#ImmigrationBookDrive: Wish List for the Immigration Detainees at the Yuba County Jail

Hi everyone,

Credit: http://www.uuss.org/immigrantjustice/faithfulfriends/

This is a follow up from last week’s post. I thank everyone who reached out with suggestions of books to add to the list (we’re limited the amount we can deliver at this time), and who already donated books. If you haven’t heard from me, it’s because I haven’t been to my mailbox yet. I was, however, notified of each package’s arrival, and I will make sure to confirm that I received your donation.

Susan Lange from Faithful Friends  and I just finalized an Amazon wish list based in big part on the requests we received, and from the suggestions that you offered.

Faithful Friends is a grassroots visitation groups for people who are in immigration detention at the Yuba county jail. 

A Wish List has been set up on Amazon under “Book Drive for Immigration Detainees at the Yuba County Jail”.  You can access the list directly though this link: www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2PANTPUVST9UY 
Please use the Shipping Address “Multiculturalism Rocks!” This is the address where the books will be collected, packed and brought to the jail. We hope you will consider donating a book or two!

If you wouldn’t mind, please share this post. We’re hoping to deliver the books ourselves before the holidays. A few will be mailed, so that they receive as many as we’re allowed to give.

Thank you again.

PS: For full disclosure, and here I’m wearing my pop-up bookstore hat, except for the joy of sharing books with avid readers in dire needs, I’m not benefitting in any way from this book drive.

If you would like to be involved in your state (visit immigrant detainees or otherwise advocate for their freedom), and help end immigration detention, please see below for a list of resources:

Freedom Network

Detention Watch Network

International Detention Coalition

Note: This post was originally published on Medium.

Book Drive for Immigration Detainees at the Yuba County Jail

Hi everyone, I hope that you’re well. This is a copy of a message I posted on my Facebook page:

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I’m helping Faithful Friends, a grassroots group, set up a book drive for the immigrants at the Yuba City County Jail. We’re making a list of 50 books (the limit we were given) and are looking for titles both in English and Spanish, some in Mandarin. Any thoughts? All titles need to be available in paperback.

Requests include all genres: mystery, thrillers, Latin American Folk Stories, psychology (more specifically something on facial gestures), horror/terror, romance, vagueros..

Some of the authors and titles requested are Children of the Matrix (Spanish), Life And Times of Pancho, Ringside Seat to a Revolution by Daniel Romo, Maximum Ride Series by James Patterson, the Frankenstein Series, Solo Para Hombres, books by Stephen King, Bernard Cromwell, R.A. Salvatore, John Grisham, etc. Thank you. Young adult titles welcome, too. Please share if you wouldn’t mind.

One of the most pressing needs of people who are in immigration detention is the need for simply “something to do”. Immigration detainees do not have access to programs designed to rehabilitate those serving sentences. In theory, immigration detainees aren’t in detention long enough to justify the expense of providing programs. However, the reality of an overburdened immigration court system means that many languish in detention for months and even years. Books are absolutely vital as an escape from the realities of immigration detention.

PS: Early book donations can be sent to MultiCulturalism Rocks!, 140 B Street, Suite 5 #237, DAVIS CA 95616. Thanks again.