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Libertie Valance

Libertie Valance

Libertie is a founding member of Firestorm Books & Coffee, a nearly eight-year-old anarchist worker co-operative in Asheville, NC. As someone who barely counts as a millenial (and feels funny about being described as such), Libertie was introduced to collective action through post-Seattle participation in the Anti-Globalist Movement.

Inspired by the rich history of anti-capitalist economic activism and contemporary co-operatives from Argentina to Baltimore, Libertie has devoted much time to exploring economic models for liberation since moving to Asheville in 2005. Although failures and mistakes often seem to outnumber victories, some combination of stubbornness and perennial optimism has kept Libertie rooted in the work of growing and maintaining a visible, local alternative to business-as-usual.