Chicago Chapter – August Updates

July Highlights:

-Several new volunteers have joined us for our weekly mail processing evening, where we maintain regular communication with inside members and take new requests for pen-pals.

-We hosted our first neighborhood pen-pal meet-up on the far north side in Rogers Park, Chicago.

-On July 23rd, we hosted an Orientation and Info-Session for new volunteers. The room was packed, and we were thrilled to be hosted by the Read/Write Library in Humboldt Park.

-We participated in a round-table about Chicago-based prisoner support projects, and tabled alongside Punks Against Apartheid at Fed Up Fest, a 3 day day queer and trans punk music showcase.

-On Saturday, August 2nd, several of our members supported a Youth Hearing on Police Violence, where young people from across the city shared testimonies of bad encounters with the police. There were performances, workshops, documentation, a healing space and the day-long event marked the beginning of a larger grassroots effort to stop police violence called “We Charge Genocide.”

Upcoming Events:

-Our political education team is launching a new study group to read and discuss the book “Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation” by Eli Clare.

-Every monday, from 6-9pm at 656 W. Barry we eat dinner and process incoming mail from our PO Box.  Join us.

1 comment

  1. Conor Dunham

    For my class titled, “Introduction to Sexuality”, an assignment for us is to start a pen pal relationship with an lgbt person in prison. I am very interested in this topic a lot too being gay myself. Also although i go to school in Massachusetts, I’m originally from Chicago and I feel as if i don’t know enough about the city and would love to get another person’s perspective of my hometown

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