Empowering civic activism toward a culture of peace.
THE CALIFORNIA PEACE ALLIANCE/
CAMPAIGN FOR A U.S. DEPARTMENT OF PEACEBUILDING
Invites You to Join Our
Second Monday Telephone Conference on 10/10/16
For a Conversation with
Social Justice Activist
Volunteering at San Quentin:
EDUCATION ON THE INSIDE
October 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Call-in No. 1-712-775-7031, Access Code 719-062-520#
If unable to get through on that number, dial 1-951-262-7373
This call is open to all who are interested.
PLUS REPORTS ON INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE IN CA AND IN WASHINGTON, DC
A child without education is like a bird without wings. – Tibetan Proverb.
For 16 years, Jun Hamamoto has volunteered at San Quentin State Prison in Marin County, CA, initially as part of the Prison University Project, and later as a member of the San Quentin Buddhist Sangha. In 2001, a friend asked Jun to teach math in the Prison University Project, a two-year program accredited Associate of Arts program for prisoners. Jun was part of that program until 2010. She has been part of the Buddhadharma Sangha Zen meditation group at San Quentin for approximately 10 years. In the past, she volunteered with the juvenile lifer group, financial literacy class, Native Hawaiian Religions group and prison radio group. She currently teaches a weekly art class at San Quentin. Jun finds teaching at San Quentin a rewarding experience and believes she gets back much more than she gives.
San Quentin State Prison, California’s oldest prison and the state’s only death row for male inmates, is the one of the largest prisons in the United States. While the prison has a capacity of 3,082, in 2013 the population soared to 4,223 prisoners. By January 2016, the population was 3,682 inmates. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Quentin_State_Prison)
According to a report aired on KQED public radio in 2011, “Correction officials in California see San Quentin State Prison, once a notoriously violent place, as a model for reform at a time when the state’s prison system is in crisis. San Quentin’s model is centered around some 3,000 community volunteers who conduct about 70 inmate programs, ranging from self-awareness groups, to veteran activities, literacy classes and even the opportunity to go to college because of a program called the Prison University Project.”
We will discuss recent advocacy in Washington, DC for U.S. Department of Peacebuilding legislation & International Day of Peace in CA.
California State Coordinator/ Northern CA
The Peace Alliance
Campaign for a U.S. Department of Peacebuilding