Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and escalating demonstrations in the streets, communications with Stevie have been rough for the main distro coordinator, Casey, based currently in Chicago. He has digitized a number of items from True Leap Press’s zine-to-prisoner catalog for peopleโ€™s self-organization, redistribution, and learning across prison walls on a greater scale and on your own terms. Visit True Leap Pressโ€™s social media pages on Facebook and Twitter (@true_leap) for occasional updates, info on events, and other receipts. Some internal documents from the zine to prison distro will be released in the coming year regarding its internal budget and logistical process, so people can get a feel of how to organize their own. It is relatively simple, you just need a plug on material costs.

Through paper-based zine exchange, co-writing, and study/correspondence you can stay connected with imprisoned loved ones, friends, comrades and cultivate strong relations with co-strugglers by printing, folding, and mailing abolitionist education literature — such as the items downloadable below — into penal sites, of which has been permitted at a majority of the facilities that leap has informally mails into since 2017. Such print materials have been fueling PIC abolition study groups in prisons all around, and some of these networks of study,ย learning, teaching, co-organizing, and debate flower from the inside-out into full-blown grassroots campaigns and long term organization.



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  1. Angela Y. Davis, Are Prisons Obsolete?
  2. Critical Resistance, What is Abolition?
  3. Liz Samuels, Improvising on Reality: The Roots of Prison Abolition
  4. Prison Research Action Project, Instead of Prisons: A Handbook for Abolitionยญists
  5. Abolitionist Keyterms and Thumbnail Definitions
  6. Linda Evans & Eve Goldberg, Prison Industrial Complex in the Global Economy
  7. Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Globalization and U.S. Prison Growth
  8. Angela Davis and Dylan Rodriguez, The Challenge of Abolition: A Conversation
  9. Same Shit Different Day: White Pestilence & the Early Military Movements of Frontier Conquest
  10. Sylvia Wynter, Slave Revolts as the First Form of Labor Struggle
  11. Frank B. Wilderson III. The Prison Slave as Hegemony’s Silent Scandal
  12. Greg Curry, Repression Breeds Resistance: On the Lucasville Uprising and its Aftermath
  13. Angela Davis, From the Prison of Slavery to the Slavery of Prison: Fredrick Doug-las and the Convict Lease System
  14. Ben Turk, Why Prisoner Lives Must Matter to the Movement for Black Lives
  15. Ivan Kilgore, Not Worker But Chattel
  16. Heriberto Sharky Garcia, The Future is Now: Insurrectionary Abolitionist Art, Theory, & Practice
  17. Kevin Gardner, Blood and Ink
  18. Kevin Rashid Johnson, Art Attack: Early Writings and Drawings
  19. Kevin Rashid Johnson, Kill Yourself or Liberate Yourself: The Real U.S. Imperialist Policy on Gang Violence versus The Revolutionary Alternative (2010)
  20. Brown & Proud Press, Confronting Anti-Blackness in Our Communities
  21. Gord Hill, 500 Years of Indigenous Resistance
  22. Luana Ross, Inventing the Savage: The Social Construction of Native American Criminality
  23. Overt Hostility and the Role it Plays in Daily Prison Life
  24. Frantz Fanon, On Violence
  25. Catherine Baker, Against Prisons
  26. Angela Davis, Political Prisoners, Prisons and Black Liberation
  27. George Jackson, Blood in My Eye, part 1
  28. George Jackson, Blood in My Eye, part 2
  29. George Jackson, Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson
  30. Marylin Buck, Prisoners, Social Control, and Political Prisoners
  31. Safiya Bukhari, Coming of Age: A Black Revolutionary
  32. Claude Marks, Lessons from Cointelpro: Building a Movement in the Face of Oppression
  33. Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement, We Want Bomani Shakur Free!: a Month of Action for our comrade
  34. Security and Counter-Surveillance: Information Against the Police State
  35. Security Culture: a handbook for activists
  36. Misogynists Make the Best Informants
  37. Sisters Speak: The Experiences of Womyn in the Black Panther Party for Self Defense
  38. Social Detox: Recourses for Men Against Sexism, Misogyny, and Patriarchy
  39. Assata Shakur, Message From Somewhere in the World
  40. Marilyn Buck, Dispatches from a Political Prisoner: September 11, 2001
  41. Black August: Origins, History, Significance
  42. The Untold Story of W.L. Nolen
  43. South Chicago ABC, First Amendment Primer for Prison Mailrooms
  44. Kijana Tashiri Askari, George Jackson Speaks, vol. 1
  45. Kijana Tashiri Askari, George Jackson Speaks, vol. 2
