Haymarket Books – Buena Park’s new neighbor?

800 W Buena, Chicago, IL

A little corner of Buena Park is voting on a zoning variance to allow Haymarket Books to purchase the mansion on the corner of 800 West Buena. It would put a feather in our cap.

Haymarket would be a boon to Buena Park because they are committed to being a community resource.

They need a zoning variance to accommodate their monthly community meetings. How wonderful!

What a happy coincidence! A key element of my budding business, New Community Vision, is hosting monthly community gatherings too. Having them at Haymarket Books would have been beyond my wildest imagination but it could really happen at 800 West Buena.

Have you ever heard anyone complain that the Newberry Library is a hassle for the neighborhood?

From Haymarket’s website:

Our mission is to publish books that contribute to struggles for social and economic justice. We strive to make our books a vibrant and organic part of social movements and the education and development of a critical, engaged, international left.

We take inspiration and courage from our namesakes, the Haymarket Martyrs, who gave their lives fighting for a better world. Their 1886 struggle for the eight-hour day – which gave us May Day, the international workers’ holiday – reminds workers around the world that ordinary people can organize and struggle for their own liberation. These struggles continue today across the globe—struggles against oppression, exploitation, poverty, and war.

Since our founding in 2001, Haymarket has published more than 500 titles. Radically independent, Haymarket seeks to drive a wedge into the risk-averse world of corporate book publishing. Our authors include Noam Chomsky, Arundhati Roy, Rebecca Solnit, Angela Davis, Howard Zinn, Amy Goodman, Wallace Shawn, Mike Davis, Winona LaDuke, Ilan Pappé, Richard Wolff, Dave Zirin, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Nick Turse, Dahr Jamail, David Barsamian, Elizabeth Laird, Amira Hass, Mark Steel, Avi Lewis, Naomi Klein, and Neil Davidson. We are also the trade publishers of the acclaimed Historical Materialism Book Series and of Dispatch Books. 

I hope that the neighbors approve Haymarket Books’ zoning variance. It would make a great neighborhood even more eclectic and interesting.


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