penpal & newsletter

WE IMAGINE A WORLD WHERE THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX IS ABOLISHED

At Black & Pink, we coordinate a nationwide penpal program in which we match incarcerated members with penpals who correspond, build relationships, and participate in harm reduction and affirmation. For an incarcerated LGBTQIA2S+ person, corresponding with someone on a regular basis is itself a harm reduction strategy, giving that person a support network outside of prison.

penpal program

Our penpal program is where Black & Pink all began. We have thousands of pairs that have joined us since the program first began in 2014.

At Black & Pink, we coordinate a nationwide penpal program in which we match incarcerated members with penpals who correspond, build relationships, and participate in harm reduction and affirmation. For an incarcerated LGBTQ person, corresponding with someone on a regular basis is itself a harm reduction strategy, giving that person a support network outside of prison.

To learn more about the program’s expectations and guidelines, and to be matched with a Black & Pink member on the inside, please learn more at the link below:

Our penpal program is where Black & Pink all began. We have thousands of pairs that have joined us since the program first began in 2014.

why others became a penpal

Black & Pink Newsletter

The Black & Pink Newsletter has been distributed free of charge to a rapidly growing list of LGBTQIA2S+ and/or HIV+ prisoners around the country since 2010! We now have over 13,000 subscribers. Each issue is full of pieces submitted by our incarcerated members; relevant news, history, and opinions from the free world; and reflections from our national director.

We recently included a calendar so that prisoners in solitary confinement can keep track of which day it is. Periodically, the newspaper includes a form for prisoners to update their PenPal listing. Each month, we ask prisoners to reply to a feedback question via mail to inform our organizing efforts.

request a newsletter

To request that a newsletter be sent to someone inside, please fill out the below form to the best of your ability. We will reach out if we have any additional questions, and will add them to the distribution list!

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