Until We’re All Free: Holiday Commissary Fundraiser

We must remind our trans family inside they are cared for, thought of, and that they matter.

Amid political attacks, economic and structural inequity, and the COVID-19 pandemic, trans people need support. This year’s fundraiser is especially urgent—we have faced a slew of anti-trans laws and rhetoric within our country. These laws severely impact our communities’ health and well-being.

With limited access to inadequate health care, nonexistent protocols for slowing the spread of the virus, and increased social isolation, our trans siblings on the inside can’t wait any longer for the carceral system to protect them from harm when it is designed to do exactly the contrary. It’s time to take action to invest in protecting trans lives.

As trans people, it is our duty and legacy to care for each other, as did the ones who came before us. We know this is deep-care work that we cannot do alone.

Blue and pink square background with a line drawing of a bird flying out of an open cage. Large block letters text reads: Believe in Trans Liberation Not Systems.

Join us in supporting our trans family inside and continuing the fight for a world without prisons!

All funds go directly to trans people and local organizations working to support them.

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Photo of a black t-shirt with a graphic that says Believe in Life, Not the Systems - translifeline.org and a gray sweatshirt with a graphic that says Destroy Gender, Prisons, Cages, Cistems - translifeline.org.

We apologize for not being able to find a t-shirt company that does not charge extra for 2XL-5XL sizes. If you are ordering these larger sizes, please use the following promo codes so that you are not charged extra: 2XLDISCOUNT, 3XLDISCOUNT, 4XLDISCOUNT, and 5XLDISCOUNT.

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Will you consider giving now to support our trans family inside and continue the fight for a world without prisons?

  • $30 – Funds three books of postage stamps for a trans person who’s inside
  • $60 – Buys two months of cosmetics from a commissary
  • $110 – Covers a month’s worth of phone calls home to loved ones
  • $275 – Gets a trans person on the inside a sweat suit and a pair of shoes
  • $500 – The cost of one commissary grant and the average cost to bail someone out
  • $1,700 – Full fees for legally changing gender markers on ID documents inside ICE detention

2022 Grantee Organizations

Over the last five years, the cohort of organizations we have worked with was heavily shaped by our existing professional relationships and our desires to respond to the flares of violence enacted upon our communities by a ruthless and immoral administration. In moving towards the vision of trans liberation and a world free of policing, we uplift and support those who are most impacted by the systems of white supremacy. In the US, these systems of power and domination can be seen in the widespread incarceration of Black and brown, trans and gender nonconforming communities. We are intentionally funding the work of organizations and communities that are led by and have always centered Black and brown trans folks—taking care of their own.

Red figure of a femme person surrounded by black roots.

Transgender Gender-Variant & Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP)

San Francisco, CA

TGI Justice Project is a group of transgender, gender variant and intersex people–inside and outside of prisons, jails and detention centers–creating a united family in the struggle for survival and freedom.

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My Sistah’s House
Memphis, TN

My Sistah’s House fosters sustainability and security for the most vulnerable of the TLBGQ+ communities in Memphis, TN, providing emergency housing, advocacy, and multipronged resource assistance delivered by and for gender non-conforming people of color, focusing on trans women of color.

Stylized pink uppercase text that reads TRANSFORMATIONS

Transformations
Kansas City, MS

Transformations is trans women of color-led organization focused on capacity building and leadership development among trans communities of color in the Midwest region.

Graphic of three butterflies. Text above reads TRANS-LATINX DMV.

Trans-Latinx DMV
D.C., Maryland, Virginia

Trans-Latinx DMV (a chapter of [email protected] Coalition) is a Two-Spirit Trans Womxn led organization that centers the needs of Black & Indigenous Trans-Latinx people living in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

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Transcending Women
New Orleans, LA

Creating a world where all transgender, gender nonconforming, LGBQ, and cis women have access to the resources that they need to live a healthy, supported life. This space will bring all women together so all of us can thrive.

