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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!

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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.

Come to Danny’s on April 14th!

Get Nerdy with the hot bookworms from Chicago Books to Women in Prison Monday, April 14th, 9pm-2am, at Danny’s 1951 W Dickens. Danny’s is giving CBWP 50% of the bar as part of their 2nd Monday Peace Parties.

Fundraiser: Top Girls at Live Bait Theatre

We would like to invite you all to support Chicago Books to Women in Prison’s next fundraiser, a play called Top Girls at Chicago’s  Live Bait Theatre.

Here’s what wikipedia has to say about Top Girls

The play is set in Britain and implicitly condemns the increasing incidence of Thatcherist values in society, and especially their effect on Feminism . . . It comments on the contrast between American feminism, which celebrates individualistic women who acquire power and wealth, and British socialist feminism, which involves collective group gain. I  The play argues against the style of feminism that simply turns women into new patriarchs and argues for a more socialist feminism that is about caring for the weak and downtrodden. The play questions whether it is possible for women in society to combine a successful career with a thriving family life.

We have about 20 tickets left for each night on Sat, March 15 (8p) and Sun, March 16 (7p). Tickets are sliding scale: $15-$25. Bring a date!

To buy a ticket (or two) please email us at  chicagobwp@hotmail.com with your name, night preference, and donation level. You can pay via personal check or paypal, and your tickets will be waiting for you at the theatre.

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.

Book and Bake Sale May 26

Visit our book and bake sale Saturday May 26 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 927 W. Leland, Chicago, IL. There will be tons of new and used books at low prices and awesome homemade snacks. Tell your friends!

 All proceeds will benefit Chicago Books to Women  in Prison…a great cause!

Book and Bakesale Flyer


WE'LL BE CLOSED—NO DONATIONS Sunday, Sept. 29 & Saturday, Oct. 5

IMPORTANT: Learn more before donating books
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3,939 packages so far in 2019

Last year we sent 4,852 packages to women and trans people locked up across the country—nearly 13,500 books and composition books in all. Big thanks to all our supporters because we couldn’t do it without you! (updated October 13, 2019)

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