In the lovely city of Milwaukee lies an amazing feminist bookstore called Broad Vocabulary. I had the pleasure of visiting the store this summer, on a fundraising trip for Bitch. It was truly one of my highlights: I love bookstores, I love feminist bookstores, and I especially love feminist radical bookstores like Broad Vocabulary.
I guess I can't say I was too surprised when I heard the news yesterday that they might be closing -- feminist bookstores (and independent bookstores more generally) are closing left and right these days, the most recent one being Word Is Out in Colorado.
Upon further research, I discovered that a newly-formed cooperative -- A Broader Vocabulary -- has been formed and is working hard to keep the doors open -- they're looking for donations and people to get involved.
If you live in Milwaukee, please attend their fundraiser this Sunday and get involved in efforts to keep the doors open. Everyone else, please spread the word!
PHOENIX RISING EXTRAVAGANZA FUNDRAISER
Broad Vocabulary, 2241 S. Kinnickinnic
All day: Fantastic arts and crafts by local feminists on sale! Join our Femiknits Knit-a-thon! Other events still being scheduled!
5:00-10:00 pm -- The party moves to the back room of the Sugar Maple (441 E Lincoln), to include an open mic "adult story time" and special guest Laura from The Tool Shed (Milwaukee's feminist sex toy shop).
Bring: yourself, your friends, your favorite adult or feminist story to share, your hard earned pennies. your check book!
Cost: All events are free of cost, but we need your investment in order to purchase the store! Come prepared to be generous and festive.
For more information, email abroadervocabulary(at)gmail.com
Mail donations to: A Broader Vocabulary, PO Box 070612 Milwaukee, WI 53207