Graphic of a paper crane with blue and pink wings. Black text reads FREEDOM OVERGROUND CORP.

Freedom Overground
Atlanta, GA

Freedom Overground’s activities and major accomplishments are structured around ensuring the dignity and safety of TGNCI/LGBQA people before, during, and after incarceration. We also work to educate and engage the public on TGNCI community issues.

A red circle with the graphic of a house. White text that reads Black & Indigenous Trans Safehaus.

Black & Indigenous Trans Safehaus (Casa BITS)
Washington, D.C.

Casa BITS is a community Haus for Black & Indigenous Transgender & Intersex People of Color who suffer from chronic housing & employment inequality (centering Deaf, Undocumented, & Femme folx, folx 25+ years old, and Migrants from the U.S. South), providing Housing Justice on the unceded lands currently known as Washington, D.C.

Drawing of an open envelope with hearts coming out of it.

$30

Funds three books of postage stamps for a trans person who’s inside.

Drawing of different types of makeup.

$60

Buys two months of cosmetics from a commissary.

Drawing of a rotary telephone.

$110

Covers a month’s worth of phone calls home to loved ones.

Drawing of a track suit surrounded by hearts.

$275

Gets a trans person on the inside a sweat suit and a pair of shoes.

Drawing of four butterflies in between a pair of shattered handcuffs.

$500

The cost of one commissary grant and the average cost to bail someone out.

Drawing of a hand holding an ID card.

$1,700

Full fees for legally changing gender markers on ID documents inside ICE detention.

About the Fundraiser

Trans Lifeline’s holiday commissary and bail fundraiser, now in its fifth year and titled Until We’re All Free, began in 2017. When we provide material support for folks who are incarcerated in prison or juvenile detention, they are able to reclaim their dignity and autonomy through access to food, care items, gender-affirming clothing, and phone calls, among other necessary items.

Most corporations that operate prisons charge exorbitant fees to deposit money in prisoners’ commissary funds, literally profiting from the confinement of human beings. To distribute these funds, we partner with organizations providing direct support to trans folks on the inside in their communities. Over the last five years, the cohort of organizations we have worked with was heavily shaped by our existing professional relationships and our desires to respond to the flares of violence enacted upon our communities by a ruthless and immoral administration.

In moving towards the vision of trans liberation and a world free of policing, we uplift and support those who are most impacted by the systems of white supremacy. In the U.S. these systems of power and domination can be seen in the widespread incarceration of Black and brown, trans and gender-nonconforming communities. We are intentionally funding the work of organizations and communities that are led by and have always centered Black and brown trans folks—taking care of their own.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made this fundraiser feel especially urgent. With limited access to inadequate health care, nonexistent protocols for slowing the spread of the virus, and increased social isolation, our trans siblings on the inside can’t wait any longer for the carceral system to protect them from harm when it is designed to do exactly the contrary.

As trans people, it is our duty and legacy to care for each other, as did the ones who came before us. Our care is so vast, exacting, and necessary that it transcends bars and cages. Join us in supporting our trans family inside and continuing the fight for a world without prisons.

Further Reading

Hand-drawn illustration of a destroyed cop car with flowers growing out of it. Barbed wire appears above and below the cop car.

Show me the money: Tracking the companies that have a lock on sending funds to incarcerated people — We looked at all fifty state departments of corrections to figure out which companies hold the contracts to provide money-transfer services and what the fees are to use these services.

Learn who profits from the prison industry — Private companies make hundreds of millions of dollars each year off of incarcerated people. These profits come at the expense of incarcerated people being able to maintain contact with their communities. A system that exploits instead of rehabilitates incarcerated people is one reason that 68% will eventually return to prison.

Who Pays? The True Cost of Incarceration on Families — The True Cost of Incarceration on Families proves that the costs of locking up millions of people is much deeper than we think. Locking up individuals also breaks apart their families and communities, saddles them with overwhelming debt, and leads to mental and physical ailments. The situation is dire, but a better approach is possible.