Flying Over Walls, the Bay Area chapter of Black and Pink, is planning the third round of our “Queer/Trans Prison Abolition Study Group” for this coming Fall 2015. This session will be quite different from the past two because instead of having only free world folks involved, we are in the process of recruiting 10-12 incarcerated folks who are interested in discussing the readings through penpal letters.
The Flying Over Walls Study Group aims to:
-Support both incarcerated and free world folks in building a critical, intersectional understanding of the prison system and the criminalization of queer/trans bodies,
-Support the building of leadership development skills and shared understandings between both incarcerated and free world leaders.
Here’s how we laid out the logistics:
- 10-12 incarcerated folks will be paired with 10-12 free world folks.
- We send out 1-2 readings on prison abolition at a time to our incarcerated members and ask for a letter back with comments, questions, etc.
- The readings will be varied in style- some will be formal articles or excerpts of book chapters, others will be parts of graphic novels or mixed media/art. Our intention is to maximize reading accessibility for differing levels of education.
- Free world members do the reading between meetings and bring thoughts, questions and reflections to the meeting. Each incarcerated person’s letter gets read aloud during the meeting by their free world partner.
- Outside folks discuss both the readings and the perspectives from the prisoners’ letters. At the end of each meeting, free world participants will write a short letter to their matched person.
- We audio record this discussion. After the meeting, the recording will be transcribed, any content that might get labeled as a Security Threat will be edited to increase safety of our incarcerated members.
- We send the next packet back to the folks inside which includes: everyone else’s letters from the inside, the transcribed discussion, next month’s reading, and a personalized note from the partner with whom they are matched.
- Incarcerated participants are currently being held at CA Medical Facility, Mule Creek State Prison, CSP-Sacramento, San Quentin, and Central CA Women’s Facility.
We ask that folks make a solid 100% commitment to attendance in order to join. It is crucial that we stay accountable to our folks on the inside. Obviously, emergencies may arise, but please confirm you can attend these dates before registering.
- THURS 9/10/15 @ 6:30-8:30 PM – Orientation, Introductions, and Dinner
- SUN 9/20/15 @ 12:00-2:00 PM – Discussion of First Set of Readings – Background on PIC
- SUN 11/22/15 @ 12:00-2:00 PM – Discussion of Second Set of Readings – PIC through a Queer/Trans Lens
- SUN 01/17/16 @ 12:00-2:00 PM – Discussion of Third Set of Readings – Abolition & Alternatives
Please check out this link for all the details and to register.