Gabrielle Kinté, the owner of the store was forced to leave the first location before the end of the lease due to intolerable conditions (see video of constant leaking water) and had to move to a new space. Yet the landlords of the old space, despite its untenable conditions, are now suing for thousands and now we are collecting money for legal support so that the bookstore can continue to operate.
This bookstore is so much more than a bookstore, it is a community space, a family space, featuring all books from & about people of colour. It is located in Montreal-Nord, the poorest neighbourhood in Quebec and also home to brilliant wildly diverse peoples from Haitian, North African and LatinX peoples.
edit: we are so grateful and honoured for the incredible support so far! Should the collected money go over what is required for legal fees, it will go towards helping the library pursue its mission in the new space: books, materials and other necessities.
Nos aspirations :
- développer une collection spécialisée de livres, zines, etc.
- être un espace pour les artistes racisé.e.s afin de réaliser des performances ou des expositions.
- être un espace de mobilisation citoyenne sur les enjeux qui touchent nos communautés
Le Devoir: https://www.ledevoir.com/lire/548076/racines-une-librairie-a-montreal-nord
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