Hello SF Bay Area B&P family! Thanks to all who joined us in May. Lots of beautiful new faces and we got plenty of mail processed, despite some slow internet. We hope to see you in June and July! Our … Continue reading
Hello! We are excited to announce our next letter-writing and mail processing event on Wednesday, May 24, from 6:30-8:30. This time we will be at Farley’s East, located at 33 Grand Ave near 19th St Bart. Details in the facebook event … Continue reading
TGIJP will be hosting mail night every Tuesday in April
Pigeon Power Party: Like Pigeons We Adapt, Survive, and Thrive
Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (4 blocks from BART in Oakland), 1433 Madison St., Oakland, CA 94612
Spread the word and find out more on Facebook.
6th Annual Sing-Along Jesus Christ Superstar to benefit TransMarch
- Our next event will be our every-other-month letterwriting night at Somar Bar on Monday, February 27, 6:30-8:30pm (1727 Telegraph in Oakland). We will have letters to stuff to send inside to 185 of our members, so join us even if you aren’t wanting to penpal. Details/RSVP here.
- And save the date for March 22 – still awaiting venue confirmation, but that should be the date of our March letterwriting night. Not at Somar, but also in Oakland.
- We’ll be scheduling another mail processing night soon, as we’ll be needing to data entry all the forms we get back from our 185 incarcerated members without bios. Date tbd.
- We will be back at Somar Bar for our letterwriting nights on the following Mondays: April 17, June 19.
- We have visited Mule Creek State Prison twice so far together and will hopefully be doing another carpool there on April 8 to visit a couple members.
- We are getting visits scheduled for San Quentin (2/25 or 3/5 and then maybe again in a month or so).
- We are working on getting clearance forms and scheduling visits for California Medical Facility, CCWF, and potentially CSP-Sac.
Generally, Black & Pink members decide individually if they have the capacity/resources to send money inside to penpals. However, we have a small grant and are able to offer $20-30 for up to five free world penpals to send to their penpals commissary or to use to buy snacks during prison visits. This would ideally be for free world folks who wouldn’t otherwise have access to the resources to do this.
- Every Tuesday: Support TGI Justice Project with sending in legal and self-help resources – get updates here.
- Critical Resistance Oakland and The Oakland Power Projects present: “Know Your Options: Acute Emergencies” workshop. February 25th, 11am-1:30pm East Side Arts Alliance (2277 International Blvd, Oakland) RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Event
- August 4-6: Black & Pink Second National Gathering in Chicago. Come together and celebrate, heal, and organize! We will have a weekend that kicks off with a big party followed by a day of workshops and healing arts and closing out with a day of developing a stong strategy for our organization to use fo the years to come. This gathering is intended for ALL formerly incarcerated LGBTQ and/or HIV+ people, any Black and Pink volunteers, all Black and Pink chapter members, donors to Black and Pink, and those interested in the future of Black and Pink’s work. Some events will be exlusively for formerly incarcerated people.
JOB POSTING: NATIONAL DIRECTOR (STARTING AUGUST 2017)
How to apply:
Send cover letter and resume to email@example.com
Application Deadline: May 15, 2017
Projected start date: August 1, 2017
Black & Pink is an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and “free world” allies who support each other. Our work toward the abolition of the prison industrial complex is rooted in the experience of currently and formerly incarcerated people. We are outraged by the specific violence of the prison industrial complex against LGBTQ people, and respond through advocacy, education, direct service, and organizing. Black and Pink is a nationally networked grassroots organization working to simultaneously abolish the prison industrial complex while meeting the immediate needs of LGBTQ and/or HIV+ prisoners and those affected by the criminal legal system.
The role of the Black and Pink National Director is to guide day-to-day operations, promote the mission of Black and Pink with our “free world” allies and our inside members, represent Black and Pink’s work to the world as leading figures in the movement towards abolition, and advance initiatives towards our goal of abolishing the prison industrial complex. This individual is responsible for fundraising, finances, communications, strategy development, policy advocacy, research, direct support for volunteers, and communication/advocacy with incarcerated members. The National Director is responsible for the supervision of two staff, the National Organizer and National Office Manager. While the National Director is responsible for the big picture work of the organization, this person is also expected to be involved in direct service with people currently in prison or otherwise engaged with the criminal legal system. The National Director works in partnership with the the National Leadership Circle while also being supervised by its members. This position is based in Boston, Massachusetts (relocation assistance provided), though the individual should be willing to travel occasionally for events and meetings. Black and Pink only hires individuals with a history of incarceration and we strongly encourage applications from individuals most impacted by the prison industrial complex.
