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Books to Prisoners needs your help

B2P has a matching grant project offer for a limited time! Would you please help us get these boxes of books sent out?
This is important: If you will donate a dollar to us, we will get 3 dollars.

During February and March, A family foundation is offering 2:1 matching funds for any donations to Books to Prisoners. It is all tax-deductible, just tell us you need a receipt. We have never had an offer like this before, so if you can afford to give us anything at all, please - now is the time!

Books to Prisoners is a local, all volunteer project. We receive no funding from the government - and really, we don't want to. The fact is though that we are currently suffering from a concave financial picture; it's like being in a hole, only much sadder. We are BROKE and need money to send our packages out to prisoners.

People in jail are depending on us, so please, if you have anything to spare at all, now is the time. Ideally, we would prefer to have checks, but we will sure take cash!
Please make checks out to:

Portland Books to Prisoners
and send them to:
PO Box 11222
Portland, OR 97211

Or, bring any donations to our workspace at: 1112 NE Morton St., on any Monday or Tuesday evening from 5-8pm. When you drop off your donation, you are welcome to hang around and help if you want, or just check out what we are doing. NE Morton is off of NE Durham, which is between NE Ainsworth and NE Dekum.
Of course, all donations are tax deductible (Oh yeah; I already said that), just let us know if you want a receipt.
Please help us to help those behind bars.

The Crew at Portland Books to Prisoners

homepage: homepage: http://www.bookstooregonprisoners.org/
address: address: 1112 NE Morton

information on prison mail and the Portland Human Rights Commissions letter 15.Feb.2010 17:30

Ben Waiting

I noticed this letter and wanted to pass along some recent "prisoner mail" discussion

You in the book-sharing-activism may be familiar with it?

It was discussed at a Portland Human Rights Commission Meeting I attended last month (Jan)

Human Rights Commission's Letter to Multnomah County Sheriff

The City of Portland Human Rights Commission commends Multnomah County Sheriff for allowing inmates in Multnomah County to send and receive mail.


Dear Sheriff Staton,

The City of Portland Human Rights Commission wants to commend your office on the decision to
continue to allow inmates in Multnomah County to send and receive mail.
Where so many other jurisdictions are restricting postal communications to postcards either now or in the near future, we believe that the ability to send and receive longer communications is an important human right that can assist communities and families in supporting individuals incarcerated in our jails.

We appreciate your efforts to allow fuller communication between inmates and the community. We hope that your leadership may change the course of restrictions on inmate mail in other Oregon counties as well - and that you address other issues in our jurisdiction with the same human rights lens.

Portland Human Rights Commissioners: