Author Archives: Watani Stiner

Watani Bids Farewell to SQ News

By Watani Stiner Contributing Writer  For nearly three years, since March of 2013, I have enjoyed contributing to the San Quentin News with my OG’s Perspective column, glad to let my son Larry Jr. pinch-hit occasionally. But with this column my time in the lineup comes to an end. When I paroled from San Quentin […]

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Son, Here’s the Toast I Could Not Give You…

By Watani Stiner Contributing Writer My eldest son turns 50 today (October 25th) and I wrote this in his honor. He celebrated by having a big gathering of family and friends which I would have loved to attend. However, as I am still on parole, I was denied permission to travel to Los Angeles for this […]

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…Thanks, Dad, But How Far Have We Come?

By Larry Stiner Jr. Happy 50th Birthday: But How Far Have We Really Come? On October 25th of this year, I joined Club 50 as my born day arrived and a large group of family members and friends launched into a soulful rendition of the happy birthday song. It would be the 50th time in […]

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After the Conversation, What’s Next?

By Watani Stiner Contributing Writer Though it seems a lot longer, it’s only been nine months since I was released from San Quentin State Prison. Just a few months since I gathered my belongings, said my good-byes and walked eagerly but patiently to be processed from one world into another. I took my final breath […]

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Education – The Greatest Gift

By Larry Stiner Jr. Through the grapevine, I heard the question: How many different schools are they going to put her in? This was being asked in response to my wife and I enrolling our daughter, Khyra, into yet another new school. It would be the fourth school she would attend in her nearly 12 […]

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Raising Our Children in the Struggle 

By Watani Stiner Contributing Writer I was somewhat surprised that my children born in South America don’t seem to share my passion for fighting for racial justice in the United States, that they don’t even see its injustice the way I do. Because of this, it throws into question my assumptions about how they thought […]

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Soul Force: The Moral Struggle for Justice! 

By Watani Stiner Contributing Writer “We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.”  — Martin Luther King, Jr. As I reflect on my past, which was once my present, I find that it is […]

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Freedom Is a Relationship, Not a Thing

By Watani Stiner SQ News Columnist By the time this article goes to print in April, I will have been out of prison for 90 days. If you’ll notice, I did not say that I have been “free” for 90 days. Freedom is perhaps one of the most difficult subjects one could write about. It […]

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Remembering Dr. King, Ferguson and Moving Forward

By Watani Stiner Thanks to a positive decision in Sacramento, this is my final article while incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison. Subsequent articles will be from me on parole. Because of the length of this article and the limited space available, the second part will appear in the February edition (Black History Month). My […]

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Raising Compassionate Young Boys to Adulthood

By Watani Stiner “The language of marriage is often the language of ownership, rather than the language of partnership. We use the word ‘respect’ to mean something a woman shows a man, but not often something a man shows a woman.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian author and feminist. There exists inside every young boy […]

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