Revolution #110, November 25, 2007
We received this from Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund.
The Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund (PRLF)
This Holiday Season Contribute to PRLF
“Revolution newspaper is a vital resource that needs to be in the hands of many, many prisoners”
Prisoner, Oregon State Penitentiary
Currently hundreds of prisoners write inspiring letters to the Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund requesting subscriptions to Revolution newspaper. As the numbers of men and women being incarcerated in the U.S. skyrockets, Revolution newspaper can be a lifeline. It connects them to events in the world. It enables them to understand and interact with the critical issues of our time. And it engages them about what a future society could be. Every week, as 700 subscriptions go into the prisons, 10 to 15 new requests arrive in the PRLF mailbox. Funds are urgently needed to fill these requests and to expand PRLF’s outreach among Spanish-speaking and women prisoners.
As the PRLF mission statement states:
“The Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund (PRLF) is an educational literature fund that fills requests from U.S. prisoners for revolutionary literature.
“The main requests received by PRLF from those behind bars are for complimentary subscriptions in Spanish and English to the weekly newspaper Revolution and for revolutionary and other books, including ones highlighted in Revolution newspaper. Through providing this literature PRLF provides an educational opportunity for prisoners to engage with world events and key political, cultural, and philosophical questions of the day from a unique revolutionary perspective, including discussions of morality, religion, science, and the arts. Every week prisoners can delve into the urgent and lively news and debate about unfolding political and social struggles, and can critically think about and dissect the current state of society as well as search for an alternative. PRLF works to counter increasing censorship that seeks to deny prisoners access to Revolution newspaper and the other revolutionary literature requested.”
START A NEW HOLIDAY TRADITION: BUY A REVOLUTION SUBSCRIPTION FOR ONE OR MORE PRISONERS AND RENEW THE SUBSCRIPTIONS EACH YEAR AT THIS TIME. Donate a gift subscription in the name of friends or family members. GIVE GENEROUSLY TO FILL THE GROWING REQUESTS FOR THE NEWSPAPER AND BOOKS, AS WELL AS TO FIGHT CENSORSHIP IN THE PRISONS. Contributions to Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund can be made through its fiscal sponsor, the International Humanities Center, which enables PRLF to accept tax-deductible contributions from individuals and foundations.
What Prisoners Are Saying About Revolution Newspaper
“I’ve been receiving Revolution free for over five years. Every year I tell myself, ‘Maybe this is the year they’ll need to commit their limited resources elsewhere in the struggle,’ and I definitely can’t be mad at that! The foundation has been laid. Nothing else to do but build on it and contribute where/when I can! Yet, to this day I continue to receive Revolution each week. But let me tell you! Many benefit from this one paper I receive, a testament to its importance behind enemy lines! It gets circulated and requested wherever I go—from the mainline to the Ad-Segs (Administrative Segregation) to the SHUs (Segregated Housing Units). Sometimes I don’t get it back for weeks and weeks, and it’s brown and tattered from having passed under so many cell doors and into so many anticipating hands. I love getting it returned all underlined and creased, with notes and ideas scribbled in the margins, sometimes not getting it returned at all! How wonderful! It’s so amazing to see furrowed brows and hear perplexed discussion and debate over the tier, as captives begin to call into question why things really are the way they are; how exactly we’ve been inculcated and indoctrinated by our oppressor to see the world and our place in it a certain way (the way they’d like, that keeps us oppressed and exploited!); how our captivity and the repressive measures of the bourgeois state apparatus is all a part of the workings of the system.”
Your donation can make a real difference NOW:
- $25 will honor a request for a one-year subscription to Revolution
- $125 will allow 5 prisoners to get a one-year subscription to Revolution
- $250 will fill 10 of the many requests for The Science of Evolution and the Myth of Creationism: Knowing What’s Real and Why it Matters by Ardea Skybreak.
- $5000 will allow PRLF to fulfill the entire backlog of 200 subscription requests.
Your contribution will support:
- $50,000 for 2000 Revolution newspaper subscriptions
- $5,500 for books
- $6,000 for expenses to fight censorship
- $13,500 for an office and part-time PRLF staff position
- $75,000 Total Budget for One Year
The Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund is in affiliation with International Humanities Center, a nonprofit public charity exempt from federal income tax under Section 501[c](3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund, a project of the International Humanities Center, are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Checks should be made payable to IHCenter/PRLF and mailed to:
International Humanities Center
P.O. Box 923
Malibu, CA 90265
Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund
1321 N. Milwaukee, #407
Chicago, IL 60622
You can also make a non-tax deductible donation by mailing a check or money order made out to: Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund to the PRLF address above.
You can reach PRLF at (773) 793-8637 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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