Black & Pink is an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and “free world” allies who support each other. Our work toward the abolition of the prison industrial complex is rooted in the experience of currently and formerly incarcerated people. We are outraged by the specific violence of the prison industrial complex against LGBTQ people, and respond through advocacy, education, direct service, and organizing.

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Message from Jason (August 2015)

Dear friends, I hope this letter finds you as well as possible. I want to take some time with this letter to give you a bit of an organizational update about Black and Pink. I know that some folks have been feeling a bit frustrated that we are behind in responses and with the newspaper. …

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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 Illinois

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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