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Help the Lucy Parsons Center! (english)
12 Dec 2002
Please help us find a permanent home
December 2002

Dear Friends,

Two years ago, the Lucy Parsons Center collective wrote asking for
support to help us maintain the nuts-and-bolts of the center. Today, we're writing you with a new idea - a major task for our all-volunteer collective, but one that is essential if we are to sustain the Lucy Parsons Center as a mainstay of radical activism in the Boston area.

We want to buy a building, and we need everyone's help to do it.

The Lucy Parsons Center (formerly the RedBook Store) has been an outstanding center of activism in Boston, providing a venue for education, discussion and reflection, depending on no political or ideological group as its patron, and always maintaining its non-sectarian radical character.

Over the past thirty years, however, we've existed precariously. After a number of RedBook moves in Cambridge and then Jamaica Plain, the Lucy Parsons Center was founded in 1992 as a successor organization. But after four successful years in Central Square, Cambridge came the end of rent control in Boston and Cambridge, and the surge in real estate speculation and rents that followed have made maintaining the bookstore and Center a real cliff-hanger at times.

Today, the Lucy Parsons Center finally has a big, open space on Columbus Avenue in Boston's South End, with well-stocked shelves, room for many activist groups to meet, speakers, movies and other events on a weekly basis, free open-source computers for public access, space for posters, flyers, and announcements from a host of groups, . but with near-suffocating costs for our all-volunteer collective: well over $2,000 per month with rent and utilities.

So the Lucy Parsons collective has embarked upon the purchase of a
building - with a committee to oversee the process and a "building fund" which contains the beginnings of a downpayment. We need everyone's financial support to make this purchase a reality - our goal is to raise nearly $300,000 by April 2004, and we are slowly getting there. Right now, we need everyone who believes in the Lucy Parsons Center to contribute.

Please make a donation - of $50, $100 or $1,000, whatever you can manage - which will go directly into our "building fund" for the purchase of a space that will serve as the bookstore as well as meeting space for other groups, a movie house, a café, a lending library, a children's space, and hopefully long-term office/organizing space for other activist groups throughout Boston. No one at Lucy Parsons draws a salary, there are no stock options, but we're in it for the long haul. And we need your support now.

We count ourselves as one of thousands of groups that dare to create a world where the free exchange of information and ideas is essential, where activism against the powerful political and economic structures must be constant, and where people are free to propose and develop alternatives to the existing power structures without fear. These ideas fly in the face of the numbing terror that the government and corporate mass media have been trying to promote as a "war emergency" to frighten all of us into silence and acquiescence.

Join with us. Help us make a permanent home for the Lucy Parsons Center.

With thanks & solidarity,

Members of the Lucy Parsons Center collective

You can contribute by credit card by clicking on the link below or by mailing your check to The Lucy Parsons Center Building Fund, 549 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02118
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