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CAAMFest Press Conference 2016 at Alamo Drafthouse San Francisco

World Premiere of Breathin’: The Eddy Zheng Story

Description: Arrested at 16 and tried as an adult for kidnapping and robbery, Eddy Zheng served over 20 years in state prison. Ben Wang’s BREATHIN’: THE EDDY ZHENG STORY paints an intimate portrait of Eddy — the prisoner, the immigrant, the son, the activist — on his journey to freedom, rehabilitation and redemption. BREATHIN’ moves […]


2015 Justice Freedom Peace Award

My second trip of the year takes me to receive the Justice, Peace and Freedom Award from the 2016 AFL-CIO Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference. ‪#‎1uMLK‬ I feel humble and honor to sharing the stage with Dorsey Nunn, Rachel Bryan and the ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ Co-Founders Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, Patrisse Marie Cullors-Brignac […]


Breathin’ : The Eddy Zheng Story

Breathin’ to show in San Francisco and Oakland in March 2016 Thirty year ago today, at the age of sixteen, I played judge and sentenced a family of four to a life sentence of trauma and suffering. As a result, the judge sentenced me to life in prison as an adult. I spent twenty-one years […]


Reform the Criminal Justice System Town Hall

Feeling honor and excited about sharing my thoughts with the leadership of Alameda Labor Council on the impact of mass incarceration and the importance of labor’s role in dismantling the prison industrial Complex through mass employment and investing in education.


Eddy Zheng Pardoned by Governor Brown

Happy new breath. Happy new beginnings. Happy life. I’m grateful that Governor Brown granted me an unconditional pardon. It validates my transformation and rehabilitation, but it does not minimize the wrongs that I had done at age 16 and the trauma I had inflicted on my victims. I couldn’t have become who I am today […]

inspire and motivate

Formerly Incarcerated & Convicted People’s Movement, L.A. Conference

Nov. 2nd | National Convening to discuss and ratify a National Agenda to restore the civil and human rights of formerly-incarcerated and convicted people.

Advancing Justice Conference flyer

Advancing Justice Conference 2011, Speaker

APIs Behind Bars – Incarceration and Immigration Detention

ASU Be the Change Within 2011

Be the Change Within, Guest Lecturer

Activist, community organizer, and former prisoner Eddy Zheng will speak about his experiences and perspectives concerning youth, education, immigration, and the prison industrial complex, as well as coming into political consciousness while reading ethnic studies texts behind bars.

Be the Change

Building Dignity

Announcing the release of a live concert CD by Eddy Zheng, Martin Dosh, and Paul Dosh:
Breathin’ An Evening of Spoken Word, Music, and Inspiration with Eddy Zheng

Happy New Breath.

I spent 21 years of my life in prison for crimes committed at the age of 16.

Since returning to the free world in 2007, I have dedicated my life to serving the youth and communities of the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

I hope to use my experiences to: inspire and motivate young people to invest in their education; raise awareness about the detrimental impact that the Prison Industrial Complex has on the Asian and Pacific Islander population; and, promote racial harmony among people of color.

Welcome and thank you for visiting.

- Eddy Zheng