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May Updates from B&P Chapters

New York City:

Black and Pink NYC had a letter writing and dinner with GLOBE Bushwick and will be having a letter writing and movie screening of “A Kiss for Gabriela” at Bureau of General Services Queer Division on May 11th.

 

Buffalo:

Buffalo Black and Pink will have its first planning meeting on May 9th, 7 pm, at Burning Books. We will use the meeting to gather volunteers and ideas for possible local projects.

 

San Diego:

March 14th- Postcard Writing Party- Local activist in the San Diego community come together to create and write postcards to give support to LGBTQ prisoners primarily in Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego County. We also sent postcards to prisoners in other locations in need of support.

March 16th- @ the Malcolm X Library- Black & Pink- San Diego joins CURBS (Californians United for a Responsible Budget) and other allied organizations and coalitions to discuss strategic planning for direct action to stop the Richard J. Donovan Prison expansion.

March 26th- Press Conference to Stop the Donovan Prison Expansion- Black & Pink-San Diego joins local Collaborating Organizations with Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) for a press conference at the Federal Building in San Diego against the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility Prison Expansion.

March 29th- Protest to Stop the Donovan Prison Expansion- Black & Pink-San Diego joins local Collaborating Organizations with Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) to protest the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility Prison Expansion.

April 1st- Joey Miller has become another Core Member of Black & Pink- San Diego

April 24th- Postcard Writing Party and Potluck- Local activist in the San Diego community come together to create and write postcards to give support to LGBTQ prisoners primarily in Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego County. People brought prepared vegan food to share with each other. We also sent postcards to prisoners in other locations in need of support.

May 2nd- Just Say No To the New Jim Crow in San Diego: A Community Forum- The San Diego No More Prisons Coalition invites people to take part in a community forum to help us fight against the prison industrial complex, and to put a stop to Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to construct a new 792 bed facility at San Diego’s Donovan State Prison.

Speakers to include: Reverend Dennis Malone ( A New PATH & All of Us or None), Martha Esquivel & Dolores Canales (California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement), Dr. Dennis Childs (SAMI UCSD), Catherine Mendonça (Black and Pink), and Leslie Quintanilla (Colectivo Zapatista).

May 5th- Matt Lowther, graduate student at University of Michigan that is getting a dual-Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health (MSW/MPH), has become an intern with Black & Pink- San Diego. Matt will be assisting Black & Pink-San Diego in their effort to advocate for the well-being of the LGBTQ prison population.

 

Flying Over Walls / SF Bay Area:

We are supporting a local queer arts and prisoner solidarity book project, PASSAGE & PLACE, that will be including voices of B&P and TGIJP members on the inside. Check out their indiegogo!

We are also working on collectively writing two pieces to submit to local and LGBTQ news media – one drawing attention to the Global Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth on May 19-25 (including Tuesday, May 20 – National Day Against the Criminalization of Queer Youth and Youth with Disabilities) as well as a piece looking at the newly proposed CDCr regulations to ban “obscene material,” which no doubt will include leftist media and our queer mail/letters. We are encouraging everyone in our community to write in to the CDCr by June 17 to oppose these proposed regulations.

May Upcoming events:

Thursday, May 8 from 6-8pm: Next study group meeting – focusing on intersections of religion, queerness and criminalization. This is currently closed to new members, but will re-open for a new round after the June meeting. Check out thereading list & email flyingoverwalls [at] gmail.com to hear about the next round.

Wednesday, May 14 from 5-7pm: LGBTQ Prisoner Solidarity Project: Letterwriting, Dinner and Discussion with the Pacific School of Religion (1798 Scenic Ave, Berkeley, CA). This evening will include a penpal orientation, letterwriting, and an overview of the work of Black and Pink, an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and “free world” allies who support each other. There will also be information about current prison abolition campaigns and discussion about theological theory & practices related to prison abolition.

Thursday, May 29 from 7:30-9:30pm: Intro Workshop on the Prison Industrial Complex & Queer Resistance at Wicked GroundsCafe (289 8th St, SF, CA). Our workshop will explore the underlying framework of the prison industrial complex. Participants will develop a historical analysis of the policing and incarceration of LGBTQ people while exploring alternatives to incarceration.

Every Tuesday evening from 4:30-8pm at the new TGIJP office (1372 Mission St. SF, CA): Legal support clinics at TGIJP to provide information and self-advocacy resources for incarcerated queer and trans folks.

We are also endorsing and supporting the upcoming Formerly Incarcerated People’s Quest for Democracy Lobby Day on May 19th in Sacramento, CA. This will be an event focused on supporting “formerly-incarcerated people, our family members, and other community leaders to show our support for pending legislation affecting the quality of life of people directly impacted by incarceration, but to also assert ourselves as leaders, experts, and contributing members of our communities in a space where we are normally considered statistics, storytellers, and seat fillers.”

 

Chicago:

April Highlights:

  • We continued processing mail on a weekly basis, maintaining regular communication with inside members and taking new requests for pen-pals.
  • 6 new pen-pals matched up!
  • We concluded our Food Systems and the PIC study group. We’ll have a digital packet of all the readings and discussion questions soon!
  • We supported and hosted a call-in day in support of the hunger-striking prisoners being held in isolation at Menard.
  • Started White caucusing for FW members

Upcoming Events:

This summer will be packed with lovely things! For now, we’ve got the following on our calendars

  • Co-sponsoring the May 19th National Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth Kickoff march
  • Tabling and outreach at Pride Fest, Pride and Dyke March in June

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