Flying Squirrel Community Space

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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!

1st August General Meeting

Hey everyone,

The Flying Squirrel Community Space is having it's first general meeting tonight (Wed. 8/8) for the month of August. And we encourage you to join us!

Tonight's agenda includes:
Introductions (and space for questions from interested individuals)
Events
door combo
consent to having Jim and Chris S become members
Getting library in shape
Annual meeting
Community Service
Monday Mayhem

The collective is currently seeking new members. If you are interested, please come to tonight's meeting! It's at 7:00pm, 285 Clarissa St.

Please note that our general meetings have been moved to the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 7:00pm. Monday Mayhems will continue to occur on the 1st Monday of the month starting in October for the foreseeable future.

And PLEASE mark your calendars for our 2018 Annual Meeting (and potluck) on Sunday, October 28. Time is TBA. But the location appears to be the Flying Squirrel located at 285 Clarissa St.

What is the Flying Squirrel Community Space?
Our mission reads: “The Flying Squirrel Community Space exists to provide a welcoming space that cultivates and sustains long lasting relationships between artists, activists, and community members in Rochester so that we may work together to create positive social change.”

To become a member of the Flying Squirrel, there is a small work requirement per month as well as your agreement with our Principles of Unity:

  1. The Flying Squirrel Community Space exists because we believe that building community is an integral part of liberation. We aim to create a dynamic, artistic, free, cross-cultural space where people can come together to share resources and knowledge in order to better support one another in struggle. We want to provide a concrete example of what liberation could look like, and we plan to have fun doing it.
  2. The Flying Squirrel Community Space opposes racism, sexism, heterosexism, and classism, along with all other oppressions, and we will actively struggle against them. These oppressions are built into the fabric of our society, and therefore, we recognize that all people have a great deal of learning and unlearning to do. We welcome people wherever they are at; at the same time, we will hold one another accountable for fighting these oppressions — both institutionally and individually.
  3. We oppose capitalism and seek alternatives to it. By “capitalism”, we mean an economic system where those with the most wealth and resources have the most control and power over our communities and our lives. We support people owning the houses they live in, workers controlling their workplaces, and everyone having access to food, affordable housing, quality education, health care, and other basic needs.
  4. The Flying Squirrel Community Space uses consensus process to make our decisions. Consensus process is a tool that helps empower all members to shape group decisions. Consensus aims to create a non-hierarchical, anti-authoritarian, cooperative group structure that decentralizes power and encourages collective participation and responsibility.
  5. The Flying Squirrel Community Space is committed to caring for one another and our respective communities. We will promote the sharing of resources including knowledge, skills, and equipment.
  6. The Flying Squirrel Community Space advocates creative, community-driven solutions to conflict. We will work to create alternatives to the prison industrial complex[1]. Whenever possible, the Flying Squirrel Community Space will use alternative justice solutions rather than relying on the police. Underlying this stance is our belief that communities are empowered when they are able to deal with their own conflicts.

Footnotes

[1] “The United States uses prisons and policing as a failed “solution" to social, political and economic problems. We call this system the "prison industrial complex,” or PIC. As a result our communities are being destroyed. The PIC depends upon the oppressive systems of racism, classism, sexism, and homophobia. It includes human rights violations, the death penalty, industry and labor issues, policing, courts, media, community powerlessness, the imprisonment of political prisoners, and the elimination of dissent. ” - Critical Resistance

Please consider joining the collective and coming to our general meeting tonight!

Thanks

The Squirrel Collective

Community Flower Exchange!

May 19, 2018
11am - 1pm
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa St.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/170101403688314/

This Saturday come out and get some flowers for your garden. If you have some perennials you can share with others that would be great. Let's beautify and build our community. Plants will include hostess, Rose of Sharon, black eyed Susan's, poppies, blue bells and many others. Flowers are free.

5/26: Intersections of Rebellion and Accountability

Intersections of Rebellion & Accountability
A panel discussion focused on civilian review boards, disciplinary power, and the comparable struggles and histories for police accountability in Rochester, NY, Newark, NJ, and Oakland, CA

Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 304 Joseph Ave.
Rochester, NY
Suggested donation: $10
Wheelchair accessible and ASL interpretation provided
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/194485074506156/

Special Guests include:
Anthony Finnell, Sr. (Oakland, CA)
Pastor Wanda Wilson (Rochester, NY)
Victor Monterrosa, Jr. (Newark, NJ)
Dr. John S. Walker (Rochester, NY)

BlackLivesMatter #ROC #PoliceAccountabilityBoardNOW #PABNOW #IntersectionsOfRebellionAndAccountability

FSCS General Meeting Day Change!

