As many City Books TikTok followers know, Richard is an incarcerated person at a Pennsylvania maximum security prison who occasionally orders books and journals from our shop. Along with 15 other people, he recently ended a 3-week hunger strike that was seeking to limit the use of solitary confinement, access to programming that is required for parole eligibility, access to commissary items, and additional family visits, among other things.
In retaliation for speaking out during the hunger strike, participants were required to pay for unsolicited nurse visits.
(Earlier this year, City Books held a donation drive to help Richard replace some law books he uses to help others in the prison navigate the legal system. Those books were lost in a flood on his unit floor. Those titles included a two-volume set on Federal habeas corpus practice, and two books on the Pennsylvania rules of court.)
In the wake of recent events, I am reposting this donation page for those who have asked how they could help Richard.
Your contribution will be considered the sale of a book and is subject to Stripe processing fees & sales tax on our end–so only about $.85 on the dollar will go to the books. This is the best way for City Books to manage the donations on our balance sheet. We cannot accept Venmo contributions for these “sales.”
Donations are not tax-deductible.
City Books will remove this webpage when we feel that Richard has regained his health–a few weeks, perhaps longer–but we will post regular updates as they become available.