March 31st: Tuesdays for Tucson to Benefit Read Between the Bars!

Join Read Between the Bars on Tuesday, March 31st from 5pm to 10pm at La Cocina Restaula-cocina-tucsonrant and Bar for their weekly benefit!  Come and enjoy any food or drink that evening, and 10% of the sales will go to support Read Between the Bars’ mission of sending books to people incarcerated in Arizona.

While there, you’ll get to enjoy live music by Mik and Scott and Billy Sedlmayr. Mik and Scott, who are regular performers at La Cocina, use looping bass, sax, drums, and other instruments to create a unique, experimental funk sound. Billy Sedlmayr h

14370_10153522921613222_147247902024654458_nas been a contributor to Tucson’s music scene since his teenage years, when he was involved in local punk bands like The Pedestrians. Over the years, while sharing the stage and studio with the likes of Howe Gelb and Dave Seeger, his sound took a turn toward Americana.

Let us know you’re coming by RSVPing on the Facebook event.  Feel free to bring your gently used paperback books to donate at that time. Hope to see you there!

For questions, please email us at readbetweenthebars@gmail.com.

 

Free Screening of Award-Winning Documentary about Race, Class, and Criminal Justice

BOAS DVDOn Saturday, April 27, Read Between the Bars and the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona will present a free screening of the award-winning documentary Broken on All Sides.  Directed by activist, lawyer, and artist Matt Pillischer, Broken on All Sides is an independent documentary about the intersection of race and class in our criminal justice system.

The screening will be held at 1:00 p.m., April 27, at the Gender and Women’s Studies Building, Room 100, 925 North Tyndall Avenue, Tucson, Arizona.  Admission is free.

A full synopsis is available on the documentary’s website, and a flyer for the event is available here.

Read Between the Bars Announces a New Book Donation Location

Donation BinRead Between the Bars is excited to announce a new drop-off location for book donations. With the help of a generous grant from the Sparkplug Foundation, Read Between the Bars has been able to purchase a new book donation bin, and with the support of the University of Arizona Poetry Center, that donation bin has been set up in the Poetry Center building at 1508 East Helen Street on the UA campus in Tucson.

The donation bin is located in the Poetry Center’s library. Supporters can leave their new and gently used books in the bin during the Poetry Center’s business hours.

This new donation bin will provide supporters with a second location where they can donate their books. Book donations can still be left at the Tucson office of the American Friends Service Committee at 103 North Park Avenue, Suite 111, in Tucson. Additionally, books can be dropped off at any of our announced book-packing parties.

For making possible the supply of books that have kept RBtB’s books-to-prisoners program running for the last six years, RBtB would like to thank the UA Poetry Center, the American Friends Service Committee Arizona Office, the Sparkplug Foundation, and the many community supporters who have donated their books to support RBtB’s mission.

What’s New at Read Between the Bars? Find out on February 13!

Greek BookWith the incoming book requests we are constantly receiving–and everything that has to happen upstream and downstream from filling those requests, like collecting book donations, raising funds for postage, and making trips to the post office–it’s not often that we can take a breath and regroup. This month, though, we’re enjoying one of those rare moments, and we would be remiss if we didn’t tell our volunteers that in lieu of our next Book-Packing Party, we’ll be having a planning meeting.

Our Book-Packing Parties are currently scheduled for the second Wednesday and last Sunday of every month (the former in the evening, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., and the latter in the afternoon, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.). However, this month we’ll be devoting the second Wednesday of the month to a planning meeting. If you’d like to join us to help us with the brainstorming and planning, we’ll be meeting at Fronimo’s Greek Café (3242 E. Speedway Blvd.) at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13.

We have a lot planned for the early months of 2013, including a table at the Peace Fair on February 23, another documentary screening, and a new book donation location. If you’ve ever wondered if you’d like to become more involved with Read Between the Bars, this is a great opportunity to interact with us during a meeting and take on any project or any part of a project that interests you–or just help by sharing your ideas and giving feedback to others’ ideas.

Finally, if Book-Packing Parties are what interest you, we’ll return to our normal schedule on February 24, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Please e-mail us at readbetweenthebars@gmail.com if you have any questions about volunteering.

Free Film Screening on September 18 and Community Forum on Solitary Confinement on September 19

What kind of house would you dream of creating after spending decades in a six-foot-by-nine-foot cell?

In 2001, Herman Wallace, a prisoner at the Angola Prison in Louisiana, received a life-changing letter that asked that question. Herman’s House is the acclaimed documentary about his decades in solitary confinement–and his friendship with a New York artist who asked him to imagine different walls.

