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May 12, 2021: A Reflection on the Solitary Garden by Zaarin Mizan

Budding from Dualities of Space: A Reflection on the Solitary Garden by Zaarin Mizan 

gar·​den \gär-dᵊn\ (n): a plot of cultivation; hall for public entertainment
Middle English gardyn < Anglo-French gardyn, gardeyn, jardin < Old French jart, gart "garden" < Old Low Franconian garda- "enclosure, fence" < Germanic *garđa-, whence Old Saxon gard "garden, dwelling, world," Old High German gart "enclosure," Old English geard "fence, enclosure

February 10, 2021: Friendship, Freedom, and Abolition by Tim Young

My name is Timothy James Young. I am an innocent man on San Quentin’s Death Row, and I am also the Solitary Gardener at UC, Santa Cruz. I have been hearing from a growing number of people who are curious about abolition. Many of them have read my essay entitled “Mail Call” and were struck with one sentence: “Friendship is the pathway to freedom.” The question that they most frequently ask me is how does friendship relate to abolition?

December 4, 2020: Unjustly EXPOSED

“The medical staff said this morning that people who were sick and were having symptoms—there was nothing they could do. They are just going to leave people in their cells...the only way people will be moved is if they are having respiratory problems to the point they can’t breathe” ~Tim Young, San Quentin State Prison, June 23, 2020

September 27, 2020: Dark Skies

In our most recent letter from Tim Young, the Solitary Gardener currently incarcerated in San Quentin, Tim describes his experience of the orange skies that have been covering California and the West Coast. Like many of us, he sees this as a troubling forecast for the future of our climate and environment.

Tim writes: