COVID-19 Care Package Initiative. After a successful delivery of care packages to all 3,900 people incarcerated at San Quentin and a second round of packages to Avenal State Prison, we are now working to raise the funds to send another package to people at San Quentin.
- Donate to Bonafide, a reentry organization led by the Prison University Project’s Director of Operations David Cowan. Bonafide helps people inside prepare for release, and then supports them from the moment they leave prison—even greeting them at the gate with essential supplies like cell phones, hand sanitizer, and clothes, and then providing social and psychological support in the days, weeks, months and years after.
- Contribute to Re:store Justice’s Canteen Fund (or here) to help incarcerated individuals buy hygiene products, cleaning supplies, and nutritious food. (People who participate in San Quentin programs should be sure to donate anonymously, to avoid any concerns about “overfamiliarity.”)
- Write to Prison University Project students inside by sending a message of support to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject, “Message for Students.”
OTHER WAYS TO ENGAGE
Remain informed about inside conditions and response efforts by exploring the following organizations and resources:
- Urgent Town Hall Meeting for Marin County hosted by Re:Store Justice and Ella Baker Center, Saturday June 27 at 1PM, recording available here.
- Thursday, July 2nd | 10 AM – 11:30 AM | Transformative In-prison Program Workgroup Statewide COVID-19 Webinar: Register here.
- Join the attorneys from the Plata Case and leaders from the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Re:store Justice, and the Transformative In-Prison Workgroup for an update and call to action on the COVID-19 crisis in CDCR.
- CDCR COVID-19 Population Tracker
- Amend at UCSF and Berkeley Public Health
- #StopSanQuentinOutbreak Demands from Incarcerated Community
- Reform Alliance
- Ella Baker Center
- Uncommon Law
- The Prison Reentry Network
- The Northern California Innocence Project
- Prison Policy Initiative: “COVID-19 and the criminal justice system”
- The Justice Collaborative COVID-19 Response & Resources
- Root and Rebound COVID-19 Response and Reentry Resources
- Prisoner Advocacy Network COVID-19 Resources
- Rosen, Bien, Galvan & Grunfeld and Prison Law Office‘s efforts to compel federal court intervention
- Amend at UCSF: “COVID-19 in Your Correctional Facility: Answers, Advice, and Actions
- UCSF School of Medicine: “The State of the Pandemic, Opening the Schools, and the Outbreak at San Quentin State Prison”
- For more ideas, see this article from KQED.
Please note that the Prison University Project became Mount Tamalpais College in September 2020.