WNPJ Group of the Week - WI Books to Prisoners

WANTED -  ARTWORK BY PRISONERS - Please broadcast widely to your friends behind bars...

  - Wisconsin Books to Prisoners was the recipient of a powerful set of posters created by 20 printmakers from the JUSTSEEDS Visual Resistance art collective. These posters were created in anticipation of the 10th anniversary of Critical Resistance, a prison abolitionist movement, and call attention to the human rights catastrophe in U.S. jails and prisons, and the use of policing, prisons and punishment as a solution to social, political and economic problems.

The posters and artwork by prisoners will be displayed at Project Lodge,817 E Johnson St., Madison, at the end of January 2009. Art that addresses the condition of prisons and the daily drudgery and cruelties of prison life would be particularly appreciated.

Please do not send anything that you want returned or is not copyright free. Also, please let us know how you wish to be (or not be) identified.We welcome artwork year around,but for this show the due date is: January 1st, 2009.

Please send artwork: Wisconsin Books to Prisoners, Rainbow Bookstore, 426 W. Gilman St. Madison, WI 53703  wisconsinbookstoprisoners@yahoo.com


Learn more about the work of the Wisconsin Books to Prisoners:


Wisconsin Books To Prisoners



Contacts: Camy Matthay, Dennis Bergren, Sarah Quinn, John Peck, Molly Stentz - and Sarah Quinn (sarah@wnpj.org)

Address: c/o Rainbow Bookstore, 426 W. Gilman, Madison, WI 53703

Telephone: #608-257-6050

E-Mail: wisconsinbookstoprisoners@yahoo.com



Our Mission: Wisconsin Books to Prisoners is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that sends books to prisoners in Wisconsin as well as prisoners in other states. WBTP believes that books are tools for learning and that reading opens minds to new ideas and possibilities. By sending books to prisoners, we hope to foster a love of reading and support the pursuit of self-education.


What We Do: Incarcerated individuals send us their requests for books. We attempt to send the requested materials from our collection. We also accept donations of gently used books on all topics, funds for postage, as well as packing material and bookshelves.


In Madison donated books may be dropped off at:

Rainbow Books, 426 West Gilman St.

Lakeside Press, 1334 Williamson St.

Madison Infoshop, 1019 Williamson St.


In Milwaukee donated books may be dropped off at:

Fair Ground Coffeehouse, 5901 W. Vliet St.


History: The project was drafted in August 2006, and by November 2006 we had located a space for our library and began to ship books to prisoners. In our first year we’ve sent out over 500 packages to prisoners in 27 different WI institutions, as well as inmates in over a dozen other states.


Membership: The collective consists of a core group of 4-6 people, with a half a dozen other supporters. We are always looking for more volunteers


Working links: Wisconsin Books to Prisoners is part of a national network of books to prisoners groups. We also work closely with other activist groups including, e.g., Wisconsin Prison Watch, Prison Legal News, the Madison Infoshop, Groundworks, Community Connections, The Real Cost of Prisons Project, and WI-ACLU. Our 501 c(3) fiscal sponsor is Family Farm Defenders, which accepts tax deductible gifts on our behalf.


Publications: Wisconsin Books to Prisoners reproduces a wide range of fact sheets and brochures on prisons and related issues, including topics such as the economic and social cost of prisons, racism, white privilege, crime and public safety, the war on drugs, prison abolition and others.


Congressional District: #2 Representative Tammy Baldwin. (update 12/07)