Tele: (513)541-0252
soapboxbooks@riseup.net

1415 Knowlton Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45223

Open hours: Mon. & Thurs. 4pm ~ 8pm

Come write letters with us!

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Building CommunityCommunity building to me has always been an active term, hence “building”, and requires active participation from the individuals that make up a community. Since we started organizing SoapBox Books & Zines, many have envisioned it as a place with great potential for active community building in Northside and the surrounding Cincinnati area.

A friend of ours recently opened up a store in Northside. The fight he’s gone through to maintain his store in the face of opposition from certain community members with power has given us (that includes you!) a unique opportunity to engage in some real, tangible community building. As a Black business owner, he’s faced a considerable amount of opposition from some of the louder voices in the community. There have even been ridiculous accusations about the store being a “drug front”. If you took five minutes to talk to our friend, you’d know he has a vision for reaching out to the neighborhood kids and providing affordable, accessible food to the community.

After our friend wrote a letter to the city manager about the struggle he’s faced, another Northside resident wrote a rebuttal letter claiming that there was no “community support” when the shop opened. There’s definitely community support, just not the “right kind” of support, if you feel what I’m saying.

Letter writing

So Northside residents: if you care about supporting local community members who are doing some great things to build up the community, I strongly encourage you to come by SoapBox starting this Thursday from 4-8pm (and next week from 4-8 on Monday and Thursday) to write a letter of whatever length you prefer to the city manager. Let’s show the city that this shop has plenty of community support. We’ll have everything you need to write a letter – stationary, pens – so we just need your time and writing hand. You could even write a letter during your own free time and drop it off at SoapBox, but we’d love to have you come by and write a letter with us. It’ll be fun! This is a really easy way to make an impact on our community by supporting a long-time community member who’s doing something great but facing a lot of opposition.

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June 11th – Prisoner Solidarity

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June_11th_flierJune 11th is a vital source of support for those who have been imprisoned for taking a stand against the destructive ecological practices of capitalism.

Most notably are Marie Mason and Eric McDavid who are facing unusually long sentences for their actions. Which, in Eric’s case amount to ‘conspiracy’ charges that were brought through the coercive force of an FBI informant that was planted in his social circle to befriend and entrap him.

For more information on their stories: www.june11.org

Beyond the routine persecution of political prisoners remains a growing percentage of criminalized populations. People of color and the working poor are subjugated by rapidly expanding economic inequality and the corporate assault on what remains of the welfare state in the US.

June 11th has contributed a perspective on the prison system in the US that has inspired many people to evaluate the exploitative nature of prisons in general. Following our workshop series, we encourage people to support prisoners by writing a letter to someone who is currently serving a sentence. A list of local/regional prisoners will be available at the infoshop.

1:00pm – 5:00pm at SoapBox

Workshops:

  • 1:00pm – Security Culture
  • 3:00pm – Why write letters to people in prison?

 

Vegan potluck and letter writing following the workshop series at 4:00pm.

*The address for the show in the evening will be circulated at the infoshop*

 

 

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Flags, Tags, and Meetings

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Open hours aren’t just about stopping by to check out or read books. We’ve had other things going on too. Here’s a quick line-up of all that’s going on this coming week:

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Tibetan Prayer Flags

1. Flags! I’m sure you’re heard about the Anna Louise Inn settlement with Western Southern. If you’re pissed off, you might as well channel that anger into some art to support the Inn, right? Allies of Anna Louise Inn is still very much alive and active and still organizing their Justice Flags for the Inn art exhibit for display at the annual SOS art show The idea is not just to support the Inn, but also to stand for women’s rights and challenge corporate control of our city. We have some vinyl material over here and some markers laying around. Bring whatever other art supplies or waterproof materials for flags you’d like to bring this Monday during open hours (4-8), and we’ll make it an art party!

If you really can’t stay for the art party on Monday, you can pick up some material here during our open hours on Monday and bring it back on Thursday. All flags must be turned into Allies at the address listed here by the 26th, next Sunday. Just remember that both sides of the flag should be used.

