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Gifting Back With Paperbacks

Two powerhouse organizations, i-71 Committee and DC Books to Prisons, have teamed up to provide local residents with an opportunity to support a cause close to their hearts. Gifting Back with Paperbacks was created by i-71 Committee, a coalition of industry leaders and stakeholders seeking equity in vulnerable communities and working to pass cannabis legislation, and DC Books to Prisons, a non-profit providing reading materials to incarcerated people in more than 600 prisons across 34 states. The books provided range from electrician handbooks to Spanish literature. Attendees of the Jan. 11 happy hour at the Grand Duchess will receive one free drink and a surprise gift courtesy of i-71 Committee. “This is our first event but we plan to do more together,” Jackie Snow, a board member of DC Books to Prisons, tells City Paper. The money generated from this event will be used to purchase books from Potter’s House, the nonprofit cafe and bookstore in Adams Morgan, as well as postage for the next shipment. I-71 Committee’s executive director Grace Reeder says, “It is so important that local residents come out and support this event because the funds generated from ticket sales will be donated directly to DC Books to Prisons.” Gifting Back starts at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 11 at Grand Duchess, 2337 18th St. NW. thei71committee.org; dcbookstoprisoners.org. $30–$35.