Published September 27, 2015
We receive many requests for yoga books from the women we serve, and one of the best we’ve seen is Yoga: A Path for Healing and Recovery, published by the Prison Yoga Project. We’re grateful for the free books they’ve sent us.
The Prison Yoga Project also conducts classes and instructor training in prisons across the country. One incarcerated person said, “With the barrage of negativity in prisons, they are unyielding breeding grounds for intense suffering, chaos, noise, overcrowding, violence, ineffective medical care and poor food. But occasionally, every so often, friendship, kindness, compassion and programs of meaningful substance come along. The Yoga program is a life-sustaining and meaningful one that I nurture and value because it is not only positive, it supports my growth and success.”
Help the Prison Yoga Project continue and do even more. They have 20 days remaining in their ambitious Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. Please support them as you are able.
Published September 24, 2015
Tags: Fourth & Sycamore
We’re pleased to share a recent interview with David Nilsen, editor and book critic for Fourth & Sycamore, an Ohio library’s literary journal. We made a point of featuring what we hear from the women we serve—something we make a priority.
And if you’re looking for something good to read, or to recommend to friends and family who wonder why you care about helping people in prison, see the list of books we like at the end.
Published September 22, 2015
Kylie in Indiana heard about us from a friend and sent us this wonderful note along with her first order for books:
Come help make a difference with us—one package of books at a time. Join us for our next new volunteer orientation, led by one of our experienced volunteers, Sunday, September 27, 1–2 p.m., right before our regular 2–5 p.m. work session. Get the details here.
Can’t make it this Sunday? Plan now to join us for the Sunday, October 25 orientation. Or learn how you can get involved in other ways. See you soon!
Published September 1, 2015
Tuesday, September 15 we’ll welcome friends from CLAIM (Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers) to Change in Action: People & Prisons.
Check out these videos created by the talented students in Laurie Little’s Documenting Social Injustice class at Columbia College Chicago.
CLAIM PSA 2014
CLAIM Mother’s Day Rally 2013
This fall Chicago Books to Women in Prison will be collaborating with DocSocIn students. Stay tuned for more!
Hear two formerly incarcerated women speak on the importance of books during their time in prison.
− Learn how Chicago organizations are responding to prison issues
− Engage in discussion with community leaders and the formerly incarcerated
− Discover the wide range of ways you can become involved
Change in Action: People & Prisons
Tuesday, September 15, 6:30 p.m.
After-Words New and Used Books
23 E. Illinois St., Chicago
One block south of the Grand (Red Line) station
Parking can be found one block east at 430 N. Rush St.
Food and drinks will be served
In collaboration with our friends
− Black and Pink
− CLAIM (Chicago Legal Advocacy to Incarcerated Mothers) with Visible Voices
− Community Renewal Society with F.O.R.C.E
− Liberation Library
Let us know you’re coming on the Facebook event page.
Download the event flyer.
Published August 26, 2015
Recently we heard from Padrica H. in Florida, who sent us a couple of the holiday decorations she makes for members of the armed services. She included this note:
Again thank you for your kindness. I love giving these out to put a little cheer in your space. Please accept them in the spirit of goodwill, peace and love.
See why what we do means a lot to the women we serve. Join us for our next new volunteer orientation, led by one of our experienced volunteers, Sunday, August 30, 1–2 p.m., right before our regular 2–5 p.m. work session. Get the details here.
If you can’t make it this time, plan now to join us for the Sunday, September 27 orientation. Or check out the other ways you can get involved and help women in prisons around the country enjoy the self-empowerment, education, and entertainment that reading provides.
Published July 22, 2015
You can help make this kind of difference to the thousands of incarcerated women we reach every year.
Join us for our next orientation session, led by one of our experienced volunteers, Sunday, July 26, 1–2 p.m., right before our regular 2–5 p.m. work session. Get the details here.
If you can’t make it this week, plan now to join us for the August 30 orientation or whenever you can. Rarely available on Sundays? There are lots of other ways to get involved and help get books in the hands of women in prison. We’d love to hear from you.
Published June 28, 2015
Grants , News
Tags: Crossroads Fund
We are delighted to announce that Crossroads Fund has awarded us a grant of $4,000 in this year’s Seed Fund program.
This generous funding will be dedicated to general operating costs—enabling us to get many more books in the hands of the women we serve—as well as to special projects to create awareness and inspire action around issues related to our work.
It’s an honor to be one of the many groups that Crossroads Fund supports in working for racial, social and economic justice across a wide range of issues and communities.
Published June 23, 2015
Spend some time with us this Sunday afternoon! You’ll find a warm welcome in our pleasantly cool space.
Our next orientation session, led by one of our experienced volunteers, is Sunday, June 28, 1–2 p.m., right before our regular 2–5 p.m. work session. Get the details here.
About 80% of Illinois prisoners were in the foster care system during childhood.
Join us for the forum Racial Injustice: The Foster Care-to-Prison Pipeline, presented by the Unitarian Church of Evanston’s Prisons and Restorative Justice committee.
The event will feature a screening of Michelle Alexander on The New Jim Crow and Dorothy Roberts on The Color of Child Welfare, followed by a live presentation and discussion with Charity Tolliver, founder of Black on Both Sides—a new organization that works to end the foster care-to-prison pipeline. Continue reading ‘Racial Injustice: The Foster Care-to-Prison Pipeline—Weds., June 24’