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(en) Canada, Montreal, Librairie Alternative Bookshop needs help

From <alternative@dojo.tao.ca>
Date Thu, 19 Feb 2004 15:17:26 +0100 (CET)

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Those who keep on top of anarchist news and events in Montreal might
know that the Librairie Alternative Bookshop has been in rough shape lately.
We are issuing this statement as a call-out to our allies, supporters, and
those who care to have a bookshop in this city that is dedicated to the
spread and advancement of anarchist and anti-authoritarian ideas.
The last 6 months have been difficult for the bookshop. We have sustained a
series of blows, ranging from boycotts to the wrath of mother nature’s
unforgiving cold. If frozen taps and burst pipes in the building weren’t
enough, we also have been dealing with a series of costly break-ins and
robberies. In the past 8 weeks, we have been robbed multiple times. While
the idea of someone or a group of people stealing from a community project is
disgusting enough to make most throw in the towel, we have kept our heads up
and are still fighting. It won’t be easy to nurse the bookstore back to
health, and it will take a lot of work, but we are confident that it will
So it is now more than ever that we are seeking support. For three
decades, the Alternative Bookstore has been a place where anyone can come to
find a selection of books on indigenous struggles, queer liberation,
anarchism and anti-authoritarian theory, or globalization, just to name a
few. Due to other recent internal problems, our stock has been smaller than
it has been in the past, but we still consider it to be diverse and
relevant. Our books and materials represent the ideas of real people engaged
in real social struggles.
As always, we welcome your support at the bookstore, not just as a
customer supporting a valuable community asset, but also as a potential
collective member. We would like to re-extend the invitation to join our
collective and to volunteer at the bookstore. We are especially seeking the
involvement of francophones and allophones, women, queers, trans folks,
disabled people, and people of colour who are currently under-represented in
the collective. Anyone is welcome to call or drop by the bookshop during our
hours to apply.
The Alternative Bookshop has been an integral part of the Montreal
anarchist and activist community for just over 30 years now. We’re not here
to engage in retroactive and self-defeating squabbles within our community.
We’re here to sell books that inspire and fuel revolution. With your support
and solidarity, we’ll be here for another 30 years, and then 30 years after

the bookshop collective

2033 boul. St-Laurent
Montreal, QC
H2X 2T3

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