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NameLiberation Literacy @ Reed

Liberation Literacy is committed to building social justice literacy in prisons in order to re-imagine and re-articulate the relationship between incarceration, our community and ourselves. We participate in a weekly reading group at CRCI and will be having a Reed carpool network to the meetings.

From the website: How we started:

One of the many racist legacies of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 was its elimination of Pell Grants for prisoners, which dismantled prison education programs. As a means of providing a space where the appalling history of American racial capitalism could be discussed, Liberation Literacy began as a Black History Study Group with inside students at Columbia River Correctional Institution (CRCI) in Portland, Oregon. We then established a donation-based Freedom Library with books about social justice and the African diaspora. In Fall 2016, at the suggestion of longtime participant Joshua Wright we initiated our first community reading group at CRCI which meets weekly and is comprised of around thirty inside/outside students. With the help of the community and particularly students at Catlin Gabel High School, the library is now home to nearly 500 books, which are checked out weekly to our reading group and may also be requested on an individual basis by other prisoners at the institution.

Our Vision:

We are students of revolutionary politics that have long been forgotten - the Toussaint L'Ouvertures, the Harriet Tubmans, the Assata Shakurs, and the Malcolm X’s, who all recognized the systemic injustice in our country and saw themselves as active agents in fighting for change. We believe Portland and the rest of America is in dire need of becoming more relational, building radical community and pursuing deep healing and repentance. We believe that we, and everyone reading this, can and should join this legacy of humanity and justice.

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