Inside this edition:
- Information on BTB’s New Program, Address This! – In December of 2011, Books Through Bars launched a new pilot project called Address This! which offers innovative radical/educational reading courses via correspondence to individuals incarcerated throughout the state of Pennsylvania. The project was co-created by BTB collective member Emily Abendroth and Human Rights Coalition member and politicized prisoner Robert Saleem Holbrook, along with the input, assistance and wisdom of dozens of others. Address This! prioritizes the participation of those being held in solitary confinement and/or maximum security facilities who are otherwise frequently excluded from any and all forms of educational programming.
- Special Update on Prison Issues in Pennsylvania – Including legislative updates and community campaign updates.
- Donor Spotlight – Highlighting one of our monthly donors and weekly volunteers.
- Information on BTB’s Philadelphia Prison Library Project – PPLP is a working group within BTB established to fill the need of Philadelphia prison libraries. Most recently, at the behest of a reading-friendly warden, we donated four boxes of books to the Detention Center, one of six area facilities within the Philadelphia Prison System.
Feedback on the newsletter:
We recently received this feedback in an email from one of our newsletter subscribers:
I just wanted to say how much I appreciate your newsletters because they are so informative – and because they have helped shape my previously uninformed perspective on prisons and their costs as related to the funding (and gross lack of funding) of our education system. Thank you so much for the work you do!