Internationalist Bookstore and Community Center

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Internationalist Books and Community Center is Moving!

Internationalist Books is moving and we need your help!

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Internationalist Books and Community Center has been an invaluable part of our community since 1981. We are moving from our current location on Franklin St to Carrboro. Our new space will give us a better ability to host programs, projects and events, and make us better able to keep Internationalist strong and growing into the future. This move is a huge undertaking, and a huge leap of faith. We need our community’s support to make this move successful. Please donate whatever you can to pay for the costs of renovations, new bookshelves and furniture, and to help us weather the financial impact of a big move and establish ourselves firmly in our new home. We also want to invite our community to help with workdays in the new space, help us spread the word, and help us with a vision for our new space and the amazing ways our work can grow through this move.

This opportunity has presented itself in a way where we had to seize the moment quickly, so we’ll be announcing big fundraising events in the near future. In the meantime, there are lots of ways to donate and help us spread the word!

Internationalist Books is Moving! Fundraising Page on EverRibbon

You can make donations through our PayPal

This would be an excellent time to join us as a Sustaining Member!

If you’d like to help us in other ways, like donating materials, helping with workdays, or hosting a fundraiser, please be in touch! You can email us at

Our overjoyed manager in front of our future home, 101 Lloyd St in Carrboro!

2nd Annual UNC Radical Rush Week Sept 2 – 11th

The UNControllables, an anarchist student group at UNC Chapel Hill, is proud to announce that the second annual Radical Rush Week will take place September 2-11, 2014.

Radical Rush Week is a time to find out about all the awesome activist, radical, and revolutionary groups at UNC and in the broader Chapel Hill-Carrboro community. There will be teach-ins, gatherings, and music; events on and off campus; and there may even bradical rushe some surprises! It’s a time to find each other.

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Second Annual Sliding Scale Sidewalk Sale!

Internationalist Books and Community Center is having another fall sidewalk sale with hundreds of books from our used and overstock inventory. This year it doubles as a fundraiser for our move to a new location!


The Sliding Scale Sidewalk Sale is your opportunity to get cool books and choose how much you want to pay to support the work of the Internationalist Books and Community Center, a 30 year old non-profit volunteer collective bookstore and community center. This fall we’ll be moving to a new location in Carrboro, so this will also be a great chance to come hang out at the shop in our last days at our Franklin St location and support the move.

You pick out the books and decide how much you want to pay for what you find! $1 minimum per book.

September 1 – 7th during store hours (M – Sat 12 – 9, Sun 12 – 6)

Internationalist Books and Community Center
405 W. Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

History and Memory at Internationalist Books and Community Center

As we work busily on the move, we want to share a couple of projects that we’ve been working on recently focused on preserving the history of Internationalist Books and Community Center.logo

Internationalist Books Archival Collection at the Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library

After working together with Kelly Wooten, Ibooks veteran and incredible librarian, we’re thrilled to be able to announce that we have now placed a collection of records and materials from Internationalist Books and Community Center with the Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library. As we develop this archival collection, we are striving to preserve the many narratives of the life of this project, and the many amazing generations of the store. We’re thrilled to be working with Kelly and the Rubenstein, which is also where Bob Sheldon’s papers are held.

If you have pictures, flyers, zines, pamphlets, or other materials from your time in the shop that you’d like to place with the collection, please feel free to be in touch!

The Internationalist Books Storytelling Project

We’ve been working on the archival collection project since before we knew we were moving, but as we prepare for the move we’ve wanted to find more ways to make space for folks to share their memories of the decades of work, organizing and community that Internationalist has had in downtown Chapel Hill. As part of this effort, we’re starting The Internationalist Books Storytelling Project. We’d love contributions from near and far with memories and stories – big and small – about what Internationalist has meant for you and for the community. One of the wonderful things about Internationalist is that it provides a gathering place for communicating histories of struggle and resilience, reflections on the past and visions for the future.

The Internationalist Books Storytelling Project is a collaborative blog to gather memories, moments, stories and reflections on the place we have called home, the changing landscape of Chapel Hill, the rich histories of struggle in our area, and the many generations of a project that has provided a home for progressive and radical organizing in the South.

Submissions can be sent to We look forward to hearing and collecting stories, pictures and ephemera and sharing both our inspiring history and this next chapter of this amazing project’s life with our community.

Celebrate the Ten-Year Anniversary of the Carrboro Really Really Free Market!

Celebrate the Ten-Year Anniversary of the Carrboro Really Really Free Market!

Save the date: 2 pm, Saturday, October 4, 2014

Carrboro Town Commons in Carrboro, North Carolina

A wild party! The Carrboro Really Really Free Market is celebrating its ten-year anniversary with a massive festival! You’re invited for a whole weekend of really really free activities. We’re hoping comrades from around the world will join us in making this something to remember!

A clash of utopias! Come demonstrate the life you would prefer to capitalism. Set up a booth, offer a workshop, put on a performance, screen a film, carry out some dramatic action, obtain and distribute some resource no one could imagine being free. We want to see a wide range of utopian visions and ungovernable desires manifested. Rather than simply opposing what exists, reactively, we dare you to demonstrate that your alternative to competition and obedience is more nourishing, more exciting, and more fulfilling than anything the market can offer. Read more…

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