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Change in Action: People & Prisons—Tues., September 15 at After-Words Books

You’re invited!

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.

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Racial Injustice: The Foster Care-to-Prison Pipeline—Weds., June 24

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. AlexanderTolliverCollage

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’

Black and Pink penpal meetup—Sat., June 13 at Uncharted Books

Black&PinkCurrently a penpal with Black and Pink: Chicago?

Ever thought about being a penpal with a prisoner?

Black and Pink—an open family of GLBTQ prisoners and “free world” allies who support each other—can connect you with a queer or trans prisoner in Illinois.

Join volunteers from Chicago Books to Women in Prison in conversation with Black and Pink on strengthening pen pal relationships, talking through issues that may come up in letter writing, and building community. Whether you’ve been writing someone for years, or are just considering becoming a pen pal, we’d love to see you there! Continue reading ‘Black and Pink penpal meetup—Sat., June 13 at Uncharted Books’

Mother’s Day Art and Card Making Event for Incarcerated Mothers—Thurs., April 23

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Bring your creativity and caring! We’ll be making cards and art to send to mothers who are incarcerated in Illinois jails and prisons as well as Federal prisons. (Did you know that two-thirds of the women incarcerated in the U.S. are mothers of minor children?) Continue reading ‘Mother’s Day Art and Card Making Event for Incarcerated Mothers—Thurs., April 23′

Writing Lives: Books Beyond the Prison Bars—Weds., March 25 at Women & Children First

Join us along with authors Crystal Laura and Maya Schenwar for readings from their recent and acclaimed books, and for conversation with all of us on making vital connections behind bars, prison issues and more at this special event.

Co-sponsor Black and Pink will also share details on becoming a pen pal with LBGTQ people behind bars in Illinois.

Writing Lives: Books Beyond the Prison Bars

Wednesday, March 25, 7:30 p.m.
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St., Chicago

Continue reading ‘Writing Lives: Books Beyond the Prison Bars—Weds., March 25 at Women & Children First’

Sunday, October 19—Books Behind Bars at Uncharted Books

Learn more about what we do and the difference it makes to the women we serve. We love Uncharted Books—they’ve been a good friend by helping us get hard-to-find books—and we appreciate Tanner’s support. Join us for:

Books Behind Bars
Hosted by Uncharted Books

Sunday, October 19, 6 p.m.
2620 N. Milwaukee (Kedzie & Milwaukee) in Logan Square
Light refreshments served

  • Hear guest speaker Reynolds Wintersmith—whose sentence was recently commuted by Presidential pardon after serving 20 years—on his experience and the importance of books for him in prison
  • Browse at Uncharted and buy books requested by the women we serve
  • Learn from our volunteers all the ways you can help provide books to people in prisons

Download event flyer

“The End of Juvenile Prison” — Book Talk & Discussion — Sat., Sept. 13 in Evanston

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In her new book, Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison, award-winning journalist and advocate Nell Bernstein presents a critical look at the juvenile justice system. Continue reading ‘“The End of Juvenile Prison” — Book Talk & Discussion — Sat., Sept. 13 in Evanston’

Grab a Book- We’re Closed On Labor Day

Attention bookworms: Chicago Books to Women in Prison is going to be taking Sunday, September 1 off from packing books in observance of labor day. We invite you to read a good book that day…maybe Nelson Lichtenstein’s State of the Union?

Mega Mega Volunteer Book Roundup

Volunteers with Packed Books - Moving Day

Volunteers with Packed Books - Moving Day

Phase 1: Moving to our new location at the Chicago Women’s Health Center. 25 people are packing, labeling and eating chips. More good times next week when we move the boxes. You’re invited!

The Parties Never Stop! Join us Friday April 18th

Yes, make it a double-CBWP week with Danny’s on Monday and AV-aerie on Friday!

We’re having a party with local djs (including Gutter Butter, Jessica Hopper, and others) on Friday, April 18th at AVaerie (2000 W Fulton).  This is a benefit for Chicago Books to Women in Prison.

Details:
Friday, 4/18
@ AVaeire, 2000 W Fulton
Doors at 9pm.
$10 suggested donation at the door.  Get in for $8 if you bring a paperback dictionary to donate.
There will be a drawing for prizes, including a 1-year iGo membership, massage gift certificates, a refurbished bike from Working Bikes, and other awesome stuff.


IMPORTANT: Learn more before donating books
Please check with us before organizing a book drive or putting together a donation of more than a few books from your own library. We are well stocked and storage space is limited.

4,592 packages so far in 2018!

That’s 4,267 packages of books and 325 blank journals to incarcerated women across the country. Big thanks to all our supporters—we couldn’t do it without you! (updated December 9, 2018)

Help us get the most wanted books!

Learn what we’re looking for now

• Shop our Amazon wish list (feel free to buy from the list at other stores)

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Or send your check or money order to 4511 N. Hermitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60640. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your gift may be tax-deductible.

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