Reflecting on Independence Day and Incarceration: Watch the Freedom Chronicles

Bilal was sentenced to 20 years in prison when he was just 17 years old. Today, Bilal is still free from state incarceration and proud of beating the statistic that 7 out 10 people who walk out of a California State Prison are back in less than one year. Listen to his take on freedom exactly 1 year after incarceration.

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Rolling River Nursery Ripe with Teamwork

Sky Buenavista, PJ’s latest hire from the Insight Garden Program at San Quentin State Prison discusses how Planting Justice, through three recent gatherings, has accomplished an incr(edible) solution to part of the monocrop disease which looms before America’s posterity like type-two diabetes and asthma. Buenavista calls this PJ’s “shrill cry for food justice.” The story he shares focuses on the incredible people at Planting Justice, who transplanted Rolling River Nursery from Humbolt to Oakland.

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A Year in My Garden: Selecting Seeds

Welcome to the newest series on the Planting Justice blog: A Gardener’s Revolution! This year, Nicole Wires, PJ Permaculture Designer, will be following her Planting Justice-installed garden throughout the entire, bounteous California year — fall to winter to spring to summer, and back to fall. 

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Freedom Chronicles: 130 Days

Bilal was sentenced to 20 years in prison when he was just 17 years old. Today, Bilal is still free from state incarceration and proud of beating the statistic that 7 out 10 people who walk out of a California State Prison are back in less than one year. Bilal started his Freedom Chronicles video diary series to catalog his life after incarceration. Read his thoughts on 130 days free here.

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Freedom Chronicles: 210 Days (7 Months)

After spending 20 years in incarceration from 17 to 37 years old, Bilal Coleman is still free from state incarceration and proud of beating the statistic that 7 out 10 people who walk out of a California State Prison are back in less than one year. Bilal started his Freedom Chronicles video diary series to catalog his life after incarceration. Read his thoughts on 210 days free here.

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Farm Life

One year ago, Big Mo, Darryl (who was in San Quentin with him), Drew (the farm manager), and Siddiqqi, (Big Mo’s brother) were working together for Maurice’s first day on the farm. Read on to find out how, as time went on, what Big Mo thought was simply empty land with debris and vegetation, transformed into a working farm. 

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