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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
For May Monday Mayhem, we're going to show the film “War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death," which exposes "a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq.” Veteran David Dornford will lead the discussion after the film.
David Dornford, long time peace activist and member of Veterans for Peace will join us to lead a discussion following the film.
About “War Made Easy”: “War Made Easy” reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. Narrated by actor and activist Sean Penn, the film exhumes remarkable archival footage of official distortion and exaggeration from LBJ to George W. Bush, revealing in stunning detail how the American news media have uncritically disseminated the pro-war messages of successive presidential administrations.
The film brings to the screen Norman Solomon's insightful analysis of the strategies used by administrations, both Democratic and Republican, to promote their agendas for war from Vietnam to Iraq. By familiarizing viewers with the techniques of war propaganda, “War Made Easy” encourages us to think critically about the messages put out by today's spin doctors - messages which are designed to promote and prolong a policy of militarism under the guise of the ‘war on terror.’
About 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.
The Flying Squirrel Community Space is hosting the first community campfire of the year. Come out and meet new people, see old friends and enjoy the camaraderie of the community. Please bring your own drinks, no alcohol please, snacks to share if you are able and a chair for yourself.
Sat., May 5, 8:30pm - 11:00pm Parking lot of Flying Squirrel Community Space Donations always welcome.
Community Forum: Police Accountability Board NOW! 7pm – 9pm April 19, 2018 Antioch Missionary Baptist Church 304 Joseph Ave, Rochester, NY 14605
This event is wheelchair accessible. ASL interpretation provided!
This forum will give the public information about the proposed Police Accountability Board. Panelists will also give a campaign update and provide actions people can take. There will be time for Q&A. We have been building momentum over the last year for the campaign to pas the PAB! We need your help and support to bring together and mobilize the community and organizations to push it through.
“Bubble Gum for Karl Marx” a lecture presented by Ian Downey 6:30 PM Saturday, May 5, 2018 Flying Squirrel Community Space 285 Clarissa St. Rochester, NY Suggested donation: $5 Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/240977423141268/
In celebration of Karl Marx's 200th birthday, Ian Downey will talk about his life and work. But don't expect the typical dogmatic picture of Marx that is relentlessly bandied about by his detractors - and supporters. Ian will point out some of the lesser known aspects of this complex and paradoxical personality, in a talk that is sure to entertain, to confuse, and to enrage people from every side of every political issue. Come with questions.
About Ian Downey: TBA
Other events over the May Day weekend at the Flying Squirrel: -Community campfire in the parking lot of the Flying Squirrel Community Space, Saturday, May 5, 2018, free, 8:30 PM; -May Day / Labor related Monday Mayhem, Monday, May 7, 2018, suggested donation $5, 7:00 PM.