I hope that you (and yours) are hanging in there. I’m reaching out to you because Palabras Bilingual Bookstore needs our support to weather the current Covid-19 health crisis. In order to keep this magical space up and running through the summer, Chawa Magaña (owner/operator) and Jeff Slim (Chawa’s right hand human) need help covering basic operating expenses (think rent, water, electric, basic inventory, etc.). Whether or not you can provide financial support, there are lots of ways we can show up for Chawa and Jeff right now, because we can’t imagine a Phoenix without Palabras.
Palabras is a one-of-a-kind gem. It is womxn-owned, Latinx/Diné-run, and Arizona’s only bilingual bookstore. But Palabras is far more than a bookstore—Palabras is a space OF, BY, and FOR the community. It has devoted itself to providing a home for our local POC, LGBTQ+, and other powerful (though marginalized) communities. Even in these difficult times, Palabras has continued to provide support, hosting virtual “POC-It-To-Me” open mics, uplifting undersung voices through online bookclubs/writing groups, and serving as a physical drop-off/pick-up site for the Covid-19 Phoenix Mutual Aid Network . Now is a time when we can stand alongside Chawa and Jeff as they work to keep Palabras alive for all of us.
There are three key ways that you can stand in solidarity with Palabras right now:
–Contribute online via the “Support Palabras” GoFundMe campaign.
–Shop online at the Palabras website or set up an in-store appointment to buy books, self-care items, gift cards, and more! *If possible, please pay via PayPal at checkout since it’s more efficient than card processing and reduces fees.*
–Send checks to Palabras at 1738 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, Arizona 85006. In the memo, write “Support for Palabras.”
–Share the “Support Palabras” GoFundMe campaign on your social media.
–Encourage others to shop online at the Palabras website or to set up an in-store appointment . *Again, if possible, encourage them to pay via PayPal at checkout to increase efficiency and reduce fees.*
–Send public or private affirmations to Chawa and Jeff via Facebook , Instagram , or email ([email redacted]).
–Share stories on your social media about what Palabras means to you.
Palabras has supported so many of us over the last 5 years, and now members of the community are committed to supporting Palabras in this time of need. We refuse to imagine a Phoenix without Palabras.
Thank you and take care!
Friends of Palabras
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