Hours and Compensation
This is a full time position, 40 hours per week. This is a salaried position, $40,000 a year, paid on the 15th and the last day of each month. There are four weeks of paid vacation annually, and compensation time is accrued if working over 40 hours a week (though working more than 40 hours a week is strongly discouraged). Black and Pink full time staff have 12 sick days per year. Black and Pink does not provide staff with health insurance at this time, though monthly / annual premiums for healthcare obtained through Mass Health will be paid for through Black and Pink (state funded healthcare in Massachusetts). Black and Pink will also provide a $60 a month membership for either Massage Envy, $60 a month for a gym membership, or $60 a month for another form of other self-care practice.
The ideal candidate for this position will have leadership experience with a social justice oriented organization. The ideal candidate will have strong, compassionate, communication skills. Given the intensity of the work required by staff at Black and Pink, the candidate must have the ability to be compassionate and empathetic with prisoner membership and others directly affected by the criminal legal system. The candidate must be able to demonstrate effective time management, attention to detail, and prioritization of tasks as the position requires managing many different and even conflicting needs. A background with computer skills is a must, as the candidate will also have to learn Black and Pink’s data storage systems, utilize Gmail and Microsoft Office, and know how to navigate social media appropriately. Although the candidate’s politics does not have to align wholly with Black and Pink’s politics, the candidate must be able to help the organization live out our purpose of serving LGBTQ and/or HIV positive prisoners while working to abolish the US prison system.
Primary Tasks and Responsibilities:
Communicate with donors
Coordinate the fundraising working group (grassroots fundraising) and grant writing team
Public speaking and workshop presentation around the country
Ensure volunteers and staff communicating on behalf of the organization are using messaging consistent with our values and priorities
Represent the organization and its message to the public at conferences, events, and through media
Final oversight on the creation and distribution of outreach materials and website
In collaboration with the technology team and the National Organizer, ensure appropriate maintenance of the website
Create informational materials and “How To Guides” for members, volunteers, and the public
Coordinate with newspaper editor, edit and review content
Strategy and Direction:
Support National Organizer with strategy development and implementation
Ensure organization is following its mission and strategic priorities set by the Leadership Circle
Evaluate effectiveness of programs and progress on strategic priorities
Policy and Research:
Attend meetings with Federal LGBTQ/HIV criminal justice policy working group
Inform policy work at the local and state level, including and beyond Massachusetts
Stay on top of current legal news and policy research regarding the criminal justice system
Strategically share current datasets with appropriate partners towards goals that align with our values and mission
Make decisions about new research for the organization to conduct (like 2015 survey report) and find support from partner organizations
Working Group support:
Provide administrative support to four national working groups: Transformative Justice, Fundraising, Newspaper, and Technology
Ensure each working group is meeting monthly and their work is progressing
Recruit a member of the group to represent the working group at monthly Leadership Circle meetings
Inside Member Support and Advocacy:
Respond to individual advocacy requests from prisoners
Coordinate the hotline for prisoners
Coordinate bail support
Participate in local court support and jail visits as possible
Create annual budget to be approved by National Leadership Circle
Track receipts and work with bookkeeper to monitor income and expenses
Present monthly year-to-date budget to National Leadership Circle
Pay all bills as the sole holder of the debit card and sole signer of checks for the bank account
Schedule and coordinate yearly audit
Weekly hour long check in with the National Organizer to evaluate progress and needs
Weekly half hour long check in with National Office manager to evaluate progress and needs
Create an annual review system for staff
Responsible for personnel decisions for staff members under Director’s supervision
General Administrative Tasks:
Maintain healthy relationships with landlords of office space
Oversight on all Black and Pink related projects (e.g., holiday cards, Hot Pink, Religious zine)
Other tasks as made clear from the National Leadership Circle
We just dropped over 320 cards and postcards off at the post office, which are now little glimmers of light on their way to our incarcerated members!
Thank you to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for their grant, which is helping pay for postage from the 2 events we organized as well as 2 additional events hosted by our free world friends. And to East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse for supply donations and to Somär for hosting us all through 2016.
Thanks also to our National Black & Pink organizers for helping coordinate over 280 parties and getting over 16000 cards in to our 10000 members.
Hey there friends,
PLEASE share with your members!
Black&Pink National Organizer Job Description
Application Deadline: January 6, 2017
Start Date: March 15, 2017
To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Jason@blackandpink.org
Although Black and Pink provides many direct services to LGBTQ and/or HIV+ prisoners and court-involved people, the goal of our work is to strengthen the movement towards abolition of the prison industrial complex. The role of the National Organizer for Black and Pink is to support local outside chapters in their grassroots efforts, provide support and resources to prison-based chapters, develop and lead a national strategic organizing plan with clear goals and concrete actions to take. The organizer is also responsible for some direct advocacy work with prisoner members who are in crisis. Black and Pink only hires individuals with a history of incarceration and we strongly encourage applications from individuals most impacted by the prison industrial complex.
