Over the past three months, Haines has provided Solitary Watch with a series of “Inside Updates” describing the conditions at San Quentin during COVID-19, which we have been publishing on social media. The writings illustrate the predictable spread of the virus at such a highly overcrowded facility, where social distancing is impossible, PPE inadequate at best, and people are shuffled from one overpopulated unit to another. The fate of those held at San Quentin was sealed in late May, when the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) chose to transfer in more than 100 men from the California Institution for Men in Chino, where the virus was rampant. As of July 6, more than 1,400 individuals at San Quentin, including 165 staff, had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Inmates at a Georgia prison that’s been devastated by COVID-19 cases and a weekslong lockdown following the death of an inmate decided to fight back over the weekend: They launched an uprising that resulted in several injuries to inmates and staff as well as broken windows and a golf cart set on fire
I first learned about the 46 year-old Michael Hickson, a quadriplegic and Neurodiverse Black man denied further treatment while at St. David’s in South Austin, through a fellow Disability Justice activist. His Narrative was one that I’d heard many times before. In a way, it reminded me of what could’ve happened to Mae Lizzie.
By Dorothy Roberts Image published in Chronicle for Social Change The uprisings taking place across the nation and the world have brought unprecedented attention to abolition as a political vision and organizing strategy. More Americans are recognizing that police killings of black people are so …