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Sun, M5 – Women’s Strikes: Past, Present, and Future

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Women’s Strikes: Past, Present, and Future
Sunday, March 5, 6-8PM
Mayday Space, 176 St. Nicholas Ave, Brooklyn
On the weekend before the March 8 International Women’s Strike—“A Day Without a Woman”—we invite people to Mayday Space to reflect upon past histories of women’s strikes in order to learn from their breakthroughs and challenges as we prepare for our own. Please check out some brief readings in advance (*coming soon*). During the event, we will feature a few short presentations on international examples of women’s strikes, followed by a group dialogue, and ample time to make signs afterwards. With this interactive event, we’ll get ready for the March 8 strike, as we prepare for what comes next for NYC and global women’s liberation work.

Questions to consider:
– How do racism, transmisogyny and immigration policies—now escalating under Trump—inform the characteristics of a women’s strike?
– How does centering women’s leadership and concerns shape movement work?
– What roles can allies and accomplices play leading up to, during, and after a women’s strike?
– How do we fill our strike with the knowledge/message of all that has been won through struggle and strikes? Signs? Songs? Street theater? Flyers? Casual conversation?

Suggested readings:
(Coming soon)

Sun, J29: Free U 2017 studies/actions brainstorm session

Keep on pushing!

Come out this Sunday, Jan 29, at 6:30pm to Mayday Space for a Free University – NYC 2017 studies/actions brainstorm session. Building floor and accessibility details TBA ASAP. Bring food, friends, and freedom dreams.

Based on what you think went well or could be improved from the Anti-Trump Free School, please consider before you arrive…
– What kinds of events should we co-create this year?
– What kinds of resources could we circulate and how?
– How can Free U build with other amazing NYC movements work?
– What medium-/long-term goals of Mayday Space to bridge collective spaces nationwide can be supported along the way?
– How can each of you participate?
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¡Sigue empujando! Venga este domingo, 29 de enero, a las 6:30 pm a Mayday Espacio para una Escuela Libre de NYC 2017 sesión de diálogo sobre estudios/acciones. Piso de edificio y detalles de accesibilidad serán anunciados rápidamente. Traiga comida, amigxs, y sueños de libertad.

Basado en lo que crees que fue bien o podría ser mejorado de la Escuelita Libre Anti-Trump, por favor considere antes de llegar …
– ¿Qué tipo de eventos debemos co-crear este año?
– ¿Qué tipos de recursos podríamos circular y cómo?
– ¿Cómo puede Free U construir con otros movimientos increíbles en NYC?
– ¿Qué objetivos a mediano y largo plazo de Mayday Space para unir espacios colectivos a nivel nacional pueden ser apoyados a lo largo del camino?
– ¿Cómo pueden participar cada uno de ustedes?

 

Sat, J14: Anti-Trump Free School / Escuelita Libre Anti-Trump – Full Schedule / Horario Completo

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Anti-Trump Free School / Escuelita Libre Anti-Trump
Defending Communities, Building Movements

A Free University-NYC and Mayday Space collaboration
Saturday, January 14
12PM – 7PM @ Mayday Space (176 St. Nicholas Ave, Brooklyn)
7PM – 9PM @ Mayday Space – Evening Plenary: “How to Organize a General Strike: A
Movement Reflection,” featuring organizers from Quebec, J20 Women’s Strike, and Movimiento Cosecha
9:30PM After-Party @ Starr Bar (214 Starr St, Brooklyn)


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This Saturday, the weekend before Trump’s inauguration, Free University-NYC and Mayday Space invite new and seasoned movement-makers to a day of workshops, teach-ins, and skill-shares. Through this event, we aim to more effectively resist the recent intensification of xenophobia, hate crimes, endangered reproductive rights, white supremacy, attacks on workers, and environmental destructions that Trump’s election has emboldened.

A special early afternoon session (12:00–1:30 p.m.) will be devoted to making our NYC movements work more cohesive. There are many people doing work around the city, but we are not in dialogue. Our goal is to converge NYC social justice communities to plan, map out, and share information for 2017 campaigns, events, and actions.

