Evanston Combat for Black Lives Collects Books for Cook County Jail


“Good Days” by SZA performed through a speaker on the cement of the picnic shelter at Larimer Park as Evanston Combat for Black Lives gathered books for incarcerated people at their “Tie-Dye and Ebook Drive” function on Sunday afternoon, June 20.

Associates Julia Shoaf, Nia Williams, and Lauren Davis led the party at Larimer Park, in which organizers established up places for donors to tie-dye shirts, go through the latest issues of Womanly Journal, and listen to a combine of R&B and pop music while they waited for Evanstonians to drop off additional than 300 books.

The publications will be donated to a co-ed facility at the Cook County jail in Chicago. From typical donations to their open-collective fund, EFBL was ready to purchase 53 guides from the Semicolon Bookstore on subject areas ranging from Spanish to social justice.

“People who are incarcerated are not typically thought of when it comes to current events,” she claimed when describing the need for books. “It is challenging to modify when they get out of jail, and we are sending them points they require or will require. There is an abundance of expertise out there, and individuals who are incarcerated do not are worthy of to be remaining out of it.”

Even though EFBL has been chaotic with weekly block events, fundraisers and marches, Williams feels that the Evanston community need to carry on to engage in the fight for Black Lives locally. “People will need to continue to be included it simply cannot be on us to preserve every person involved in the battle,” she stated.

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