"Though volunteer-run and collectively owned look different in practice across various operations, in general, collectives embrace non-hierarchical structures—critically, there are no bosses—with the hope to empower members through 'worker self-management and a consensus decision-making process,' according to Craft [of @WoodenShoeBooks]." bookriot.com/what-is-a-radical

5/ To learn more about this coup that successfully reshaped American politics, reverberating in this week's events, check out David Zucchino's "Wilmington's Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy." Out in paperback 1/19! firestorm.coop/products/15844-

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4/ In the aftermath natl media blamed Black ppl for instigating the massacre and praised the white usurpers, who went on to ensure decades of Jim Crow statewide. The coup drove 1000s of Black ppl from their homes and broke the multiracial coalition that challenged NC elites.

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3/ Two days after the election, 500 whites armed with rifles and a Gatling gun set fire to a prominent Black-owned newspaper, attacking Black ppl throughout the city. The mayor, aldermen, and police chief resigned at gun point and were replaced by members of the mob.

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2/ The Wilmington insurrection began with members of the paramilitary Red Shirts blocking roads to the polls and attacking suspected leftist & Black voters. Nevertheless multiracial Fusionist candidates prevailed. White business leaders demanded the overturn of the results.

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1/ This is a comparison more people should be making. In 1898, a couple thousand white supremacists successfully overturned an election in North Carolina, destroying a powerful, anti-capitalist coalition of poor white and recently emancipated Black farmers (the Fusionists).

Today only, to mark Zora Neale Hurston’s birthday, get a free digital audio download of "Their Eyes Were Watching God" from libro.fm! You'll have to set up an account, which is pretty quick. libro.fm/redeem/272KV0VLF1UOGW

Though these accounts are necessarily a limited representation of the diverse experiences and perspectives of hundreds of thousands of uprising participants, they constitute a unique primary source, beautifully and thoughtfully compiled. You can find "We Fight" on our website at firestorm.coop/products/15892- 2/2

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We now stock "We Fight: Three Decades of Rebellion Against the Police," highlighting voices from across the US, including the South. We're heartened to see reflections included on the 2013 murder of Chuy Huerta, who was shot while handcuffed in the back of a Durham, NC patrol car. @DetritusBooks 1/2

We've been closed to walk-in traffic since mid-March and recently posted about our decision to remain closed for the foreseeable future (firestorm.coop/news/on-our-con). Over the last ten months we've hosted a ton of great events online, some of which were recorded for our YouTube channel (youtube.com/c/FirestormCollect).

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We're a 12-yo bookstore co-op located in Southern Appalachia. As a queer, feminist collective we strive to promote exploration & encounter by maintaining a welcoming, sober, anti-oppressive space.

We stock what you'd expect at an (ie zines & political histories) but also books about herbalism, gardening, comics, tons of sci-fi/fantasy, and a whole room of amaze kids books! We're lowbrow radicals who probably haven't read the obscure theory book you're asking about. 😂

[ID: Three photos of the Firestorm storefront. Two photos depict a colorful window mural of a gorgon using a laptop. The latop is emblazoned with a circle-A for anarchism and a candle sits dangerously atop a pile of books. Text in an adjacent window reads "F#@K Amazon." Another photo shows a mural of a sleeping Cerberus (three headed dog who guards the gates of Hades). The monstrous dog resembles an actual dog resting in the window nearby. Lettering reads "Firestorm Bookstore Co-op."]

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