No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

It’s been a while, but I just wanted to thank everyone who donated on our last tour to the Decarcerate Monroe County travel fund to the CR10 conference. Your funds helped send a large delegation of folks from Bloomington to participate in a fishbowl conversation about local jail resistance. One of the neat thing to come out of the conversation between folks from Bloomington, NYC, and NOLA was this map of the ideas that came out in the discussion:

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Including the funds raised on Defiance, Ohio tour and funds raised by other folks involved with the DMC coallition, we were able to raise enough to send folks to the conference and also help support the 1st Nations Gathering where for three days before CR10, dozens of First Nations activists and other leaders will gathered in Oakland to focus on strategizing against and healing from the devastating impacts of the PIC.

I’m soliciting funds again. This time, to support a project that I work closely with called the Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project. We send free reading material to people incarcerated in juvenile facilities, prisons, and jails throughout the Midwest, Florida, and Arizona. Our primary means of support is through the donation of books and money to cover buying books and the ever-rising cost of postage. To put things in perspective, it costs between $3-7 to send one package of free books to an incarcerated person. With each biweekly mailing, we send 100-200 packages, so the expenses grow quickly. Though this might seem like a costly and not-so-efficient way to get reading material to people, it is often the only access to information, ideas, and mental stimulation that many incarcerated people have. This Saturday, I will be bowling in a Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser and I would appreciate your sponsorship. You can read more about the event at and donate via PayPal with the button below.

Thanks for your support,

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