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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′

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Many thanks to Resurrection Lutheran Church

Thank you, Pastor Bill Hutchison and everyone at Resurrection Lutheran. We are proud to have been honored again with a Mission Endowment Fund grant. This year we were awarded $800, which has been earmarked for sending blank journals.

Along with book orders, we receive many requests for blank journals. The women we serve need them to:

  • Keep a journal for reflection and therapy
  • Work on assignments for a class or self-directed study
  • Write poems, short stories and novels
  • Record their lives for children and grandchildren
  • Practice calligraphy
  • Draw portraits, still lifes and fashion designs
  • Draft small-business plans

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How Did We Do in 2014?

packedbookswowWe mailed 2,915 packages of books in this year that’s ending soon.

That’s about 8,700 books and a few dozen blank journals.

Nearly 30% more than in 2013!

How did we do it? This past year we improved some key processes. And we welcomed new volunteers with energy and ideas to our small but mighty team.

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Holiday Donation Drive for Women in Cook County Jail

Please support this initiative by Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer. Your thoughtfulness will help women in difficult circumstances during the holidays and beyond.

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Maya Schenwar’s book, “Locked Down, Locked Out”, is out today!

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We’re delighted to share this message from Maya, a good friend of Chicago Books to Women in Prison:

Hope you are all having a wonderful fall. As many of you know, for the last couple of years, I have been writing a book. And now, bizarrely, it actually exists! It’s called Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better, and it is out TODAY (coincidentally, my birthday)!

If you buy it today or anytime during the coming week, I’ll be donating my royalties to Marissa Alexander’s Legal Defense Fund. (Marissa is a Florida survivor of domestic violence who is facing 60 years in prison for firing a warning shot at the wall, to defend herself against her abusive husband.)

So, I have a couple of birthday wishes. I’m hoping you can take these steps, in exchange for my undying love and admiration, which you already have, but still:

1. Buy the book!

You can do that here: amazon.com/Locked-Down-Out-Prison-Doesnt/dp/1626562695
Or here: powells.com/biblio/9781626562691
Or here: womenandchildrenfirst.com/book/9781626562691

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“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’

We Made The Paper!

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The University of Chicago Alumni Magazine supplement, The Core, has published several features about one of our founders, Arline Welty. The Core featured a nice interview as well as a funny online supplement about our “Least Wanted” books. Check them out here:
Interview with The Core:
Link to our “Arline Welty’s Least Wanted” Supplement:
One of the things we’re hoping for with this publicity is to attract more volunteers and resources. In that spirit we invite you to contribute to our postage fund, which is our #1 operating cost- we spend about $10,000 on postage each year and can use all the help we can get! (Click the “Get Involved” navigation link to help us out!)

CBWP Is Now On Twitter!

Our volunteers are now tweeting about CBWP and our work! Follow us: @ChicagoBWP


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.

2,317 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 June 17, 2019)

Shop our wish list at Women & Children First!

Buy online books we really need and we’ll pick them up—no shipping fee, no wasteful packaging. And your purchase benefits not just the people we serve, but one of Chicago’s best independent bookstores.

Donate money quickly and easily

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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