Covid19 In Prisons Zine Project
We are creating a zine highlighting artwork, writing, and reflections from currently incarcerated community members on the COVID-19 outbreak inside San Quentin State Prison. The zine will also document the organizing (inside and outside of prison walls) to call for large-scale releases across California prisons.
Meet Our Editors on the Inside
Mesro is an emcee, poet, and graffiti artist currently incarcerated at San Quentin. When asked why he felt it was important to edit/curate content for this project, he said “ I want to do my part in generating awareness surrounding this public health issue. Too often, voices like ours go ignored or get dismissed out right. This zine is tangible proof that those of us in these cell blocks are suffering too.”
Marshall is the son of Oliver Sr. and Adjua, the brother of John, Randall, and Oliver Jr.. the father of Antoinette and Chris Jr., the grandfather of Justen, Joddy, and Bishop, the uncle of Jacob, Andre, Jordan, Christina, Thunder, Joshue, Ariya, Haley, Justen, Mikayla, and Harper, who hopes to share his love of the performing arts with his family and friends sooner vs. later. “It is important to be an editor of the ‘Stop San Quentin Outbreak Zine’ because I want to give voice to the voices that aren’t actually heard here in prison or on the outside. These are the voices of HUMAN BEINGS living their lives on their own terms in the LGBTQ community here in this prison. Be ready to listen”