Pride Month 2018!

Join us for our monthly night of mail processing/data entry, cards to our LGBTQ members in nearby Norcal prisons AND long-term penpal orientation. Letterwriting is an important way to overcome the isolation intended by the PIC. This month, we will be honoring Juneteenth and the continued struggles for Black Liberation, Queer & Trans Liberation and the abolition of prisons and prison slavery, and writing to some of our Black queer & trans members.

Monday, June 18th
6-8pm
Farley’s Cafe
33 Grand Ave in Oakland near 19th St Bart. Wheelchair accessible, though outlets for laptops are on the 2nd floor only.

Please join with or without a laptop – there is work for everyone! If you’d like, we’ll train you to respond to letters or to enter and update penpal request forms in our database. Getting these forms into our database helps get our inside folks matched to penpals, so this is an essential part of our work (and we have so much mail!). If you want to start a penpal relationship, we will also have info on folks to send letters to, all the supplies, and ways to get more involved in the movement to abolish prisons.

Beverages are available for purchase from the cafe. Please bring some dollars and change toward postage, if you can. Any money raised beyond the cost of supplies will be used to support local Black & Pink projects.

While this space is open to the public and not scent-free, please avoid wearing scented products in order to support folks with chemical sensitivities. More info: https://eastbaymeditation.org/resources/fragrance-free-at-ebmc/
It’s PRIDE SEASON! We will be tabling at SF Trans March on Friday, June 22, from 12-6pm. Come find our booth and blanket area in Dolores Park and write some postcards to trans Black & Pink members! Plus, we have a fresh batch of t-shirts and tank tops available. Facebook event here. If you’d like to volunteer, please respond to this email! We are especially looking for folks to help break down around 6pm. Afterwards, come support TGIJP at El Rio for Bustin Out 13: Party Against the Prison Industrial Complex.
OTHER EXCITEMENT
Have you subscribed to the Black & Pink newsletter yet?
We are actively seeking new folks to get involved to help grow our Leadership Circle in order to help make sure this work continues. Email if you want to get involved and we’ll make a time to connect.
Prison visits are ongoing! We will be going to San Quentin on July 28, and we plan on returning to Mule Creek as well as expanding our visitation program to other prisons in the future. Let us know if you’d like to be involved!

California Coalition of Women Prisoners (CCWP) is currently working on a campaign to end the use of Life Without Parole sentences as well as asking Governor Brown to commute all of the LWOP sentences to parole-eligible sentences. Get in touch with them to learn more!

Last December we helped ABO Comix release a queer prisoners comix anthology – all written and drawn by folks on the inside with profits going back inside. It’s just a few bucks to grab one for your penpal, and sliding scale for yourself. We have a long waiting list of incarcerated folks who would like to receive a copy, so if your budget allows a donation of $5.50, please help us get this amazing anthology in the hands of our loved ones behind bars: http://abocomix.bigcartel.com/product/abo-comix-copy-for-a-prisoner
Our friends at TGIJP have mail night every Tuesday this month from 4-8pm at 234 Eddy St. More info here.
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