October Updates from SF Bay Area

This past Saturday, Oct 11, we participated in the Queer Yo Mind Conference, organized by the ASI Queer and Trans Resource Center at SF State University. We tabling throughout the day and attended a panel entitled “The Erasure of Anti­-State Queerstories” with a comrade of our group, discussing the ways that the prison industrial complex, respectability politics and other factors influence our movements, who is policed in our communities and which stories live on and which are erased, including an in depth case study of the recent action against the Prison of Love party at SF Pride.

Also, our majority white/solidarity-identified study group cohort had its first session and is excited that Linda Evans will join the next session to support discussion of one of the readings, The Prison-Industrial Complex and the Global Economy. Other readings will be posted soon to our website. We are continuing the process of reconstructing/developing our majority QPOC/directly impacted study group cohort and have a few spots for interested folks. Email us if interested.

Upcoming events:

Thursday, October 23, from 2-4pm, at Farleys East in Oakland (33 Grand Ave) – our first daytime letterwriting event!! More details and a facebook event page coming soon, but it will include everything you would otherwise expect – plus it will still be light out! Check our facebook page for updates.

Thursday, October 30, from 6-8pm, at Wicked Grounds Cafe in SF (289 8th St) – our next Monthly LGBT Prisoner Letterwriting Night! We’ll provide all the supplies and orientations for new penpals! More info and RSVP here.

Sunday, November 30, from 3-8pm, at El Rio in SF (3158 Mission St) – Homo for the Holidays Event!! This will be a big queer craft fair out on the patio with lots of local artists, musicians, crafters, foodmakers – and all proceeds from the raffle will go to books, stamps and art supplies for our incarcerated Northern CA Black & Pink members!! We’ll be there throughout the event decorating 200 holiday cards for our members. So please join us and let us know if you would be interested in volunteering with us for some of the day!! More info here.

And, as always, Tuesday nights we’ll be at TGI Justice Project doing legal mail support.

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