April 2018 Updates

Dear FoW community,
Join us for our monthly night of mail processing/data entry, birthday cards to our LGBTQ members in nearby Norcal prisons AND long-term penpal orientation and matching.

Next Monday, April 16th
6:30-8:30pm
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.

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.

While this space is open to the public and not scent-free, please avoid wearing scented products in order to support folks with chemical sensitivies. More info: https://eastbaymeditation.org/resources/fragrance-free-at-ebmc/
OTHER EXCITEMENT
Have you subscribed to the Black & Pink newsletter yet?
Save the date – we’ll be tabling again this year at SF Trans March and sending postcards to our members!
We are actively seeking new folks to get involved to help grow our Leadership Circle in order to help make this work happen more regularly. Email if you want to get involved and we’ll make a time to connect.

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.

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 to them and Black & Pink. 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.


We will be visiting Mule Creek State Prison on April 28th and scheduling more prison visits for 2018 to our B&P incarcerated members in Northern California. If you have a penpal and are interested in visiting them, request that they send you a visitation form and then send it in. Then let us know. If you are interested in visits with us but don’t have a penpal, we can match you to someone. We have visited Mule Creek State Prison, San Quentin and plan on returning to those as well as visiting California Medical Facility, CCWF, and possibly CSP-Sac or others.
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More December Events

Y’all, we just can’t get enough. And wanted to let you know about a bunch of newly announced events happening in the next couple weeks in Oakland, Castro Valley and Albany. Scroll down to see about our 3rd and final holiday cards event of this year on Monday.
 

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

Location: 22222 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley, California 94546
Smalltown Society IN PARTNERSHIP W/ Brew Good Collective!

Contact info@smalltownsociety.com to reserve childcare
Saturday, Dec 9 starting at 11am

East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest

EBABZ Fest is the premier gathering for zinesters, independent publishers, comic book writers, and artists in the East Bay. Our friends from ABO Comix will be there selling the comix anthology they put together featuring Black & Pink members!
Location: Omni Commons 4799 Shattuck Ave in Oakland, CA
Sunday, Dec 10 from 3-7pm

8th Annual Mercado de Cambio/Tha Po’ Sto’ Art Market/Knowledge X

 
If we don’t sell out of comix, art and t-shirts before Sunday, then we’ll be here! It will be a whole day of fun – original art for sale, performances, poetry, hip hop, & knowledge on what our struggles, liberation, resistance and movement building can be and is. Co-sponsored by Kiss My Black Arts, Krip Hop Nation, The San Francisco Bayview Newspaper and POOR Magazine.

Monday, Dec 11 from 6-8pm

Join us in Oakland to finish the last of our holiday cards for this year! 
Location: IOD, corner of Hamilton & Harrison by Lake Merritt (Text 203-241-2039 for exact address!)
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.

Sat, Dec 16 6-8pm
Queer Resistance Soiree

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.

Ivy Room is ADA compliant and bathrooms will be gender-neutral for this event. We cannot guarantee a scent-free venue, but please come no or very low-scent.

And.. As always..

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!!

Leadership

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!

Monday’s LGBTQ+ Prisoner Letterwriting + More

Please join us this Monday to fight hate and build love. We have new penpal orientation if you’re ready for the commitment as well as some mail to process and one time postcards to send in to our Queer & Trans members in San Quentin and RJ Donovan (down in San Diego).
We will also have our brand new “Queer Liberation” t-shirts for sale (currently sizes M-XXXL – more S and XS coming soon).
 
Monday, September 25  6:30-8:30pm
Somar Bar
1727 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA
Details Here (plus access info and pics of the t-shirts)
 
 
Save the Dates

Oct 7 Abolition 101 Workshop & Tabling at
Teachers for Social Justice Conference
Nov 5 Screening & Discussion Party of new video series about Abolition & the PIC put out by Critical Resistance
Nov 13 Black & Pink Annual Holiday Card Party at Somar
Nov 19 Breaking Headlines: The role of newspapers in organizing across prison walls panel with reps from The Abolitionist (Critical Resistance), The Fire Inside (CCWP) Black & Pink News (Black & Pink), and SF Bay/view
Dec. 2 & 3 (tentatively) ABO Comix Queer Prisoner Comix Anthology release party & B&P Holiday Card Decorating
Prison Visits
We are continuing to visit some of our 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. 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’ll be going to MCSP this Sunday 9/24 and are planning trips to San Quentin & potentially MCSP in November. We are looking for a volunteer to send in a visitation form and to start corresponding with a specific member in SQ whom we want to visit. Please email if interested.
 
 
Leadership
 
We continue to meet monthly to build our leadership team and our collective capacity.
Respond to this email if you are interested in getting involved with leadership!

Tues, Sep 26 The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot, A Workshop

Every Tuesday – our friends at TGIJP have mail night from 4-8pm at 234 Eddy St. More info here.

Black&Pink is Hiring a National Organizer

Hey there friends,

PLEASE share with your members!

