a12 – Beautiful alternatives – radical spaces

Compiled by Jesse D. Palmer

Here’s some radical spaces Slingshot has heard about since the 2024 organizer was printed in June, 2023. It’s hard to push back against the killers, the oil companies and the authoritarians just by swiping on your phone. To build alternatives to  suicidal systems takes face-to-face, grassroots community spaces such as those listed here. Email Slingshot with your corrections and additions. Updates are at slingshotcollective.org. 

The Beautiful Idea – Charlottesville, VA

A queer market and community hub that hosts events. Features a bookstore and the F12 infoshop. 411 E. Main St. Charlottesville, VA 22902

People’s Solidarity Hub – Durham, NC

New radical hub that serves grassroots groups, cultural workers, political organizations, and local community members by providing an affordable event space. “People’s Solidarity Hub prioritizes partnerships with low-budget or no-budget projects or organizations that have shared values and seek to advance the Movement by building leadership and power among those most impacted by oppression and repression.” 1805 Chapel Hill Rd. Durham, NC 27707 Solidarityhubs.org

Book Club HQ – Los Angeles, CA

A community library and office space of the Noname Book Club, which is a “Black-led worker cooperative connecting community members both inside and outside carceral facilities with radical books. Each month, we uplift two books written by Black, indigenous, and other people of color. We believe building community through political education is crucial for our liberation.” They have 12 book club chapters across the US and send books to hundreds of incarcerated comrades from the HQ. Open Thursday – Saturday noon – 6pm. 2304 W Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018 323-840-2055 Nonamebooks.com.

I’ve Read It In Books – Charlotte, NC

An independent books and zine shop. 2902 N. Davidson St. Charlotte, NC 28205 readitinbooks.com

Lefty’s Records – Lincoln NE 

A record store with independent music and books. “struggling to fight the daily grind of spoon-fed conformity.” 2776 South Street Lincoln NE 68502 402-438-0038 

Autumn Leaves Books – Ithaca, NY

A bookstore with new and used radical books that hosts events. HQ for radical publisher PM press (pmpress.org). 115 East State Street Ithaca, NY 14850 607-273-8239

Blackbird Infoshop – Kingston, NY 

A cafe, store and event space that sells radical books, zines and has a library. Food is sold on a sliding scale with no one turned away for lack of funds. They host a free fridge and sell local and ethically-sourced goods. 587 Abeel St. Kingston NY 12401 201-621-3813 blackbirdinfoshop.com

Mother Foucault’s Bookshop – Portland, OR

A used bookstore featuring philosophy and foreign language that hosts author readings. 523 SE Morrison St. Portland, OR 97214 503-236-2665 motherfoucaultsbookshop.com

Daisy Chain – Eugene, OR 

A community center that offers free doula, lactation, pregnancy, birthing, and parenting resources addressing all pregnancy outcomes including birth, postpartum, termination, loss, adoption and more. Their Dandelion Street team focuses on folks who are pregnant or parenting while unhoused, experiencing housing instability and/or current or past substance users. 1270 Charnelton St. 2nd Floor Eugene OR 97401 541-505-1139 daisychainlane.org

Lazy Cow Bakery – Seattle, WA

Worker-owned vegan bakery that hosts a free community fridge and food pantry for La Casa Del Xoloitzcuintl. 3418 Fremont Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103

Espacio Migrante – Tijuana, Mexico

A cultural and community center for migrants, with educational programs, cultural events, and health and legal services and a shelter for migrant families. Av. Negrete 8350, Zona Urbana Rio Tijuana, 22010 Tijuana, B.C. espaciomigrante.org/copy-of-quienes-somos

Corrections to the 2024 Organizer

•  What’s Left Records has moved to 2217 E. Platte Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80909.

• Peace & Justice Center in Burlington, VT has moved. The new address is 239 S Union Street Suite 3 Burlington, VT 05401.

• Gallery Aferro in Newark NJ wants to be removed from the list because they have very limited public hours and activity going on.

• Oops – we left out Andrými located at Bergþórugata 20, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland.

Projects without a physical space

The contact list in the organizer and on-line only lists projects with a physical space because that is an objective way to figure out what projects to include — having a space usually means a project isn’t just one person with an email but rather a community with enough energy to get a space. However this criterion means a lot of good projects get left out. For cities and towns with no physical spaces, it may make sense to include radical groups with only on-line contact info so long as they’re doing stuff. Such as: 

• Community Not Cages – Winona, MN – winonacommunitynotcages.org.

For a new Anarchist Center in Lisbon, Portugal!

The space that the Centro de Cultura Libertária (CCL) has rented for almost 50 years finally — after years of eviction processes that they resisted — must close in March 2024. In response, CCL along with the 100 year old newspaper A Batalha and Observatório dos Estragos da Sociedade Organizada Library are raising funds to purchase a joint space for an Anarchist Center in the Lisbon area with a library, archive, bookshop and meeting place. Contact culturalibertaria.blogspot.pt / ccl@ centroculturalibertaria.info if you can help.