From Duluth to Decatur, these bookstores are helping the fight for reproductive justice. ‹ Literary Center


June 27, 2022 at 2:25 p.m

As usual, indie bookstores remain a ray of hope in this country. After Friday’s devastating decision, Roe v. To overthrow Wade, many feminist/social justice-oriented bookstores became havens for mourners across the country — particularly in states with trigger laws in place. Some set up special exhibits and placed books on abortion rights and reproductive justice in the front of the store; Many have always advocated putting this knowledge in the hands of readers.

Cash This publishers weekly article about bookstores fighting the good fight. This is by no means a complete list, so feel free to add more in the comments.

Bookstore Zenith (Duluth, Minnesota)
Zenith Bookstore donated 10 percent of last week’s sales to Pro-Choice Minnesota.

women and children first (Chicago, IL)
This feminist bookstore has teamed up with the Chicago Abortion Fund and closed early on Friday to allow staff to protest.

Charis Bookstore (Decatur, GA)
Charis is the South’s oldest independent feminist bookstore. They regularly act as a safe haven for the community and do what they can to spread information about how to have a safe and healthy abortion accessible.

blue stockings (New York, NY)
This cooperative is New York’s only bookstore run by queer, transgender and sex workers; they get together this very helpful resource list following the decision.

Katonah Reading Room (Westchester, New York)
The Katonah Reading Room matched donations for women’s health and reproductive rights; raised $40,000(!) this weekend.

The second star from the right (Denver, Colorado)
Second Star to the Right donates 5 percent of sales to Planned Parenthood for one month; shop!

A room for yourself (Madison, WI)
The booksellers at A Room of One’s Own have created a free zine: Accessible Abortion Forever: Resources for People After 6/24/2022; They will also email you the file for free if you want to make copies and distribute them everywhere!


Also in case you want some recommended reading on the subject of reproductive justice here are some titles that were in high demand over the weekend:

robin martin, New Handbook for a Post-Roe America

Ann Fessler, The girls who left

Lauren Rankine, body on the line

Laura Kaplan, The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service

Katie Watson, Scarlet A: The ethics, law and policy of habitual abortion

Bessel van der Kolk, The body matters

[h/t Publishers Weekly]


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