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Non-profit, volunteer-powered and collectively run bookstore and community space that opened in February of 2002. Boxcar exists to promote reading, self-education, social equality, and social welfare through increased accessibility to literature and workshops- and the promotion of a community to support these projects. We are also home to the Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project, a non-profit group that sends free books to incarcerated folks throughout the United States to promote self-education and and aid in the rehabilitation process.

Located at 408 E. 6th St., Bloomington, IN 47408

boxcarbooks.org | boxcar@boxcarbooks.org


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New Dr. Seuss book, Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories, is in!

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In other news, check out this interesting article I came across about a couple of my favorite children’s books by Maurice Sendak. 

http://www.brainpickings.org/2014/09/09/maurice-sendak-we-are-all-in-the-dumps-with-jack-and-guy/

— 6 days ago with 2 notes

An editor of the journal Baedan (journal of queer nihilism/queer journal of heresy) will be speaking at Boxcar, presenting a critique of identity and some of its false critics, coming from an anti-civilizational, queer perspective. Much of the talk relates to the essay “Against the Gendered Nightmare,” found in Baedan #2, which posits that gender is not a product of domestication, but is itself a process of domestication. The essay goes on to critique other attempts at gender analysis, taking to task anarcho-primitivism, Marxist/materialist feminism, and communization theory. This offers a gesture away from essentialist identity politics and toward a more total critique of gender as a central apparatus which holds together the civilized order.

An editor of the journal Baedan (journal of queer nihilism/queer journal
of heresy) will be speaking at Boxcar, presenting a critique of identity
and some of its false critics, coming from an anti-civilizational, queer
perspective.

Much of the talk relates to the essay “Against the Gendered Nightmare,”
found in Baedan #2, which posits that gender is not a product of
domestication, but is itself a process of domestication. The essay goes
on to critique other attempts at gender analysis, taking to task
anarcho-primitivism, Marxist/materialist feminism, and communization
theory. This offers a gesture away from essentialist identity politics
and toward a more total critique of gender as a central apparatus which
holds together the civilized order.

— 1 week ago

#baedan  #beadan journal  #queer  #nihilism  #heresy  #anti-civ  #against the gendered nightmare  #boxcar books  #bloomington  #indiana 

From Rififi:

Printable flyer: Against Racism in Indiana’s Prisons

Calling all prison reform and prisoner justice activists in Indiana!

Join us in *downtown Indianapolis on September the 8th at 11am-1pm* to protest the Indiana Department of Corrections new policy of mail censorship and outright refusal of black empowerment/black liberation materials and their continued harassment of long time politically active black prisoners. These people have put their lives on the line for decades fighting for justice and humanity behind the prison walls; we must do what we can to support them and let the IDOC know that they can’t act with impunity. We are watching their every move!

Meet downtown in Indianapolis in front of the IDOC headquarters at 302 W Washington St. We’ll have banners and signs, but feel free to bring your own and/or bring noise makers. If you’re in need of a ride from Bloomington, email indianaprisonersolidarity@gmail.com to get in touch with drivers. See you there!

RACISM IN INDIANA’S PRISONS MUST BE STOPPED

The Indiana Department of Corrections is taking cruel and racist actions in a number of their prisons.

A New Afrikan prisoner was recently transferred from New Castle (because of their intolerance of his political organizing) to Pendleton, where Internal Affairs are seeking revenge on him for past political organizing. He is being threatened with state court for alleged weapons possession, while many members of the Aryan Brotherhood have recently been caught with upwards of 5 knives each and been only lightly penalized by comparison.

Another prisoner at New Castle dared to organize against the for-profit prison’s lack of transitional programming and transfer-to-population opportunities. For this, he was transferred back to the Secure Housing Unit, where he’s now indefinitely locked up in solitary confinement.

These men are clearly being targeted and excessively punished by a chauvinist administration which allows racist groups to form and thrive within their walls while snuffing out any and all sparks of radical organizing.

