A bookstore in Boulder, Colorado, is taking a stand against racism and hate speech.
The Boulder Bookstore Collective, which has been in business since the 1950s, recently announced its intention to close on May 19, 2018.
“We are so thankful to the community for their support and understanding of our desire to close, but the closure is inevitable,” the Boulder Bookshop Collective said in a statement.
“As we move forward, we are determined to do the right thing for our community, our employees, our customers, and our community as a whole.”
The group has been at the forefront of the campaign against racism.
“Boulder is a city that is diverse and we have a great community,” the group said.
“Our community and Boulder will always be part of our city.
We want to do everything in our power to support the community and to support our employees and their families.”
The Boulder Collective has also taken a stance against hate speech, and has worked with several groups to bring awareness to hate speech online.
“A big part of this campaign is about being visible and engaging in that kind of speech,” the Collective’s founder, Lisa Smith, told the Associated Press.
“I think a lot of the backlash that comes in is not just the kind of hateful speech that is out there.
It’s the kind that we are seeing in our own stores.”
The Collective has set a goal of raising $50,000 in the next 12 months for the organization to open a new location.
The bookshop is located at 1230 E. Broadway St., Boulder, CO 80302.
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