Send a Newsletter to Incarcerated Citizens

A year ago, I named a P.O. Box the "Louisiana Network for Criminal Justice Transformation." By April, a handful of supporters had caught the vision and, together with a jailhouse lawyer inside Angola, we began to organize our ideas and our dreams to provide case management services for incarcerated citizens in Louisiana. Friday, we mailed out our first newsletter, "The Inside/Outside Scoop," to 164 men inside the walls and about 50 of their loved ones outside.

This week, we will email a pdf of the newsletter to the media and to organizations and individuals who support the principle of prison abolition on one level or another. We are now reaching out to the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women of Louisiana and, quite frankly, the LA-NCJT is building at such a pace, we're barely able to keep up with it.

We're simultaneously working on a website, a closed Facebook chat room, a closed sub-reddit marketplace, and a Twitter account to serve, support, and inspire the families and friends of those inside the walls in Louisiana. We're putting together an Advisory Board (inside and outside). And we're discussing how it might be useful to formally organize so we could generate funds to better deliver our services, but in the meantime, we need to pay for this first newsletter mail-out to put ourselves more clearly on the map. 

Three hundred fifty newsletters printed in color on 24-lb paper, folded in thirds and held with clear plastic tabs in preparation for mailing, with postage for the first 234, came to a total cost of $590. Now we have to cover the bill.

I've already given my notice that I'm leaving my full-time gig teaching at a University next summer so I can dedicate myself completely to this work. I'm all in, but I can't do this alone. We're going to try not to need to do crowdfunding again. But for now, the folks inside are counting on us, so if you can help, they -- and we -- would appreciate it much.


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Rebecca Hensley 
Hammond, LA
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