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Books To Prisoners fundraiser Sunday July 2 at the Red & Black!

On Sunday, July 2nd, Books To Prisoners will host a benefit film showing
and prisoner letter-writing party from 4-8 PM at the Red and Black Café,
2138 SE Division St. Come learn about North American political prisoners
from 4-6 PM, and write a letter or a birthday card to one of them. Then
watch and discuss USA INCarcerated, a film produced by Critical Resistance
about the rise of the prison industrial complex in the US and the
trade-offs that are being made to support this growth. Following the
movie, Therapeutic Music with host a guerilla poetry showcase featuring
words and beats by Open-Mindead Therapists, Children Born of Water, Erik
Beats and All Out Massacre!
A donation of $5 or a dictionary is requested— All proceeds go to
Portland Books to Prisoners and Books to Oregon Prisoners. For more info,
email  pdxbookstoprisoners@riseup.net, or visit

Portland Books to Prisoners and Books to Oregon Prisoners are both
non-profit, all-volunteer run groups that mail books to prisoners who
request them. Portland Books to Prisoners meets twice a week, on Monday
and Wednesday nights at 2362 SE 43rd Ave, and anyone can come and help
assemble and wrap packages on these nights. Books to Oregon Prisoners
meets the 2nd Saturday of every month from noon-4pm at Blackrose
Collective Bookstore, located at 4038 N. Mississippi Ave. Drop boxes where
people can donate books and stamps, are located at In Other Words Books,
Laughing Horse Books, Rocco's Pizza, Hollywood Theatre, and Blackrose
Collective Bookstore. For more information, email