Social justice cafe to open in Duluth, a collective with books, coffee and events

A social justice collective in Duluth plans to open a radical coffee house/book store.

It’s scheduled to open June 1, which is the final day of the DFL state convention in Duluth.

They’re calling it Jefferson People’s House, and say it’s a democratic worker-owned, collectively-managed space with the slogan: “Coffee, Books, Social Justice, Toast.”

The location, at 15th Av. E., near Superior St., is under the  Anytime Fitness building, formerly Stewart’s Bikes & Sports.

Organizers say in addition to the coffee and books, the space will be open for organizing, with social justice groups invited to come in and discuss their work.

“We want people to know we have a belief system, but it’s open to everyone,” member Rachael Kilgour told the Duluth News Tribune.

The paper said “there will be a system for people to ‘pay forward’ for customers who might not have enough money to pay for a coffee or some toast. Those who donate will have a ‘free’ card posted that people can use.”

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