Every third Sunday from May 2018 until April 2020
Asheville Prison Books (APB) is a volunteer-run collective which has distributed free reading material to people incarcerated in North and South Carolina since 1999.
APB's monthly (3rd Sundays of the month) volunteer orientation is an opportunity for new folks to learn who we are, what we do, and how to plug in! They will go over some info about the project, find out how YOU want to get involved, and package up some books to send out!
APB has a variety of roles and needs for volunteers, including:
- filling book requests
- wrapping and addressing packages
- donation pick-ups
- social media
Asheville Prison Books is a prison abolitionist project. They send books to folks who are locked up because it is one of the best ways to show solidarity with them. As a project rooted in anti-authoritarian politics, APB views prison as a tool the State uses to uphold an unjust social and economic order based in large part on white supremacy. When dealing with a system that thrives on dehumanization and isolation, finding ways to connect with and meet the every day needs of incarcerated people is a crucial part of challenging the legitimacy of this repressive institution.