Welcome back to studying, organizing, and working toward a just future!

Dear Humanities Behind Bars members and supporters,

Welcome back! We hope that everyone had a relaxing and rejuvenating summer and is ready to dive back in to a semester full of collaborative community organizing! As the nationwide prison strike formally ends on Sunday, the 9th, commemorating the historic date of the Attica Prison Uprising in 1971, we wanted to share our solidarity statement with the ongoing resistance led by incarcerated comrades:

Humanities Behind Bars Solidarity Statement with the National Prison Strike:

Humanities Behind Bars is a prison education program committed to abolitionist praxis and building solidarity across walls. We support the 10 demands of the nationwide prison strike as harm-reducing steps in the struggle for abolition. Following the seventh demand, we believe that all people should have access to education for transformation of—not assimilation into—the burning house that is our carceral society. Ultimately, we seek to honor and amplify the voices of incarcerated comrades fighting for freedom, and follow their lead in working for a world that replaces systems of criminalization and control with deep forms of communal care.

Read the full list of demands here
Of course, the struggle continues after the strike ends! The Tidewater IWW and the Tidewater DSA are hosting a community forum on September 13th at 7:00 PM at 108 E 28th St to discuss the strike, its background, and its impact. Come support our comrades as we join together in solidarity with incarcerated folks in the struggle! Invite your friends and see you there! #PrisonStrike2018 #August21  

Check out our HBB SoundCloud, curated by HBB Music Director Kole Matheson, for the latest tracks to add to your prison strike playlist! We love this song. #AbolitionRocks

Also, check out the First Official Prison Strike Newsletter. #CareNotCages
HBB Pen-Pal Program
Our fall pen-pal hours are set for the second (at ODU) and last (at The Muse Writers Center) Thursday of the month, September through November. Please stay tuned for a confirmation of room number, but letter-writing hours will be held at Old Dominion University from 7:10 - 9:00 PM on: October 11th and November 8th. We have reserved the space at the Muse from 7:00 - 9:00 PM on: September 27th, October 25th, and November 29th!

If you are interested in corresponding with a pen-pal but are not able to make it out to any of the sessions, or are out of state, please contact Danielle at to request a pen-pal.
Meet & Greet/Social at Hank's on Thurs. 9/20 at 7 PM
To celebrate a new semester, we are planning to meet on Thursday, September 20th from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at Hank’s Filling Station (4301 Colley Ave) to catch up and share our excitement for some upcoming plans (hint: expanding our prison education program to a new site, building a reentry working group, and more!). Also, come learn about opportunities to volunteer with HBB at Norfolk City Jail as they are looking for additional tutors for the GED program as well as psychology and sociology teachers!

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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