Womyn on the verge
Another one of Atlanta’s independent bookstores is on the brink going out of business. The text below is from a blast e-mail from the store.
Dear Charis Community,
Do you still need and want Charis to be here?
We hear shoppers and volunteers and community members say yes, Charis is needed and wanted, but the numbers are singing a different song; if business doesn’t pick up rapidly, WE WILL BE FORCED TO CLOSE.
Many of you are regular shoppers here, and for that we thank you- you have kept us alive. We ask that all of you, regardless of your Charis frequency, read this message and pass it along to others who might benefit from shopping at Charis and want us to stay alive.
Please take a moment and reflect upon what Charis has meant to you over the last 31 years of operation. For many it is a safe space, an oasis from the bible belt mentality, a community, a gathering place, the first place you turn to when you’re looking for books you are scared to ask for. For others it is simply a great spot for finding unique gift items, a place where you are an individual with tastes and needs rather than a dollar amount. It has been a space for finding voice, for speaking out, for celebrating diversity. Over these many years, Charis has been many things to many people, and much more than just another place to buy books.
Now imagine a world without Charis.
Unfortunately, that world is looking more and more realistic. In the face of corporate domination (both online and down the street), more and more independent businesses are being forced to close their doors. Don’t let that happen to Charis! Don’t let corporations determine what our neighborhoods and cultures look like! IF YOU WANT CHARIS TO BE HERE FOR ANOTHER GENERATION, THEN NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY BOOKS LIKE NEVER BEFORE! With gas prices on the rise, and the economy in a general state of crisis, it is more convenient than ever to succumb to one-stop shopping at superstores and online giants. That is why it is more important than ever to continue to support local, independent businesses. As cookie-cutter chains dot the globe, our culture is looking more and more homogenous and corporately controlled. If you want a future that looks different from corporate domination, different from massive deforestation and suburban sprawl, different from right-wing agenda censorship, then put your money where your heart is and live what you believe. SHOPPING AT LOCAL, INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Shop independent. Shop local. Shop feminist. Shop woman-owned. Shop outside the box. Shop Charis for ALL your reading needs! We believe that books can change lives. Make a difference with your holiday spending this season.
We welcome your creative ideas and suggestions-we want to survive and thrive!
In solidarity and with appreciation, Sara, Linda, Angela, Debby, Nicole, Kerrie