Books To Prisoners Mailing Night & Thursday Film Showing at Horn of Africa
Books to Prisoners is an all volunteer project working to provide educational material and literature to people who are incarcerated in this country. We hope to help politicize prisoners by sending dictionaries and magazines and books to increase awareness of current events, and about history we aren't taught in the schools or on the streets. Please come help! Any level of commitment welcome.
UPCOMING FILM SHOWING BENEFIT: |
Thursday Feb 19th we will show 2 films at Horn Of Africa Restaurant, at the corner of Shaver and MLK. The owner is preparing a special Vegan Buffet for the event. (This will not be available for free, but nobody will be turned away from this event for lack of funds)
The first film will be about Patrice Lumumba and why he was murdered for his work in the Congo. This film is called "Lumumba: Death of a Prophet" (1992), and is a documentary about African political leader Patrice Lumumba, who was the first (and last) democratically elected Prime Minister of Zaire (now Congo) when he was assassinated in 1961, a murder orchestrated by the CIA.
To find out more about Patrice Lumumba, go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
The second film, "Assata" will be about Assata Shakur, a former Black Panther Party organizer, as well as a member of the Black Liberation Army, who successfully escaped from prison and who continues to reside in Cuba today with political asylum. In this video Assata speaks on her experiences as a female black revolutionary, unjust imprisonment, and life after being liberated and relocating to a non-imperialist country.
For more info on Assata, go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assata_Shakur
An interview with Assata can be heard at: http://www.thetalkingdrum.com/bla4.html
As always, donations of books or bucks would be greatly appreciated at this event!
If folks want to get involved with books to prisoners, but can't make mailing nights, there are lots of things that need to be done and if even one of these is something you can help with only one time, your help is much appreciated.
we need volunteers to answer mail & put together packages, to check book donation boxes (at Laughing Horse, Back to Back Cafe, and Reflections Mirror Image Bookstore) and to organize fundraisers. Around 50 packages gets mailed off with every hundred bucks we get, so a little goes a long way...
If you want to donate books or bucks or stamps but can't make the mailing nights, there are drop-boxes now at 3 locations:
* Reflections Mirror Image Bookstore at the corner of NE Garfield and Killingsworth
* Back to Back Cafe at 616 E. Burnside. There is also a donations box at Back to Back.
*Laughing Horse at SE 37th & Division
*(In The Know Bookstore will soon have a book box too!)
We need non-hardback BOOKS! (radical/political content, literature that you think is worth reading, DICTIONARIES, thesauruses, legal books, spiritual, cultural history, especially Latin American, Chicano, and African American studies, alternative medicine, yoga, et cetera), packaging supplies, especially clear packaging tape, office supplies like pens and paper to write letters on, zines, postage stamps, $, and BENEFIT SHOWS!!
Also copying is always needed.
Portland Books To Prisoners
Portland, OR 97211
Mailing nights are 5-8 pm Monday and Tuesday nights. The workspace is at 60 N. Sacramento St, the entrance is on the right side of the house. 60 N. Sacramento St is located between MLK & Williams, 1 block south of Russell. (take #6, #4, #33, or #40, get off on Sacramento, between Broadway & Russell)
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