1. Join our twice monthly E-Newsletter that will include action updates, reminders to write to pen-pals, and short stories from other people writing to folks on the inside. Join the google group HERE.
2. Parole in Massachusetts is under attack! Governor Deval Patrick needs to be reminded that granting parole to prisoners is an essential step towards getting us all free! If you live in Massachusetts please send Patrick a letter or make a phone call and tell him that we need people on the Parole Board who will facilitate the release of more prisoners, not the indefinite captivity of all. Please see a collective letter HERE
3. Write to a queer prisoner or two. You can find a list of queer prisoners on this site HERE. There are more than 2.3 million peole in prison across the United States. Because of systemic oppression queer and trans people have a greater likelyhood of being incarcerated than hetero folks. The prison industrial complex functions as a system of destruction. It destroys the individual, communities (specifically communities of color and low-income communities), and our culture. The cycle of fear and violence perpetuated by the prison industrial complex tears at the fabric of our society. While few people actually benefit from the corrupt system, we are all bombarded with messages about the "safety" and "protection" we are being provided. Take the time to get to know someone on the inside. Or if you are yourself a survivor of the prison system, do not forget your friends and family behind bars. It is our responsibility to tear down this system, but beginning with building relationships through the walls is essential.