The Prisoner Correspondence Project links “non-incarcerated queer, gay, and trans-identified folks to correspond with folks identifying along similar lines behind bars.” This type of solidarity is a great way to share advice, support, and extend the hand of friendship to a particularly marginalized community. It’s especially valuable to stand alongside prisoners who may face discrimination, violence and extreme isolation while incarcerated (and beyond their time in prison too).
Correspondence with a prisoner through the program could be a simple but recurring 3-Minute Action to take on this year. The program is desperate for volunteers, as prisoners are currently waiting up to six months to receive a “pen pal” when the wait time was originally much less.
Here are some ways you can get involved with the project:
-sign-up to be a pen pal
-recruit your friends
-volunteer as a translator if you have French language skills
-share any connections to workers or organizations in the prison field
-educate yourself by checking out the Prisoner Correspondence Project’s Resource page
For a great look at the program and its importance, listen to the Radical Voices podcast profiling Marty Fink, an anti-prison activist who works for the Prisoner Correspondence Project.
Thank you for reading this story…
More people are reading rabble.ca than ever and unlike many news organizations, we have never put up a paywall – at rabble we’ve always believed in making our reporting and analysis free to all, while striving to make it sustainable as well. Media isn’t free to produce. rabble’s total budget is likely less than what big corporate media spend on photocopying (we kid you not!) and we do not have any major foundation, sponsor or angel investor. Our main supporters are people and organizations -- like you. This is why we need your help. You are what keep us sustainable.
rabble.ca has staked its existence on you. We live or die on community support -- your support! We get hundreds of thousands of visitors and we believe in them. We believe in you. We believe people will put in what they can for the greater good. We call that sustainable.
So what is the easy answer for us? Depend on a community of visitors who care passionately about media that amplifies the voices of people struggling for change and justice. It really is that simple. When the people who visit rabble care enough to contribute a bit then it works for everyone.
And so we’re asking you if you could make a donation, right now, to help us carry forward on our mission. Make a donation today.