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Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop



Free Minds member Damon picks up a care package with non-perishable food, hygiene supplies, and household essentials.

Since 2002, Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop has provided wraparound services in education and skill building to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated DC residents. In 2020 alone we have served over 1,000 youths and adults. And in this difficult year, we cannot overstate the profound and devastating impact that COVID-19 continues to have on our members' lives. 

For our incarcerated members--who are experiencing an unprecedented use of solitary confinement, in addition to unsanitary conditions where social distancing is impossible--we have expanded our support with remote sessions conducted via tablets at the DC Jail, and biweekly creative activity kits for our members incarcerated in DC and across the country to provide essential community connections, educational resources, and therapeutic outlets. 

Our members home from prison continue to persevere in the face of extreme financial barriers, like limited employment opportunities, reduced work shifts, and an ever-increasing digital divide. Our programs help our members apply for new jobs, access technology and training opportunities, file for unemployment, and navigate probation and court requirements. Members support each other as peer mentors, and write messages of hope for those on the inside.

Free Minds is a crucial lifeline for our members. We have increased our long-distance programming so that even during this pandemic, members retain a sense of community during a time of deep isolation, and have ramped up our decarceration and prison conditions advocacy. 

  • $25 will support our reentry programming and mutual aid, which covers critical needs like cell phone bills - a lifeline in 2020
  • $50 will cover five books for one member surviving solitary confinement at the DC Jail and federal prison
  • $100  will cover a "welcome home kit" of essentials (clothing, Metro card, hygiene supplies) for a Free Minds member recently released from prison
  • $600 will send over 600 creative writing and literacy kits to incarcerated individuals in federal prison

Your support will make a life-altering impact. We can’t do it without you.

Free Minds is providing masks and gloves for members like Avery so they can stay safe on the job.


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