August Updates from Flying Over Walls/ SF Bay Area Chapter

We had a great July letterwriting night! It was awesome to see so many new faces joining our work. We had about 20 folks come through the event, raised $68 that we sent to Marissa Alexander’s legal defense fund, wrote 9 cards and letters to send her, sent 3 one-time cards to B&P folks and started 6 new penpal relationships! If you want to offer further support to Marissa’s legal defense fund or learn more about what’s happening with her retrial, please check out the freemarissanow.org site.

Here are a few upcoming events:


Study group Registration Deadline: August 17th

We’re excited to announce the 2nd installment of our Prison Abolition Study Group starting Sunday, September 28 and supporting “free world” folks in building a critical, intersectional understanding of the prison system and the criminalization of queer/trans bodies. We are limiting the size of the group to 10 people, so we may not be able to accept all who apply. We will meet once monthly, usually on a Sunday afternoon. Readings are pre-selected, but participants will have a chance to shape the conversations through the creation of guiding questions each month.

If you are interested in participating, please fill out our online registration application here: http://bit.ly/UMSERy. DEADLINE TO APPLY IS SUNDAY, AUGUST 17TH


Next Letterwriting Night: August 25th

Monday, August 25 6-8pm
Aunt Charlies Lounge – 133 Turk St, SF, CA 94102

Come Join us at Aunt Charlies Lounge for our August Letter Writing night honoring the memory and organizing legacy of black revolutionary and political prisoner George Jackson, who was gunned down by prison guards during a Black prison rebellion at San Quentin on August 21, 1971. While we will be looking back, we will also be looking forward, linking this history to the current ways in which trans women of color are subject to disproportionate policing / police violence, incarceration, as well as physical assault inside and outside of the prison walls and also the revolutionary ways they are fighting back.
Whether you are swinging by to pick up a letter, looking to find a long-term pen-pal, or simply want to write a few cards this is a simple way to brighten someone’s day in prison and hang out with some awesome queers. So come hang out with us!

As always, we’ll have basic supplies, but feel free to bring pens, markers, stationary, envelopes, watercolors, pencils and stamps. Please do NOT bring any stickers, glues, glitters or adhesives.

RSVP here


Unicorns in Prison.. Our next workshop: September 8!!

Monday, September 8 7-8:30pm

Feelmore Adult Gallery – 1703 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

This workshop will introduce and explore the underlying framework of the prison industrial complex and the abolition vs reform frameworks. Participants will develop a historical analysis of the policing and incarceration of LGBTQ people while exploring current issues and alternatives to incarceration.

The workshop is 100% free to the public but we will be accepting donations to help cover the cost of stamps and letter-writing / card-making materials. We hope this workshop will motivate folks to take action against the policing and incarceration of LGBTQ community and become committed to dismantling the prison industrial complex. Lastly, we hope to find new pen-pals for our queer and trans family currently behind bars.

RSVP here


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