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Activist Bookstore in NYC Facing Eviction for Handing Out Overdose Prevention Kits<!-- wp:html --><p>Justin Sullivan</p> <p><a href="https://www.thedailybeast.com/why-millennial-feminists-dont-like-hillary">Bluestockings</a> Cooperative Bookstore, a longstanding, cooperatively-owned activist bookstore on the <a href="https://www.thedailybeast.com/keyword/lower-east-side">Lower East Side</a> of Manhattan, is now facing eviction, for, in part, handing out the opioid overdose treatment spray Narcan for free to anyone who wants it, <a href="https://www.curbed.com/2023/12/bluestockings-bookstore-eviction-narcan-overdose-free-food.html"><em>Curbed </em>reported</a> this week. </p> <p>In October, Bluestockings, which has been present in its location since 1999, received a 15-day “notice to cure” from its landlord that lists violations including “unauthorized use of the premises as a medical facility.” The notice also chastises Bluestockings for “permitting homeless individuals to use the basement restroom” creating a “hazardous condition” for other tenants in the area by handing out food. </p> <p>To resolve the order, Bluestockings would likely have to stop offering free resources like overdose prevention training and stop handing out free items like toothpaste and socks; but, bookstore worker Raquel Espasande told <em>Curbed</em>, “We will never stop offering our completely legal, free resources to the community.”</p> <p><a href="https://www.thedailybeast.com/bluestockings-cooperative-bookstore-in-nyc-facing-eviction-for-handing-out-narcan-for-overdose-prevention-kits">Read more at The Daily Beast.</a></p><!-- /wp:html -->

Justin Sullivan

Bluestockings Cooperative Bookstore, a longstanding, cooperatively-owned activist bookstore on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, is now facing eviction, for, in part, handing out the opioid overdose treatment spray Narcan for free to anyone who wants it, Curbed reported this week.

In October, Bluestockings, which has been present in its location since 1999, received a 15-day “notice to cure” from its landlord that lists violations including “unauthorized use of the premises as a medical facility.” The notice also chastises Bluestockings for “permitting homeless individuals to use the basement restroom” creating a “hazardous condition” for other tenants in the area by handing out food.

To resolve the order, Bluestockings would likely have to stop offering free resources like overdose prevention training and stop handing out free items like toothpaste and socks; but, bookstore worker Raquel Espasande told Curbed, “We will never stop offering our completely legal, free resources to the community.”

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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