Purpose

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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Message from Jason (from September 2014 newspaper)

Dear friends, Firstly we must apologize for having a delay in newspapers. I know delays on the outside cause a lot of frustration for y’all. I know that you depend on us, please know that we are behind in newspaper production because we have lots on our plate and not out of any lack of …

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Learning about Transformative Justice from Philly Stands Up!

Shaya French was an intern with Black & Pink for summer 2014 from Bard College. Jason talked about transformative justice in the January 2014 “Message From Jason.” Transformative justice is a set of practices for holding people accountable who cause harm. Abolishing prisons won’t stop people from hurting other people. How do we respond when …

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Letters to our Family (September 2014)

  I’m a lifer in California, who has had to endure sexual and physical assaults at the hands of CDCR and inmates. I realize that the color of skin, location of living, and even gang membership separate LGBTQ family. But no human being will ever serve “life” and not seek out another human being to …

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September Updates from Denver

A crew of folks in Denver are working on kicking off the newest organized body of this family of incarcerated and free world queers! We’ve reserved space (and pastries and coffee!) for an upcoming letter writing gathering and are gearing up to support a guy in Colorado Springs, who caught a case for defending himself against hate …

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