RBGG’s Michael Bien is participating in an upcoming panel discussion, “COVID-19 Vaccination and the Incarcerated Community in California” on Thursday, February 25 from 6:30-7:45pm.  The discussion is part of the Community Dialogs series sponsored by Mount Tamalpais College.  RSVP here.

Other panel members include Juleen Lam, Joseph Hancock, Leah Rorvig, and Nigel Poor.

According to the course description:  “California has acted quickly to make the COVID-19 vaccine available to prison staff and residents.  However, some people are reluctant or refusing to take the vaccine, citing concerns over its safety and a lack of trust between incarcerated people and communities of color with health care providers.  Please join us for a panel discussion exploring legal,, public health and media efforts to protect the health of California’s incarcerated community and provide accurate information.  We’ll also hear a firsthand account of surviving COVID-19 while incarcerated at San Quentin.”

About Mt. Tamalpais College:  “For over 20 years, the Prison University Project operated the College at San Quentin State Prison as an extension site of Patten University. In 2020, we became a Candidate for Accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges and changed our name to Mount Tamalpais College, a reference to the mountain that stands just outside the prison—a powerful symbol of hope and strength that connects members of our community, both inside and outside of San Quentin.”

Mt. Tam College Handouts