Flying Squirrel Community Space

Community Flower Exchange!

May 19, 2018
11am - 1pm
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa St.
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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
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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!
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Representatives from the following organizations will be present:

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
-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.

Five years & no justice: march against police violence

Five years and no justice for Benny Warr and numerous other people.

Five years and no police accountability.

Five years and 1 00s of cases of people experiencing racial profiling, harassment, and brutality at the hands of the Rochester Police Department.

Justice delayed is justice denied.

Enough is enough.

Join Enough Is Enough as we commemorate five years of working toward justice and police accountability.

Join us for a March and Speak Out against police violence.

Tuesday, May1, 2018
6:00PM, corner of Bartlett & Jefferson (Speak Out+ March) Share your story, your anger, your desire for change
Join us.

May Monday Mayhem: screening of "War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death"

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.

Monday, May 7, 2018
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa St.
Rochester, NY
Suggested donation: $5
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Special guest: David Dornford

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.

Join us!

First Community Campfire of 2018!

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.

And please join us at 6:30 pm for a lecture by Ian Downey titled “Bubble Gum for Karl Marx” in honor of his 200th birthday. Bubble gum will be had. :D

Public Forum: Police Accountability Board NOW!

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.

Please share the Facebook event:

Enough Is Enough is raising money for an independent legal opinion concerning community control and the disciplining of officers and PAB related costs. Please donate here:

HAPPY MAY DAY! "Bubble Gum for Karl Marx" a lecture presented by Ian Downey

HAPPY MAY DAY (weekend)!!!

“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:

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.

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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.