UUCW will host a holiday letter-writing event to send notes of caring and support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer identified people who are incarcerated. This event takes place at the Garden Room of the Muellner Building at Hart Park in Wauwatosa — 7300 Chestnut St. — and is free and open to all.
Why send letters?
- People who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual are treated more harshly when incarcerated than are heterosexuals.
- Incarcerated people who receive no letters or visits are viewed as “weak” and “unsupported” and are singled out for more violence and vitriol by guards and other inmates. Those who receive letters are treated better; correspondence is viewed as having “outside support.”
- The incarceration rate of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people is three times greater than that of American adults overall.
- Our Co-Sponsors, Black and Pink Milwaukee, work to ensure that 200+ LGBTQ people who are incarcerated in Wisconsin regularly receive notes of support.
Black and Pink is a national organization working for prison abolition; “an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and ‘free world’ allies who support each other (www.blackandpink.org).
Additional Support: Interweave, UUCW’s LGBTQIA+ and allies group, is co-sponsoring this event. UUCW’s Annual Giving Tree (sponsored by one of our religious education classes) will benefit Black and Pink this year, beginning on November 25th. Please contact Rev. Suzelle Lynch with your questions.