Events coming up – RJ by the Lake, Lobby day, and Letterwriting..

Visit us this Saturday by Lake Merritt. We’ll be there tabling at EastShore Park from 11-2 as part of RJOY’s RJ by the Lake event. We’ll have t-shirts and comix for sale and postcards to decorate.

 

Then join us Monday, Aug 20th for our every 3rd Monday of the month night of mail processing/data entry, birthday cards to our LGBTQ+ and HIV+ members in CA prisons AND long-term penpal orientation. 

 

Monday, August 20th from 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. Letter writing is an important way to overcome the isolation intended by the PIC.

Beverages and some snacks 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 both local & national 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/

 

Sign up anytime here for a penpal. And have you subscribed yet to the Black & Pink newsletter?

 

OTHER EXCITEMENT

 

No automatic alt text available.Help pass historic legislation to set new standards setting limits on police use of deadly force (AB 931) at the mass lobby day in Sacramento this Monday, August 13th from 8:00am to 3:00pm. Sign up here. Transportation from Oakland provided.

 

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. Our next LC meeting is August 28.

 

Get informed and support the IWOC Nationwide Prison Strike on August 21.

 

We’ll be tabling and leading a workshop at the Anarchist Bookfairin Oakland on September 15th. Save the date!

 

Prison visits are ongoing. We just did visits to San Quentin and Mule Creek in July. Let us know if you’d like to be involved!

California Coalition of Women Prisoners (CCWP) and Survived and Punished are currently working on campaigns 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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