There’s more that we want to share with you: some amazing organizations that we have big crushes on, other penpal/letterwriting projects, books to prison projects, and analysis on prisons, borders, homonationalism & criminalization. We’re working on building resources for folks on the inside, too.
Black & Pink (t)(f) – We are affiliated with Black & Pink, “an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and ‘free world’ allies who support each other,” in order to support the work they do. We match all of our penpals through the B&P list.
Amazing Organizations that we have big crushes on:
Between the Bars (t) – A weblog platform for people in prison. Between the Bars shares letters to “provide a positive outlet for creativity, a tool to assist in the maintenance of social safety nets, an opportunity to forge connections between people inside and outside of prison, and a means to promote non-criminal identities and personal expression.”
There are also many letters waiting to be transcribed.
California Coalition of Women Prisoners (t) (f) – CCWP is a SF-based organization, with membership both inside and outside prison, that “challenges the institutional violence imposed on women, transgender people, and communities of color by the prison industrial complex (PIC).”
CCWP facilitates a number of projects, including storytelling projects, visiting teams that provide advocacy and support, and participation in networks and coalitions like the Trans Advocacy Group and SF No More Jails Coalition.
Chicago PIC (Prison Industrial Complex) Teaching Collective – The Chicago PIC Teaching Collective is an initiative of Project NIA (t, f) that aims to “inspire and motivate people to take positive action against the mass incarceration system and to build a base of individuals across the city who are committed to dismantling the PIC” by using popular education.
There are amazing PIC education resources on the Teaching Collective blog from 2014 and earlier.
Justice Now (t) (i) (f) – Justice Now “aims to build a world without prisons and end all forms of state sanctioned gendered violence” by partnering with people in women’s prisons and local communities.
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition (t) – Coalition originating in Bay Area that was “formed in 2011 to amplify the voices of CA prisoners on hunber strike striving to achieve their FIve Core Human Rights Demands.”
PHSS holds vigils and rallies, organizes letter-writing campaigns, supports folks in court, and more.
Transgender, Gender Variant and Intersex Justice Project (t) (f) – TGI Justice Project “is a group of transgender, gender variant and intersex people—inside and outside of prisons, jails and detention centers—creating a united family in the struggle for survival and freedom.”
TGIJP has a visitation team, provides legal advocacy support, publishes Stiletto Newsletter, and organizes with allied groups to build movements. Flying Over Walls helps out at TGIJP’s Trans Liberation Tuesday mail night!
Other Penpal/Letterwriting Projects
Bent Bars (UK)
Montreal Prisoner Correspondence Project (Canada & US)
Indiana Queer Prisoner Solidarity (Indiana)
Books to Prison Projects
Inside Books Project (Texas)
Prisoners Literature Project (Bay Area)
Resources for Folks on the Inside:
Analysis on Prisons, Borders, HomoNationalism & Criminalization:
(Please let us know if any of these links are broken.)