 

Black&Pink National Organizer Job Description

 

Application Deadline: January 6, 2017

Start Date: March 15, 2017

To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Jason@blackandpink.org

 

Summary

Although Black and Pink provides many direct services to LGBTQ and/or HIV+ prisoners and court-involved people, the goal of our work is to strengthen the movement towards abolition of the prison industrial complex. The role of the National Organizer for Black and Pink is to support local outside chapters in their grassroots efforts, provide support and resources to prison-based chapters, develop and lead a national strategic organizing plan with clear goals and concrete actions to take. The organizer is also responsible for some direct advocacy work with prisoner members who are in crisis. Black and Pink only hires individuals with a history of incarceration and we strongly encourage applications from individuals most impacted by the prison industrial complex.

 

Hours and Compensation

This is a full time position, 40 hours per a week. This is a salaried position, $40,000 a year, paid on the 15th and the last day of each month. There are four weeks of paid vacation annually, and compensation time is accrued if working over 40 hours a week (though working more than 40 hours a week is strongly discouraged). Black and Pink full time staff have 12 sick days per year. Black and Pink does not provide staff with health insurance at this time, though monthly / annual premiums for healthcare obtained through Mass Health will be paid for through Black and Pink (state funded healthcare in Massachusetts). Black and Pink will also provide a $60 a month membership for either Massage Envy, $60 a month for a gym membership, or $60 a month for another form of other self-care practice.

 

Qualifications

The ideal candidate for this position will have some experience with organizing and a willingness to get training on effective organizing tactics. The ideal candidate will have strong, compassionate, communication skills. Given the intensity of the work required by staff at Black and Pink, the candidate must have the ability to be compassionate and empathetic with prisoner membership and others directly affected by the criminal legal system. The candidate must be able to demonstrate effective time management, attention to detail, and prioritization of tasks as the position requires managing many different and even conflicting needs. A background with computer skills is a must, as the candidate will also have to learn Black and Pink’s data storage systems, utilize Gmail and Microsoft Office, and know how to navigate social media appropriately. The candidate must also be willing to travel regularly, primarily by plane.

 

Job Location:

Black and Pink’s national office is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The ideal candidate would either live in the Boston area or be willing to relocate (with financial assistance from Black and Pink to do so). There are possible exceptions. For individuals with extensive organizing experience and a history of working remotely for another organization, considerations for remote employment could be made. That person would, however, be required to come to Boston for 3 weeks of training and relationship building at the start of the employment.

 

Primary Tasks and Responsibilities:

 

Outside Chapter Support

Coordinate national chapters’ call

Ensure resources are distributed between chapters and from the national office to chapters
Volunteer management and volunteer development

In person meetings with every chapter at least once a year

Provide guidance for grassroots efforts being done by local chapters.

 

Inside Chapter support

Respond to letters and requests from inside chapters

Support development of new inside chapters

Ensure inside chapters submit reports about their work

Track and respond to retaliation against prisoner organizers

 

National Responsibilities

Ensure that national working groups are meeting and help with coordinating them

Workshops, presentations, and public speaking for organizations around the country

Supporting and planning national gathering of B&P members (every 2 years).

Develop new initiatives that increase the effectiveness of organizational work

 

Resource Development

Design outside chapter starting tool kit (with the support of existing chapters)

Update inside chapter starting tool kit as needed

Support National Director with resource development as needed

 

General Administrative Tasks

Respond to prisoner letters in a timely manner

Respond to emails in a timely manner

Communicate with Office Manager and National Director about needs and work issues

 

Supervision:

This position is supervised by the National Director. Supervision should occur for one hour every week. During supervision the National Organizer should communicate about upcoming goals, needs for training or support, obstacles in the work, and emotional support needs due to the severity of the work.

OPEN LETTER OF SOLIDARITY WITH STANDING ROCK AND EVERYONE RESISTING THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE

Originally posted here by our Chicago B&P chapter

Today, on this global day of action against the Dakota Access Pipeline, Black & Pink Chicago shares this letter of solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and all people in the struggle to save our water. Water is life. Our work towards abolition requires us to ensure that all people have their basic needs met: housing, food, air, water. The Dakota Access Pipeline stands in the way of our vision of a world without police and prisons, a world that values life over profit.

Time and again, we have seen that prisoners are often the last to get access to clean water under disaster capitalism. We saw it after Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy and so many other “natural” disasters. We saw it in Illinois a couple months ago after Gov. Rauner’s refusal to pass a budget in Illinois left some counties with exorbitant water bills and threatening to cut water off to thousands of people locked in state prisons. This pipeline is a threat to hundreds of our Black & Pink family, thousands of other incarcerated people, and millions of non-incarcerated people in its path.

In addition to the environmental destruction this pipeline will create, we abhor the militarized violence that water protectors have faced while resisting its construction. In North Dakota, security guards working for the pipeline company have attacked indigenous water protectors with dogs and pepper spray. We must resist the ongoing genocide of native peoples through toxic polluting and theft of sacred lands, as well as the brutalization and incarceration of those who resist. May enough of us be enraged and moved to action by this to stop state and corporate violence, to stop this pipeline, and to disarm the police.

No to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Not at Sacred Stone. Not in Illinois. Not anywhere.

#WaterIsLife
#NoDAPL
#FreeLeonardPeltier
#AbolitionNow