Tuesday, October 5, 2010
I am happy to announce that I will be participating in Dewey's 24 hour Read-a-thon on Saturday, October 9th. This will be the first time I have participated in a Dewey's 24 hour reading marathon and I am super excited about it.
I will be reading for charity. The charity I have chosen is called The Women's Prison Book Project. It is a Minneapolis based non-profit. Please check out the website HERE and read on for more information about The Women's Prison Book Project. I would love it if you would consider sponsoring me per page or per hour or even a flat rate donation of 5 bucks would be great. I am sponsoring myself at a penny a page and I hope to read at least 1000 pages.
I am also a cheerleader for the read-a-thon, so one hour out of my day will be devoted to cheering on other readers! Go Readers! I also plan to complete at least one reading challenge in between books. I actually have 3 books picked out to read right now and am getting excited. My husband and son are out of town so I will also be taking care of my daughter and hoping to entice her to read an hour or so.
Here is more information about The Women's Prison Book Project: WPBP does not have any paid staff--all donations benefit women in prison directly. We use the funds to buy books, pay for postage, and purchase mailing supplies. Your donation means more women in prison receive books they requested from us.
Since 1994, the Women’s Prison Book Project (WPBP) has provided women and transgender –identified persons in prison with free reading materials covering a wide range of topics from law and education (dictionaries, GED, etc.) to fiction, politics, history, and women’s health. We are an all volunteer, grassroots organization. We seek to build connections with those behind the walls, and to educate those of us on the outside about the realities of prison and the justice system.
Of the more than two million people confined in U.S. prisons and jails, over 150,000 are women. Eighty percent of these women are there for non–violent crimes, such as shoplifting, prostitution, drug related convictions, and fraud. Of the women convicted of violent crimes, the vast majority were convicted for defending themselves or their children from abuse. More than 1/2 of all women in prison are women of color, and two–thirds of women in prison have at least one child under eighteen. Most of these mothers had primary custody of their children before going to prison.
These facts mean that women in prison have specific needs for particular kinds of information: material on families, children, women's self–help, women's health, and legal aid pertaining to women who fight back against their abusers. There are also many lesbian, bisexual, and transgender prisoners who often have trouble obtaining information that is relevant to their lives. As new prisons are built to warehouse the growing number of incarcerated people in the U.S., the meager resources previously available to prisoners are being cut or limited to only a few. WPBP is one place where women/transgender persons in prison can get information that is often unavailable from any other source. WPBP works to support prisoners; and through that solidarity work to empower prisoners themselves and build connections through prison walls.
We recognize that prisons and the entire “justice” system are about controlling and suppressing the lives/movements of the poor, women, and all people of color. The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world, and that is no accident.We urge all progressive people to include prison issues as an integral part of the struggle for sweeping social change. In keeping with this view we also acknowledge that as activists on the outside it is vital to provide whatever material support that WPBP can to women political prisoners and prisoners of war in U.S. prisons and jails.