We will provide childcare, food by the Mayday Kitchen Collective, and Spanish interpretation by Mxlinche.

There will be activities and workshops on all the floors of Mayday Space. The entrance and first-floor are accessible. The building is old and does not have an elevator. Wheelchair-accessible activities can be made available on the Mayday Space first floor. There are gender-neutral bathrooms with stalls that are not ADA-compliant.

Selected sessions will be recorded to share these resources more broadly.

This event honors the communities that Mayday Space has nourished. Workshops will center people who will bear the potential dangers of Trump’s presidency most, as we welcome a broad turn-out of people committed to justice and we urge everyone to remember the occupied indigenous land on which we work.

WHO WE ARE

The Free University of New York City is an experiment in radical education and an attempt to create education as it ought to be, building on the historic tradition of movement freedom schools. Our project is born out of a recognition that the current system of higher education is as unequal as it is unsustainable, while vast sources of knowledge across communities are all-too-hidden and undervalued. First conceived as a form of educational strike in the run up to May Day 2012, the Free University has since organized numerous days of free crowd-sourced education in community centers, museums, parks, public spaces, and subway stations in New York City.
FreeUniversityNYC.org + FreeUniversity@gmail.com + Facebook.com/FreeUniversityNYC + @FreeUnivNYC

Mayday Community Space is a new social justice organizing hub for local Bushwick residents and movements citywide. The three-story shared building is an open space for groups to host their events and also home to a number of organizing projects.
MaydaySpace.org + info@MaydaySpace.org + Facebook.com/MaydaySpace + @MaydaySpace

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Escuelita Libre Anti-Trump / Anti-Trump Free School
Defendiendo comunidades, construyendo movimientos

Una colaboración de Free University-NYC y Mayday Space
Sábado, 14 de enero
De 12PM a 7PM en Mayday Space (176 St. Nicholas Ave, Brooklyn)
De 7pm a 9pm en Mayday Space – Plenario de la Noche: “Cómo organizar una huelga general: una reflexión sobre el movimiento,” con organizadores de Quebec, 20 de enero Huelga de Mujeres, y Movimiento Cosecha
Con fiesta de cierre a las 9:30PM en Starr Bar (214 Starr St., Brooklyn)

Horario completo.
Comparte en Facebook.
SRC Formulario.
Trailer del evento.
#AntiTrump #FreeSchool #EscuelitaLibre

Este sábado, en el fin de semana previo a la inauguración del ascenso de Trump, Free University-NYC y Mayday Space invita a tod@s aquell@s gestor@s interesad@s en crear movimientos o proponer acciones conjuntas a un día entero de talleres, seminarios de enseñanza participativa, así como a compartir sus habilidades. En este evento, buscamos aprender nuevas formas de resistencia ante la creciente intensificación de la xenofobia, los crímenes de odio, la puesta en peligro de los derechos reproductivos, la supremacía blanca, los ataques frecuentes entre trabajadores, y la destrucción ambiental que la elección de Trump ha reforzado.

Una sesión especial tendrá lugar en la tarde (12:00-1:30pm) entre colectivos y agrupaciones de gente que reside en NYC y que viene luchando por hacer de NYC una ciudad más unida. Hay mucha gente trabajando en este objetivo alrededor de la ciudad, pero no se tiene la oportunidad de iniciar un diálogo. Por eso, nuestra meta es reunir a los grupos dedicados a conseguir justicia social en NYC para planear, mapear y compartir información útil para las campañas, eventos y acciones que tendrá lugar el 2017.

Se proveerá un lugar destinado al cuidado de niños, comida gracias a Mayday Kitchen Collective, e interpretación de Mxlinche.

Habrá actividades y talleres en todos los pisos del local de Mayday Space. Únicamente la entrada y el primer piso contarán con accesibilidad para tod@s, ya que el edificio es antiguo y no cuenta con elevador. Actividades con acceso para participantes en sillas de ruedas se podrán realizar en el primer piso del edificio del local Mayday Space. Hay baños con género neutral que cuentan con apoyos, pero no son diseñados especialmente para personas con discapacidad física.

Algunos sesiones podrán ser grabadas para compartirlas abiertamente.

