Archive for June, 2007

Bound Struggles Release Party to Connect Issues of Incarceration, Violence Against Women

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jack Slowriver
chicagobwp@hotmail. com

Chicago Books to Women in Prison (CBWP) will release a special edition of its prisoner-authored publication Bound Struggles at a party and performance showcase on Saturday, June 23rd, 2007, 6-9 PM, at Mercury Café, 1505 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago.

This performance will be the culmination of a six-month project with formerly and currently incarcerated women, made possible by grant support from Chicago Foundation for Women. This event is also hoped to raise funds and raise awareness for the “No Child Left Behind Bars” campaign organized by Critical Resistance Chicago.

Bound Struggles is dedicated to bringing the voices of women in prison into the public arena and building solidarity/supportive connections with readers/writers/organizations on the outside; past issues have featured writing and artwork on themes including education, family, health, and activism. The sixth issue, to be released on June 23rd, will address the connections between violence against women and incarceration of women in Illinois.

About CBWP:
Chicago Books to Women in Prison is a volunteer collective working since 2003 to distribute books free of charge to women in prison nationwide. We are dedicated to offering women behind bars the opportunities for self-empowerment, education, and entertainment that reading provides. More information can be found at http://chicagobwp.org.

About Critical Resistance:
Critical Resistance seeks to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe. Critical Resistance’s vision is the creation of genuinely safe, healthy communities that respond to harm without relying on prisons and punishment.