Flying Squirrel Community Space

Mothers Out Front presents: #FuelChange for Electric School Buses!

As we wrap up our two-month programming on environmental issues, Neely Kelley will give a presentation on the campaign to convert diesel school buses to electric school buses!

Mothers Out Front presents: #FuelChange for Electric School Buses!
Monday, April 29, 2019
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa Street
Rochester, NY
Suggested Donation: $5
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1236244833194578/

Mothers Out Front, in collaboration with Green For All, Clean Energy Works and Chispa are launching an exciting and scalable campaign to push local school districts to commit to replacing their retiring dirty diesel buses with clean and quiet electric school buses.

The first and most important barrier to transitioning to clean electric school buses is the cost. Electric school buses cost 2 to 3 times more than diesel buses. However, in partnership with the non-profit Clean Energy Works, this can be overcome! And school districts can save money, while ensuring their children ride safe and clean buses. This is what’s so exciting and makes these local electric school bus campaigns winnable and scalable.

Attend this #FuelChange for electric school buses information session, presented by Neely Kelley, to learn more about this exciting campaign!

You can learn more about the electric school bus campaign here: http://ny.mothersoutfront.org/electric_busTBA

About Neely:
Neely has been engaged in the climate movement since she moved to Rochester in 2013 - pushing for a swift, just, and complete transition off fossil fuels. She has worked on local and statewide campaigns pushing for large scale wind development, stopping gas infrastructure, stopping Bakken Oil trains, and ensuring low and middle income New Yorkers have affordable access to energy efficiency and community solar programs. She is now thrilled to be leading the campaign for local electric school buses. She grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, but now calls Rochester, NY home with her husband Doug and their two daughters.

About the Flying Squirrel Community Space:
We exist to provide a welcoming space that will cultivate and sustain long lasing relationships between activists, artists, and community members in Rochester so that we may work together to create positive social change.

Watch: Command and Control, a fim about the US's nuclear history

Watch: Command and Control The long-hidden story of the day our
April 28, 2019
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa Street
Rochester, NY
Suggested Donation: $5
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/626335511125478/

About the film: From Robert Kenner, the director of the groundbreaking film Food, Inc., comes Command and Control, the long-hidden story of a deadly accident at a Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Arkansas in 1980. Based on the critically-acclaimed book by Eric Schlosser, this chilling documentary exposes the terrifying truth about the management of America’s nuclear arsenal and shows what can happen when the weapons built to protect us threaten to destroy us. Filmed in a decommissioned Titan II missile silo in Arizona, the documentary features the minute-by-minute accounts of Air Force personnel, weapon designers, and first responders who were on the scene that night. Command and Control reveals the unlikely chain of events that caused the accident and the feverish efforts to prevent the explosion of a ballistic missile carrying the most powerful nuclear warhead ever built by the United States – a warhead 600 times more powerful than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.

Woven through the Damascus story is a riveting history of America’s nuclear weapons program, from World War II through the Cold War, much of it based on recently declassified documents. A cautionary tale of freak accidents, near misses, human fallibility and extraordinary heroism, Command and Control forces viewers to confront the great dilemma that the U.S. has faced since the dawn of the nuclear age: how do you manage weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them?

Website: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/command-and-control/

Themed Programming:
This film screening is a part of our environment themed programming for March and April. Don't miss Chris Snyder's talk on communalism, anarchism, and Bookchin “Changing Cities: A Changing Climate” happening on 4/27, at 3:00pm!

Spring Clean Up at the Flying Squirrel!

Hey peeps!

It's almost May and the Squirrel is hosting a spring clean up of the grounds around the Squirrel. We'll have sidewalk chalk for the kiddos, we've got a few shovels, bags, and a rake or two. Dress for the weather and bring a pair of gardening gloves as well as a rake or garbage picker-upper. We'll offer some food stuff as well!

Please join us!

Sat., April 27, 2019
10:00am - 4:00pm
FSCS (285 Clarissa St.)
Rochester, NY
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/359284784701454/

You're invited! Women's Power Performance and Potluck!

You're invited!

Women's Power Performance and Potluck
Sunday April 7, 2019
4:45p - 6:30p
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa St.
Rochester, NY

In honor of our 1 Year Anniversary we are hosting a potluck to thank the members of The Flying Squirrel for sharing their space with us over the past year. Members of the choir will provide a potluck dinner for special guests and community members. Donations to benefit the Flying Squirrel will be collected from those who are able to contribute. The Women's Resistance Revival Choir will also perform their current set of protest songs to bring joy to those who attend. Please join us to lift your spirits and feed your souls.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/383491685824365/

Mycoremediation: restoring ecosystems through mushrooms

The world faces a multitude of problems ranging from pollution to energy shortages and health deficits. This presentation by Christopher Snyder will explore the uses of mushrooms for a practice known as mycoremediation. Through this method, it may become possible to restore the health of our ecosystems and ourselves along with them.

