Boston Chapter Update

Boston Mail Processing: every Sunday in June at Make Shift Boston (549 Columbus Ave near the intersection of Mass Ave and Columbus Ave) from 1pm to 4pm.

“Free World” Family Dinner is cancelled for June because we will all be so busy at conferences and Pride and things this month. But keep your eyes peeled for queer/trans anti-imperialist Black and Pink beach day in early July! And consider hanging out with us at Pride…

Look for Black and Pink Boston at the Boston Pride festival on Saturday, June 14th! We will be tabling to distribute mini zines, condoms, stickers, and other abolitionist goodies. We’ll also have a booklet of our penpals for pride attendees to write postcards to our incarcerated family, or hopefully pick someone to be their penpal. If you’re in the Boston area or will be for Pride, and would like to volunteer, please enter your name in this google doc during the shift that works best for you! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Bm11EoJfg1ek1y53K227zPs-RugF5Xy6P2PrM4s3XWk/edit

We attended Youth Pride in mid May where we spread the word about our work to the many LGBTQ young people who attend from across the state of Massachusetts. Young folks signed nearly 50 cards for Jane Doe, a young trans girl currently incarcerated in an adult male facility in Connecticut.

Boston organizers have done talks and trainings at a number of places in the past month, such as QTYPAD, a program for Asian/Pacific Islander LGBTQ youth in the Boston area, and the Youth Community Advisory Board for Fenway Health. Jason gave a talk at Community Change, Inc. and and sat on a panel at a local LGBTQ resiliency conference with Bianca Robinson, a local transwomen’s community organizer, to respond to and build on Laverne Cox’s remarks at Creating Change 2014.

Black and Pink will be at the Allied Media Conference from June 19th through June 21st! Gabrielle will be representing Black and Pink with the Out for Change Transmedia Organizing Project, working with other radical LGBTQ organizations to share knowledge about how we use media effectively in our work and how media can be a tool for social and political transformation. We will also be participating in workshops and connecting with our friends BreakOUT and Streetwise and Safe to strategize and update each other on our work on the Get Yr Rights Network, which aims to share resources and build community among groups doing know-your-rights and anti-criminalization work for LGBTQ youth of color nationwide.

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