Our Job is to Make Revolution Irresistible

“As a cultural worker who belongs to an oppressed people, my job is to make revolution irresistible.”

-Toni Cade Bambara, interview with Kay Bonetti, 1982

Dear Charis Circle Friends:

We know that we are living in dangerous days and that the people who most often call Charis home are also the people who are most at risk in a city, a state, a country, and a world that does not value all lives, all loves, all stories. We know that many of you are heartbroken and afraid. We also know that many of you are broken open and activated politically in ways that you previously never could have imagined. What we possess that those who seek to harm us do not is a more spectacular capacity for creativity, for strategy, and for joy that comes from our investment in the dignity and value of the infinite stories and experiences that make us human, complex, and whole.

Charis Circle exists to bring more stories into your life; stories that inspire, stories that heal, stories that must, in these days especially, make revolution irresistible. We have always been more than a programming arm of a bookstore, and this year in particular, we felt all the ways that all of you entered into the space: to be transformed, to study and to learn from our histories, to make mistakes and try again, to keep coming back to the drawing board, to dream more liberatory and inclusive dreams. For all of the energy and heart you have poured into this space, we thank you. For all of the time and money and goodwill you have poured into this space, we thank you. Charis is only a cultural home for so many because of your love, investment, and stories.

As a member of the Charis community, we want to make sure you know we will be moving the physical location of Charis Books and Charis Circle to Decatur to partner with Agnes Scott College in early 2019. We appreciate your patience and your continued enthusiasm as the difficulties of renovating a beautiful Victorian house into our new Charis home have taken longer than we hoped (termites, new floors, new roof, oh my!). We are excited about the renovated space, the possibilities for daytime programming for the first time, increased accessibility, and new partnerships. And did we mention a bigger parking lot? Perhaps most importantly, we are excited about what this move means for the long-term sustainability of our organization. Our new partnership with Agnes Scott is an opportunity for us to reach even more communities and innovate our programming and reach in exciting ways, while also remaining true to what has made us your home for 44 years. Thanks to the generosity of Charis community members like you, we have secured more than $300,000 to date to fund our big move, leaving us just under $50,000 left to raise to fully realize this vision for Charis.

In order to close our gap by the end of the year and share with you the new possibilities afforded by this historic partnership of Charis at Agnes, we need your help. Please consider renewing your support for Charis Circle by making a tax-deductible gift to help us cross the finish line on our Fund the Feminist Future campaign. Your support will fund the final stretch of construction and our move to our new space. Donate securely online today or if you prefer to send a check please send your check payable to Charis Circle to 1189 Euclid Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30307. If you would like to discuss gifts of stock or planned giving options, please email ERAnderson@chariscircle.org.

With the holidays upon us, we wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on all that we are able to accomplish with your support. With your continued support, we will be able to do even more together. If you have any questions or would like to be put on a list to help with our move when we are ready, please contact E.R. Anderson at ERAnderson@chariscircle.org.

With deepest thanks,

                                                                         

Susana Morris                                                            E.R. Anderson

Board Chair                                                              Executive Director