The Lucy Parsons Center Collective

What is the Lucy Parsons Center?

The Lucy Parsons Center is a volunteer-run nonprofit collective that operates as both a radical, independent bookstore and a community center, as well as a free meeting and event space for local activist groups or community activities.

The Lucy Parsons Center was founded on July 1, 1992. It is a successor organization to the Red Book Store, originally founded in 1969 (or 1971, or 1972, depending on your source!). The Red Book Store gave outstanding service to Boston's progressive/radical community for more than 20 years, and many of its traditions, allies and experiences have been folded into the Lucy Parsons Center's history.

The LPC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It is maintained entirely by volunteers, with a few exceptions. The LPC is a multi-tendency independent educational institution not affiliated with or beholden to any other individual, group, party, organization or government.

The Collective

Activities and decisions of the Lucy Parsons Center are made collectively, by collective members. The collective members are volunteers that participate in running and operating the Center, who agree to the mission of the Center and choose to time and energy in furthering the mission of the collective as well as participating in decision making processes. Collective members operate the center and make decisions through regular collective meetings. Anyone is welcome to attend Steering Committee meetings, however only collective members may participate in decision making. All decisions are made by consensus.


Primarily, collective members staff the bookstore, which involves handling the daily customer sales and upkeep of the store. However, the LPC is not just a bookstore. We participate and facilitate many activities within and outside of the bookstore such as: bookkeeping, book ordering, staffing/schedule coordinator, book tabling at local events, coordinating events in-store, running workshops, fundraising, and much more. Those interested in becoming involved in the Lucy Parsons Center are free to call or come in to the bookstore and sign up for volunteer training or simply talk with any collective member.


The Lucy Parsons Center depends upon the sales of books, magazines, and other items for its income. We will periodically appeal to individual donors, apply for grants, host fundraising events such as benefit lectures, dinners, etc. We need, encourage, and appreciate donations of services, materials, and money. You can donate money to us online, if you wish.