Dear FoW Community,
Happy International Worker's day, all! We are continuing to cancel all in-person letter-writing events for community safety. However, because prison visitation is shut down and folks are more isolated than usual, we still want to get birthday cards sent to our folks each month. See details below for how to participate in virtual letter-writing, plus many other ways to plug in right now.
SEND MAY BIRTHDAY CARDS
Letter-writing is one incredible way we have to overcome the isolation intended by the PIC. Join us for this important way to show solidarity with our incarcerated LGBTQ+ and HIV+ community members in California! Please fill out this form if you can sign up to send a card or two from home. We will send you the address(es) - and some tips if it’s your first time. You will need to provide your own stamps and supplies, but we can coordinate to get you some, if needed.
BECOME A PENPAL
Now is also great time to become a penpal. If you want to start a penpal relationship, you can learn more and sign-up here anytime: https://www.blackandpink.org/penpal-sign-up
Plus, organizers from a few of the B&P chapters put together this amazing penpal webinar to answer all your questions and review the guidelines: bit.ly/penpalwebinarrecording
Once you become a penpal, you can join this group to stay connected here to other outside penpals for support and resources: https://www.facebook.com/groups/blackandpinkpenpalsupport/
SENDING MONEY INSIDE
Thank you to everyone who joined us in sending money to our inside leaders in CA! We are now working in coalition with the Transgender Advocacy Group (TAG) to send money to hundreds of trans folks in CA prisons. We are deeply concerned for the lives and wellbeing of our loved ones inside prisons, who aren't able to practice social distancing and who don't have access to basic hygiene supplies. Please donate if you can!! 100% of your contributions will go directly to trans folks in CA prisons.
EVEN MORE RESOURCES
Now is a critical time to fight to get our people safe and free. There are many campaigns currently to decarcerate our folks from jails, prisons and detention centers. Please find a campaign or an organization and support it!
Tuesday May 12th, Black&Pink is hosting a Transformative Justice Roundtable @ 11amPST (register at link). From the organizers: "Share space with brilliant abolitionists from across the country as we connect COVID-19 to transformative justice practices. Now is our time to envision a better future for ourselves and our communities." Prepare for the roundtable and learn more about Transformative Justice at TransformHarm.org, Toward Transformative Justice by Generation 5 , A Better World: Transformative Justice and the Apocalypse by Kai Cheng, and Dominique Morgan's Ted Talk: 788,401 Minutes
Critical Resistance continues their Tuesday night volunteer nights on zoom https://www.facebook.com/events/2259404944136098/ Also check out their webinar, focused on grassroots campaigns fighting to get people free from cages during the COVID-19 health crisis. Find resources at: http://criticalresistance.org/covid19webinar/
Shut Down 850! - We are closer than we have ever been to shutting down this decrepit building and preventing SF from building a new jail in its place. Final BOS Vote will be on May 12th. Plug into updates at https://www.facebook.com/nonewsfjail/ or https://nonewsfjail.org/campaign-updates/
Please join CCWP, Asian Prisoner Support Committee, and others every Tuesday to continue freeing people from ICE detention. We can #FlattenICE and #LetThemGo! Toolkit here: bit.ly/flattenICE
Beyond Prisons - Prisoner Support Guide For The Coronavirus Crisis https://tinyurl.com/vb6yrpp
Flying Over Walls/SF Bay Area Black & Pink
TGIJP Mail Nights
July 21, 2020 at 11:30 pm – 3:00 am
234 Eddy St St, San Francisco, CA, United States
Join Flying Over Walls/Bay Area B&P in support of Transgender, GenderVariant, Intersex Justice Project Volunteer Legal Resource Mail Nights Every Tuesday Evening! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for up-to-date info. http://www.tgijp.org/programs.html
Chapters X National Chat
July 23, 2020 at 11:00 pm – 12:30 amHey folks! Our National Program team headed by Andrew would like to meet with y'all. They would like to overview the work they have been doing and get feedback from all of y'all. ────────── P&A is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84390720397?pwd=OW45dTdzOTNEV0ZRYkpLdnNxRk5mQT09 Meeting ID: 843 9072 0397 Password: 074755 One…