Hey folks!

For nearly 10 years, the Flying Squirrel Community Space collective has met on Mondays from 7 - 9pm. A few years ago we started meeting the 2nd and 4th Mondays.

In an attempt to switch it up and hopefully find more people to join us, we've changed the day of our general meetings!

The Flying Squirrel Community Space General Meetings will be held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 7-9pm. Please join us!

(Starting May 9!)

And thank you!

The collective-

Rochester Activism Fair

It's that time again!

Are you committed to social justice and political change, but not sure where or how to plug in? Then please consider attending the Rochester Activism Fair! Representatives from many activist organizations (both well-established and brand new to our area) will be in attendance, to speak directly to (and make face-to-face connections) with potential volunteers.

Rochester Activism Fair
Saturday, May 5 at 11 AM - 2 PM
Visual Studies Workshop
31 Prince Street, Rochester, New York 14607
This event is free and open to the public!
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/366603487139055/?active_tab=about

Representatives from the following organizations will be present:

Wolf-PAC
ROCitizen
Pathstone
Sweet Beez
Isaiah House
Sample Soap
Metro Justice
WAYO 104.3 FM
Enough Is Enough
Mothers Out Front
Indivisible Rochester
Kali Durga Grass Roots
Poor Peoples Campaign
Animal Rights Rochester
Center for Artistic Activism
Artists Coalition for Change
Rochester Food Not Bombs
Social Welfare Action Alliance
Green Party of Monroe County
Rochester Area Vegan Society
540WMain Learning Academy
Pachamama Alliance Rochester
Secular Humanists of Rochester
Atheist Community of Rochester
National Lawyers Guild Rochester
Rochester Jewish Voice for Peace
Rochester Street Medic Collective
International Socialist Organization
Rochester Global Refugee Services
Eastern Service Workers Association
Rochester People's Climate Coalition
SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice)
Rochester NY March for Science, Inc.
Sierra Club-Rochester Regional Group
The Community Place of Greater Rochester
Rochester Democratic Socialists of America
Monroe Community College Faculty Association
Veterans For Peace, Chapter 23 (Rochester, NY)
Women of Action-Rochester, A Pro-Love Movement
Rochester NOW - National Organization for Women
Alianza Agricola/Rochester Rapid Response Network
Metro Justice/ Alliance for Quality Education Comittee
Rochester Chapter Americans UInited for Separation of Church
and State
VOCAL-NY (Voices of Community Activist & Leaders)
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (and Students)

org registration is closed for this year's event.

FOIL Clinic at Enough Is Enough

Come to the second half of Enough Is Enough's meeting for a FOIL Clinic presented by Ted Forsyth. After a brief introduction to New York State (NYS) Freedom Of Information Law (FOIL), we'll actually fill out and submit FOIL requests! What is FOIL? FOIL is the law that allows members of the public to access records of governmental agencies. So bring your questions for your favorite government agency! (They don't have to be about police!)

April 24, 2018
8:00pm - 9:00pm
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa St.
Rochester, NY
Suggested Donation: $5 (no one turned away)

And please come for Enough Is Enough's condensed meeting from 7:00pm - 8:00pm.

Every New York State or municipal department, board, bureau, division, commission, committee, public authority, public corporation, council, office or other governmental entity performing a governmental or proprietary function is subject to FOIL. Each of those governmental entities is an “agency.”

For this clinic, we'll be looking at NYS and specifically we'll focus on:
-A brief history of FOIL in NYS
-The law as its written
-50-a
-the general process

Then, we'll actually fill out FOILs, and submit them! So bring your ideas and questions of governmental agencies in NYS!

Next month we'll come back together to see who got responses and what to do then based on those responses!

Please join us!

PS. If you have a laptop or phone, please bring it. Sometimes agencies have online forms. In other instances, you may have to write or print out a letter and send it to the agency.