September 19 2016 Letterwriting Night

Monday, Sept 19



1727 Telegraph Ave in Oakland

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)


Next Letterwriting Dates

Save the date for our upcoming monthly letterwriting events:

SF Afternoons
Sunday, April 24 3-5pm
Sunday, June 26 3-5pm (canceled)
Wicked Grounds – 289 8th St, San Francisco, California 94103


Oakland Nights

Monday, May 9 6:30-8:30pm
Monday, July 11
Somar Bar – 1727 Telegraph in Downtown Oakland

February Letterwriting Event

Join Flying Over Walls for our Monthly Queer & Trans Prisoner Pen-Pal Letter Writing Event at Wicked Grounds to write letters to incarcerated queer and trans people. Join us to help create a critical lifeline for queer/ trans prisoners. This event meets in the front room.

We’re always looking for new penpals to join our team, so please tell your friends!

Sunday, February 28
at 3 PM – 5 PM

Wicked Grounds
289 8th St, San Francisco, California 94103

Lisa on Prison Radio!

We’re so proud that Lisa, a member of our Inside/Outside Prison Abolition Study Group, and long time member of Black & Pink, just created her first recording with Prison Radio:

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We’re glad to have recorded our first radio essay with Lisa Strawn, a trans woman held inside a men’s medical prison in Vacaville, CA. Thanks to Black and Pink for their collaboration, Lisa will be calling in again soon to report more from inside. Stay tuned.

SF Bay Area Black & Pink Holiday Card Writing & Survey Release Party

Join Flying Over Walls (SF Bay Area Black & Pink) at our annual holiday card writing event! The holidays can be a challenging and lonely time when you’re locked up and away from loved ones, so we’ll be decorating and … Continue reading

October & November Upcoming Events

Next Monthly Letterwriting Event:
Sunday, October 25th 3-5pm
Wicked Grounds Cafe
289 8th St, San Francisco, California 94103
We’ll make time for letterwriting, sending one time cards, penpal checkins, and orientations for any new penpals.
Support our Indiegogo!
Also, the 2015 round of our study group started!!!! We have so many amazing folks involved – both incarcerated and non-incarcerated, and we could really use your help making it happen through support of our indiegogo fundraiser. Our topics include the history of prisons, queer and trans experiences of the PIC, and envisioning the future without prisons. We’re trying to raise $800 to pay for stamps, copying, materials, complete transcription of all the meetings, and possible prison visits after the study group ends, so that we can break down the walls and our inside members can have the fullest experience possible. Please check it out and support if you can! Also, we currently have one of our non-incarcerated penpals set to do the transcription, but if you know of a formerly incarcerated person who does transcription, please put us in touch. Check out all the details here!
Other Abolition Community Events!!

As always, we’re supporting TGI Justice Project with their Legal Support Mail Nights for queer and trans incarcerated folks. Some Mondays and almost every Tuesday night from 4-8 at 1372 Mission St, San Francisco, California 94103.

Justice Now’s Building Our Future: Celebrating 15 Years Towards A World Without Prisons will be on Saturday, October 10 at 1pm at Omni Commons, and we’ll be co-hosting a workgroup on building solidarity through letterwriting.

National Black & Pink is raising funds for the upcoming Decade of Black & Pink in Boston, October 16-18. Speakers include: Miss Major, CeCe McDonald, and Bo Brown. There will also be evening celebrations and a day of healing for formerly incarcerated members of Black & Pink. We are raising funds to give travel stipends to any formerly incarcerated Black & Pink that wants to attend the weekend!
October 25 from 4-8pm will be Miss Major’s Retirement Party in SF! At 73 years of age, following a lifetime of struggle and dedication to this work, Miss Major has decided to retire her position as Executive Director at TGI Justice. This event will be a fundraiser for her retirement.
CCWP’s anniversary event – 20 Years of Speaking Truth to Power! – will be November 7 at 7pm at the Women’s Building in San Francisco. Featured guests include Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Jayda Rasberry, organizer with Dignity & Power Now, and Thao Nguyen of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. A major highlight of the event will be the presence of many formerly incarcerated women and trans people who have been leaders and members of CCWP over the years.

November 21 will be a recruitment training for Prisoner Advocacy Network (PAN) – Our focus is narrow and specific – supporting people in California’s solitary confinement and similar conditions of isolation such as security housing units (SHUs), administrative segregation, and gender-based segregation. We prioritize advocating for jailhouse lawyers and those engaged in political activity.