Este evento se realiza gracias a las comunidades que Mayday Space ha venido reuniendo. Los talles se centrarán en aquellas personas que se encuentra en peligro durante la presidencia de Trump, por lo que invitamos a un gran número de gente comprometida con la justicia, y urgimos a tod@s a recordar y pensar en la tierra, originalmente ocupada por los indígenas, en la que trabajamos.

Quiénes somos

La Free University of New York City (Escuela Libre de la Ciudad de Nueva York) es un experimento en el campo de la educación crítica y radical, que nace como un intento por reinventar el sentido de la educación basada en principios impulsados por la tradición de escuelas libres. Nuestro proyecto surge del reconocimiento de que el sistema de la educación superior es inequitativo e inaccesible, mientras que, por otro lado, una gran fuente de conocimiento producida entre nuestras comunidades no tiene visibilidad y son poco valoradas.  Primero, el proyecto se concibió como una huelga educativa durante la protesta de Día de Mayo, en 2012, desde entonces, la Free University ha venido organizando distintas fechas de educación gratuita en centros comunitarios, museos, parques, espacios públicos, y estaciones de trenes de la ciudad de Nueva York.
FreeUniversityNYC.org + FreeUniversity@gmail.com + Facebook.com/FreeUniversityNYC + @FreeUnivNYC

Mayday Community Space es un nuevo ‘hub’ o centro de organización por la justicia social para residentes locales de Bushwick, y movimientos alrededor de la ciudad. Este local de tres pisos es un espacio abierto a grupos diversos que deseen realizar eventos y, también, acoge a un gran número de proyectos.
MaydaySpace.org + info@MaydaySpace.org + Facebook.com/MaydaySpace + @MaydaySpace

1/14: Anti-Trump Free School / Escuelita Libre Anti-Trump

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Anti-Trump Free School:
Defending Communities, Building Movements
A Free University-NYC and Mayday Space collaboration
Saturday, January 14
12PM – 7PM @ Mayday Space (176 St. Nicholas Ave, Brooklyn)
*New addition! 7PM – 9PM Evening Plenary: How to Organize a General Strike: A Movement Reflection, featuring organizers from Quebec, J20 Women’s Strike, and Movimiento Cosecha*

Free University-NYC and Mayday Space will host movement-building workshops against Trump’s regime in an all-day event at Mayday Space on Saturday, January 14. On the weekend before the inauguration of Trump, Free University-NYC and Mayday Space invite new and seasoned movement-makers to a day of workshops, teach-ins, and skill-shares. Through this event, we aim to more effectively resist the recent intensification of xenophobia, hate crimes, endangered reproductive rights, white supremacy, attacks on workers, and environmental destructions that Trump’s election has emboldened.

We will provide childcare, food by the Mayday Kitchen Collective, and Spanish interpretation.

We anticipate workshops on:
– know your rights legal trainings;
– creating campus and city sanctuary networks;
– dialogue skills in anti-oppression and intersectionality;
– de-escalation and bystander/upstander techniques;
– youth organizing;
– cybersecurity;
– Indigenous sovereignty and environmental activism;
– civil disobedience and direct action trainings;
– why protest? how to protest? strategy and purpose;
– jail support;
– language rights and language access.
– self-defense trainings for women/femmes/trans/gender non-conforming, – Muslims, LGBTQI people, and people of color;
– protest health and safety/first-aid.

A special early afternoon session (12:00–1:30 p.m.) will be devoted to movement folks in NYC making our work more cohesive. There are many people doing work around the city, but we are not in dialogue. Our goal is to converge NYC social justice communities to plan, map out, and share information for 2017 campaigns, events, and actions.

There will be activities and workshops on all the floors of Mayday Space. The entrance and first-floor are accessible. The building is old and does not have an elevator. Wheelchair-accessible activities can be made available on the Mayday Space first floor. There are gender-neutral bathrooms with stalls that are not ADA-compliant.

Sessions can be recorded to share these resources more broadly.

This event honors the communities that Mayday Space has nourished. Workshops will center people who will bear the potential dangers of Trump’s presidency most, as we welcome a broad turn-out of people committed to justice, and we urge everyone to remember the occupied indigenous land on which we work.