2. Tags! If you haven’t checked out our LibraryThing catalog, you’re missing out. We’d really like to make our catalog more accessible and easy-to-use. With that in mind, we’re going to start tagging all our books on LibraryThing. We have a list of general catagories (e.g. DIY, history, etc.) that we’ll be using. Once books have been tagged, you can go to our online catalog, click on a tag topic, and all the books under that tag will come up. If you have a computer and you’re really not into making art, you should come by on Monday and Thursday to help us work on tagging books.

3. Meetings! We have a planning meeting every week, and you’re invited. This coming week, we are meeting on Wednesday at 7:00pm. We’re working hard to plan more upcoming events (like the upcoming June 11th event). You’ll hear more as details are worked out. If you have an idea for a workshop or anything else you want to lead or facilitate, then come share those ideas with us this Wednesday.

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Book Highlight: The Revolution Will Not Be Funded

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The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial ComplexAs we’ve sorted through, shelved, and catalogued the hundreds of books we’ve received over the past few weeks, we thought it’d be nice to highlight some personal favorites. We’re surprise how quickly the book collection has grown, so we’d love to put a spotlight on some of the (many) gems.

The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex is a compilation of essays compiled and edited by Incite! Women of Color Against Violence (which is an amazing organization, by the way). The book explores the ways in which non-profit activism and foundation funding distract us from working toward radical social change and keep activism under the control of the state and the ruling class.

This book may especially be useful to anyone who works with non-profit organizations, whether as a volunteer or as an employee. As a licensed social worker myself, my job prospects depend on the existence of these non-profit structures, but the book made me question some of my own beliefs about organizing for radical social change.

While the book makes a strong argument against using non-profits as a primary means of organizing, it also presents some encouraging vignettes of successful struggles built outside of the non-profit model, most notably some of the more recent organized struggles in Latin America (e.g. the Zapatista movement). Likewise, some of the writers propose that there are ways non-profit organizations can work to provide support to radical autonomous movements.

While the book provides contains plenty of thought-provoking substance, it is also a relatively easy read for someone with little time on their hands. Each chapter stands alone and can be digested separately. It is a personal favorite of mine, so I hope you take a chance to leaf through it sometime during open hours and maybe even borrow it for a while!

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Now Open Mondays and Thursdays

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SoapBox Books & Zines is now open Mondays and Thursdays 4:00-8:00 pm. You can drop by to browse our books, zine library, journals, magazines and newspapers. We also have plenty of buttons, stickers, posters, patches, notepads, planners and more.

The way this works is simple: you come in, find a book you like, fill out a check-out slip, and you get to keep it for a month! All books can be checked out anonymously, and we won’t harass you if you are late to return.

 

 

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If you can’t make it in, be sure to browse our online catalog! We are busy entering all of our books, and more donations arrive on a daily basis.

As Cincinnati’s only infoshop, we strive to bring radical and alternative literature to the region that is not carried by other bookstores in the area. In particular, we carry plenty of materials from publishers like AK Press, PM press, Haymarket Books, Eberhardt Press, CrimethInc, Microcosm Publishing, Verso, and more.

 

 

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If you are interested in volunteering, you can call our landline at (513)541-0252, send us an email or find us on Facebook.

We are also accepting donations, and are looking to build our library, so if you have extra books lying around, feel free to drop them off! You can visit us during our open hours, or leave them on the porch.

See you soon!

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A Great Success

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SoapBox Books & Zines would like to give a big thank you and shout out to everyone who made our launch day this past weekend a success!

RedBird Prison Abolition leads a work-shop.

RedBird Prison Abolition

First, we would like to thank Redbird Prison Abolition for leading an outstanding workshop on prison abolition. Stay on the lookout for opportunities to get involved with a prisoner support group –including writing letters to political prisoners–at the SoapBox in the near future.

We would also like to thank Cincinnati Food Not Bombs for sharing another great dinner with the community (Food Not Bombs currently shares food every week, and you would like to get involved, shoot them an email here: cincyfoodnotbombs@gmail.com)

FNB and others provided food

FNB and others provided food

We also would like to the Village Green Gardens and Mobo Bike Co-op for hosting two workshops on launch day and for being so helpful throughout the process.

