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.

More about us.

  • 285 Clarissa St. Rochester NY, 14608
  • 585-205-8778

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.

Unpacking 2018: a people's forum

Unpacking 2018!
Saturday, January 5, 2019
11am - 4pm
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa St.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1292753617546596/

2018 was quite a year. Much has transpired on a local, state, national and international level. Join us a the Flying squirrel and seize the opportunity to build understanding and share ideas with other members of the Rochester community. The Unpacking 2018 Peoples forum will take place in the form of an unconference, a conference where the schedule is set by the attendees in an open discussion framework.

Have you seen our public documents, guidelines, and policies? Check it out!

Want to know more about the Flying Squirrel Community Space? Check out our public documents, guidelines, and policies. Click here!

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And don't forget: our general meetings are the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month! Please join us!

2018 Flying Squirrel Fall Fundraiser

Friends,

With your help we were able to get a new roof last year! THANK YOU! Now we need to start work on renovating the interior. Our first priority is the hallway and staircase. Link to fundraiser: https://www.facebook.com/donate/519366675151841/2177263335822814/

Our plan is to demo the walls and ceiling, add a plastic barrier so that the wall isn't porous, put up new dry wall and lighting fixtures, and strip the stairs of the old non-slip surface and replace it. The possibility of adding a chair lift for people with disabilities is also a serious consideration! We cannot do this work on our own though. We need your support.

We were granted 501(c)3 status by the federal government meaning your donations are tax exempt. We were also granted property tax exemption this year. These designations will make sure that your donations go directly into the upgrades we're proposing.

For 2019, we are ending our “Monday Mayhem” series and starting a new programming schedule that will focus on a theme for two months with accompanying events. Those themes might include: sexism, education, the environment, prison abolition, open source media, health care/mental health, housing/homelessness/redlining/gentrification, women’s issues (childcare, reproductive rights, contraception), racism/white supremacy, gender/sexuality, youth issues, intersectionality, and police accountability.

In addition we are developing an Activism 101 curriculum for 2019. This will entail one workshop a month that focuses on practical issues such as: basic first aid, how to use social media, copwatch/movement media, know your rights, radical art, conflict resolution, and direct action/civil disobedience.

More information will be coming so please stay tuned!

The Flying Squirrel Community Space exists to provide a welcoming space that will cultivate and sustain long lasting relationships between activists, artists, and community members in Rochester so that we may work together to create positive social change.

Your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500, one time or even monthly! That's right! You can become a monthly sustainer! Contact us for details. Every little bit helps. Thank you for your support.

-The Flying Squirrel Collective

PS. We know at the Squirrel that there is distrust (to say the least) of the state, capitalism, and technological money sharing services. If you want to donate to the fundraiser but don't want to do it online, checks or money orders can mailed directly to the Flying Squirrel. Make them out to “Flying Squirrel Community Space" and in the memo put "fall fundraiser.” Send them to Flying Squirrel Community Space, 285 Clarissa St., Rochester, NY 14608. And thank you so much. We will say your name and share the love and appreciation.

11/4: Flying Squirrel Brunch Fundraiser!!!

Once again, the Flying Squirrel Community Space brings you a delicious brunch and community gathering on daylight savings time. Come bask in the goodness and support an important community resource at the same time!

As always we will be serving all your favorites including tofu scramble, pancakes, eggs, orange juice, home fries, coffee and other delicious favorites.

Sunday, November 4, 2018
10AM - 1:00PM
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa St.
Rochester, NY
Suggested donation: $10
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/360302524707831/
Veg*n menu!

There will be a 50/50 raffle! Tickets: $1 / ticket or $5 for 6 tickets

We will also be selling Slingshot calendar organizers and remaining Squirrel t-shirts!

10/3: Police Accountability Community Forum: PAB NOW!

The Flying Squirrel Community Space is a member of the Police Accountability Board Alliance. We urge all community members to attend this important public forum!

Community Forum: PAB NOW!
7pm – 9pm
October 3, 2018
hosted by the Out Alliance
100 College Ave. #100, Rochester, NY 14607
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/693487471006337/

This event is wheelchair accessible. ASL interpretation provided!

This forum will provide the community with information about the proposed Police Accountability Board, an update on its status, and next steps to get involved. There will be time for Q&A.

The proposed Police Accountability Board requires 5 pillars:

  1. an independent agency of city government, separate from RPD
  2. independent investigative authority
  3. subpoena power
  4. disciplinary power using a disciplinary matrix
  5. power to assess RPD policies and procedures and make recommendations

The Police Accountability Board Alliance is also recommending that the proposed PAB be given adequate resources. The ordinance calls on Rochester City Council to approve a budget at the equivalency of 1% of the RPD budget. That's about $1 million dollars. The RPD budget hovers around $100 million.

We are raising money for a legal expenses and PAB related costs. Please donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/pab-legal-opinion-fund?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email&utm_content=campaign_link_t&utm_campaign=welcome

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on October 3!

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