New Castle’s mailroom is another venue for racism and subjugation; it’s standard procedure for them to throw away or deny prisoners access to anything of an explicitly political/revolutionary nature, as well as anything related to black liberation and/or black empowerment. This blatantly racist repression will not be tolerated!

Additionally, Pendleton recently implemented a ludicrous new policy regarding the books prisoners are allowed to receive: they’re currently accepting publications from only three bookstores, two of which are religious (one Christian, one Islamic). This is obviously a move to stifle political action, as radical reading materials are invaluable in fostering connections between prisoners and enabling political organizing in an isolating environment.

Monday, September 8th, join us in protest: call in to the DOC office to demand that they abolish the stifling of radical politics/black empowerment through mailroom censorship, and allow inmates to receive books from any publisher they choose.

Call-in numbers:

DOC central office:  #(317) 233-6984

Pendleton mailroom supervisor: #(765) 778-2107 extn.1264

— 1 week ago with 3 notes

#indiana prisoner support  #prisoner solidarity  #fight racism  #fight prisons  #fight repression  #fuck the police  #protest  #pendlecton correctional facility  #indiana department of corrections  #idoc  #bloomington  #indiana 
Women’s Studies and Feminism
Dear feminists (and those who should be),
Come pickup a copy of Color Stories by Mary Lisa Gavenas! It’s an excellent look into the superfluous fascism that is America’s beauty industry.
Other featured Recs. include A Room of One’s Own, essays by one of my favorite ladies of literature - Virginia Woolf, The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan, and The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvior.

Women’s Studies and Feminism

Dear feminists (and those who should be),

Come pickup a copy of Color Stories by Mary Lisa Gavenas! It’s an excellent look into the superfluous fascism that is America’s beauty industry.

Other featured Recs. include A Room of One’s Own, essays by one of my favorite ladies of literature - Virginia Woolf, The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan, and The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvior.

— 2 weeks ago with 5 notes

New Children’s Books display at Boxcar!
Awesome titles - including Cats of Copenhagen by James Joyce, and Chicken Soup With Rice by Maurice Sendak !

New Children’s Books display at Boxcar!

Awesome titles - including Cats of Copenhagen by James Joyce, and Chicken Soup With Rice by Maurice Sendak !

— 2 weeks ago with 2 notes

Postcards & stickers featuring animals on bicycles drawn by one-time local artist, Laura Grover benefit the Bloomington Community Bike Project, a volunteer-run, cooperatively operated free repair workspace & bike recyclery.  100% of each $1 sticker or postcard sale will help sustain the bike project’s efforts to promote sustainable transportation, bike education, & access.  

At the Bloomington Community Bike Project there is loads to do. We can help you fix your bike, we can sell you one of our refurbished beauties, or you can volunteer 3 hours of labor and then build your own bike FOR FREE!

Or, you are welcome to work on your own bike with our specialty tools. We also sell parts at discounted rates!!

Open hours at 7th & Madison:

  • Mondays 6-9pm
  • Wednesdays 6-9pm
  • Saturdays 12-3pm

Open hours at Grimes & Patterson (on the B-line trail):