  46. Kijana Tashiri Askari, George Jackson Speaks, vol. 3
  47. Kijana Tashiri Askari, George Jackson Speaks, vol. 4
  48. The W.L. Nolen Mentorship Program โ€“ Student Guidebook
  49. New Afrikan Prisoner Health-Fitness 101
  50. Sundiata Acoli, An Updated History of the Black/New Afrikan Prison Struggle
  51. Sundiata Accoli, Bits and Pieces: Selected Writing, Poetry, and Stories
  52. Sundiata Acoli & Jalil Muntaqim, National Campaign to Stop Control Unit Prisons: Hearings on Control Unit Prisons in the United States
  53. Michigan Abolition and Prisoner Solidarity, Containing the Crisis: A History of Mass Incarceration and Rebellion in the Rustbelt
  54. Michigan Abolitionist Prisoner Solidarity, The Opening Statement
  55. Anthony Rayson, More Effective Prisoner Support
  56. Anthony Rayson, How Prisoners Use Zines to Empower Themselves and Subvert the Mass Incarceration Slave System
  57. South Chicago ABC Zine Distro Catalog
  58. The Artwork of Todd Heung-Rei Tarselli
  59. Stevie Wilson, Print Media and Prison Activism
  60. Coyote, Steel Sharpens Steel: Starting Study Groups in Prison
  61. Coyote, Starting Your Own Anarchist Black Cross (ABC) Prison Chapter
  62. Meeting Facilitation Methods
  63. Guide to Practicing Group Consensus
  64. SeaSol, Build Your Own Solidarity Networks
  65. Anti-Mass: Methods of Organization for Collectives
  66. Storytelling and Narrative Writing Strategies (worksheets)
  67. Khalfani Malik Khaldun, Handbook on Surviving Solitary Confinement: A Survival Guide for the Targeted Prisoner
  68. D. Michael Salerno, How to Use a Law Library and Write Your Own Legal Work
  69. ACLU National Prison Project, Know Your Rights: Legal Rights of Disabled Prisoners (2019)
  70. The Civil Rights Gang: Legal Self Help Pamphlet (Legal Research)
  71. John Two Names & Sekou Kambai, Tricks to Testifying
  72. Martin Sostre, The Trials of Martin Sostre, Revolutionary ]ailhouse Lawyer
  73. Martin Sostre, Prison Letters of Martin Sostre
  74. Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin, Anarchism and the Black Revolution: The Idea of Black Autonomy
  75. Sean Swain, Application of Anarchist Theory to the Modern Day Prison Struggle
  76. Basic Principles of Anarchism
  77. Lucy Parsons, More Dangerous Than a Thousand Rioters
  78. Bakunin, The Capitalist System
  79. Alexander Berkman, ABC’s of Anarchism
  80. Hibachi Lamar, Writings of a Ghetto-bred Anarchist
  81. Hibachi Lamar, The Deprived and Depraved
  82. The Anarkata Statement on Anarchic Black Revolutionary Community Organizing
  83. Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin, The Progressive Plantation: the Internal Racism of the North American Left
  84. Liz Appel, White Supremacy in the Movement to Abolish the Prison Industrial Complex
  85. Chicago Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC), An Open Letter for the Incarcerated Youth during the 2019 CTU Strike
  86. James Adrian, Survivors Guide to Youth in Prison
  87. Chicago Books to Women in Prison (Book Request Order Form)
  88. Victoria Law, The Invisibility of Women Prisoners’ Resistance
  89. Assata Shakur, Women in Prison: How it is with Us
  90. No Lady
  91. Julia Chinyere Oparah, Celling Black Bodies: Black Women and the Prison Inยญdustrial Complex
  92. Cassandra Shaylor, “It’s Like Living in a Black Hole”: Women of Color and Solitary Confinement in the Prison Industrial Complex
  93. Andy Smith, Heteropatriarchy and the Three Pillars of White Supremacy
  94. Mariame Kaba, No Selves to Defend: Poems About Criminalization & Violence Against Women
  95. Supporting a Survivor of Sexual Assault
  96. The Combahee River Collective Statement
  97. The CR-INCITE! Statement on Gender Violence and the Movement to Abolish the Prison Industrial Complex
  98. Mariame Kaba, Who’s Left?: Prison Abolition (comic)
  99. Joining Forces: Stopping Prison Expansion in Delano California
  100. The Sweet Defeat of the Prison in Crete
  101. Casey Goonan, Conferences as a Vehicle for Abolitionist Organizing
  102. Karyn S. & Andrew Szeto, A Growing Asian-American Movement Calls for Prison Abolition
  103. Dylan Rodriguez, The Political Logic of the Non-Profit Industrial Complex
  104. An Escalating Fight in the Village of Dwight
  105. The Abolitionist #33: “Tearing Down the Walls from Both Sides” – Launch Party Zine
  106. Abolition in Action: News Briefs from The Abolitionist #1, #2 , #3 …
  107. George Ciccariello Maher, Every Crook Can Govern: Prison Strikes as a Winยญdow to the New World
  108. Rachel Herzing, Tweaking Armageddon: The Limitations of Contemporary Movements Against Solitary Confinement
  109. Casey Goonan, Black Liberation and the Movement to Abolish the Prison Industrial Complex: an Interview with Rachel Herzing
