Originally posted here on4/25/12.
But this time, we’re getting a little more personal. We’re going to “create relationships of friendship, support, and solidarity between inside and outside folks and help break isolation for incarcerated members of our communities.” (MPCP)
Join us at Modern Times Bookstore for a choose your own adventure..
Adventure 1 – Choose a FOR REAL pen-pal. This is for those of you who want to start building relationships with folks behind bars. You can make it as personal or as political as you want, but it’s about learning the names and faces of real members of our queer family who are locked up inside the system – and being the kind of pen-pal that’s gonna stay in touch with them.
Adventure 2 – Send some ONE-TIME love. This is for those of you who want to send a semi-anonymous but sincere or artistic or inspiring message as a sign of support – but without the ongoing commitment. It will still be a reminder to them and everyone else on their block that they have support and have not been forgotten.
Whichever adventure you choose, we’ll have some basic supplies, but feel free to bring pens, markers, paper, envelopes, watercolors, pencils, stamps and a few bucks to cover postage for your letter(s). Please do NOT bring any stickers, glues, glitters or adhesives. These will get your letter returned to you.
****Please arrive on time, if possible, so we can introduce ourselves, review the basic guidelines together and answer any questions.****
We’ll have names from Black & Pink’s Prison Penpal list and from the Montreal Prisoner Correspondence Project in order to support the work of these two amazing organizations. We’ll also have some readings and resources available.