April 2017 Letterwriting + Other Events + Updates

We are excited to invite you to invite you to a few events we have coming up this month!
Letterwriting and mail processing events:
Join us for our every-other-month at Somar Bar penpal & letterwriting night on Monday, April 17, from 6:30-8:30pm (1727 Telegraph in Oakland).
We will also be hosting a mail processing night  on Thursday, April 27 from 6-8pm in Oakland. As with last time, it’s at one of our member’s homes, so please RSVP to this email (flyingoverwalls@gmail.comfor the address. The night will include a training for new folks and then we will enter the 50+ forms we’ve gotten back from recent mailings. Whether an incarcerated person is looking to get signed up for our newsletter or write to a new penpal, we need to process their info form in order into our database to connect them with the resources we provide. Come read letters, type them up, and help connect folks to the Black and Pink family! Please bring a laptop if you can, but we will also have letters to write and other tasks if you don’t have one. We will send the address only to those who RSVP so that we have a sense of numbers. On Oakland Ave, just off 580 (closest BART is MacArthur).
Our next leadership team meeting will be on Saturday, April 29. If you’re interested in helping out behind the scenes, come find out how! Email back to this email to let us know if you’re interested.

Prison Visits

We continue to plan ongoing prison visits to our locally incarcerated members!! If you have a penpal and are interested in visiting them, request that they send you a visitation form and then send it in. We can assist, if needed. Be in touch if you are interested in joining. We have visited Mule Creek State Prison twice so far together and are there for a 3rd visit on April 8. We have made one visit so far to San Quentin and we are working on getting clearance forms and scheduling visits for California Medical Facility, CCWF, and potentially CSP-Sac.
Other Community events

TGIJP will be hosting mail night every Tuesday in April 

4-8pm on April 4, 11, 18, and 25th
234 Eddy St, SF
Responding to Mental Health Crises without Berkeley Police: A Community Forum 
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 12:30pm – 4:30pm
1924 Cedar St, Berkeley (Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists)
~ Snacks provided ~ Wheelchair accessible ~ Low-scent space ~
Justice Now’s

Pigeon Power Party: Like Pigeons We Adapt, Survive, and Thrive

Tuesday, April 11 6-8pm
Somar Bar  (1727 Telegraph in Oakland)
Without Walls: Abolition and Rethinking Education Panel Event 
Friday April 14th, 6 – 8: 30 PM
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

Friday, April 21 7-10pm
The Victoria Theatre (2961 16th St, SF 94103)
One more call!
Black & Pink Job Posting: BLACK & PINK NATIONAL DIRECTOR (STARTING AUGUST 2017)  Details here. 

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