As we continue to grow as an organization, a family, and a community of accomplices – we will always hold true to our foundational and radical beliefs in the capacity for good, in the abilities of all people to be the best versions of themselves, and to dismantle the systems that plague our communities. We will always be partners with those impacted by the prison industrial complex, the atrocities it enacts, and we will not rest until it is completely dismantled. Because we not only imagine a world without prisons, we demand it.
Black & Pink History
● The organization began as an explicitly anarchist project, so the name was chosen to represent the black flag of anarchism and the power of queer politics and experience.
● Nearly 150 incarcerated members by the end of the year.
● Collaborated with Prison Book Project in Massachusetts and their resource development of Locked Out, an LGBTQIA2S+ prisoner resource list.
● Co-organized with the Statewide Harm Reduction Coalition, SHaRC, in efforts to stop the Chicopee Women’s Jail.
● Black & Pink began to participate
in national campaigns and gatherings including the Transforming Justice convening in Oakland (report on the gathering available here).
● Successfully advocated for a trans woman to get out of solitary confinement in Massachusetts.
● Black & Pink gets added to resource lists distributed to incarcerated people across the country.
● Conducted the first mini-survey of inside members focused on “developing leadership” with currently incarcerated members. 20 people responded.
● First group of inside members were paid for their artwork through the San Francisco Artists Against Rape Project.
● In the summer, Jason Lydon became the first full time National Director.
● Partnered with Critical Resistance and The City School to host a season of events focused on abolition culminating in an event with Angela Davis, Noam Chomsky, and Vijay Prashad.
● Began posting bail for people in Boston- this would be the first iteration of a bail support program.
● Participated in the Criminal Justice Policy and LGBTQ/HIV communities gathering at Columbia University which resulted in the Roadmap for Change report and then the National LGBT/HIV Criminal Justice Working Group.
● San Diego Chapter is created.
● Became part of the Out for Change Transformative Media Organizing Project out of the MIT Media Lab.
● Inside members vote to include people living with HIV/AIDS in the Black & Pink mission regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
● NYC chapter is created.
● Western Mass chapter is created.
● Ohio chapter is created.
● Flying Over Walls/SF Bay Area chapter is created.
● Sent formerly incarcerated members to the summit for LGBTQIA2S+ People of Color at the White House and some members were denied entry.
● Providence chapter is created.
● Hosted first ever National Gathering of Black & Pink chapters.
● Released Coming Out of Concrete Closets research.
● Inside membership surpasses 10,000.
● Black & Pink National officially becomes a 501c3.
● Black & Pink National opens Lydon House in February 2020, intentionally centers the housing needs of Black trans and queer people. Lydon House serves 6 residents and 50 community members in its first year.
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