|The Columbia Journal
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Volume Ten, Number Two March 2005 www.columbiajournal.ca
Spartacus Books wins Roger Inman Memorial Award
The CCEC Credit Union recently presented the Spartacus Books Educational Society with the 12th Annual Roger Inman Memorial Award for Community Economic Development at their Annual General Meeting on February 2, 2005. CCEC Credit Union gives the award annually "in recognition of a group, individual or project that has made a significant contribution to “the economic development of the community.” Spartacus Books was also presented with a $1000 cash award from the Roger Inman Trust.
CCEC Credit Union, situated on Commercial Drive in Vancouver, has been serving the co-operative, community business and non-profit sector since 1976. They pool the savings and financial activities of individuals, co-operatives and other community groups. The money is invested by lending for job creation, co-operative financing, and other forms of community economic development.
Long-time members of CCEC Credit Union since 1977, the Spartacus Books Educational Society, a registered non-profit society, provided a community space and housed a unique collection of books and alternative resources in its Downtown Eastside retail home on Hastings Street, for more than 30 years. Last April, a fire completely destroyed Spartacus. All merchandise and store materials, worth over $100,000 were lost, as well as an irreplaceable radical poster archive detailing 30 years of Vancouver activist history.
The Spartacus Books Collective is committed to rebuilding the store, despite the obvious hurdles of re-paying debts to publishers, and stocking a new store's shelves with books. The mission of Spartacus Books is to provide information and resources to groups and individuals seeking social justice and the advancement of progressive causes. Spartacus has never put a high priority on profit-making - their goal has been to provide information at a reasonable price for people of low income. And people are free to read and learn from any of their materials, even if they can't purchase them. The story of Spartacus Books is one of people coming together across lines to work jointly to provide a resource for social change. Throughout Spartacus' history, it has brought together people across a wide range of progressive political stripes, people united by the common cause of making available information excluded from the mainstream corporate outlets.
Since the fire, the Collective has engaged in a fund-raising drive to raise the necessary funds to rebuild. Concerned individuals, organizations and supporters old and new have rallied to contribute to the effort, demonstrating the powerful significance of Spartacus in the Vancouver community. For more information on the rebuilding of Spartacus Books, they can be contacted through their website at www.spartacusbooks.org or by phone at 604-688-6138.