[NetBehaviour] Fw: Books for prisoners - take action!

Michael Szpakowski szpako at yahoo.com
Fri Mar 28 18:37:46 CET 2014

:) Thanks Ruth!  Phillip Pullman called it 'barbarism' in yesterday's Guardian and he is, of course, bang on.
I got quite a lot of feedback from change.org that people had signed from my mail which is very encouraging, so anyone here who hasn't, please do!

 From: ruth catlow <ruth.catlow at furtherfield.org>
To: Michael Szpakowski <szpako at yahoo.com>; NetBehaviour for networked distributed creativity <netbehaviour at netbehaviour.org> 
Sent: Friday, March 28, 2014 2:38 PM
Subject: Re: [NetBehaviour] Fw: Books for prisoners - take action!

Thanks Michael
This is a horrifying development
glad to hear its inspired such a vociferous response.

now to the shelfie- what in our book collection would not scare the 
living bejeezus out of Chris Grayling MP.
: )

On 28/03/2014 11:28, Michael Szpakowski wrote:
> HI all
> if you haven't already please sign the petition about the restriction on access to books for prisoners in the UK ( no formalism here -you don't have to be a Brit to sign!),
> http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/rt-hon-chris-grayling-mp-please-urgently-review-and-amend-your-new-rules-which-restrict-prisoners-access-to-books-and-family-items-in-particular-from-children-rules-which-are-inconsistently-applied-in-any-event?recruiter=2992242&utm_campaign=signature_receipt&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition
> and if you can, please tweet a "shelfie" (as below)
> warmest wishes
> michael
> ----- Forwarded Message -----
> From: Mary Sweeney <mail at change.org>
> To: michael at dvblog.org
> Sent: Friday, March 28, 2014 10:26 AM
> Subject: Books for prisoners - take action!
> Thank you so much for signing the petition to reverse a Ministry of Justice ban on family and friends sending books and essentials to prisoners. You may have seen that a host of authors have written to the Daily Telegraph, urging the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Chris Grayling, to reconsider the Prison Service Instruction. You can see the list of eminent writers by visiting http://www.howardleague.org/letter-to-the-telegraph/
> The response from the public has been overwhelming, and we need to keep the momentum. You have already taken the first step by signing the petition, but you can do even more.
> The Howard League for Penal Reform is asking supporters to tweet a 'Shelfie' picture to @MoJGovUK, using the hashtags #booksforprisoners and #shelfie.  A 'Shelfie' is a picture of your bookshelf and represents the books that you would like to be able to send to prisoners. If you don’t use Twitter, you can email your picture to info at howardleague.org . An example of the tweet to go with your picture would read:
> . at MoJGovUK Here’s my shelfie for prisoners! @TheHowardLeague #booksforprisoners #shelfie
> With your help, we can make a real difference and we will be fighting for as long as it takes
> This message was sent by Mary Sweeney using the Change.org system. You received this email because you signed a petition started by Mary Sweeney on Change.org: "Rt. Hon. Chris Grayling MP: Please urgently review and amend your new rules which restrict prisoners access to books and family items, in particular from children. Rules which are inconsistently applied in any event.." Change.org does not endorse contents of this message.
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