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2014 Bob Sheldon Award Honors the Work of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, Celebrating BREDL’s 30th Anniversary

bob sheldonBob Sheldon founded Internationalist Books in 1981. More than 20 years after his tragic 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 bring people together and inspire political action in North Carolina. His example shows us that living a life of conviction creates something that can outlast our own times.  We award the Bob Sheldon Award each year in his memory to celebrate collective resistance and groups or individuals whose work nurtures our communities and our commitments to justice.

This year, we have chosen to give the Bob Sheldon Award to the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL). BREDL is a regional, community-based, non-profit organization whose founding principles are earth stewardship, environmental democracy, social justice, and community empowerment. As BREDL celebrates their 30th anniversary this year, we want to honor their rich history of supporting people in defense of the environment and environmental justice. We applaud their style of organizing to support local, autonomous organizing. BREDL chapters work to oppose a range of threats to the environment and human communities across the Southeast, and we encourage everyone to learn more about their work and 30th anniversary celebrations at their website: are especially grateful for BREDL’s work in recent years in the fight against fracking in North Carolina. We are inspired by the work that BREDL is doing to support and grow grassroots resistance with their local chapters, educational materials, speaking tours, thorough research and tenacious monitoring of legislative and industry developments. We believe our communities can work together to defeat fracking before it begins here, and we think the work of BREDL is invaluable to that effort.

We are happy to celebrate this anniversary with them and are proud to honor them with the Bob Sheldon Award. We look forward to presenting and celebrating this award together at the Internationalist Cabaret, at the Nightlight at 405 W. Rosemary St. in Chapel Hill at 9 pm on February 28th.

november19thIn the nomination process for this year’s award, many people shared that they wanted to find a way to highlight the ongoing struggles for justice after the death of Jesus “Chuy” Huerta. We felt there was no clear way to acknowledge only one individual or group out of a dynamic and evolving community response to the tragic loss of Chuy and a larger movement against the police. What we want to offer the family is not an award for the tragedy they have been through, but our committed and continuing support. We ask that as people celebrate Bob Sheldon’s memory this year, they find ways to support the Huerta family and the struggle for justice in Durham.

Fri, Feb 28th: Internationalist Cabaret and Bob Sheldon Award Ceremony

cabaretcolornoneFriday, February 28th
$5-20 Sliding Scale
@ The Nightlight 
405 1/2 W. Rosemary St. in Chapel Hill

Get ready for an evening filled with puppetry, dance, music, stand up, skits, a local pie auction, and more. We will also be presenting the 2014 Bob Sheldon award to this year’s recipient. All proceeds of this volunteer-run benefit will go directly to Internationalist Bookstore & Community Center so that it can continue its work as an activist and social center. Internationalist Books and Community Center has served Chapel Hill and Carrboro communities for over 30 years. To show your continued support, come out to the Internationalist Cabaret.

Friday, Feb 14: Valloween!

From Croatan Earth First!


An anti-valentine’s day dance party…proceeds from this benefit support independent media covering struggles for animal, earth & human liberation.

Calling for Acts and Pies! The Internationalist Cabaret is Coming February 28th!

Last year’s Internationalist Cabaret & Pie Auction Benefit was a blast – and it was a huge support to the financial ability of Internationalist to keep the doors open for another yeaibooks-sticker-logo-through-the-heart-of-the-south1.bmpr of important programs, events, and resources. We loved it so much, we’re doing it again! We’ll be working with our friends at The Nightlight to return to their awesome space on February 28th to put on a show that rivals last year’s.

Join us in this new tradition to celebrate our amazing community, to support the work of Internationalist Books and Community Center, and to celebrate the life of Bob Sheldon by presenting an award in his memory.  We want puppet shows, dances, music, stand-up acts, skits…

We are now seeking acts for the cabaret and bakers for pies! If you are interested in participating, let us know at ibooks (at)

We will also be announcing this year’s recipient of the Bob Sheldon Award at the Cabaret, as we did last year. We love celebrating Bob’s life and vision in the company of so many friends and community members. We are taking nominations from the membership and volunteer collective now, and we look forward to announcing the award in February.


Beyond Self-Care: The Subversive Potential of Care

selfcarepresentation and discussion:

Friday, January 10, 7 pm, Fellowship Hall, 719 North Mangum, Durham

Beyond Self-Care: The Subversive Potential of Care

In activist circles and beyond, it has become commonplace to speak of self-care, taking for granted that the meaning of this expression is self-evident. But “self” and “care” are not static or monolithic; nor is “health.” How has this discourse been colonized by capitalist values? Contributors to the recent zine Self as Other: Reflections on Self-Care will present on the political dimensions of care, illuminating how it can serve oppressive or revolutionary purposes. Taking the self as an object of political struggle, this discussion will ask how health and resistance are linked, and what forms of care might be be able to subvert systems of power.

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