Archive for May, 2012

New BTP website goes live

Written on May 23, 2012 at 6:37 pm, by btpanne

BTP’s sleek, newly designed website—the site you are looking at!—went live May 22, 2012, with a small launch party to celebrate. Created by web designer Gabriel Marihugh and Roz Foster of Glo-Pilot, the site was funded by a grant from the Riverstyx Foundation. The blog format is a new feature for us, and our goal…

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Prisoners Who Inspire Us: Nelson Mandela

Written on May 22, 2012 at 10:53 pm, by btpkris

Nelson Mandela was born July 18, 1918, in South Africa. He became an anti-apartheid activist initially committed to nonviolence following the example of Mahatma Gandhi. After repeated and severe violent reaction from the South African regime, he became a leader of the armed wing of the African National Congress as a last resort. In 1956 Mandela was arrested for treason; during his trial, in a speech to the ANC in 1961, Mandela said:

Nelson Mandela, 1961 (

“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to the struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

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BTP wins okay to send used books to Washington women’s prison

Written on May 21, 2012 at 6:10 pm, by btpanne

BTP is working hard to get used books into WA prisons. In 2009 the Olympia BTP branch talked with the head of the state Department of Corrections, and persuaded him to allow us to send used books into low security prisons in WA. In 2010 we were allowed to send used books into the minimum-maximum…

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BTP at Global Health Conference

Written on May 19, 2012 at 11:09 pm, by btpanne

On April 29, 2012, Books to Prisoners generated a lot of interest among public health academics and policymakers when it hosted a table all day at the Western Regional International Health Conference at the University of Washington.

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U.S. Prison System

Written on May 11, 2012 at 9:21 pm, by btpkai

Today there are more than 2.2 million U.S. prisoners—nearly 25% of all the prisoners in the entire world. But privatization of prisons and shrinking state budgets have whittled prisoner access to books.

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