Updated Donations Wishlist

I updated the donations wishlist today. Please take a look at it if you’re collecting.

The updated list contains titles that are presently circulating at EIFW through the EPL borrowing project; however, Cathee flagged these items as high demand and added them to the donations list. A number of title requests from the previous wishlist were filled through the EPL borrowing project and are no longer in demand (and therefore no longer on the list).

The list also contains Books on CD, which up until recently, were not accepted in EIFW donations. Apparently, the EIFW administration have decided to allow this material to circulate. The rules of relaxed now that Cathee has been given permission to start a CD borrowing project using reclaimed inmate CDs.

Please let me know if you have any questions about the latest list.



Prisoner Correspondence Project

One of our newest committee members, Marcus  is about to become a penpal with an incarcerated individual through the Prisoner Correspondence Project –  he told me that they are interested in stepping up their outreach efforts into prisons across Canada and wish to connect with people or organizations that do work on the inside of the prison system.

Some information about the project:

The Prisoner Correspondence Project is a collectively-run initiative based out of Montreal, Quebec. It coordinates a direct-correspondence program for gay, lesbian, transsexual, transgender, gendervariant, two-spirit, intersex, bisexual and queer inmates in Canada and the United States, linking these inmates with people a part of these same communities outside of prison. In addition, it coordinates a resource library of information regarding harm reduction practice (safer sex, safer drug-use, clean needle care), HIV and HEPC prevention, homophobia, transphobia, coming out, etc. The project also aims to make prisoner justice and prisoner solidarity a priority within queer movements on the outside through events like film screenings, workshops, and panel discussions which touch on the broader issues relating to criminalization and incarceration of queers and transfolk.
The Prisoner Correspondence Project is a working group of the Quebec Public Interest Research Group (QPIRG) at Concordia University and an affiliate group of the 2110 Centre for Gender Advocacy.

If any other committee members are interested in this initiative, contact Marcus or the Prison Correspondence Project for more information.

GELA Women’s Prison Committee Book Sale Fundraiser (May 8/9)

The Greater Edmonton Library Association (GELA) Women’s Prison and Reintegration Subcommittee is having a Book Sale May 8 and 9, from 10 am – 6 pm (weather permitting) to raise funds for the EIFW library. Feel free to drop by, even to just to say hi and learn more about our committee.

There will be several of us volunteering, but the more, the merrier. Bring friends, distribute our poster, and feel free to invite anyone that we’ve missed!

If you are on Facebook – you can check out our event page for the booksale.

Thank you for your support!


APIRG funding to support the library

Sara and I have successfully applied to APIRG on behalf of ABC Edmonton for a Books Behind Bars project in support of the library. We have received a grant of $670 to be used to buy books for the library and promote the project.

Now to buy some books! We will, of course, be looking to the wishlist, as well as a lists of recommendations from ABC contacts. Kirsten and I have discussed the possibility of buying some reference books.  There’s a bookclub meeting this weekend, so I’ll be able to talk to Cathee about what she thinks would be most useful.

APIRG is also interested in setting up a ‘satellite’ library at the prison. The idea is that they would lend books from their collection to the prison library for an extended period of time and those books would circulate in the prison. This is in discussion stages right now, but I will keep you updated!

Thanks to the Anarchist Black Cross!

On behalf of the GELA Prison Project, I’d like to extend a huge thank you to Anarchist Black Cross Edmonton for the spectacular donation of books!

Some of us met members of the ABC when we attended Vikki Law’s talk about women’s resistance in prisons. They were super eager to help out and came through with the great donation, which included novels from the wish-lists for the library, enough copies of Catcher in the Rye for a book club, and a whole bunch of kids’ books for the story book project.

Thank you so much!

FLIF: community service recognition – CONGRATULATIONS!!

Richard and Masha just passed along this exciting news that FLIF has been nominated  for the
UofA Senate’s Beyond these Halls community service recognition program. Congratulations to FLIF members past and present!!!

Here is their message to me to be passed along to all of you:

FLIF is pleased to inform you that our student group has been
nominated for the University of Alberta Senate’s Beyond These Halls
community service recognition program

This Senate distinction recognizes the community service efforts of
all groups and individuals that are nominated, but they also select
certain individuals/groups to acknowledge at a celebration event. We
have recently been informed that the Senate has selected FLIF as one
of the groups to be specifically recognized at this ceremony.

Masha and I plan to attend as FLIF representatives, but the organizers
have told us that any and all group members, supporters, and guests
may join the festivities. Any FLIF committee members and anyone from
the School or community wanting to attend are welcome.

The celebration event is:
Wednesday, March 25th
Timms Centre for the Arts
The Senate office has requested RSVPs to senate.office@ualberta.ca.

Masha and I want everyone to know that it is the commitment of our
members and FLIF supporters that make us a strong student group, one
able to give back to our community. It is nice to have the efforts of
*past and present* FLIF committee members and efforts recognized in
this fashion, and our thanks go out to everyone for their
encouragement. Finally, we feel that the partnerships we’ve forged
with the CLA Student Chapter and the members of GELA’s advocacy and
outreach subcommittees have created unique opportunities for FLIF.  We
hope that these groups and their members will share this distinction
with us, as their excellent contributions make us the group we are

Thank you, and maybe we’ll see you on Wednesday,
Masha and Richard
FLIF Co-chairs, 2008/09

The Bang You Feel

bangyoufeelI just received some tickets for the documentary premiere of “The Bang You Feel” – presented by the National Day of Healing and Reconciliation and Bearpaw Media Productions (a division of Native Counselling Services of Alberta.)

The movie follows three women who leave the Edmonton Institution for Women and reintegrate (or not) back into society.  From the movie:

“You just get this pressure in your chest.  You’re out and it’s like, BANG!! Who out here is for me? Who out here is against me? Can I make it? Will I make it? That’s the bang you feel.”

Thursday, March 12, 2009 at the Royal Alberta Museum (12845-102 Ave)
6:00 pm Community Agency Displays, Food and refreshments
7:15 pm Program – hosted by NDHR
7:30 pm Docuemtnary Premiere
8:15 pm Question and Answer Session

Let me know if you’d like tickets – I have a limited supply!