January 26, 2022
From Critical Resistance

Help CR- Oakland catch up on last year’s mail from prisoners across the country! Together we will be responding to mail from our imprisoned comrades. Through our mail program we aim to break the cycles of isolation the prison industrial complex (PIC) creates, stay connected, build power, and continue fighting for PIC abolition in 2022.

We’re looking for volunteers to come get trained up on how and why CR does prisoner correspondence to help us respond to letters on Saturday, February 5th from 1-3pm PT. We have resources to support you, including our experienced mail crew and a guide book with instructions and letter templates. This one-time volunteer opportunity is open to both national and Bay Area folks, and we welcome you to continue with us after this one day to take on other roles in our mail program.

If you can help us carry this lift, please fill out our interest form by February 3rd and one of our members will reach out to you to share the zoom link and all of the information you need for our one time mail catch-up day on Saturday, February 5th from 1-3pm PT. For questions, please reach out to [email protected].

Saturday, February 5th from 1-3pm PT

Via zoom 

More about CR Oakland’s Prisoner Mail Program

Our prisoner mail program corresponds with hundreds of prisoners across the nation to build politicized relationships with and share critical resources and political education materials. We approach relationships as mutuality, not as a service, toward the goal of systems-changing and personal and collective transformation. In building these relationships, we’re able to engage one another in political struggle to sharpen our abolitionist analysis with one another, toward our collective liberation.
Prisoner solidarity is one piece of our multifaceted fight against the PIC. We have to understand what we’re up against in order to combat it, and we can’t do that without having connections with people inside. Because prison’s are a primary site of struggle, currently incarcerated people are often the most knowledgeable about how to fight against prisons– and are best positioned to do so. Our prisoner mail program supports our campaigns through the connections we’ve built with imprisoned folks over the years and to this day. 
Alongside other prisoner correspondence programs we’re in coalition with, relationships we have with imprisoned people have helped inform our current People’s Plan for Prison Closure campaign, where imprisoned folks helped determine the criteria for which 10 prisons we’re demanding to close and informed our media talking points. Currently, we’re calling for prisoner’s experiences in California specifically but also across the states about their conditions inside cages, experiences with transfers, and the need to close prisons now.
We’re only able to continue this work so long as we have the people power to carry it with us, please reach out to [email protected] if you have any questions and would like to commit to our mail program, any support helps!

Source: Criticalresistance.org