Solidarity, Not Charity: Creating Networks of Mutual Aid with Humanities Behind Bars

Dear Humanities Behind Bars members and supporters,

As we face daily reminders of the urgency of building networks of mutual aid to fight the constitutive violence of federal administrative and carceral regimes, we are excited to share some concrete ways to get involved with Humanities Behind Bars! Here are three upcoming events:

1) Please come through our next letter-writing session. We are meeting this Thursday, October 25th from 7-9pm at the Muse Writers Center.
You can continue correspondence or get set up with a pen-pal in our network! Please RSVP to our Facebook event here and invite your friends. The carceral state attempts to sever connections, so come build with us!

We will also be soliciting submissions for a social justice-oriented zine of critical and creative work curated by graduate students in Dr. Reed's Abolition Literature course. The more, the merrier! Light refreshments will be served. #AbolitionWriteNow

2) We are hosting a Teaching & Advocacy Team Meeting that we want to open to everyone interested in getting involved with Humanities Behind Bars! It will be held on Friday, November 2nd from 6-8pm
at the new downtown location of Café Stella on 116 Granby St, Norfolk, VA 23510.

3) We are also hosting letter-writing hours at ODU this semester, facilitated by HBB Student Justice Coordinator and ODU Student Club President Danielle Goldstein. Please come out on Thursday, November 8th from 7:10-9pm in Batten Arts & Letters 9002 at Old Dominion University. She is also planning an info meeting and "critical conversations" series, so stay tuned!

If you have any questions about the pen-pal program, or are interested in corresponding with a pen-pal but are not able to make it to any of the sessions, or are out of state, please contact Danielle:


Humanities Behind Bars is pleased to announce that we have updated the Resources tab on our webpage. We’ve included some wonderful tools from/for our comrades in struggle as we cultivate collective knowledge, including new readings and zines. All of our materials are free and open access!

Thanks to everyone who came to our social at Hank's! Check out some photos of the event

Also check out the latest track, "H Double B," on our SoundCloud! The music being produced on the inside by HBB artists and music director Kole Matheson, with new beats by Gene Michael Selah, is just beyond incredible.

We hope to see familiar faces and meet new folks at the upcoming meetings - everyone is welcome. Come scheme and dream with us!

Toward abolition,


Alison Reed, Program Director & Co-Founder
Casey Guditus, HBB Treasurer & IWOC Liason

Meghan Morris, Graduate Research Assistant
Danielle Goldstein, Student Justice Coordinator


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