Hearts on a Wire is a Philadelphia-based collective of transgender and gender variant (“T/GV”) people building a movement for gender self-determination, racial and economic justice, and an end to the policing and imprisoning of our communities. Because we recognize the harm and trauma that imprisonment causes, we work to support those most impacted by mass incarceration, specifically T/GV communities of color. Our approach is trauma informed and rooted in transformative justice – we believe that everyone is impacted by harm and violence and that everyone is capable of personal transformation. Within this framework, we imagine and work towards sustainable alternatives to punishment and imprisonment. Because mass incarceration effectively portrays incarcerated people as incapable of personal transformation, we work to break down stigma and elevate and nurture the humanity of our inside membership. Our work aims to disrupt the cycle of imprisonment and reincarceration by creating community both inside and outside of prisons.
This organization is supported through the Funding Queerly Giving Circle, which is housed at Astraea.