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2013 Bob Sheldon Award Honors Organizers in NC Prisons

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This year, we choose to honor the bravery and resilience of people engaged in struggle against some of the most crushing odds in our society – the violence and captivity of the state. This year, we honor the many bold organizers inside the prisons of North Carolina.

Bob Sheldon founded Internationalist Books in 1981, and ran the shop for ten years, until his death in 1991. More than 20 years after his death, Bob’s memory endures through the friends, family and community that knew him, the work he did, and the project he began that has continued for decades to inspire political action in North Carolina and bring people together. Read more…

Remembering Bob Sheldon

bob sheldonMore than 20 years after his death, Bob’s memory endures through the community that knew him, the work he did, and the project he began that has continued for decades to inspire and bring people together.

This weekend, Internationalist Books and Community Center will announce the 2013 recipient of the Bob Sheldon award, an award recognizing local organizing and struggles for justice in Bob Sheldon’s memory.

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“Bob Sheldon left us with a piece of infrastructure that accelerates the pace of social movement organizing and the capacity for impact, particularly in times of urgency and social upheaval. It was a natural anchor throughout many struggles—a place for the public to buy bus tickets to go to growing anti-war protests in D.C.; a space to hold press conferences after activists returned beaten and abused at the Republican National Convention protests; a venue to support budding new organizations, welcome traveling activists and inspire collective action. It is a space for anarchists, climate change activists and queer youth alike to organize from.

Sheldon gave us a public space, a unique, participatory dimension of civic life where those with an energy for social change can find consistency, conversation and community. And Sheldon laid the seeds of that space with his open personality, a loving heart and a deep thirst for political debate, learning and activism. Without the experience of Sheldon the man, I doubt that the community would have come up with the same essence of the Internationalist that lives on today.”

- The legacy of Bob Sheldon, founder of Internationalist Books, Independent Weekly, 2011

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“In an editorial noting Sheldon’s legacy, two years after his death, the Chapel Hill Herald likened the Internationalist to “a weed flowering in a pavement crack.” Thanks to friends, family and dozens of volunteers, the Internationalist has survived the loss of its founder.  …

“It continues because there’s a constituency here based on what he built,” Straley says. “You’d be dishonest to say that the constituency is focused around Bob–many people at the store today didn’t even have the chance to know him. But the kind of free thinking, the kind of independence of attitudes is what has endured.”

- Bob Sheldon’s Legacy, Independent Weekly, 2001

Thurs. Feb. 28th: Taxi to the Dark Side

220px-Taxi_to_the_dark_sideStudents for a Democratic Society’s Radical Reading Room Presents Taxi to the Dark Side

Murphey Hall 302

Thursday Feb. 28th

Doors open at 7:00, and showing 7:15

Internationalist Books and Students for a Democratic Society, Chapel Hill, have jointly organized a free showing of the documentary Taxi to the Dark Side. In this highly acclaimed (Best Documentary Feature, 2007), but little known film, Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) explores the use of indefinite detention and torture under the Bush administration. Drawing from investigative journalism, congressional reports and interviews, Gibney presents a blistering condemnation of a top down policy of abuse.  At a time of growing acceptance and defense of torture, rendition and assassination, it is highly relevant that we consider what has and what largely hasn’t changed since the Bush administration.

New Cometbus Out! Now Available!

cometbus55Aaron Cometbus delivers a new issue of his excellent zine! If you’ve never read the zine Cometbus before, then you are in for a treat.  Aaron is one of the best living American writers. A must read for anyone interested in punk, underground culture, or just plain excellent narrative writing. This issue is 71 pages for $3.

Black History Month Sales @ Internationalist Books

Artwork by Kevin ‘Rashid’ Johnson, Minister of Defense, New Afrikan Black Panther Party-Prison Chapter rashidmod.com

Artwork by Kevin ‘Rashid’ Johnson, Minister of Defense, New Afrikan Black Panther Party-Prison Chapter rashidmod.com

For the month of February Internationalist Books will be giving a 10% discount (20% if you are a member) on all new and used African-American, Civil Rights, Anti-Racism, and Black Liberation books and magazines.

“Racism is a much more clandestine, much more hidden kind of phenomenon, but at the same time it’s perhaps far more terrible than it’s ever been.”- Angela Davis

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