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Welcome Volunteers!!!

We’re excited to announce that we are now accepting new volunteers in our new space!! So please come to a workday!

Map to our space

Map to our workdays space

The address to volunteer is: 4312 Etta Rd, Durham, NC 27705. Don’t send mail here, use our PO Box.

Download a map with directions.

Note: GPS and mapping programs will get you to Etta Road, but our building is set back from the road, through some trees, so you can’t see it from Etta.

 

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Support Us!

Thanks for your interest in getting reading materials into the hands of people locked in our nation’s prisons and jails. We send books and zines (small booklets) to people locked up in North Carolina and Alabama. We only send zines to people in prisons around the country.

  • DONATE MONEY: Our biggest need is always money! In order to keep sending books and zines into prisons, we need your help!   We currently spend about $500 per month on: postage ($400), copies/printing ($50), supplies ($50), and website ($5)!  Your help is so critical!!  Starting in June 2017, we are lucky enough to be back in a FREE space (so rent is not a cost, for now). Note: We are now a 501(c)(3) non-profit, so all donations are tax deductible. Email us for more information: prisonbooks@gmail.com.
  • VOLUNTEER: We are once again accepting new volunteers!! Workdays remain every Sunday, 1-4 pm. See this post for more details about our new location and directions. And check out our volunteering page for general information about volunteering.
  • DONATE BOOKS: At this time, we are ONLY accepting specific high-demand genres. Check out our book donation page for more details and instructions for donating.



Political Prisoner Birthday Poster for August 2017 is Now Available

August Political Prisoner Birthday Cake

Hello Friends and Comrades,

  1. Happy Black August! This month is important for highlighting the liberation of people of African descent in the Western Hemisphere, from abolition and rebellion to revolution and self-determination.
  2. Here is the political prisoner birthday poster for August.(11″x17″ PDF, 1MB) Also available in color here, and as a shareable PNG here (imgur link). Print it out and plaster your community, both in commemoration of these freedom fighters and to advertise locally for a political prisoner letter writing night. Get together with some friends in your town to send birthday cards to these fighters in our struggle. It’s an easy way to help remind them that they aren’t forgotten. If you make one, remember—don’t use anything like white-out, stickers, tape or glitter on it. We also recommend that you put a return name and address and their name and prisoner number on the card, lest the authorities “lose” the envelope and forget where it is going. If you would like to add a birthday or sign up for our poster mailing list (not a listserv, one email per month), or if you would like to contribute in another way to increasing the profile of US political prisoners, email us at ppbirthday@riseup.net.
  3. The first political prisoner of the Trump regime was imprisoned in July. Dane Powell is a father, veteran, water protector, and was shown on video caring for a child pepper-sprayed by police brutalizing a crowd on the day of the inauguration. Dane’s uncompromising militancy during the Disrupt J20 mobilization was a signal fire for the rest of us. You can write him a letter today!

    Dane Powell
    DCDC #358530
    DC Jail
    1901 D St SE
    Washington DC, 20003

    There are 200 more defendants facing decades of prison for the same demonstration that our comrade Dane participated in. Please consider contributing to their letter-writing campaigns, or donating to their legal fees and travel costs.

  4. The FBI is snooping around anarchists in North Carolina, and they issued a subpoena to Katie Yow. Read up on the current happenings, read Katie’s heart-rending statement of intent to resist the Grand Jury, and prepare your own community for when the forces of repression come knocking on your doors.
  5. Do you need help advertising for your local Political Prisoner Letter Writing Night? Are you interested in distributing physical copies of the poster? Write to us and let’s find a way to get physical copies of our poster to you: ppbirthday@riseup.net
  6. Be sure to check out the latest Political Prisoner/Prisoner Of War every-other week update (PDF) by the NYC-Anarchist Black Cross. There are lots of important updates on many political prisoners. This one includes updates on Mumia Abu-Jamal, Eric King, Krow, and more.

Remember: They are in there for us, we are out here for them!

Fellow Workers: Remember! We are in here for you, you are out there for us!