SCHEDULE
12:00–1:30 BUILDING AN ECOSYSTEM: SHARING 2017 CAMPAIGN STRATEGIES AMONG WORKING ORGANIZERS. Food will be provided.
1:30–2:50 CONCURRENT SESSIONS BLOCK ONE
2:50–3:00 10 min. break
3:00–4:20 CONCURRENT SESSIONS BLOCK TWO
4:20–4:30 10 min. break
4:30–5:50 CONCURRENT SESSIONS BLOCK THREE
5:50–7:00 CLOSING IN COMMUNITY – reflections, affirmations, share-outs, care and play, leading us towards our after-party at Starr Bar with music, performances and radical artistic gathering! Food will be provided.
7:00–9:00 EVENING PLENARY: How to Organize a General Strike: A Movement Reflection

WHO WE ARE
The Free University of New York City is an experiment in radical education and an attempt to create education as it ought to be, building on the historic tradition of movement freedom schools. Our project is born out of a recognition that the current system of higher education is as unequal as it is unsustainable, while vast sources of knowledge across communities are all-too-hidden and undervalued. First conceived as a form of educational strike in the run up to May Day 2012, the Free University has since organized numerous days of free crowd-sourced education in community centers, museums, parks, public spaces, and subway stations in New York City.
FreeUniversityNYC.org + FreeUniversity@gmail.com + Facebook.com/FreeUniversityNYC + @FreeUnivNYC
Mayday Community Space is a new social justice organizing hub for local Bushwick residents and movements citywide. The three-story shared building is an open space for groups to host their events and also home to a number of organizing projects.
MaydaySpace.org + info@MaydaySpace.org + Facebook.com/MaydaySpace + @MaydaySpace

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Escuelita libre Anti-Trump:
Defendiendo comunidades, construyendo movimientos

Una colaboración de Free University-NYC y Mayday Space.
Sábado, 14 de enero
De 12PM a 7PM en el local de Mayday Space (176 St. Nicholas Ave, Brooklyn)
*¡Parte nueva! 7PM – 9PM Plenario de la tarde: Cómo organizar una huelga general: Una reflexión del movimiento, con organizadores de Quebec, Huelga de mujeres J20, y Movimiento Cosecha.

Comparte en Facebook.
Formulario de Reserva.

Free University-NYC y Mayday Space convocamos a diversas personas y colectivos para talleres contra el régimen de Trump, en un evento que dure toda la tarde del 14 de enero en el local de Mayday Space.

Anticipamos talleres en:
– Entrenamiento legal para conocer nuestros derechos,
– Creación de santuarios dentro de redes universitarias y comunitarias
– Desarrollo de habilidades para emprender diálogos anti-opresivos e interseccionales,
– Enseñanza de técnicas para reaccionar eficientemente ante situaciones violentas y cómo ser proactiv@ en esos casos,
– Organización juvenil,
– Empoderamientos y soberanía indígena y activismo ecológico,
– Desobediencia civil y toma de acción en esos casos,
– ¿Por qué protestar? ¿Cómo protestar? Estrategia y propósitos,
– Apoyo legal en la cárcel,
– Acceso a nuestro idioma: ¿Cómo exigir comunicarnos en nuestro idioma y por qué?,
– Entrenamiento en defensa personal para mujeres, femmes, trans, géneros fluidos, musulman@s, comunidad LGBTQI y de color,
– Enseñanza en cuidados necesarios para concurrir a una protesta, temas de seguridad y primeros auxilios.

El fin de semana previo a la inauguración del ascenso de Trump, Free University-NYC y Mayday Space invita a tod@s aquell@s gestor@s interesad@s en crear movimientos o proponer acciones conjuntas a un día entero de talleres, seminarios de enseñanza participativa, así como a compartir sus habilidades. En este evento, buscamos aprender nuevas formas de resistencia ante la creciente intensificación de la xenofobia, los crímenes de odio, la puesta en peligro de los derechos reproductivos, la supremacía blanca, los ataques frecuentes entre trabajadores, y la destrucción ambiental que la elección de Trump ha reforzado.

