Author Archives: Rahsaan Thomas

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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SQ artists on display at the Smithsonian

By Rahsaan Thomas A group of incarcerated men with no architectural experience, created design ideas for a better America that were displayed in a museum overlooking New York’s Central Park. “It’s surreal. It’s something to be proud of,” said Noah Wright, one of the four incarcerated designers of the Genesis Project. “Sitting in here, you […]

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Parole grants skewed by race in New York State

By Rahsaan Thomas Even in prison, it is a privilege to be White, according to a recent study. It showed that the New York State Board of Parole grants Whites parole more often than Blacks who committed the same crimes. “Before a black inmate takes a seat in the hearing room and utters a word, […]

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Stockton mayor believes in the power of forgiveness

By Rahsaan Thomas Last year, California voters turned down a chance to end the death penalty, choosing instead to speed up the process—an indication they don’t believe murder should be forgiven. However, Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs believes in forgiveness. On Facebook, the newly elected mayor posted his acceptance of an apology from a murderer incarcerated […]

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Ali’s battles beyond the ring

By Rahsaan Thomas Muhammad Ali risked going to prison during the prime years of his boxing career to stand up for his beliefs. The fight for equality didn’t end after his last heavyweight match; he dedicated his retirement to continuing the struggle. Ali died on June 3, 2016 at age 74, but his achievements still […]

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Alliance for Change grads learn social justice for the community

By Rahsaan Thomas Several men, ranging from 23 years old to great-grandfathers, were honored at the Alliance for Change graduation for completing the rehabilitative course that taught them how to achieve social justice for their communities. “This is the dopest class ever,” said graduate Phillip Kelly. “When I go out to my community, I look […]

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First place in handball wins more than granola bars

By Rahsaan Thomas On Christmas Eve, four pairs of handball players met in the alley on San Quentin Prison’s Lower Yard to compete in a holiday tournament for granola bar prizes. “The prize doesn’t so much matter; it’s coming out here for the fellowship and being part of a community to get through these holidays […]

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The 2016 SQ Warrior’s losing season still a win

The San Quentin Warriors started the 2016 season with high expectations. They recruited new talent, including a former Memphis University player, but ended the season 5-8 against Christian Sports Ministry, their worst record in years, yet they are still smiling. “I’m surprised we won as much as we did,” said Bill Epling, the sponsor of […]

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