On December 15, 2021, the mail-order space of the CrimethInc. Ex-Workers Collective was destroyed in a catastrophic fire that reduced three large buildings to burned-out shells in downtown Olympia, Washington. Thousands of our books, posters, and stickers were entirely consumed, not to mention equipment and supplies. We lost everything that was in the space.
This represents a tremendous setback to us. To resume operations, we will need to replace the books, posters, stickers, computers, printers, packing materials, furniture, and many other things, and to secure a new space.
We are an all-volunteer operation. We have always run on a shoestring budget, selling all our print material at break-even prices. We've been doing this for 25 years, supporting the social movements that we participate in. We don't receive grants or any other source of outside funding. We are determined to get back on our feet and continue our mission, but we're going to need help.
It is especially unfortunate that this occurs now when we are on the cusp of completing a Kickstarter campaign to reprint two of our books. The good news is that since those books are still in the printing queue at the factory, they were not destroyed in the fire. They will still go out as promised as soon as we receive them. It feels daunting to ask for *more* help now, but we really have no other choice.
Lastly, in addition to making a one time donation to help us get back on our feet, we implore you to consider making a monthly, reoccurring donation to help us sustain this work in the years to come. Tax-deductible donations can also be made directly at https://crimethinc.com/support.
Thank you so much to everyone who has helped us make it this far. If we can get through this, we promise to keep doing this work for decades to come.
I’m Shane Becker. I’m part of the publishing group in question. It was our mail-order fulfillment space that burned down. Our plan is to transfer the funds directly to the bank account of the publishing operation. As we have promised our supporters, the funds will be spent to reprint the books and posters that were destroyed in the fire; to replace the computers, printers, packing materials, and furniture that we lost; and to pay for a new space from which to operate.