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Radical Brownies

Public Services & Government, Nonprofit Organization

Description

The Radical Brownies seeks to "empower young girls of color so that they step into their collective power, brilliance and leadership in order to make the world a more radical place," according to their Facebook page. What happens when you mix the black legacy of Oakland protest, racial injustice and 8 to 11-year-old girls? You get a revolutionary group called the "Radical Brownies" "who don brown berets and participate in "Black Lives Matter" protests in order to help spread a message of racial justice," "How amazing would it be to have a girls’ troop that was really focused around social justice and where girls could even earn badges?" Ms. Martinez explained. After marching in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Oakland last month, the Radical Brownies earned their first badge, a "Black Lives Matter" badge complete with a black power fist.

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Alma C

2/17/2015

It's a bit of a walk from Spring Street 6 Train station but it is worth it. It is filled to the brim with books on activism such as feminism, the staff is knowledgeable on relevant subject matter, and the book selection is fantastic so much so that I spotted "Feminism is for everybody" by bell hooks. The vegan brownies are also very good. Great place to sit and read too.

Allie H

2/17/2015

Really like this independent bookstore.The space is inviting and contemporary they have wonderful author readings here that are intimate and noteworthy but often overlooked.The face area is very popular and can get very crowded and noisy.They have wife but I never seem to be able to connect; the wait staff in the past was notorious for being rude & unhelpful but upon a recent visit they might have changed some of their workers.So much so, that they've gotten a skilled Batista that can do amazing steamed milk art on your culpa Joe or hot chocolate! Impressive.They also have very comfortable chairs dotted around the store that's great for a casual read and for book perusing. During my last visit, they still have costumers pay for the bathroom but if that keeps the place clean it's a good thing.

Cornelia D

2/17/2015

Bookstores are so fun, and this is the best there is! Huge selection, knowledgable staff, and an institution in the city. Glad it's not going anywhere, because I love coming here to browse.

Elin S

2/17/2015

This was one of my favorite places to while away the time and sift for treasure when I lived in New York, and I'm pleased to see that things haven't changed much over the years and that it's still going strong.Definitely a New York institution that I hope lasts well into the future.

K T

2/17/2015

As a bookstore and community center, Bluestockings is an amazing place. Whenever I'm part of an event here or find one to attend, I get excited. This place is a labor of love and it shows.

As a bookstore, Bluestockings has a great selection of books about feminism, activism, queer issues, etc. for a store it's size. This makes sense given it's a feminist bookstore :) The fictions sections aren't as well-stocked. You may still find some gems there.

There are a couple of sections of the store that could quality as a cafe. They do serve coffee and tea and some pastries/ Let me tell you, though: they do not want to be doing these things. The folks who volunteer at Bluestockings know that part of being a modern bookstore is having a cafe type thing and service cafe type drinks. It's very clear that they do this begrudgingly.

I can't be mad about that.

There are events every night and I encourage you to take a look at their calendar. Panel discussions, readings, community organizing, there is always something. The space is small and some events have small attendance. Some events have tons of people trying to crowd in and I love it. A tip, though: in the summer, be sure their A/C is working before you go. Cuz, um... yeah.

Otherwise, A+ would come again (and I do).

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