The Black Prisoners' Caucus cordially invites every family touched by INCARCERATION and the CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM and every person who cares about JUSTICE, UNITY AND and BUILDING a strong community to come out and join us for the 5th Annual Family Summit. This years summit will be held at Africatown Innovation Center located at 3100 S Alaska Way, Seattle from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
This FREE event will focus on issues related to families who have loved ones behind bars. The Family Summit will feature music, speakers, artwork, workshops, family activities and resources to support the families of those incarcerated. The Family Summit also plans to strengthen and heal out entire community from the impact of mass incarceration.
Food and childcare will be provided.
We hope to see our entire community (especially children/youth/young adults) at this year's summit. It truly TAKES A VILLAGE!
If you have any questions, please contact the Village of Hope at 206-937-2701 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Justice Summit 2014 - Monroe
The 9th Annual Black Prisoners' Caucus Social Justice Summit was held at the Washington State Reformatory in Monroe, WA on November 15, 2014. Click here for an update on the event, speeches and reflections.
The Black Prisoners' Caucus' new higher education program for the incarcerated, T.E.A.C.H. (Taking Education and Creating History), is a college program designed to change the expected outcomes of men in prison by transforming incarcerated men into college educated students. Located at Clallam Bay Corrections Center, TEACH offers a new and innovative approach towards increasing the mens availability to Liberal Arts and Natural Science Studies. Education has been shown to be key in eliminating inter-generational poverty, debt, homelessness, and improve the quality of life. Every student will have the opportunity to excel within this learning community and as they grow they will learn how to confront their social and academic challenges with a richer and broader perspective.
The most fundamental tools needed for success in today's society begins with education. With a growing prison population and a dwindling budget every available opportunity to post-secondary education for prisoners has been eliminated except for a few basic courses and those programs developed by community organizations such as ourselves. TEACH has a rigorous curriculum that begins with a series of introduction courses (to assist students returning to school after some time away) which will lead into two educational pathways: 1 certificate pathway in general knowledge courses and 2 for-credit pathways in Social Science Applied Science. (Learn more...)
Cultural Celebration 2013 at Clallam Bay Corrections Center
"It Takes a Village” was the theme of this year’s annual cultural celebration that took place on August 3rd, 2013 and it took a village to pull out all the stops for this year’s event that was well received. Children were allowed to be present for the first time in over five years so the BPC made this event all about the kids!
Each child received 2 bags given to them by the fathers of the BPC. One, a back pack full of school supplies for the upcoming school year. The second, a gift bag made up of an autographed book (The Stolen Ones, by Marcia Tate Arunga), pens, a journal and a handmade bear designed from materials donated from Tanzania Africa by one of the BPC sponsors. Each bear was stuffed and sewn by men from the BPC and the Bears from Behind Bars program. The children also enjoyed a hilarious “Rocky and Re-run” puppet show. There was a live band, wonderful food, great poetry and guest speakers that made the event all the more entertaining. The smiles and the laughter from the children, mothers, and guests made it a successful event and we were grateful for the opportunity to have been able to perform and support the families who were in attendance.
Our celebration would not have been possible if it were not for the support from the community so we would like to give a special thanks to the families, sponsors, volunteers, Social Justice Fund and the Bears from Behind Bars program that came out to support the Black Prisoners’ Caucus and made this event possible.
NOTE: The Bears from Behind Bars program was created and is run by prisoners to support homeless and foster care children by supplying soft handmade teddy bears to be cuddly companions. If you are a program interested in receiving bears and/or wish to donate fabric materials to the BFBB please send the material and/or name and address of the program that could use the support to:
The Bears from Behind Bars Program
1830 Eagle Crest Way
Clallam Bay, WA 98326
The Black Prisoners’ Caucus
The Village of Hope holds weekly meetings EVERY Wednesday at 6:00pm at the Village of Hope office.
9421 18th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98126
These meetings include support for BPC issues and activities.
For more information please call the Village of Hope at 206-937-2701.
2007 Black Prisoners' Caucus