Prisoners need books! Prisoners need zines! Stop by the Build Coffee patio on July 20 during the 61st Street Farmers Market to meet Vicki White from Chicago Books to Women in Prison and Casey Goonan from True Leap Press. Donations welcome: Please bring gently-used paperback dictionaries, true crime or urban fiction!
Chicago Books to Women in Prison sends free books—nearly 13,500 in 2018—to women and trans people locked up across the US. They provide a critical intervention into an oppressive system by offering the self-empowerment, education and entertainment that reading provides. True Leap Press publishes the journal Propter Nos, a platform for Black and radical antiracist theoretical and cultural work. They also distribute free political education zines to prisoners across the country, with a focus on enabling prisoners to (self-)organize political education groups.