Archive for December, 2015

CBWP Visits a Class on OITNB

searchEarly this month we were invited to North Central College to visit the class Orange is the New Black: The Sociopolitical Realities of Women’s Incarceration Experiences. Taught by Dr. Stephen Maynard Caliendo and Dr. Jennifer Keys, and grounded in a wide range of research on incarceration, this unique course explores a number of complex themes that have come up in the show. In particular, it “critically examines the inner workings of the prison industrial complex and the ways in which it controls and regulates inmates’ daily lives.”

An issue that affects incarcerated women every day is the freedom to read. Or lack thereof. One of our volunteers discussed with the class how we help meet the need and desire for books of all kinds (as well as blank journals) when there is little or no access to a variety of current reading material. It was a pleasure to share our work—including what women tell us about the importance of books, the most popular genres and other insights about what matters to the women we serve, and the challenges we face—with this thoughtful, engaged group.

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Chicago friends: Would your class, church or community organization like a guest speaker from Chicago Books to Women in Prison? Just write us at chicagobwp@gmail.com.

Celebrate #GivingTuesday with a gift!

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So far this year we’ve mailed 3,000 packages of books and blank journals—already more than last year’s total!—with a month to go in 2015. 

As our reach grows, so does the number of requests for books. Right now more than 500 letters are waiting for a response.

We want to get as many books as possible in the hands of incarcerated women before the end of the year. We have the books, we have the volunteers—we’re limited only by postage costs and our budget. 

Please help on this global day of giving back … or any day. Every $10 donated will allow us to mail three more packages! 

Simply click the PayPal button at the right. Or mail a check to Chicago Books to Women in Prison, 4511 N. Hermitage Ave., Chicago IL 60640.

Thank you on behalf of the women we serve!