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July 14, 2020: Wildfires, firefighters, mass incarceration, and prison labor.

Looking at the 6’x 9’ sculpture of a solitary confinement cell sitting in the smoke of the fires is also to see an urgent question—a reckoning— emerge. When prisoners are called state “resources,” what are the connections between mass incarceration, our overflowing prisons, and the state's need for labor of this sort?

July 14, 2020: No phone calls from San Quentin

In mid July it was announced that prisoners would no longer have access to phones in San Quentin, to try to control the spread of the Covid-19.

With more than 50% of the people locked up in San Quentin already testing positive, and many more displaying symptoms, the new measures seemed both cruel and too little, too late. Tim and those on death row and in solitary confinement have already been in their cells for 24-hours a day for weeks, sick and utterly isolated. They were denied the ability to call loved ones for the foreseeable future.