Angel Alicea

Angel Alicea

Black Inmate Commissary Fund

she/her

Spring 2021

Tell us – what excites you about your work?

The Black Inmate Commissary Fund was birthed out of the direct action of divesting from mass incarceration by directly reallocating tangible resources to Black people who are incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, and families/communities affected by mass incarceration. I’m excited by this work because I know this is only the continuation to a long fight for abolition and restoring our communities

What feels rich and abundant in your work right now?

What feels rich is knowing that though resources are limited, organizationally we are grounded in abundance and making sure that we provide within our means and whatever our members need.

Who do you dedicate your work to?

I dedicate this work to Black kids on the inside. They are our future. I dedicate this work to those who have made a home in institutions that enslave them. I dedicate this to the Trenches. I dedicate this to G5 who may never make it out alive. I dedicate this to the people who may never feel the impact of my work.

“Feel the pain and the joy of a man who was never a boy.” - DMX

Who inspires you, who are you learning from, what books are you reading? We are really excited to learn this about you!

I’m inspired and powered by inherent resistance and resilience. I’m currently reading Beyond Trenches Vol 1., which is an interactive resource guide created by BICF.

What something you didn’t know that now you understand differently with wellness?

I understand the importance of rest and that burnout is inherent when you have been fighting before you existed. All in all, BIPOC people need a break and radical rest, which can only be achieved through abolition and wellness alternatives.

What is your own wellness practice? How do you find balance?

I try to remember I just do it all and that alone grounds me.

How can people reading this support the work you are doing?

Head over to our website and become a patron. Our 100 monthly donors are how we sustain our work and most importantly provide our families and programs with direct services.

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