  110. Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC), Destroy All Prisons Tomorrow
  111. Down: Reflections on Prison Resistance in Indiana
  112. Fire Inside: On the 2016 National Prison Strike
  113. Donald C-Note Hooker, What If Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now” Covered the Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March
  114. ]ailhouse Lawyers Speak – Guidebook and Membership Request
  115. Amani Sawari, Solid Black Fist: Newsletters from the 2018 National Prison Strike
  116. Alejo Stark, Crisis and the Prison Strike
  117. ABC Boston, Attacking Prisons at the Point of Production
  118. IWW, A Workers Guide to Direct Action
  119. Death 2 Authority: From Study Groups to Campaign of Direct Action
  120. Earth First!, Defending the Earth Through Direct Action
  121. Gay Shame, We Need Direct Action Divas (newspaper-style zine)
  122. Out of the Closet and Into the Libraries: A Collection of Radical Queer Moments
  123. Audre Lorde, Uses of the Erotic: the Erotic as Power
  124. Cheryle Clarke, Lesbianism: an Act of Resistance
  125. Militant Flamboyance: a brief history of the stonewall riots and other queer happenings
  126. Laura Whitehorn, Linda Evans, and Susan Rosenberg, Dykes and Fags Want to Know: An Interview With Lesbian Political Prisoners
  127. Stephen Draft, Ain’t I a Prisoner, Too?
  128. Stevie Wilson, Correspondence and Dispatches from the Frontline (forthcoming)
  129. S. Lamble, Transforming Carceral Logics: 10 Reasons to Dismantle the Prison Inยญdustrial Complex through Queer/Trans Analysis and Action
  130. Julia Chinyere Oparah, Maroon Abolitionists: Black Gender-Oppressed Activists in the Anti-Prison Movement in the U.S. and Canada
  131. Che Gossett, Abolitionist Imaginings: A Conversation with Bo Brown, Reina Gossett, and Dylan Rodriguez
  132. Queers Imagine a Future Without Police
  133. Monica Trinidad & Sarah-Ji, A Community Compilation on Police Abolition
  134. Anthony Rayson, The Police Are Trained Killers
  135. Autonomous Tenets Union (Albany Park-Chicago), Policing and Gentrification: Defend Our Communities
  136. Andrea J. Richie, Law Enforcement Violence Against Women of Color
  137. Chicago Torture Justice Project, A Guidebook to Surviving Police Violence
  138. Berkeley Copwatch, An Introduction to Citizen Monitoring of The Police
  139. Safir Chuma Asafo, The Snitch Factor: Ground Zero
  140. Safir Chuma Asafo, Anatomy of a Snitch
  141. Coping with Snitch Culture: Historical Examples and Current Proposals
  142. Burning the Bridges They are Building; Anarchist Strategies Against the Police
  143. Mariame Kaba, Why Protest?
  144. Blocs. Black. and Otherwise
  145. Some Lessons from the 2001 Cincinnati Riots
  146. They Can’t Shoot Us All: Reflections from the 2010 Oakland Riots
  147. Solidarity and Revolt Across Borders: Letters from prisoners, solidarity statements and action chronologies from France and other countries in 2008
  148. Alfredo Bonnano, The Anarchist Tension
  149. Alfredo Bonnano, From the Centre to the Periphery
  150. Alfredo Bonnano, The Insurrectional Project
  151. Insurrectionary Mutual Aid
  152. University Occupations (1968, 2008, 2009)
  153. The Do-It-Yourself Occupation Guide
  154. Homes Not ]ails
  155. Not If, But Why?: a Reader on Taking and Making Autonomous Space
  156. Freddy Pearlman, The Reproduction of Everyday Life
  157. Harry Cleaver, Schoolwork and the Struggle Against It
  158. Stay Healthy So You Can Stay in the Streets
  159. The Icarus Project, Friends Make the Best Medicine
  160. The Icarus Project, Mapping Our Madness (Journaling Exercises)
  161. Survival Tips and Ideas for the Ex-Prisoner: A Guide for a Successful Transition
  162. Stephen Wilson and Ian Alexander, eds. In The Belly: an Abolitionist Journal
  163. Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective (BATJC), Transformative Justice and Community Accountability
  164. Ill Will Editions, Insurrectional Anarchism Reader
  165. Ediciones Ineditas, Anthology of Original Essays by Ediciones Ineditas
  166. Decolonize This Place, The Art of Escalation: Becoming Ungovernable on a Day of City-Wide Transit Action
  167. Indigenous Action Media, Accomplices Not Allies: Abolishing the Ally Industrial Complex: An Indigenous Perspective
  168. Taking Direct Action To #FreeThemAll: From Stateville Prison to the Front Yard of its Warden
  169. FreeHeartlandKids: Migrant Detention Facility Under Construction Stormed on May Day in Chicago
  170. Asheville Anarchist Black Cross, Staying Healthy, Staying Connected: COVID19 Information for Prisoners
  171. Abdul Olugbala Shakur, New Afrikan Community Mutual Aid and Disaster Relief Toolkit


