Thursday, July 19, 2012

Prison Call

Please share and spread widely.

In early 2012, we at the Anti-Racism Movement decided to make a team of volunteers dedicated to improving the living conditions of the prisoners in Ebbe prison. In this women's prison, which is located in Tripoli, there are over 130 women, most of whom are migrant workers. Since they are migrant workers, most of them do not have anyone outside the prison to follow up on their case, visit them, or bring them supplies. Most of them have very unresponsive embassies, and many have no embassies at all, and therefore no access to any sort of assistance or representation.

Therefore, we created a team of volunteers to collect the items needed by the women and deliver them to the prison on a regular basis. At first, only small personal donations were collected from the volunteers themselves, and taken to the women. But seeing as this is long-term effort to respond to long-term needs, we have decided to cast a wider net and begin collecting items (or funds for us to purchase these items) from anyone who is willing to support this cause!

Below is a list of items needed by the women. Below these lists, you will find all the information you need in order to donate.

Items needed by the women on a regular basis: 
Shampoo/ Sanitary products
Towels
T-shirts and Underwear
Rice/ Pasta
Unrefrigerated cheese (picon, smeds)
Coffee/ Tea
Candy for children (and other things that can be taken with them once they leave prison and go straight to their home countries - going home empty-handed is sometimes extremely difficult and painful for many of the women)
Small “carry-on” bags, which they can fill with their possessions and papers once they travel back to their home countries (the women usually leave the prisons with their belongings in garbage bags, as they do not have any luggage bags with them)
Magazines, games...
Anything a woman in prison might need

How to donate:
If you would like to donate any of the above items, there are several ways to do it - choose the one that is best for you!

- call ARM on 71 486601
- email antiracismlb@gmail.com
- pass by Nasawiya space in Mar Mikhayel to drop off your donations anytime between 11 am and 9 pm, weekdays. Call for weekends on 01 565442.
- pass by the Migrant Community Center in Nabaa to drop your donations anytime between 11 am and 9 pm on weekends. Call Priya beforehand on 76740871

We collect the donations and deliver them to the prison every 2 weeks.

Please circulate this widely! We need all the help we can get.

** This is not a one-time call for donations, but a continuous and on-going effort!**

There are so many women staying in this prison for a long time, and they will be needing these items on a regular basis!

Thank you,

The Anti-Racism Movement

For more information about the Anti-Racism Movement:
Blog: http://antiracismmovement..com/
Facebook page: Anti-Racism Movement
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at: antiracismlb@gmail.com

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