Author Archives: Rahsaan Thomas

SQ inmates raised over $30,000 for charities in 2016

By Marcus Henderson By the end of 2016, San Quentin prisoners and their respective activities groups raised $32,629 in donations for many charitable nonprofit organizations through food sales. Project Avary, a Bay Area organization that provides numerous programs such as summer camps, teen leadership and family unity programs for children of incarcerated parents, was one […]

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Flood of SQ media attention draws back Van Jones

By Rahsaan Thomas Incarcerated men at San Quentin are getting a lot of press for their accomplishments. The media work produced by and featuring incarcerated men attracted a visit from a CNN anchor and the mayor of Mill Valley. Van Jones, host of CNN’s “The Messy Truth,” and Jessica Sloan, mayor of Mill Valley, came […]

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SQ inmates’ victory lures the biggies of internet podcasting

By Rahsaan Thomas The CEO of a major podcasting network, along with other executives, took an eventful trip from the East Coast to meet with the incarcerated men who defeated more than 1,500 entries from 53 countries in a storytelling contest. PRX CEO Kerri Hoffman and Radiotopia Executive Producer Julie Shapiro entered San Quentin State […]

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Warriors’ guard turns coach

Cuevas’s new post is ‘Great new beginning’ After five years of leading his team from the point guard position, Rafael Cuevas is now the head coach of the San Quentin Warriors. “Great new beginning,” said Warriors backup center Donte Smith. The former Warriors head coach, Daniel “Bear” Wright, left the yard. Cuevas talked to S.Q. […]

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SQ Kings search for new talent in tryouts

By Rahsaan Thomas Older men made up the new talent trying out for the San Quentin Kings’ 40 and over basketball team. On Jan. 28 and 29, the Kings held tryouts for the 2017 season schedule that begins March 11 against the Bittermen. Bittermen Coach Ted Saltviet assembles players, mostly K-12 school teachers, from the […]

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SQ aims to share fútbol’s worldwide growth

The Federal Internacional Football Association is adding 16 new teams to its international soccer tournament. Meanwhile, soccer players at San Quentin hope their 2017 season expands to playing more than just one outside team. FIFA currently has teams from 32 nations that compete for the world cup every four years. The FIFA governing council approved […]

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Barnes rekindles his sports passion while pursuing coding.

By Rahsaan Thomas In most prisons, you won’t find a tennis court, mini-college campus, Microsoft Certification, coding program or a newspaper written and run by incarcerated men, as you do at San Quentin. Robert Barnes, 54, took a class to learn how to play tennis in college for fun back in the ’80s. A horrible […]

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‘The way she treats us makes us want to do well’

By Rahsaan Thomas There’s a teacher who walks around a prison classroom engaging students and encouraging them in a way they say most teachers in the public school system din’t. Behind San Quentin educator D. Searle is a testament — copies of more than two dozen High School Equivalent diplomas earned since late 2015 by […]

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North Block wins basketball trophy named Becky, 28-21

By Rahsaan Thomas The Asian/Pacific Islanders formed teams by housing units for a Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament where the prizes were promoting unity and a trophy called Becky with the Good Hair. North Block defeated H-Unit in the finals, 28-21. “They played a good game; we played a good game. They came out on top,” said […]

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SQ Kings end losing season with victory

The San Quentin Kings ended their last game of a losing season with an 87-83 overtime win over the visiting Bittermen basketball team. “We salvaged the season,” joked Kings Coach Orlando Harris. “Even though they won the season series, they have to go home and sit with this loss for the entire off season. I’m […]

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