Read This Out Loud is a free, downloadable book template and basic bookbinding tutorial designed by Big Jump Press in response to the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. The roughly 3"x5" book lists the names of 1,944 Black people killed by police between 2013 and 2019 and is designed to be crafted using household items like copy paper, dental floss, pushpins, and paperclips. You can learn a new skill while helping to raise awareness, as well as money for social justice organizations such as Black Lives Matter. Read more, download the pdf, and view video demonstrations at bigjumppress.blog/read-this-out-loud.
Designer Sarah Bryant writes in the blog post: "In designing this book I wanted to provide a pathway for myself and others to raise money for Black Lives Matter and other organizations devoted to social justice as well as call attention to the sheer numbers of Black individuals who have been killed by police in recent years. In reading pieces like Shessa Garbut’s post on Medium.com Black Lives Matter is Not a Design Challenge I realize that I may be falling into the same trap as many other well meaning White people responding to a lived experience that we cannot properly understand. I am also making efforts in other areas, from examining my teaching habits, making personal donations to several organizations, and trying to educate myself. I hope that the benefits of this project will outweigh any of my missteps."
The kind friend who told us about this project has given us several completed books to share. If you'd like one, just make a note in your cart at checkout and we'll include it in your package while supplies last. They are free, though we share the designer's hope that recipients who can will make a donation to social justice in their community.