Purpose

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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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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Message from Jason (December 2014

Dear friends, I hope this note finds you as well as possible. I know the holiday season can be a really rough time inside the walls. I know that too often family and friends do not reach out with cards or visits, making this time particularly tough. I hope that the holiday cards from volunteers …

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Letters to our family (December 2014)

Dear Black & Pink, I came across your newspaper from a fellow inmate. I had no idea that a paper like this existed. I’m so happy that there is support there for someone in this situation of incarceration such as myself. I really feel as a gay male that I really have allowed myself again …

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December Updates from Boston

- Weekly Volunteer Drop-In: every Sunday from 1pm-4pm at Make Shift Boston (549 Columbus Ave) – Black and Pink Boston Members on LGBTQ Healthcare and Prison: http://www.blackandpink.org/boston/black-and-pink-members-on-lgbtq-healthcare-and-prison/ – Listen to Chauntae Hall, Douglas Rogers, and Mike talk about their experiences in county, state, and federal prisons/jails. This panel was part of a symposium on Mass …

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