Sunday, JAN 8 2-4pm
Arizona Worker's Rights Center
People in detention have said that receiving letters and visits can be solace, encouragement, the difference between staying and fighting their case and signing "voluntary" deportation orders. Some people in detention have said that guards in detention centers treat them better when they know that they have support from the outside.
Join the Phoenix Restoration Project for our first monthly letter-writing party and come get connected with a penpal who is currently in detention. We will connect volunteers with people inside of detention centers who have expressed interest in writing ongoing letters with a new friend on the outside.
The detention system works to isolate people and keep their stories hidden. By reaching out to people on the inside, we let them know that we remember them and their struggle, even though the system works to keep them out of sight and out of mind.
If you have not been to a Restoration Project training before, please come at 2pm for a brief training and q&a about things to keep in mind when becoming penpals with someone in detention.
We will provide contact information of people interested in writing and receiving letters, paper and envelopes, postage, and snacks.
Bring a friend (or two) and if you are able, please bring stamps to share!