Until Every Cage Is Empty,

The Political Prisoner Birthday Crew

Political Prisoner Birthday Poster For June 2017 Is Now Available

June Political Prisoner Birthday Cake

Hello Friends and Comrades,

  1. This Month, June 11th is the International Day of Solidarity with Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners. Do something fierce in your community to commemorate these prisoners.
  2. Continue to support the troops facing 80 years and 8 felonies fighting against the clown regime.
  3. Here is the political prisoner birthday poster for June.(11″x17″ PDF, 2.45MB) Also available in color here, and as a shareable PNG here (imgur link). Print it out and plaster your community, both in commemoration of these freedom fighters and to advertise locally for a political prisoner letter writing night. Get together with some friends in your town to send birthday cards to these fighters in our struggle. It’s an easy way to help remind them that they aren’t forgotten. If you make one, remember—don’t use anything like white-out, stickers, tape or glitter on it. We also recommend that you put a return name and address and their name and prisoner number on the card, lest the authorities “lose” the envelope and forget where it is going. If you would like to add a birthday or sign up for our poster mailing list (not a listserv, one email per month), or if you would like to contribute in another way to increasing the profile of US political prisoners, email us at ppbirthday@riseup.net.
  4. Do you need help advertising for your local Political Prisoner Letter Writing Night? Are you interested in distributing physical copies of the poster? Write to us and let’s find a way to get physical copies of our poster to you: ppbirthday@riseup.net
  5. Be sure to check out the latest Political Prisoner/Prisoner Of War every-other week update (PDF, [##]KB) by the NYC-Anarchist Black Cross. There are lots of important updates on many political prisoners. This one includes updates on DAPL defendants, Sekou Kambui, Leonard Peltier, and more.

Remember: They are in there for us, we are out here for them!

Fellow Workers: Remember! We are in here for you, you are out there for us!

Until Every Cage Is Empty,

The Political Prisoner Birthday Crew

We’ve moved into our NEW space!

We are excited to announce that we have a NEW SPACE!! We will remain in Durham, NC. We are very grateful to Human Kindness Foundation for generously donating space to us!!

We are taking one more weekend to get all settled in and organized. We hope to begin welcoming in new volunteers starting Sunday, June 11. Stay tuned to find out the exact address and directions.

Thanks to all of you for your support as we worked on finding a new space. We are looking forward to welcoming you to it soon!

Note: Donations of books are still on hold until we get more settled in. However, we always welcome financial donations!! With our new (larger!) space, we hope to be able to send books to even more people in prison, and we’d appreciate your support to make that happen! To donate: http://bit.ly/2h9Nb49.

In solidarity,
Prison Books Collective
Publishing and Distribution

We’re moving at the end of May!!

We will be packing up and then moving for the rest of May (May 21-May 31), so we will NOT be having our regular workdays filling packages, and thus are putting a pause on new volunteers. We’re still finalizing a new space. So stay tuned. Since we’ll be between locations and setting up for the next 3 weeks, please email us to get involved. If you’d like to help with the move, email us at prisonbooks@gmail.com.

If all goes as planned, we should be in a new space by the second week of June. Once that’s set, look for a new post with details!!

Thanks for your patience as we work on our move! We look forward to continuing to send books to people in NC and AL prisons and zines nationwide for many years to come.

“While there is a soul in prison I am not free.”

