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Mercy in Prison Isn’t Truly Just

“There is a strength, a power even, in understanding brokenness, because embracing our brokenness creates a need and desire for mercy, and perhaps a corresponding need to show mercy. When you experience mercy, you learn things that are hard to learn otherwise. You see things you can’t otherwise see; you hear things you can’t otherwise hear. You begin to recognize the humanity that resides in each of us.” – Goodreads

 

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One of the most powerful books, Just Mercy, reached theaters on Christmas Day. While we find ourselves diving deep into the prison systems, those incarcerated are unable to share the same thrills. Among many other books, Just Mercy has been banned from some prisons as books, like this one can be, under the arbitrary rules that exclude books on civil rights.

 

 

Just Mercytells the story of Walter McMillian, who was released from Alabama’s death row in 1993 after serving six years for a murder he did not commit.” Due to the content of the book, Just Mercy is a threat to security, as many that are incarcerated can involve an uproar. This is why courts have approved to keep books that pose any threat out of prison walls. Prison systems, usually, ban books that are written by black authors, like that of James Baldwin, Malcolm X, Alex Haley, Toni Morrison, and Michelle Alexander.

 

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America’s jails and prisons are prone to censor any vital information that is related to any civil or human rights. This may come as no surprise, but “the banned books lists in many states – including Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Ohio, South Carolina, and Washington – do not include reasons for barring each title.”  Kansas and North Carolina were among the state prison systems that banned Just Mercy, but lifted the ban after objections were made.

 

 

Many of the prison systems have been criticized for the lack of rehabilitation to prepare them for the real world. They have become so focused on censoring everything from the outside, that they forget about providing them with tools on how to live outside of the prison walls.

 

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Douglass Library’s New Book Club

After a year of closure and $2.15 million in renovations, North Lawndale’s local library has reopened.

The Douglass Branch Library, famously named after Frederick Douglass, used to welcome in readers from the neighborhood with pride. But in 2017, the community noticed that the library was beginning to fall apart. Community members pushed for its redesign after the library suffered a safety issue due to its ongoing deterioration.

 

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There was a lot to be done in order to make sure the space was usable “for people to come together to collaborate, work on homework, read, learn and access digital technology.” The former Mayer Rahm Emanuel approved renovations to begin in July 2018 with a promise of a play space for children, media productions for teens, brand new basement auditorium, updated technology and repairs to the deterioration.

 

 

Along with its new renovations, the Douglass Branch Library has created the very first book club that focuses on the uplifting of black culture through Afrocentric science fiction. Afrocentric science fiction had served as a way to invite black readers to see their cultures and traditions shifted into the predominantly white narratives of sci-fi.

 

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The book club intends to showcase black literature from the library’s African American heritage section. How Long ‘til Black Future Month? is at the top of the book club’s reading list, with its author N.K. Jemisin as the first black author to win the Hugo Award for Best Novel since 2016. “The book is a collection of short stories on parasitic alien invasions, hoodoo (folk magic) in the Civil Rights era and 20 other worlds built around technology, science and fantasy injected into black histories and futures.”

The first book club meeting is Jan. 29th at the Lagunitas Taproom so that the club members can meet and unwind with food and drinks.

 

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5 Memes About Reading Books to Make You Laugh

One of my favorite things about sharing a common love of reading with other individuals is the community that arises around various stories and genres. It’s just nice having someone who can get why a story left you curled up in emotional agony because it’s entirely possible that this person had a similar reaction. We might talk about it in person, or we might have a heated argument on a forum. Regardless though, there are multiple ways to express this love for books and stories.

And one way that people share this love is through memes.

Oh yeah. Here are five memes about books and reading to make you laugh.

 

 

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If a book can make you feel strong emotions, then it’s doing a good job. If I am sitting on the floor, crying because nothing is going right for the main character in a story, then the book is doing a good job. If I absolutely despise the antagonist, then the book is doing a good job. If the story keeps me riveted and emotionally invested in a fictional character’s life, then…you get the idea.

 

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This is basically what it looked like every time I ordered my textbooks online. There was that one time I ordered an encyclopedia that was so thick, the mail carrier came to my door, gave the package to my roommate, and then said, “I swear, I didn’t open this. The book was so big the package wouldn’t stay shut.”

 

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Part of me loves reading books where I care about the characters and their plights. The other part of me fears it because I know how quickly things can go wrong in stories and that eventually, the tale will end. Don’t get me wrong: stories need to end at some point. Be that after the first book or the fourteenth, I genuinely think that a story needs to conclude. That doesn’t make it easy though, and I most certainly will go through a period of mourning.

 

 

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Even though I try to invest my full energy into books, sometimes this happens. It’s even worse when I realize that it hasn’t just been one page… it has been twenty.

 

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When I’m interrupted while reading, I’m interrupted frequently. It once took me fifteen minutes to finish two pages because I was interrupted four times.

 

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The Power of Words: National Compliment Day

It’s that time again! Today is National Compliment Day when you get to compliment the most important people in your life. But when did it all start? What are the rules? Well, I’m glad you asked.

 

History Behind the Compliments

 

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Kathy Chamberlin and Debby Hoffman became the unofficial creators of this national holiday on January 24th, 1998. What Chamberlin and Hoffman hoped to accomplish is to encourage people to inform others in our lives how much we appreciate them.

 

 

Giving compliments makes the other person feel special and will allow you to be happy by boosting your self-esteem and gain a new set of friends. “Research has shown that people tend to gravitate towards other positive people in both personal and professional settings”, according to website Time and Date. You never know if you could be the difference in someone’s day, so why not compliment them on National Compliment Day.

 

Rules to Complimenting

 

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Don’t be stingy with your compliments, give everyone an opportunity to feel appreciated. In order to give the best compliments, it is always best to find something that you admire about the person you want to compliment. It’s all about putting a smile on a face and uplifting someone’s spirits.

 

 

“Complimenting character versus a new haircut are different rewards. The first says you respect the person and the other tells them you paid attention. Sometimes the receiver needs to hear one or the other, or both.” – National Compliment Day

Be sincere. It is easy to tell when someone is being fake with you, so mean what you say, or risk people feeling like you just gave them “a thoughtless birthday gift.”

 

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