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 … Continue reading
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.
Food and beverages are available for purchase from the cafe. And 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.
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. If you are a part of a social justice group, faith-based organization, or advocacy group, please sign on here to support the campaign and to learn more.
Support Queer & Trans* Folks in Prison – Become a Pen-Pal. Join us monthly for mail processing, letterwriting, and sending birthday cards to our incarcerated LGBTQ+ and HIV+ Black & Pink members. Every 3rd Monday 6:30-8:30pm. 3/19, 4/16, 5/21, 6/18, 7/16, 8/20, 9/17, 10/15, 11/19 & 12/17. @ Farleys East – 33 Grand Ave Oakland, Near 19th St BART and wheelchair accessible. More info @ Flying Over Walls on FB.
Friday, Dec 8 from 6:30-10pm
Smalltown December Gathering
Community event with comix and art from our incarcerated members (and others) for sale as well as t-shirts and other schwag. Poetry from: Lyrical Opposition and Music from: The Straight Ups. Check Website for more details: www.smalltownsociety.com
Smalltown Society IN PARTNERSHIP W/ Brew Good Collective!
Monday, Dec 11 from 6-8pm
Access Notes: The house is up 14 stairs to the front door & low scent. Feel free to text Andrea with any other questions!
Please note: IOD is a mostly QTPOC house, please be respectful.
Our friends at the Bay Area Queer Anti-Fascist Network asked us to send this one out. Join them in celebrating a year of resistance. Happy Birthday Queer as Fuck and all who have been resisting fascism and white supremacy in 2017. Meet fellow queer resisters. Eat, Drink, Talk, Smash the Fash! Support your local lesbian-owned venue.
Come for the queer resistance mingling and stick around for a kick-ass line-up of queer bands Homobiles, Year of the Fist, Side Pony, Slapmatics.
Prison Visits & Prisoner Support
We are continuing to visit some of our incarcerated members. We’ll hopefully be heading to Mule Creek on Dec 17. More visits to come in 2018. 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. We have visited Mule Creek State Prison, San Quentin and plan on returning to those as well as visiting CCWF, and possibly California Medical Facility and CSP-Sac.
We may be launching a call-in campaign soon to support access to appropriate care for one of our incarcerated leaders in San Quentin. Stay tuned!!
We continue to meet monthly to build our free world leadership team and our collective capacity. Respond to this email if you are interested in getting involved with leadership!
Cross posted from Critical Resistance:
In honor of Trans Day of Remembrance on November 20th, this week we remember trans and gender nonconforming comrades taken from our communities, many by prisons, police, transphobic violence, or the systemic and deliberate abandonment, oppression, and denial of resources to trans people. Transgender Black women and other women of color are primary targets of the prison industrial complex (PIC), facing extreme rates of police violence, arrest for quality of life charges or broken windows policing, and subjection to additional violence, isolation, and disenfranchisement within the prison system. On a global scale, militarism and policing provide fuel for both imperialism and transphobia, prompting migrant rights organizations such as Mariposas Sin Fronteras to call for abolition of borders and an end to migrant imprisonment.
State driven attacks on trans and gender nonconforming people have pushed communities to respond with campaigns that work towards abolitionist reforms, build power, and address life sustaining needs for people targeted by imprisonment and policing. This year, trans people formerly and currently imprisoned led the fight to end restrictions on changing your name while imprisoned in California.
Ten years ago, Critical Resistance proudly supported the groundbreaking Transforming Justice gathering that brought renewed power and momentum to trans abolitionist organizing, providing models of people most impacted by the PIC organizing and leading the movement. Organizations such as Transgender, Gender Variant, and Intersex Justice Project in San Francisco, Sylvia Rivera Law Project in New York City, and Racial Justice Action Center in Atlanta center bold and strong trans visions for abolition. Trans abolitionist leaders like Miss Major and Janetta Johnson continue to teach us that our movement centered at the intersections of trans people of color liberation and abolition must by definition and design foster support, growth, strength, and loving struggle among each other and ourselves. Image: Micah Bazant
Trans abolitionists have been at the forefront of moving a vision of abolition that works to dismantle the PIC and build transformative solutions to state violence, individual harm, and community abandonment while resisting liberal reforms. Trans activists, and in particular trans people of color, have boldly challenged liberalism within mainstream LGB(TQ) organizations (that often center white, middle class, heteronormative ideals) and dislodged part of the broader liberal agenda that reinforces the PIC. The words of Bassichis, Lee, and Spade in Captive Genders continue to ring true on the road to abolition.
“Struggling against trans imprisonment is one of many key places to radicalize queer and trans politics, expand anti-prison politics, and join in a larger movement for racial, economic, gender; and social justice to end all forms of militarization, criminalization, and warfare.”
As an organization that is devoted to dismantling the PIC, we salute the leadership of trans, intersex, and gender nonconforming abolitionists in our movements for liberation.
Towards trans liberation,
Join us today and tomorrow! Today, Sunday, Nov 19 from 4-5pm at the Howard Zinn Bookfair, we will be on a panel entitled Breaking Headlines: The role of newspapers in organizing across prison walls with reps from The Abolitionist (Critical Resistance), The Fire Inside (CCWP) … Continue reading
On Sunday October 15, California Governor, Jerry Brown signed SB310, the Name & Dignity Act for Incarcerated Trans People! This means that for the first time in California history, a bill written by currently and formerly incarcerated trans people becomes law.
IN BRIEF: SB 310 establishes the right of a person imprisoned within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) or within a county jail to petition the court to obtain a name or gender change. The bill also requires CDCR and county jails to use the new name of a person who obtains a name change, and to only refer to the prior name as an alias. SB 310 will help ensure that transgender people are legally recognized for who they are while incarcerated, and it will increase the likelihood of their successful reentry into society upon release from custody.
Come join us Thursday, Oct 19 for our monthly LGBTQ prisoner letter writing night! This month we are joining up with Ghost Town Prisoner Support, a local abolitionist group that writes mostly to political prisoners. We will be at Fresh and Best 2 at 1428 … Continue reading
Oct 7 Abolition 101 Workshop & Tabling at Teachers for Social Justice Conference
Tues, Sep 26 The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot, A Workshop
Hello SF Bay Area B&P family! Thanks to all who joined us in May. Lots of beautiful new faces and we got plenty of mail processed, despite some slow internet. We hope to see you in June and July! Our … Continue reading