Category Archive: Chicago

Hosts needed in Chicago for National Gathering

Chicago is hosting Black & Pink’s National Gathering this year! We are looking for Chicago folks to host members coming in for this event! If you are interested or know someone who is interested, fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/bgcQz4eykjhYkWFt1

Open Letter of Solidarity with Standing Rock and Everyone Resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline

9.14.16 Today, on this global day of action against the Dakota Access Pipeline, Black & Pink Chicago shares this letter of solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and all people in the struggle to save our water. Water is life. Our work towards abolition requires us to ensure that all people have their basic …

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Looking for opportunities to volunteer?

**UPDATED TO CORRECT AUGUST PEN PAL MATCHING DATE** Hello friends! If you’ve been thinking about volunteering with Black and Pink, now is the time! We’re a bit behind on processing mail from our inside members and we would love your help. Come share a meal, eat snacks, check out our impressive stamp collection, and write …

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Updates from Chicago!

2016 is well on its way, and Black and Pink Chicago has been doing so much! As the sun (finally) starts to show its face in the Windy City, here are some things Black and Pink organizers and members are up to: For the past few months, Illinois members have been organizing hard to rally support for …

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Solitary is Torture! Check out this powerful zine.

       Click here for a printable PDF of this zine: SOLITARY ZINE FINAL PRINTABLE PDF  

Chicago: Penpal Visits!

One lesson from the Decade of Black and Pink gathering is the power of face-to-face communication. Being in the same room with people we had only communicated with via letters or phone calls was magical. And so, our Penpal Support Team is excited to invite people to participate in PENPAL VISITS. If you are interested in …

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Solitary as a Tool of Homo/Transphobia & Transmisogyny

** 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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February Updates

E-mail blackandpinkchicago@gmail.com for more details about any of the following and to get connected. We’re welcoming new outside penpals! January was an important month for Black and Pink Chicago, and we’re looking forward to February! 1. We officially signed on in support of the Reparations Ordinance for Chicago Police Torture Survivors. If passed, this would …

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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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