Black & Pink is an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and “free world” allies who support each other. Our work toward the abolition of the prison industrial complex is rooted in the experience of currently and formerly incarcerated people. We are outraged by the specific violence of the prison industrial complex against LGBTQ people, and respond through advocacy, education, direct service, and organizing.

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Letters to our Family (January 2015)

Dear Black and Pink Family,Hello, my name is Shaylanna but most of my family calls me Dee. I usually don’t write “Dear Family” letters but I’m starting to see way too much shit that needs to be heard.In the facility I’m in there’s LGBT people who want to be themselves but are afraid they will …

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Message from Jason (January 2015)

Dear friends, I hope this note finds you as well as possible. I know that the beginning of the new year brings hope for some but also a sense of hopelessness for others. As the calendar turns it means that some folks are getting closer to their wrap date while for others it can be …

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January Updates

E-mail blackandpinkchicago@gmail.com for more details about any of the following and to get connected. We’re welcoming new outside penpals! Several beautiful replies–poems, cards, artwork–to our holiday card mailing! Also some criticism that we’re taking time to reflect upon and respond to. We’re prioritizing penpal matching, with a new in-person process to be rolled out at a city-wide …

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Message from Jason (December 2014

Dear friends, I hope this note finds you as well as possible. I know the holiday season can be a really rough time inside the walls. I know that too often family and friends do not reach out with cards or visits, making this time particularly tough. I hope that the holiday cards from volunteers …

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