Hello, Modern Times volunteers!

Modern Times is the Bay Area's oldest collectively owned and operated community bookstore. In 1971, Modern Times opened its doors. It was one of the many "movement" bookstores that sprang up in major US cities, in response to the optimism and turmoil of the times, when the war in Vietnam was still raging and young people by the thousands were taking to the streets in protest. Forty years later, we've weathered a few re-locations, endured through Nixon, Ford, the Bushes, Reagan, and some other guys, acted as a conduit for information and legal support for hundreds of arrested protesters, and hosted events, classes, and readings by hundreds of authors, educators, organizers, movers, and shakers. We've been in the streets for -- and welcomed weary customers in from the streets before, during, and after -- the end of the Vietnam war, the White Night Riots, the fall of the Berlin wall, ACT-UP and AIDS protests, the United Farm Workers, waves of feminism, Seattle and the WTO, environmental devastation, protests against the US involvement in over two dozen wars, FTAA & NAFTA resistance, prison abolition, and Occupying/Decolonizing, just to name a few.

As we all know, the revolution will not be funded and the print industry is looking for new ways to thrive in a world of tweets and ebooks. And still, we're fiercely dedicated to varied revolutions, printed matter, and, most importantly, our opportunity to act as a community resource. However mighty, loud, big-hearted, and steadfast, the MTBS collective is but a few people and can only do so much! We rely on helping hands to get down and dirty, do some cheerleading, provide new ideas, and keep the dream alive.

Thank you, over and over again, for your interest in volunteering. We can't wait to meet you. And, if we're already acquainted, we can't wait to love you more. Volunteers receive a 15% discount on their purchases, as well as our unwavering adoration and devotion.

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