Instructions for Print and Mail

Please print double sided (short-edge binding), greyscale or โ€œblack + whiteโ€, pages are already prepared to fold and staple at crease. To ensure your zine makes it through the mailrooms of the specific gulag you are sending it into, please write our P.O. Box # (in type or clean black ink) as the return address (upper left corner >>> True Leap Press 408197 Chicago IL 60640 ) followed by “Privileged Media – Direct from Publisher” at the base of the envelope.ย Double take a look at that address friends.

Caution: before printing multiple copies, please print one test copy to adjust any format mistakes

In terms of postage costs: Medium size white envelopes and stamps are needed. For expediency, we use a food scale to weigh each envelope full of zines and then match the stamps accordingly. We generally keep envelopes to a maximum 3 oz. and try not to use more than three stamps. If you stick below 3 oz’s than its 1oz – 1 stamp, 2oz – 2 stamp unto three.ย Some zines we have are one-sheeters, while some are 50 pagers, so you can mix and match. Just be creative with it.

Let us know how youโ€™ve been using our literature with a public/private report back! We are excited to see these outside supplied inside study groups gaining traction. Now is time to generalize the method and tactic for building abolitionist community behind, across and beyond police-state walls.


Mailing Updates, how to label โ€œreturn addressโ€

There are now three P.O. Boxes where requests for literature can be sent, if one distro manager is not responsive, we hope the other will pick up accordingly. Feel free to direct folks to our catalog, we can mail your people inside copies of the catalog here from Chicago, or you can print it out yourself (if circumstance permits) to mail behind bars.ย  A great deal of our literature and previous year’s catalog is also available from South Chicago Anarchist Black Cross (ABC) Zine Distro and Chicago Books to Women in Prison.


True Leap Press: Publishing & Distribution

PO Box 408197

Chicago, IL 60640



2019 Catalog (archived)



Other good folk ย sendingย  our literature in to U.S. prisons, jails, and detention facilities include:

South Chicago ABC Zine Distro

PO Box 721

Homewood, IL 60430

Chicago Books to Women in Prisonย c/o RFUMC

4511 N. Hermitage Ave.

Chicago, IL 60640