Category Archive: revolt

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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Letters to Our Family (June 2015)

Hello Family! This is Gizmo again from PA. My article was printed in July 2014 in Black and Pink. A LOT has happened since I wrote that article. First of all, I found out that I do not have HIV! The prison, where the test was done, made a mistake! Either that or a damned …

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Message from Jason (June 2015)

Dear friends, I hope this note finds you as well as possible. As you notice we are running things a little behind, but appreciate your patience with us. As I write this letter people all over social media and in the news are celebrating the Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. I want …

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June Updates from Southwest Ohio

Black and Pink Southwest Ohio is in the throes of good work! We have recently partnered with the Antioch College Prison Justice Independent Group which organized a week-long series of workshops and presentations on Prison Justice and Disabilities which culminated in a three hour “Teach-In”. BPSWO also partnered with danni west of Transgender, Gender-Variant, and …

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Letters to Our Family (May 2015)

Dear B&P and Family, This is my first letter to you all and am a newly subscribed B&P member. An inmate I had befriended and who is part of the “community” had showed me the B&P newsletter and I was surprised that such material existed within the confines of prison and beyond. I’m a 25 …

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Message from Jason (May 2015)

Dear friends, I hope this note finds you as well as possible. I know our May newspaper is getting out to you a bit late, sorry about that. Know that even when we are slow we are never forgetting about you. Did you know that Black and Pink National Office receives over 200 letters each …

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Letters to Our Family (April 2015)

Long time reader, first time writer. First I want to send love to all my brothers and sisters, awesome sauce. Alright, down to business. I’ll start with a small brief of me. I am a 26 soon to be 27 MTF who is serving a 25 70%. I love reading the paper every month, sometimes …

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Message from Jason (April 2015)

Dear friends, I hope this note finds you as well as possible. As we are a national organization, and the newspaper goes all over the country, it takes a lot of reminders to myself not to start these letters with comments on the weather and how springtime is here in New England. Given that we …

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Ashley Was My Best Friend

It is a sad time at FCI Petersburg in Virginia. On February 24, 2015 a very dear transgender sister took her life. She let the prison system win. Ashley was my best friend on this yard and it saddens me to know that the system took another one. Ashley fought for several years to get …

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