  • Sundays 3-6pm
— 2 weeks ago with 1 note

#bloomington community bike project  #bike project  #bike cooperative  #build-a-bike  #laura grover  #bloomington  #indiana 
MIDWEST PAGES TO PRISONERS GRAND RE-OPENING & OPEN HOUSE! FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 12th, 6-10PM!Tour the facility and see the services MWPP offers
Meet volunteers and staff
- refreshments provided- live special request book drive- Information on volunteering- Prison data Jeopardy
Tables for Indiana Queer Prisoner Solidarity and Boxcar Books on site
The Midwest Pages to Prisoners project has settled back in with long-time partner Boxcar Books and Community Center.  To celebrate the move and parade the new setup, an open house has been called for Friday September 12 from 6-10pm.  This will be a great time to stroll through, get a feel for the space, and see what services Pages offers to prisoners and their friends & families.  Volunteers and staff will be on hand to answer any questions and connect with those who want to help out the project and use the space.  Prison Data Jeopardy and a live special request drive, as well as other groups’ info tables, will be on display throughout the night. Refreshments will be provided.
Since 1995, The Midwest Pages to Prisoners (MWPP) project has sent over 100,000 packages of books at no charge to prisoners in several states. The project promotes critical thinking, self-development, recreation, and communication across prison walls.  Three programs specific to Indiana prisoners, Indiana Queer Prisoner Solidarity, The Indiana Prisoner Writing Project, and The MWPP Zine Distro, also operate out of the MWPP space in Boxcar.

MIDWEST PAGES TO PRISONERS GRAND RE-OPENING & OPEN HOUSE! FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 12th, 6-10PM!

Tour the facility and see the services MWPP offers

Meet volunteers and staff

- refreshments provided
- live special request book drive
- Information on volunteering
- Prison data Jeopardy

Tables for Indiana Queer Prisoner Solidarity and Boxcar Books on site

The Midwest Pages to Prisoners project has settled back in with long-time partner Boxcar Books and Community Center.  To celebrate the move and parade the new setup, an open house has been called for Friday September 12 from 6-10pm.  This will be a great time to stroll through, get a feel for the space, and see what services Pages offers to prisoners and their friends & families.  Volunteers and staff will be on hand to answer any questions and connect with those who want to help out the project and use the space.  Prison Data Jeopardy and a live special request drive, as well as other groups’ info tables, will be on display throughout the night. Refreshments will be provided.

Since 1995, The Midwest Pages to Prisoners (MWPP) project has sent over 100,000 packages of books at no charge to prisoners in several states. The project promotes critical thinking, self-development, recreation, and communication across prison walls.  Three programs specific to Indiana prisoners, Indiana Queer Prisoner Solidarity, The Indiana Prisoner Writing Project, and The MWPP Zine Distro, also operate out of the MWPP space in Boxcar.

— 2 weeks ago with 5 notes

#midwest pages to prisoners  #mwpp  #boxcar books 

Hoax Zine issues 6-9 are now restocked at Boxcar Books!  Issue 10 is anticipated in October.

Hoax is a US bi-annual queer feminist compilation zine that aims to create a space to analyze the feminisms of our everyday lives. People of all lived experiences are encouraged to submit! Contributors do not have to identify with a particular gender and/or as feminists in order to submit work to Hoax. We ask that all potential collaborators, regardless of political and/or personal self-identities, actively agree to Hoax’s Core Values and Shared Goals before working on the project.

— 3 weeks ago with 4 notes

#hoax zine  #queer zine  #feminist zine  #boxcar books  #bloomington  #indiana 
The newest issue of the Prison Action News (PAN) newsletter on prisoner resistance has been released.   PAN is a biannual newsletter that features writings and news bulletins written by prisoners along with prisoner artwork.
The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project is mailing copies of the newsletter to prisoners who have subscribed in the Midwest.  If you’d like to sponsor or help cover the cost of postage to mail these out, please be in touch:
mwpp@pagestoprisoners.org
 Internet viewing edition.
Print edition.  Please print & distribute widely.

The newest issue of the Prison Action News (PAN) newsletter on prisoner resistance has been released.   PAN is a biannual newsletter that features writings and news bulletins written by prisoners along with prisoner artwork.

The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project is mailing copies of the newsletter to prisoners who have subscribed in the Midwest.  If you’d like to sponsor or help cover the cost of postage to mail these out, please be in touch:

mwpp@pagestoprisoners.org

Internet viewing edition.

Print edition.  Please print & distribute widely.

— 3 weeks ago with 1 note

#Prison Action News  #prisoner resistance  #prison rebels  #prisoner news  #prison resistance  #news from the inside