Thanks to Luke and Noah of Filthy Beast for playing a stripped-down acoustic set for us and many thanks to the rest of the performers and artists who played during our open mic!

 

Finally, thanks to everyone who came to our dance party fundraiser and made it a fun and successful night.

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Eliza of VG Gardens led a work-shop / tour of the facility

SoapBox Books & Zines is now happy to be open every Monday and Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. We are also looking for folks who are interested in volunteering with us.

If you are interested in volunteering, you can call our landline at (513)541-0252, send us an email or find us on Facebook.

 

We are also accepting donations, and in particular, are looking to build our library, so if you have extra books lying around, feel free to drop them off! You can visit us during our open hours, or leave them on the porch.

See you soon!

 

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Coming up! – Opening May 4th

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We’ve been gaining momentum at the co-op getting the space ready for our opening event in the last few weeks and now we need you to build this community space with us!

Tonight, we will be taking book/material donations from the community from 6-7:00pm and then holding a meeting at 7:00pm to meet with people who are interested in getting involved with the info-shop.

Our project is quickly outgrowing our initial volunteer base and we’re very excited to meet and work with everyone that has reached out to us in the last few months. We’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of love and support that we’ve received from local & national publishers, community members, and our fellow programs at the Village Green Foundation.

Filling the shelves!

So come out and see us! If you have a few books, or other materials to donate. Call the co-op’s landline at (513)541-0252, send us an email or find us on Facebook, or if it’s convenient, just drop off a box of donations on co-op’s porch if you don’t have time to stick around.

We’ll see you on Saturday!

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Donation Day: Thursday, May 2nd, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

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Hey friends,

Books lying around you don’t read? Posters gathering dust? Have three different editions of Capital but still trying to finish the first one?

Luckily for you, SoapBox Books & Zines has set up a special donation hour this Thursday, May 2nd, from 6-7 pm. You can bring all your donations -books, zines, magazines, posters, buttons, stickers, rugs, lamps, coffee makers, anything!- that you want to get rid of that somebody else could definitely use.

Additionally, folks who want to help out this weekend with our launch day or learn about other volunteering opportunities are welcome too!

We are now accepting donations for:

  • Books, zines, maps, posters, magazines, etc
  • Computers
  • Printer/scanner
  • Chairs
  • Coffee tables
  • Printer paper
  • Cash donations acceptable too

For more information, please contact soapboxbooks@riseup.net

- The SoapBox team

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Getting Ready…

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SoapBox Books & Zines volunteers gathered earlier this week to clean, organize, and to start measuring for the construction of book shelves!

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We have been working closely with the Village Green Gardens Program and MoBo Bike Collective to turn this space into a community center and infoshop. Our first bookshelf is already up!

We are now accepting donations for:

  • Books, zines, maps, posters, magazines, etc
  • Computers
  • Printer/scanner
  • Chairs
  • Coffee tables
  • Printer paper
  • Cash donations acceptable too

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For more information, please contact soapboxbooks@riseup.net

Keep on the lookout for more updates, a launch party, volunteer opportunities and more!

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Spring Cleaning

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The Village Green FoundationFIrst Volunteer DayTeam PowerCleaning

SoapBox Books & Zines had our first volunteer day to set up shop at the Village Green Foundation. Volunteers swept, dusted and organized the front room.Next week we’ll be building shelves to house our books.

For more information, please contact soapboxbooks@riseup.net

Now accepting donations!

  • Books, zines, maps, posters, magazines, etc
  • Computers
  • Printer/scanner
  • Chairs
  • Coffee tables
  • Printer paper
  • Money

Until we open, please either call or email us to schedule a time to drop off donations.

Keep on the lookout for more information about our opening events the first week of May!

Thank you to MoBo Bike Collective , the Community Gardens and everyone at VGF for working with us. We’re all excited to work together to make our community a more vibrant place.

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