Ofrecemos cuidado de niños, comida, e interpretación en español.

Una sesión especial tendrá lugar en la tarde (12:00-1:30pm) entre colectivos y agrupaciones de gente que reside en NYC y que viene luchando por hacer de NYC una ciudad más unida. Hay mucha gente trabajando en este objetivo alrededor de la ciudad, pero no se tiene la oportunidad de iniciar un diálogo. Por eso, nuestra meta es reunir a los grupos dedicados a conseguir justicia social en NYC para planear, mapear y compartir información útil para las campañas, eventos y acciones que tendrá lugar el 2017.

Habrá actividades y talleres en todos los pisos del local de Mayday Space. Únicamente la entrada y el primer piso contarán con accesibilidad para tod@s, ya que el edificio es antiguo y no cuenta con elevador. Actividades con acceso para participantes en sillas de ruedas se podrán realizar en el primer piso del edificio del local Mayday Space. Hay baños con género neutral que cuentan con apoyos, pero no son diseñados especialmente para personas con discapacidad física.

Las sesiones podrán ser grabadas para compartirlas abiertamente.

Este evento se realiza gracias a las comunidades que Mayday Space ha venido reuniendo. Los talles se centrarán en aquellas personas que se encuentra en peligro durante la presidencia de Trump, por lo que invitamos a un gran número de gente comprometida con la justicia, y urgimos a tod@s a recordar y pensar en la tierra, originalmente ocupada por los indígenas, en la que trabajamos.

HORARIO
12:00–1:30 CONSTRUYENDO UN ECOSISTEMA: Compartiendo  estrategias de la campaña 2017 entre organizadores. Se servirá comida.
1:30–2:50 PRIMER BLOQUE DE SESIONES SIMULTÁNEAS
2:50–3:00 Descanso de 10 min
3:00–4:20 SEGUNDO BLOQUE DE SESIONES SIMULTÁNEAS
4:20–4:30 Descanso de 10 min
4:30–5:50 TERCER BLOQUE DE SESIONES SIMULTÁNEAS
5:50–7:00 Cerrando con la comunidad- reflexiones, declaraciones, repartos y diversión. Se servirá comida.
7:00–9:00 PLENARIO DE LA NOCHE: Cómo organizar una huelga general: una reflexión sobre el movimiento / How to Organize a General Strike: A Movement Reflection

Quiénes somos
La Free University of New York City (Escuela Libre de la Ciudad de Nueva York) es un experimento en el campo de la educación crítica y radical, que nace como un intento por reinventar el sentido de la educación basada en principios impulsados por la tradición de escuelas libres. Nuestro proyecto surge del reconocimiento de que el sistema de la educación superior es inequitativo e inaccesible, mientras que, por otro lado, una gran fuente de conocimiento producida entre nuestras comunidades no tiene visibilidad y son poco valoradas.  Primero, el proyecto se concibió como una huelga educativa durante la protesta de Día de Mayo, en 2012, desde entonces, la Free University ha venido organizando distintas fechas de educación gratuita en centros comunitarios, museos, parques, espacios públicos, y estaciones de trenes de la ciudad de Nueva York.
FreeUniversityNYC.org + FreeUniversity@gmail.com + Facebook.com/FreeUniversityNYC + @FreeUnivNYC
Mayday Community Space es un nuevo ‘hub’ o centro de organización por la justicia social para residentes locales de Bushwick, y movimientos alrededor de la ciudad. Este local de tres pisos es un espacio abierto a grupos diversos que deseen realizar eventos y, también, acoge a un gran número de proyectos.
MaydaySpace.org + info@MaydaySpace.org + Facebook.com/MaydaySpace + @MaydaySpace

LIBERATION LAB Info-Pack & Schedule: 5th annual May Day Free U

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**LIBERATION LAB Schedule**
5th Annual May Day Free University with Rename&Reclaim
Saturday, April 30, 2016
11:30am-6:30pm
Washington Square Park, Manahahtaan
Enter at Washington Place and Washington Square West

RSVP/Share on Facebook.
Download Schedule and Complete Info-Pack.

