“Art is solidarity”
– Marc Huerta Osborn, a former Stanford artist with PR Zine
We are Prison Renaissance Zine at Stanford, a collaborative group of incarcerated and free individuals–abolitionists, artists, organizers, friends. Through creativity and art, we share our stories with one another and uplift incarcerated voices to our communities, which are lacking when incarcerated voices are absent from them. A zine is a small-circulation, self-published book of original work, and our zine showcases works created collaboratively between Stanford and incarcerated artists. We center notions of radical collaboration, and we also host an annual zine launch & art exhibit where the public can be in conversation with the artists whose work and words are in the zine. We are affiliated with Prison Renaissance, a larger organization started by then-incarcerated artists and activists dedicated to connecting incarcerated folks with their communities through art.
COVID-19 Issue Features:
Given extraordinary circumstances, our third issue was postponed indefinitely. In response to the state-sanctioned San Quentin COVID-19 outbreak and crisis in the larger California prison system, Prison Renaissance Zine Project launched a zine of written and visual artwork created by a few of our friends and loved ones incarcerated at San Quentin during this pandemic. The artworks showcased are meant to be another entry point for taking action and uplifting the demands of the #StopSanQuentinOutbreak coalition of community organizers.
Our COVID-19 issue can be found here. We also created a Media Toolkit and organized a phone banking launch event to inspire action among our readers and larger communities, and we encourage folks to stay updated with ways to take action now.
For our past issues, please see below:
Incarceratedly Yours Issue 1
Incarceratedly Yours Issue 2
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