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QNS/NY – Wednesday, November 16th – Book Drive at Topos Books

WHAT: Book Drive
WHEN: 7pm Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
WHERE: Topos Bookstore Café788 Woodward Avenue, Ridgewood, New York 11385

COST: Book donations

You can help your fellow comrade by donating books to US prisoners. It is extremely difficult for prisoners to access good, educational, up-to-date reading material on the inside which should be a basic right.

Join us by donating your gently used or new paperbacks to Books Through Bars. There has been a donation bin at Topos since November 1st, and we will also be holding this culmination event on November 16th.

On the 16th we will offer light refreshments and will be having discussions, readings, and conversation about the prison industrial complex and helping your fellow comrades on the inside.

Please bring at least one donation to this event to show your support!

Below are the needs of BTB NYC

Paperbacks in good condition in the following subject areas:
African-American history, especially 20th century; Native-American history; Latin-American history; Social sciences; How-to (drawing, origami, chess, knitting, sign language…); Mayan and Aztec history; Memoirs and fiction by people of color; Mythology; Dictionaries, thesauruses, GED studies, atlases; Language studies; Sudoko/puzzles; Guides to starting a business; Yoga and pilates guides

Hardcover books; Encyclopedias; Religious texts (INCLUDING BIBLES); Old magazines; White supremacist literature; Books advocating racial animosity, sexism, or homophobia; Computer books; Books with notes or underlining; Heavily worn books; Outdated books


Book drive for Cody Sutherlin (Tinley Park Five)

cody_2013With one of his co-defendants recently released, Cody Sutherlin— a member of the Tinley Park 5, is collecting books for his prison’s library. He says, “The library here is full of garbage and people want something with substance…I’m asking that people send whatever they can as long as it’s not too extreme [or it won’t get in]. History, politics, biographies, and quality fiction would be nice. Let’s flood this motherfucker with some good shit!”

One of Cody’s supporters met in person with the library volunteer at Robinson Correctional Center on Friday. The volunteer explained the review process– books are not allowed if they describe how to make weapons, depict or describe penetration (other sexually explicit material is okay), or are on the topic of negotiation. Those were the only topics not allowed, though Cody thinks that graphically violent or explicitly illegal content will also be barred. Books that fail the review process are destroyed.

You can send books to:
Library Services
13423 East 1150th Avenue
Robinson, Illinois 62454

If you are near Robinson, Illinois, you can also drop them off at the prison.

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