Boston Chapter: July Updates

Mail Processing every Sunday in July from 1pm-4pm at Make Shift Boston (549 Columbus Ave)

Family Dinner on Thursday, July 17th from 7pm-9pm at The City School (614 Columbia Rd)

Black and Pink Boston’s Anti-Imperialist Beach day at Revere Beach on July 4th is very likely to be cancelled due to inclement weather =(Please check Facebook and email for confirmation!

We participated in a conference call at the International Conference on Penal Abolition to discuss best practices for LGBTQ prisoner pen pal programs with a number of organizations from the US, Canada, England, and Australia.

We stood in solidarity with Jane Doe (a young trans girl of color currently being held in an adult prison) and her supporters at a rally in Connecticut outside the Department of Children and Families demanding her release. #Justice4Jane

Black and Pink Boston was at the 2014 Allied Media Conference to attend the convening of the Get Yr Rights network, coordinated by BreakOUT and Streetwise and Safe, to share resources and build a nationwide network and movement for the rights of LGBTQ youth impacted by policing. We also attended the Nation Inside Network Gathering to build and share strategies with other anti-PIC organizations across the country.

Outreach at Boston Pride was extremely successful! We had around 25 volunteers throughout the day help with tabling, passing out condoms/mini zines/stickers, selling mugs/T-shirts/Hot Pink issues/other goodies, encouraging people to become penpals, and talking about abolition. Formerly incarcerated folks were also paid to do this work. We had multiple formerly incarcerated people chat with us at our table, including one person who was receiving our newpaper while they were incarcerated.

One of our formerly incarcerated members in Boston completed her house arrest this June! We are looking forward to seeing her more often.

We are in conversation with the Florida ACLU about prisoners being denied access to our newspaper due to the inclusion of a penpal program. We are hoping that this will lead to the overturning of that regulation so that more of our family inside can access each other’s voices and become pen pals!

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