In solidarity,

Prison Books Collective

Political Prisoner Birthday Poster For May 2017 Is Now Available

May Political Prisoner Birthday Cake

Hello Friends and Comrades,

  1. HAPPY MAY DAY! Get out there and make the foundations of this vile white supremacist capitalist patriarchal state tremble, crumble, and organize with your coworkers, your neighbors, and your loved ones to bring about the new world in the ashes of the old.
  2. Here is the political prisoner birthday poster for May.(11″x17″ PDF, 533KB) Also available in color here, and as a shareable PNG here (imgur link). Print it out and plaster your community, both in commemoration of these freedom fighters and to advertise locally for a political prisoner letter writing night. Get together with some friends in your town to send birthday cards to these fighters in our struggle. It’s an easy way to help remind them that they aren’t forgotten. If you make one, remember—don’t use anything like white-out, stickers, tape or glitter on it. We also recommend that you put a return name and address and their name and prisoner number on the card, lest the authorities “lose” the envelope and forget where it is going. If you would like to add a birthday or sign up for our poster mailing list (not a listserv, one email per month), or if you would like to contribute in another way to increasing the profile of US political prisoners, email us at ppbirthday@riseup.net.
  3. Comrades, probably some in your city, and perhaps some of your best friends, are facing new felony charges (at least a half dozen new felony charges for each and every of the over two hundred defendants!) for their involvement in resisting the inauguration of the least popular president in the last 70 years of United States history, who rose to power on the organizing of fascist filth and their disgusting collaborators. If you haven’t already, reach deep in your pockets and in your hearts to donate to keep our troops out of the maw of the carceral state.
  4. Do you need help advertising for your local Political Prisoner Letter Writing Night? Are you interested in distributing physical copies of the poster? Write to us and let’s find a way to get physical copies of our poster to you: ppbirthday@riseup.net
  5. Be sure to check out the latest Political Prisoner/Prisoner Of War every-other week update (PDF, 335KB) by the NYC-Anarchist Black Cross. There are lots of important updates on many political prisoners. This one includes updates on Robert Seth Hayes, Krow, Marius Mason, the DC J20 L12 Kettle Defendants, and more.

Remember: They are in there for us, we are out here for them!

Fellow Workers: Remember! We are in here for you, you are out there for us!

Until Every Cage Is Empty,

The Political Prisoner Birthday Crew

Political Prisoner Birthday Poster For April 2017 Is Now Available

April Political Prisoner Birthday Cake

Hello Friends and Comrades,

  1. Here is the political prisoner birthday poster for April.(11″x17″ PDF, 519KB) Also available in color here, and as a shareable PNG here (imgur link). Print it out and plaster your community, both in commemoration of these freedom fighters and to advertise locally for a political prisoner letter writing night. Get together with some friends in your town to send birthday cards to these fighters in our struggle. It’s an easy way to help remind them that they aren’t forgotten. If you make one, remember—don’t use anything like white-out, stickers, tape or glitter on it. We also recommend that you put a return name and address and their name and prisoner number on the card, lest the authorities “lose” the envelope and forget where it is going. If you would like to add a birthday or sign up for our poster mailing list (not a listserv, one email per month), or if you would like to contribute in another way to increasing the profile of US political prisoners, email us at ppbirthday@riseup.net.
  2. This month’s poster comes hot on the heels of a Week of Solidarity Against Repression. Join with others in your community to show that resistance to the Trump regime will not be cowed by the repressive actions of the state against its sworn enemies.
  3. A special thank you to the designers of this month’s poster. Designers are constantly bombarded with requests to work their trade for free, for publicity, or for a cause, and every month the PPBD Posters project relies on their generosity of time, skill and devotion to the cause of prison abolition. Cheers to Patrick for putting this month’s rad poster together.
  4. Do you need help advertising for your local Political Prisoner Letter Writing Night? Are you interested in distributing physical copies of the poster? Write to us and let’s find a way to get physical copies of our poster to you: ppbirthday@riseup.net
  5. Be sure to check out the latest Political Prisoner/Prisoner Of War every-other week update (PDF, [##]KB) by the NYC-Anarchist Black Cross. There are lots of important updates on many political prisoners. This one includes updates on Lynn Stewart, Marius Mason, Krow, and more.

Remember: They are in there for us, we are out here for them!

Fellow Workers: Remember! We are in here for you, you are out there for us!

