Local healers and community activists hosted the San Quentin Healing Ceremony & Fundraiser for the San Quentin News on May 3 on Ring Mountain in Tiburon.
Hosted by Seven Sisters Mystery School, the fundraiser brought together some Bay Area leaders in the evolutionary healing and human rights communities who participated in the ceremony of chanting and drumming.
“Many of us feel overwhelmed by the tragic fact that ‘hurt people hurt people,’ and are disturbed by the fact that most incarcerated men are people of color”
The event raised nearly $800, with half going to San Quentin News to help the paper expand to reach all of the state’s inmates.
“The event represents a unique form of activism and healing intended to help a distressed community in our midst, one that is largely ignored in the Bay Area,” a Seven Sisters Mystery School press release read. “There are many people in the Bay Area who want to help but don’t know how. Many of us feel overwhelmed by the tragic fact that ‘hurt people hurt people’ and are disturbed by the fact that most incarcerated men are people of color. We want to foster connections with those in our local community who care and want to come together to do something in regard to the conditions within the penal system.”
Participants in the fundraiser started walking up Ring Mountain around 1 p.m. from the entry gate on Paradise Drive in Tiburon. A second circle of those who preferred not to walk remained at the foot of the mountain.
The event was inspired by the work of Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, and other authors, the press release read.