Hello all, I’ve designed a downloadable book project about victims of police violence. READ THIS OUT LOUD is a book template available for anyone to use. I have included video instructions for binding using no special equipment. I plan on distributing copies of the book for free in my community with the help of friends and colleagues. If you would like to make this book, you can too. Make as many copies as you can and disperse them in your community. If you sell copies of this book, all proceeds from the sale should go towards Black Lives Matter.
You can find the templates, info and updates (including forthcoming additional binding demonstrations) on a dedicated page that I am keeping in the main menu of this blog (to the left in desktop view, in the drop down in phone view)
Links to downloads and the first (of two or three) video demonstrations below.
ABOUT THIS BOOK
This book was designed by Big Jump Press in June 2020 in response to the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. With help from friends and colleagues, this book will be distributed for free around my community. If you wish to participate, download the templates and watch the demonstrations below.
At least 1,944 Black people were killed by police between 2013 and 2019. At least 335 of those people were unarmed. This list of names was compiled by MappingPoliceViolence.org using data from FatalEncounters.org, the US Police Shootings Database, and KilledbyPolice.net. A police killing is defined by Mapping Police Violence as “a case where a person dies as a result of being shot, beaten, restrained, intentionally hit by a police vehicle, pepper sprayed, tasered, or otherwise harmed by police officers, whether on-duty or off-duty.”
From Mapping Police Violence: “Law enforcement agencies across the country have failed to provide us with even basic information about the lives they have taken. And while the recently signed Death in Custody Reporting Act mandates this data be reported, its unclear whether police departments will actually comply with this mandate and, even if they do decide to report this information, it could be several years before the data is fully collected, compiled and made public.”
Downloadable PDF of the book
This document can be printed double sided on ten sheets of copy paper. Video demonstrations of the binding process can be found below. Please check this site for updates.
This diagram for the french web sewing should accompany a forthcoming video demonstration of the bookbinding process. I hope to have a new video here by the end of Monday, June 8. For those of you who are already binders, I sew this book with a french web with endsheets sewn at the front/back. The cover is attached with double sided tape. Diagram download link:
How to trim and collate your printed sheets sections ready for binding
Additional videos are forthcoming for the binding process. Please check this page for updates.
If you have benefited from these demonstrations or have received a copy of the book for free, and you are able to do so, please make a donation towards an organization working for social justice in your community.