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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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!
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 →
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).
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
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.
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!
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 →
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.
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)
Flying Over Walls/SF Black & Pink Folks! We had an amazing time at TransMarch, and together we sent cards to 125 of our incarcerated queer and trans members in 5 NorCal prisons. But we want to get cards out to … Continue reading →