Monthly Archives: September 2013

2013 Annual Members Meeting

Members Meeting Oct 26 2-5 p.m. at Vimala's

Are you an Ibooks member, volunteer, or patron? Come out to the annual members meetup and enjoy delicious food donated by Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe. Hear about what’s up with the store such finances, new projects, exciting events that we’ve hosted over the year, and conversation with other like-minded and involved people. You’ll also be able to vote on new members to this year’s board of directors. You can renew your membership at the event or become a sustaining member online here.

Internationalist Bookstore has served as an activist center and a free organizing and event space for youth and other community members in the Chapel Hill area since 1981.

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Author of “We Created Chavez” Speaking About Grassroots Revolutionary Movements in Venezuela, October 9th

Wednesday, October 9, 7:00

Join us at Internationalist Books and Community Center for an author reading and discussion with George Ciccariello-Maher, author of  We Created Chávez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution. chavezbook

Since being elected president in 1998, Hugo Chávez has become the face of contemporary Venezuela and, more broadly, anticapitalist revolution. George Ciccariello-Maher contends that this focus on Chávez has obscured the inner dynamics and historical development of the country’s Bolivarian Revolution. In We Created Chávez, by examining social movements and revolutionary groups active before and during the Chávez era, Ciccariello-Maher provides a broader, more nuanced account of Chávez’s rise to power and the years of activism that preceded it. Based on interviews with grassroots organizers, former guerrillas, members of neighborhood militias, and government officials, Ciccariello-Maher presents a new history of Venezuelan political activism, one told from below. Led by leftist guerrillas, women, Afro-Venezuelans, indigenous people, and students, the social movements he discusses have been struggling against corruption and repression since 1958. Ciccariello-Maher pays particular attention to the dynamic interplay between the Chávez government, revolutionary social movements, and the Venezuelan people, recasting the Bolivarian Revolution as a long-term and multifaceted process of political transformation. George Ciccariello-Maher is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Drexel University.

Internationalist Books Is Seeking New Board Members

board-of-directors1Internationalist Bookstore & Community Center is seeking progressive and proactive individuals to apply to its Board of Directors. Every two years, the board re-elects new or previous board members to act as a decision making body for the store.

The Board has four core responsibilities: (1) Staff support and oversight, (2) fundraising, (3) representing the Internationalist in the broader community, and (4) strategic planning and visioning for the store’s future. The last of these  responsibilities is shared by all members. The others are primarily the task of designated committees.

Board members commit to: Continue reading

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Sept. 19th at Curryblossom Cafe: “Sowing Struggle: Social Movements and the future of corn in Tlaxcala, Mexico”

In the midst of anti-fracking and anti-genetically modified foods fights in our state, join us for a conversation with Mexican organizer and inspiring speaker Luz Rivera Martinez, on tour with The Mexico-US Solidarity Network.
Luz  will speak about her 20 years of experience constructing autonomy, organizing outside the electoral system, and resisting genetically modified corn while protecting millennia-old varieties. The discussion will have important lessons for anyone interested in women’s, peasant, and labor movements.
Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe will be generously donating the lovely space and some delicious Hibiscus Tea.
There is also an event on UNC Campus at the FedEx Global Education Center that night. More info here:
The Mexico-US Solidarity Network presents
“Sowing Struggle: Social movements and the future of corn in Tlaxcala, Mexico”
featuring Luz Rivera Martinez of the Consejo National Urbano Campesino (CNUC)
and Stuart Schussler of the Mexico Solidarity Network
Hosted by Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe, with support from Internationalist Books and Community Center
Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe on Thursday, September 19th, 3-5pm
During the Mexican Revolution support for Emiliano Zapata was strong in Tlaxcala, and under the slogan of “the land belongs to those who work it” many peasants occupied the plantations their families had labored on as serfs for generations. On that land, they planted the 26 varieties of native corn that have been developed in Tlaxcala over millennia.Today, the Revolution lives on through the work of the Consejo Nacional Urbano Campesino (CNUC). Luz established CNUC in the early 1990s to coordinate resistance to the impending North American Free Trade Agreement, especially regarding its dismemberment of Article 27 of the Mexican Constitution, which enshrined peasants’ right to communally own the ejido farm lands redistributed during the Revolution. Continue reading

September Political Prisoner Letter Writing Night

Political Prisoner Letter Writing Night!

On Wednesday, September 18th the Internationalist Prison Books Collective brings you this month’s Political Prisoner Letter Writing Night!

Write letters and birthday cards to political prisoners whose birthdays fall during the month of September.

It’s an easy way to let these people know they aren’t forgotten. If you can’t make it to the letter writing night then please send a birthday card from home. You can find their addresses here.

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