Hours and Compensation
This is a full time position, 40 hours per a week. This is a salaried position, $40,000 a year, paid on the 15th and the last day of each month. There are four weeks of paid vacation annually, and compensation time is accrued if working over 40 hours a week (though working more than 40 hours a week is strongly discouraged). Black and Pink full time staff have 12 sick days per year. Black and Pink does not provide staff with health insurance at this time, though monthly / annual premiums for healthcare obtained through Mass Health will be paid for through Black and Pink (state funded healthcare in Massachusetts). Black and Pink will also provide a $60 a month membership for either Massage Envy, $60 a month for a gym membership, or $60 a month for another form of other self-care practice.
The ideal candidate for this position will have some experience with organizing and a willingness to get training on effective organizing tactics. The ideal candidate will have strong, compassionate, communication skills. Given the intensity of the work required by staff at Black and Pink, the candidate must have the ability to be compassionate and empathetic with prisoner membership and others directly affected by the criminal legal system. The candidate must be able to demonstrate effective time management, attention to detail, and prioritization of tasks as the position requires managing many different and even conflicting needs. A background with computer skills is a must, as the candidate will also have to learn Black and Pink’s data storage systems, utilize Gmail and Microsoft Office, and know how to navigate social media appropriately. The candidate must also be willing to travel regularly, primarily by plane.
Black and Pink’s national office is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The ideal candidate would either live in the Boston area or be willing to relocate (with financial assistance from Black and Pink to do so). There are possible exceptions. For individuals with extensive organizing experience and a history of working remotely for another organization, considerations for remote employment could be made. That person would, however, be required to come to Boston for 3 weeks of training and relationship building at the start of the employment.
Primary Tasks and Responsibilities:
Outside Chapter Support
Coordinate national chapters’ call
Ensure resources are distributed between chapters and from the national office to chapters
Volunteer management and volunteer development
In person meetings with every chapter at least once a year
Provide guidance for grassroots efforts being done by local chapters.
Inside Chapter support
Respond to letters and requests from inside chapters
Support development of new inside chapters
Ensure inside chapters submit reports about their work
Track and respond to retaliation against prisoner organizers
Ensure that national working groups are meeting and help with coordinating them
Workshops, presentations, and public speaking for organizations around the country
Supporting and planning national gathering of B&P members (every 2 years).
Develop new initiatives that increase the effectiveness of organizational work
Design outside chapter starting tool kit (with the support of existing chapters)
Update inside chapter starting tool kit as needed
Support National Director with resource development as needed
General Administrative Tasks
Respond to prisoner letters in a timely manner
Respond to emails in a timely manner
Communicate with Office Manager and National Director about needs and work issues
This position is supervised by the National Director. Supervision should occur for one hour every week. During supervision the National Organizer should communicate about upcoming goals, needs for training or support, obstacles in the work, and emotional support needs due to the severity of the work.
Originally posted here by our Chicago B&P chapter
Today, on this global day of action against the Dakota Access Pipeline, Black & Pink Chicago shares this letter of solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and all people in the struggle to save our water. Water is life. Our work towards abolition requires us to ensure that all people have their basic needs met: housing, food, air, water. The Dakota Access Pipeline stands in the way of our vision of a world without police and prisons, a world that values life over profit.
Time and again, we have seen that prisoners are often the last to get access to clean water under disaster capitalism. We saw it after Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy and so many other “natural” disasters. We saw it in Illinois a couple months ago after Gov. Rauner’s refusal to pass a budget in Illinois left some counties with exorbitant water bills and threatening to cut water off to thousands of people locked in state prisons. This pipeline is a threat to hundreds of our Black & Pink family, thousands of other incarcerated people, and millions of non-incarcerated people in its path.
In addition to the environmental destruction this pipeline will create, we abhor the militarized violence that water protectors have faced while resisting its construction. In North Dakota, security guards working for the pipeline company have attacked indigenous water protectors with dogs and pepper spray. We must resist the ongoing genocide of native peoples through toxic polluting and theft of sacred lands, as well as the brutalization and incarceration of those who resist. May enough of us be enraged and moved to action by this to stop state and corporate violence, to stop this pipeline, and to disarm the police.
No to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Not at Sacred Stone. Not in Illinois. Not anywhere.
Monday, Sept 19
1727 Telegraph Ave in Oakland
Please join us for our September monthly letterwriting meetup!!
Letterwriting is one way we can help our incarcerated LGBTQ+ family remember they are an important part of our community, that they are not forgotten, and that we are still fighting for them!!
You can write a one-time letter, find a new ongoing penpal, and learn about the many ways we, and others, are fighting to tear down prison walls.
Food and drink available for purchase at the bar – please support this amazing venue that supports our communities!
21+ (Under 21 folks, please join us in SF on opposite months, when we meet at Wicked Grounds cafe)