LGBT Books to Prisoners

November 11, 2018, 11:10 pm lgbt code for good wordpress

On Saturday, I got to spend a day with other coders and creatives at a Code.forGood() event. Code.forGood is a joint project of Collaboration for Good, Horizon Coworking, and Doyenne.

The mission of the day was to update the LGBT Books to Prisoners site's method of accepting online book donations.

From the event press release:

LGBT Books to Prisoners is a trans-affirming, racial justice-focused, prison abolitionist project sending books to incarcerated LGBTQ-identified people across the United States. They are a donation-funded, volunteer-run organization based in Madison, WI that sends books and other educational materials, free of charge, to incarcerated LGBTQ people across the United States.

The project was based in Wordpress, so it turned out to be more research of existing features and configuration than coding. It's easy to pick on Wordpress, with its security holes, and buggy third-party free plugins, which seem to function only as wrappers for ads. But, this project was an example of how important open-source software can be in supporting non-profit ventures. All of the information we needed to set up and customize the site was out there on the internet; we just had to put in the work.

We hope that the site updates will be going live within the next week or so, but you don't have to wait until then to make a donation. If you're interested, visit the site! You can also donate your existing books.

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