Watch the video of the lecture above!

March 31, 2019
2:00 pm 3:30 pm
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa St.
Rochester, NY
Suggested Donation: $5
FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/622548314863205/
Discussion after presentation.

Hey it's March! And our theme for March and April is “Environment.” To that end, the Flying Squirrel Community Space will be offering programming over the next two months dealing with the environment.

About Chris Snyder:
Christopher Snyder grew up on a hobby farm in Darien New York. While completing a Masters in Bioinformatics at the Rochester Institute of Technology he developed interests in dancing, philosophy, and community organizing. Christopher now lives in downtown Rochester and volunteers with the Flying Squirrel community space.

About the Flying Squirrel Community Space:
We exist to provide a welcoming space that will cultivate and sustain long lasing relationships between activists, artists, and community members in Rochester so that we may work together to create positive social change.

From Cigarettes to Climate Denial: Merchants of Doubt screening

Hey it's March! And our theme for March and April is “Environment.” To that end, the Flying Squirrel Community Space will be offering programming over the next two months dealing with the environment.

We're going to kick things off with a screening of Merchants of Doubt:

Monday, March 25,
6:00PM
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa St.
Rochester, NY
Suggested Donation: $5
Discussion to follow.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2227663860778550/

About Merchants of Doubt:
Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, MERCHANTS OF DOUBT takes audiences on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin. Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver- tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change.

About the Flying Squirrel Community Space:
We exist to provide a welcoming space that will cultivate and sustain long lasing relationships between activists, artists, and community members in Rochester so that we may work together to create positive social change.

Freedom Of Information Law Requests: an introduction

For the month of March, the Flying Squirrel Community Space is hosting a Freedom Of Information Law (FOIL) Clinic as a practical skill set for activists. After a brief introduction to New York State (NYS) Freedom Of Information Law (FOIL), we'll review what FOIL requests look like and how to submit them! 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!)

March 8, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa St.
Rochester, NY
Suggested Donation: $5 (no one turned away)
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/573642059771744/

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
-the general process

Please join us!

Saturday Nut Fever! Squirrel Disco Fundraiser!

Squirrel Disco Fundraiser
Come out and boogie with old and new friends.

Get your disco on at this social gathering / dance party to benefit the Flying Squirrel Community Space. Light refreshments. $5 suggested donation, if ya got it… Live DJ set; Kameron is taking requests starting now!

When: Saturday February 2 from 7:30pm to 11:30pm
Where: Flying Squirrel Community Space 285 Clarissa Street
Rochester, NY
Open to all, however anyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Asking for a $5 donation to help support the Squirrel, but no one turned away for lack of funds.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2267437740162427/

No alcohol allowed.
Dressing up in disco attire is encouraged.

Consent 201: Getting Beyond the Basics

Consent 201: Getting Beyond the Basics

Monday, February 4, 2019
6pm - 8pm
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa St. Rochester, NY
Suggested donation: $5 (no one turned away) Join us!
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/339219690014633/

Often the term consent is believed merely to encompass permission related to sexual activity. Though this aspect of the conversation is important and necessary, it is only one piece of the story. Consent is a highly personal ideology, influenced by lived experience and aspects of identity. Facilitators will build upon attendees’ lived experiences through discussion and interactive activities. We aim for attendees to leave with a greater understanding of consent as it relates to sexual activity as well as everyday interactions. The workshop will be presented by the Rochester’s Sexual and Reproductive Justice Task Force.

The Flying Squirrel Community Space is offering intentional programming for 2019. The months of January and February are dedicated to issues of consent and patriarchy. We are also offering one practical activist skillshare or workshop per month.

We are STEAMed: Bridging the Gender Gap for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics

We are STEAMed: Bridging the Gender Gap for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics

Monday, February 11, 2019
6pm
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa St.
Suggested donation: $5
No one turned away for lack of funds!
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/310001079634668/

Please join University of Rochester Medical Center researchers Dr. Monica Javidnia and Dr. Jessica Francis (@wearesteamed) in an interactive workshop on the current state and trajectory of women in STEAM fields. Topics to be explored: Where are we now? Where are we going? How might we get there?

The Flying Squirrel Community Space is offering intentional programming for 2019. The months of January and February are dedicated to issues of consent and patriarchy. We are also offering one practical activist skillshare or workshop per month.