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Flying Squirrel Community Space

Who we are

The Flying Squirrel is a welcoming space for artists, activists, and community members in Rochester. We aim to cultivate and sustain long lasting relationships so we can work together to create positive social change.

  • 285 Clarissa St. Rochester NY, 14608
  • 585-678-6870

What's Happening?

Using the Space

Need a space to hold your event? We'd love to work with you. We host all kinds of events including group meetings, private parties, music shows, film screenings, speakers, and more.

Watch "At the River I Stand" in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

In honor of MLK Day, the Flying Squirrel Community Space is screening the film “At the River I Stand.”

A screening of “At the River I Stand”
Sunday, January 22, 2017, 3pm - 5pm
Flying Squirrel Community Space, 285 Clarissa St.
Suggested donation: $5
Facebook event:


About the film:
Memphis, Tennessee. Spring 1968 marked the dramatic climax of the Civil Rights movement. “At the River I Stand” documents the transformation of a 65 day strike by 1,300 sanitation workers into a national struggle. The film builds connections between civil rights & workers’ rights, racial & economic justice & explores how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s support of the strikers made him a more despised target, ending in the tragedy of his death.

Benefit for Earth First! and Standing Rock Comrades

Saturday, December 17, 2016
12pm - 10pm
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa St.
Rochester, NY

We start the day off with a Local Holiday Bazarr at Noon featuring…
Khaos By Design
Smug Town Mushrooms
Thievin Stephen
Rachel Dow
The Vineyard
Leather by Ava
Wild Thistle Herb

A Delicious meal will be served and prepared by Rochester Food Not Bombs!!

With music starting at 3!
Girl Cock
( in your face acoustic not to be missed!)
(ex city harvest black ambient noise)
(will make you cry like cutting a whole bag of onions in one sitting)
American Terrorist
(so raw your crust will fall off)
(post punk earth warriors from the Mid Hudson Valley)
Rotten UK
(You know the drill Back to War!)

I want to take a moment and recongnize the victory at Standing Rock this week! However we still have a long way to go. History shows there is no accountability held within our goverment and the damage has been done. We have an uncertain future and commrades whom been harmed need redemption!

Stay updated at

Earth First! is a globalized group that does just that for our mother earth! We are holding the Organizers Conference/ Winter Rondevous in the Mid Hudson Valley Febuary 14-21st. We need to raise some dough to house and feed all you radical earth warriors! to find out what we are all about check out

Medic Monthly Meeting

Join the Rochester Street Medic Collective for our Monthly meeting. On the agenda:

Debrief & Report Back
CPR Techniques
First Aid Kit Fundraiser for the Standing Rock Medics & Healers

Monday, December 12, 2016
7pm - 9pm
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa St.
Rochester, NY

November Monday Mayhem: watch Idiocracy

It's time for November Monday Mayhem! And we're showing a film that lines up with the impending election! Join us for some laughs (because the reality is so dissatisfying)!

November Monday Mayhem!
Watch the film “Idiocracy”
Monday, November 7, 2016
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa St.
Rochester, NY
Suggested Donation: $5
Facebook Event:


About the film:
Idiocracy is a 2006 comedy produced and directed by Mike Judge, the creator of “Beavis and Butthead.” The film's story is about an ordinary person who gets frozen for 500 years in a military experiment and wakes up to an America run by mindless consumerism. The film was squelched immediately upon its release for shedding a negative light on corporate America. It initially opened in only seven cities and was never aired on network TV. It became a cult favorite after being released on DVD but still ended up in the bargain bin. The film is getting renewed scrutiny today in light of the Trump candidacy and dysfunctional congress. A popular meme on Facebook refers to it as the comedy that turned into a documentary. Come join us before you vote and find out what it is all about!

What is Monday Mayhem?
On the first Monday of every month, the Flying Squirrel hosts special programming that forgoes the technical and logistical concerns of running an open-use community space in order to take a closer look at the impact of our actions on the community and our potential as a catalyst for change.

Watch Ava DuVernay's documentary "13th"

Enough Is Enough is going to screen Ava DuVernay's new documentary “13TH” in order to further our analysis of the prison industrial complex, structural racism, mass incarceration, and police violence. Mark your calendars and please join us!

Enough Is Enough presents: “13TH”
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa St.
Rochester, NY
Suggested Donation: $5
Facebook Event:


According to the New York Film Festival description of the documentary, “Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads ‘Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.’ The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis. A Netflix original documentary.”

What does Enough Is Enough do?
Enough Is Enough supports people who have experienced racial profiling, harassment, and brutality by the Rochester Police Department. We attend court proceedings, provide emotional and tactical support for people who have experienced police violence, work toward systemic change in law enforcement, and develop coalitions to hold the system accountable.

We meet every Tuesday, 7:00PM - 9:00PM at the Flying Squirrel. We are setting our regular meeting aside on November 15 to screen “13TH”.

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