Closing for March due to coronavirus concerns

Covid Closed

In this age of COVID-19, to protect the health of volunteers and the greater community we’ve canceled our weekend sessions the rest of the month. This wasn’t a decision we took lightly as it clearly affects our ability to get books in the hands of women and trans people behind bars, but it seems the right thing to do. 

We’ll keep up with mail and urgent tasks, but please, no book donations.

Questions? Email chicagobwp@gmail.com. Thanks for your support!


1,193 packages so far in 2020!

In 2019, we sent 5,117 packages—more than 15,300 books and composition books—to women and trans people locked up across the country. (In 2018 we sent 4,852 packages.) Big, big thanks to all our supporters because we couldn’t do it without you. (updated March 15, 2020)

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