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.
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Sending Holiday Cards Inside

We just dropped over 320 cards and postcards off at the post office, which are now little glimmers of light on their way to our incarcerated members! 
Thank you to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for their grant, which is helping pay for postage from the 2 events we organized as well as 2 additional events hosted by our free world friends. And to East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse for supply donations and to Somär for hosting us all through 2016.

Thanks also to our National Black & Pink organizers for helping coordinate over 280 parties and getting over 16000 cards in to our 10000 members.


September 19 2016 Letterwriting Night

Monday, Sept 19

6:30-8:30pm

SomarBar

1727 Telegraph Ave in Oakland
Details

Please join us for our September monthly letterwriting meetup!! 
Letterwriting is one way we can help our incarcerated LGBTQ+ family remember they are an important part of our community, that they are not forgotten, and that we are still fighting for them!!
You can write a one-time letter, find a new ongoing penpal, and learn about the many ways we, and others, are fighting to tear down prison walls.
Food and drink available for purchase at the bar – please support this amazing venue that supports our communities!
21+ (Under 21 folks, please join us in SF on opposite months, when we meet at Wicked Grounds cafe)

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