The Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) is a terrific treat for the senses. It has a delightful bookstore with books from around the world. The shop is a cluttered space of colourful trinkets, bright scarves, organic food products and other very stimulating bric a brac (like the beautiful wooden dragonfly that balances on the tip of his nose or the quirky postcards with a conscience). It has fascinating historical connections with stones of the bar tracing origins to the Reading Abbey and associations with the famous Quaker, William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania! To add to this perfection, RISC also houses the Global World Cafe which is a quaint place with large-melting-over-themselves-droopy-faced-candles and wonderful Ethiopian food. It hosts live music shows from Dub to Indie and Folk, has documentary screenings, has an award winning terrace garden and generally is as good a place as it sounds.
Why am I telling you all this? A few months back, RISC exposed me to some powerful documentaries which made me write this. That's why. And because they have restored my faith in the strength of collective action.