The Black and Pink Crescent:
Prison Ministry and Outreach Program
We operate the only program in the world that provides advocacy and direct services to incarcerated and detained LGBTQIA+ Muslims. Within two years of its inception in 2017 the BPC has flourished, now serving more than 600 prisoners across more than 200 institutions with our numbers increasing every day.
In our mission to provide resources, support and comprehensive spiritual care to the most marginalized people in the Muslim world, we rely on people like you to uplift this mission. Along with making a donation to ensure we can maintain this program, there are many different ways one can get involved:
Library and Supply:
Too often, a sibling on the inside can have their property stripped from them for arbitrary reasons. An extension of our free library, we provide Qur'ans, prayer rugs and other important material resources at zero cost to the recipient. We send out an average of 38 letters every week and hundreds of care packages every year. There are always ongoing volunteer opportunities available at our location in downtown Chicago and online. Contact us or come visit during drop-in hours and we can put you to work! This program also costs a lot of money. You could help us keep up this crucial program by taking a visit to our donate page.
Pen Pal Program:
The American prison system serves to alienate and isolate prisoners, and many people on the inside have no one looking out for them. It's up to those of us in the "free world" to reach out, do the work and ensure no one is alone in their faith. Our Black and Pink Crescent program connects our incarcerated siblings with "free world" community members creating lasting, meaningful connection.
For our community to grow without leaving anyone behind, it is critical that members of the “free world” community make connections with our incarcerated and detained members. If you’ve never had a pen pal before, we have volunteers who are expert at helping you find the right pen pal and guiding you for writing your first letter. You can sign up to be a pen pal here.
Religious Resources and Advocacy:
In cases where a sibling is being denied access to practice or materials simply for being who they are, our small dedicated team can step in and advocate on their behalf to ensure every member of our extended community is given equal access without fear of violence or excommunication. We can talk one-on-one with your imam, deliver rulings on fiqh asserting your rights, or work out other creative solutions--however we get it done, we commit to fight for every single member of our community who reaches out for support.