Institute for Social and Cultural Change

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Institute for Social and Cultural Change

"Along with South End Press, the Institute for Social and Cultural Change includes Z Magazine, Alternative Radio and Speak Out." [1]

Lydia Sargent notes that "in 1976, I joined with seven others in regular planning sessions for what became South End Press. I was willing to do this because I was assured that it would be: (a) possible; (b) exciting (there would be no recreating the hierarchies, competition for profit, and all the other grossities we had been criticizing for years); (c) something I could do very well—an ex-activist, future actor/gym teacher was just what they needed; and it would be (d) unbelievably non sexist.

"During the next year, we hammered out a mission statement and a structure and process for a model democratic workplace; we raised the money to buy a five-story building in the South End of Boston; we moved into that building; we purchased equipment, met with other progressive publishers to learn what to do; read up on the publishing industry, particularly distribution; located a printer and a warehouse; taught ourselves to typeset and layout books; and incorporated as "The Institute for Social and Cultural Change, d/b/a South End Press," a non-profit, tax exempt institution." [2]



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  1. About, South End Press, accessed December 14, 2007.
  2. Creating Institutions, Znet, accessed December 14, 2007.