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12 Responses to “Fundraising the expansion of Red Emma's, Baltimore's amazing radical bookstore cafe”

  1. Daniel Burke says:

    No kidding, a radical book shop that can’t afford to stay open?

  2. lintman says:

    What is a radical book store?

    • ZikZak says:

      A bookstore that stocks books about radical politics (usually critical of authority, capitalism, intolerance).

      There are a lot of radical books and other media being produced, but because they’re not successful in the mainstream market, corporate booksellers don’t stock them.  A radical bookstore is kind of a throwback to the days of “real” bookstores, where each store was a local business, stocked with the books which the proprietors and their surrounding community thought were cool.  You know, before Barnes & Noble turned them all into the homogenized equivalent of McDonalds for books.

      The internet technically lets us get any book we want, but the radical bookstore draws people’s attention to books that they probably wouldn’t have ever thought to want otherwise.

  3. “Directly fair traded coffee” sounds good, but usually focuses on direct purchase and on coffee prices. This may or may not actually follow the full principles of fair trade, which also take into account environmental sustainability and social concerns (including democracy and treatment of women).

    • christabd says:

       Thread Coffee is actually trying to use the term “transparently traded”, because they have similar concerns to what you raised. It’s a collective of 3 people and they travel to each farm they’re going to get coffee from and negotiate prices and make sure it’s a mutually beneficial arrangement. Their priority is definitely the treatment and conditions of the coffee growers.

      Fair trade is becoming less useful as a coffee qualifier since they’ve changed a lot of the requirements because places like Starbucks wanted to have fair trade coffee but of course are going to keep using plantations. http://dailyuw.com/archive/2013/01/15/opinion/diluted-profit-evaporating-standards-fair-trade#.UQv42eh8sqY

  4. unaboomer says:

    I went there once, DYING for a coffee. I charged in and abruptly was dumped onto my face by the last step I didn’t see.  Maybe the new place will not have invisible trip steps for those who are coffee-deprived.  I later had a coffee from there. It was delicious.  I will donate now.
    The end.

  5. anfallvon says:

    At the risk of hijack, London England’s oldest radical bookshop, Freedom Press, was firebombed last night (probably by fascists against whom the radical left in London is instrumental in organising).  


    From their twitter (@Freedom_Paper): “We are setting up a donation page. In the meanwhile, anyone who wants to donate can do so by ordering a book/s through the  http://freedompress.org.uk  website and emailing us at shop@freedompress.org.uk to let us know that your purchase was a donation. Please share!”

    Now to kick in to Red Emma’s  :-)

    PS: Nobody hurt, but stock and archives destroyed and damage and a lot of cleanup needed.

  6. chadmulligan says:

    I’m already in for $100. You should be giving too.

  7. eee says:

    If you happen to be there the first Thursday of the month in the spring or summer, walk 1 block south and west to Mt Vernon park (look for the Washington Monument) for a free concert in the park, sponsored by WTMD.org (local listener supported radio station featuring local and national indie rock and other non-corporate radio tunes).  Food vendors, drinks, beer…

    Then walk 1 block north to The Helmand for dinner.  Good times.

  8. experimentalbaltimore says:

    Red Emmas folks are awesome people. They helped organize Occupy Baltimore to make it one of the most peaceful and organized protests in the country. They run an excellent music series at 2640 Space, featuring jazz, theater, dance, indie bands, and heaps of experimental music. They really do deserve the new location on North Avenue, a place where the city is encouraging more growth in the arts.

    (Full disclosure: I ran a DnD session for one of Red Emmas’ crew for over a year. She’s a spectacular individual.)