Until Every Cage Is Empty,

The Political Prisoner Birthday Crew

Political Prisoner Birthday Poster For March 2017 Is Now Available

March Political Prisoner Birthday Cake

Hello Friends and Comrades,

  1. Here is the political prisoner birthday poster for March.(11″x17″ PDF, 430KB) Also available in color here, and as a shareable PNG here (imgur link). Print it out and plaster your community, both in commemoration of these freedom fighters and to advertise locally for a political prisoner letter writing night. Get together with some friends in your town to send birthday cards to these fighters in our struggle. It’s an easy way to help remind them that they aren’t forgotten. If you make one, remember—don’t use anything like white-out, stickers, tape or glitter on it. We also recommend that you put a return name and address and their name and prisoner number on the card, lest the authorities “lose” the envelope and forget where it is going. If you would like to add a birthday or sign up for our poster mailing list (not a listserv, one email per month), or if you would like to contribute in another way to increasing the profile of US political prisoners, email us at ppbirthday@riseup.net.
  2. Do you need help advertising for your local Political Prisoner Letter Writing Night? Are you interested in distributing physical copies of the poster? Write to us and let’s find a way to get physical copies of our poster to you: ppbirthday@riseup.net
  3. Be sure to check out the latest Political Prisoner/Prisoner Of War every-other week update (PDF, 400KB) by the NYC-Anarchist Black Cross. There are lots of important updates on many political prisoners. This one includes updates on soon-to-be-released prisoner Chelsea Manning, Nicole Kissane, the Cleveland 4, and more.

Remember: They are in there for us, we are out here for them!

Fellow Workers: Remember! We are in here for you, you are out there for us!

Until Every Cage Is Empty,

The Political Prisoner Birthday Crew

Prison Books Collective needs a new home (again!)

We are again looking for a new home, by the end of May!! Please help. From April 2016 to now, we have been renting a room in a business in Durham. We have appreciated our new home and have gained many new volunteers, but we can’t afford the rent!! It is costing us $300/month to rent the space, and we really need that money to send books!  Our current lease ends on May 31, and we’d like to have a new place by late April.

A brief description of our needs: a space to store our books, folding tables and chairs, space for letters and office supplies, and room to have at least one weekly workday with 10-12 volunteers. We need a space that’s open and accessible to volunteers, that has parking and access to a bathroom, along with electricity (ideally heat and AC).

One idea is to share space with a church or non-profit. We’re ideally looking for a free space, but may be able to afford a small amount of monthly rent ($50-$100). We are hoping to stay in the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro area. We’d also consider further out, if the space was free and met our needs!

If you have contacts with any groups that have space they can share with us, or if you have a space we can use, let us know!! Email us at prisonbooks@gmail.com or post on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/prisonbookscollective/

What are our basic needs?

  • Shelves for books along one or more walls (our current shelves are about 15 feet across, by 8 feet high)
  • Access to a bathroom (it can be in an adjacent building, as long as it’s open to volunteers)
  • Space for a file cabinet for storing zines, and space to store letters and office supplies
  • Room for 2-3 folding tables and 10-12 folding chairs to be stored
  • Weekly use of the space for a 3 hours session (We’ve always had our workdays on Sunday afternoons, but we can shift if needed.)
  • Parking: about 5-6 cars, plus occasionally more when we have a group
  • Climate-controlled space without humidity problems and with heat. Ideally AC, but we can deal without. (We’ve worked for years out of garage-like spaces but climate control helps protect books and keep volunteers comfortable)
  • Occasional collective meetings in the space
  • The ability to share the address of the space with the public when we advertise our volunteer workdays via our website, fliers and Facebook, etc.

Our wishes:

  • Access to the space for collective members on non-workdays, to drop off supplies, pick up packages to mail, pick up book donations, sort and shelve books, etc.
  • Group nights (we sometimes have larger groups want to volunteer with us, and we’d like the option to host them on a different day than our regular workday)
  • Ability to receive mailed boxes of books (we occasionally get book donations from publishers, and they mail us the books)
  • Occasional book sales (about 2 times/year). This would involve: The week prior, storing boxes of books in the space. The day before, setting up. The day of, taking over the space we use for the workday (or another space, if our new home has a different space in mind)
  • Being able to host fundraisers. We had a comedy show once. Maybe bingo

Please share this post with others in your network, let us know if you have ideas for a space (prisonbooks@gmail.com). And if you’re able, we’d appreciate a donation to offset costs of the move (and our weekly postage expenses to mail books!).