Break The Ban: Sending Books to Prisoners

Break The Ban: Sending Books to Prisoners

Blog, Books, Books To Prisoners, Bookstore
--By Elaine Schleiffer   “The nature of the criminal justice system has changed. It is no longer primarily concerned with the prevention and punishment of crime, but rather with the management and control of the dispossessed.” —Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow (The New Press, 2012)   Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in Age of Colorblindness is an approachable, understandable book that exposes the racist, capitalist, and classist framework from which mass incarceration in our country grew. It has been widely praised, widely discussed, and widely taught. It is also generally pulled out of prison libraries, and New Jersey was the first state to attempt an outright ban of the book in all of its carceral institutions.   “As centuries of dictators have known, an illiterate crowd…
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New year. Same mission. New books.

New year. Same mission. New books.

Blog, Books, Bookstore, New Releases, Suggested Reading
-- By Elaine Schleiffer Guide to Kulchur exists to amplify marginalized voices. Sometimes that means hosting workshops or building new programs, sometimes it means building relationships between community members and institutions, and sometimes it means getting books into the hands of the people who need them. Our bookstore now operates on a pay-what-you-can basis, because we want to actively remove barriers between our community and the literary arts. We know that reading is important at all stages of life—kids and adults alike need inspiration, creativity, and culture. We all need to see ourselves represented in the arts and culture we consume, and we can also rely on books to show us experiences and outcomes different from our own. Here are some forthcoming titles we’re excited to stock, sell, and read.…
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