Black and Pink is an organization that supports incarcerated LGBTQ people. In addition to their pen pal program, they ask people to host annual holiday card parties to send messages of hope, kindness, and connection to people in prison. At the program we will be decorating postcards to send to incarcerated people. Supplies and postage stamps will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own—please note that we can only use colored pencils, colored pens, and rubber stamps to decorate cards (no crayon, marker, glitter, or stickers according to their guidelines). Cookies and drinks will be provided. Drop in for a little while or stay the whole time! (Registration is optional but helps us know how many cards & cookies to provide.)
As you can imagine, the holiday season is often a really rough time for folks inside prison. Whatever holidays you may or may not celebrate this time of year, incarcerated people are often denied the ability to celebrate their traditions in the ways they choose. They may not have family and friends to reach out to them with cards or visits, making this time particularly isolating. The cards you make will bring moments of joy, connection, and kindness to members of Black and Pink.