Category Archive: Blogroll

Boston August Updates

The Boston chapter has conducted its first ever round of tri-annual Court Support and Prison Visit trainings! Throughout August, 26 people came together to build knowledge and share practices around how to effectively support someone in court and how to conduct a prison visit with Black and Pink members in the Boston/Massachusetts area; this led …

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Solitary as a Tool of Homo/Transphobia & Transmisogyny

Solitary Illinois

** This post is the first in a series of blog posts on solitary confinement in Illinois. For information about this blog series read this introduction. The US government claims to hold 80,000 people in solitary confinement. The true number of people in solitary is likely significantly greater given that many states hold prisoners in conditions …

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Introduction to Black & Pink Solitary in Illinois blog series

In July 2014, the Black and Pink Chicago chapter sent a letter to our 100+ Illinois members housed in solitary confinement requesting testimony about their experiences in isolation. We planned to share their testimony at an event with our “free world” penpals to develop our collective understanding about the conditions in, and impact of, solitary …

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Prison Censorship in America: The Ashley Jean Arnold Case

Submitted by Christopher Zoukis When Americans think of prison censorship, images of prison guards throwing away letters come to mind. So, too do images of books and publications like Prison legal News being rejected for being a “threat to the good order, orderly operation, and security of the institution,” which covers about any number of …

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Black and Pink National LGBTQ Prisoner Survey

View the survey HERE After over a year of work, we are finally sending out Black and Pink’s National LGBTQ Prisoner Survey! The purpose of this survey is to find out more about the lives and experiences of incarcerated LGBTQ people. We are hoping to gather information that we can share with politicians, community organizations, …

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Black and Pink at FREE HER Rally in Washington D.C.

Free Her Rally

My name is KC Mackey, and I’m a volunteer for Black and Pink, an open family of queer and trans prisoners and free world allies who support each other. Our work towards abolishing prisons is rooted in the experiences of currently and formerly incarcerated people. I am here to read to deliver messages from 3 …

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Advocacy Campaingn for Trans-Women (ACT!)

Advocacy Campaign for Trans-women (ACT!) Started by Jennifer Gann, Black & Pink California Prison Chapter Leader Black & Pink has led an advocacy campaign on my behalf over the past year concerning the discrimination, sexual harassment, and legitimate safety concerns I have experienced as a transgender woman in a men’s prison. We made complaints to …

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