Herman Wallace is one of tens of thousands of people held in solitary confinement in the United States, even after the UN’s Committee Against Torture has recommended the abolition of the practice. Herman’s House provides a closer look at its devastating effects and an artist’s mission to call attention to its injustice.

On Tuesday, September 18, you can catch a free screening of Herman’s House from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Center for Creative Photography, 1030 North Olive Road, Tucson, Arizona. This film screening was generously made possible by the filmmakers of Herman’s House and is sponsored by ACLU Arizona, AFSC Arizona, the
Hanson Film Institute, and Read Between the Bars.

Dazed and Confused Magazine (UK) calls it a “shrewd indictment of solitary confinement…a protest movie without being sententious.” You can view the trailer at www.hermanshousethefilm.com and follow it on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hermanshousethefilm and on Twitter at @hermansfilm.

Following the film screening, there will be a brief panel and discussion.

For directions and information regarding parking at the Center for Creative Photography, please visit www.creativephotography.org/visit.


The following evening, ACLU Arizona and AFSC Arizona will host a community forum called Arizona Is MAXED OUT. The forum will look at the high costs of solitary confinement and its ineffectiveness at making our communities safer. Each year thousands of people are held in solitary confinement in Arizona, and the state plans to add hundreds more maximum-security prison beds. The forum takes place at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church (Geneva Room), 3809 East 3rd Street, Tucson, Arizona, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19.

Thanks for Making Our Fifth Anniversary Fundraiser Celebration a Success!

The volunteers at Read Between the Bars want to thank all of the people who made last month’s Fifth Anniversary Fundraiser Celebration a success.  We raised $520 to help us continue to send books to people in Arizona’s prisons.  Thank you to La Cocina for sharing a portion of the evening’s profits with Read Between the Bars and giving us a venue to celebrate our anniversary.  Thank you, too, to our many raffle sponsors, the musicians who donated their time to provide entertainment for the celebration, and the many people who showed up to enjoy a meal, drink, or dessert, learn more about Read Between the Bars, and buy raffle tickets.

Sponsors

La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina, and Coffee Bar
Antigone Books
Gloo Factory Ink
Laila Halaby
Knit Pride
The Loft Cinema
Tohono Chul Park
Revolutionary Grounds Books and Coffee
Wild Birds Unlimited (Oro Valley)
Jody Holmes
Elsbeth Pollack
Massage by Carrie
Anonymous RBtB Volunteer

Musicians

Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl
Folk ‘Em Up
Tin Lizzy and the Empty Flasks
Mitzi Cowell
Lisa O’Neill

Our Fifth Anniversary Fundraiser Celebration was a success, but the continuing donations of our supporters are what sustain us.  Read Between the Bars receives 50 to 60 request letters monthly, and we need your generous support to fulfill those requests.  Please visit our website to learn how you can donate and change the life of a person in prison.

Fifth Anniversary Fundraiser Celebration

In the spring of 2007, a group of Tucsonans assembled to explore how to collect books and raise funds so that they could provide reading material to the many people in Arizona’s prisons. They were the first members of the collective that became known as Read Between the Bars.

Their efforts were a success. Five years later, Read Between the Bars (RBtB) has sent thousands of books to people in Arizona’s prisons and receives 50 to 60 new book requests per month. To celebrate five years of service, RBtB invites supporters and community members to its Fifth Anniversary Fundraiser Celebration at La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina, and Coffee Bar, 201 North Court Avenue, on Tuesday, June 12. Hours for the event are 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.

La Cocina has generously agreed to donate 10% of the evening’s net profits to Read Between the Bars, so supporters and community members will be able to support RBtB with their food and drink purchases while they enjoy music by the Menno Band, Folk ‘Em Up, Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl, and Mitzi Cowell.

La Cocina offers unique and healthy fare, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Their menu features creative takes on familiar American fare, as well as dishes from around the globe, from spinach pie to chilaquiles to coconut curry.

Read Between the Bars will also host a raffle for prizes, including an autographed copy of local author Laila Halaby‘s novel Once in a Promised Land, an autographed poster from NPR‘s popular quiz show “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me,” and more prizes to be announced. Tickets will be available for a suggested donation.

Money raised at the Fifth Anniversary Fundraiser Celebration will go directly to the costs of mailing books to people in Arizona’s prisons. Read Between the Bars is an all-volunteer, nonprofit collective dedicated to improving the lives of people in prison by improving access to education, new ideas, or just the escape of a good story.