By Claire Byun
A Mid-City book store known for its geeky culture is hoping to give residents whatever they need to thrive in the current political climate.
Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop, on North Carrollton Avenue, is hosting a Political Action Forum on Saturday to give residents a monthlong action plan on what they can do to protect their personal rights – and the rights of those close to them.
Candice Huber, owner of Tubby & Coo’s, said she decided to host a forum after participating in last week’s Women’s March on Washington and Disrupt J20 Rally.
“I had a lot of people asking what we could do and where to start,” Huber said. “I saw this as an opportunity.”
The idea of the forum is to inform people of the political climate and resources available to residents who are opposed to any new laws or executive orders proposed by the country’s new administration, Huber said. Interested residents will also be able to network with each other, Huber said, and connect with local organizations with similar interests.
The goal, Huber said, is for everyone to walk away with a personal action plan for the next 30 days.
A political forum is a little different from Tubby and Coo’s usual events, and Huber said it’s because of the welcoming atmosphere the nerdy bookshop presents. As a space that’s “always accepted the misfits and weird people and those who don’t have anywhere else to go,” Tubby & Coo’s wants to remain a place where everyone feels safe.
“I feel like that is being threatened in the current political climate,” Huber said.
The forum runs from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the book store, 631 N. Carrollton Ave. For more information, or to RSVP, visit the store’s Facebook page.