11:30AM – 12PM (arrive early to begin on time!)
Lenape Calibration – Opening Workshop
Beatrice Glow, Artist and Visiting Scholar in The Wayfinding Lab at Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU
Hadrien Coumans, co-founder of Lenape Center
Angelo Baca, co-president of the Native American and Indigenous Student Group at NYU
Rick Chavolla, Board Member at the American Indian Community House

12PM – 1:30PM
– Addressing and Intervening Sexism In/Through Language, with Mariel Acosta (City College of New York) and Ernesto Cuba (CUNY Graduate Center)
– Auroville and Other Utopias, with Laura Zelasnic
– Day of Play (In a State of Crisis), with Erika Houle and Emily Caruso (Prioritize Childcare)
FUCK ICE: Queer Migrant Organizing for Liberation / CHINGA LA MIGRA: Inmigrantes Queer Luchando por Liberación, with/con Josh Wizman and Gerardo Romo (ICE-Free NYC)
– Nuit Debout: A Direct Democracy Uprising, with Marisa Holmes

1:30PM – 3PM
– Areyto Taino Movement Lab, with Thea Martinez
– Towards a Decolonial Cultural Front: Palestine, #BlackLivesMatter, and Indigenous People’s Struggle + Rename&Reclaim, with Amin Husain (Tidal Magazine), Nitasha Dhillon (MTL), and Nick Mirzoeff and Anna Hillary (Rename&Reclaim)
– Our LAST Stand! NO to the Mayor’s City-Wide Gentrification Plan, with Sumumba Sobukwe (Occupy Wall Street/Occu-Evolve)
– Political Prisoners, with NYC Free Peltier and NYC Jericho Movement
– (Post)colonial Present/Presence in Education + Selling Out the Right to Learn: Why Education is Not a Business, with Shruti Krishnamoorthy, Jo Kelcey, Carol Anne Spreen, and Jill Armstrong (New York University)
– Visions of Dissent: The Role of Photojournalists and Media in #BlackLivesMatter and Other Movements, with Natalie Keyssar

3PM – 4:30PM
– How Hedge Funds are Bankrupting Our Universities + Unions and Labor History, with Hannah Fullerton (NYU Student Labor Action Movement) and Maren Stange (Cooper Union Organization of Part-Time Faculty president)
– Introduction to the Philosophy of Stoics and Climate Change, with David Haack
– Movement of the Squares: A Conversation, with Babak Tofighi and Luis Moreno-Caballud
– Power of Imagination – Storytelling and Magic, with Carol Cabrera and Sky King
– Tower Records in the Park: Hip-Hop Architecture Freestyle, with Sekou Cooke (sekou cooke STUDIO/Syracuse University School of Architecture)

4:30PM – 5PM Food Break

5PM – 6:30PM
Performing Dissent Finale
– Abolish the Box, with Andrea Gordillo, Paula Siquiera Mendes, and Jeremy Lesser
– This Ain’t A Eulogy: A Ritual for Re-Membering, with Taja Lindley
– Umbra and Black Arts Poetics in the Village, with David Henderson
– Genealogies Walk, with Molly Davy and Siera Dissmore

FreeUniversityNYC.org + FreeUniversityNYC@gmail.com + Facebook.com/FreeUniversityNYC + @FreeUnivNYC

RenameandReclaim@gmail.com + @Rename_Reclaim

LIBERATION LAB! 5th Annual May Day Free University with Rename&Reclaim

LIBERATION LAB!
5th Annual May Day Free University with Rename&Reclaim /
5to Primero de Mayo de la Universidad Libre con Renombrar y Reclamar
Saturday, April 30th, 11:30am-5pm
Washington Square Park, Mannahatta, NYC

Contribute a workshop/teach-in/performance + volunteer: goo.gl/3KiLWf

RSVP/share: Facebook.com/events/1104928136231822

Free University-NYC, in collaboration with Rename&Reclaim, will host an afternoon of free social justice education – including workshops, teach-ins, performances, and interactive play – as part of the May Day 2016 weekend. Come celebrate and learn from each other. Uncover radical histories of the Village and New York City. Collaborate with social movements for labor, migration, and care across all ethnicities and races.

ANTICIPATED THEMES
***Know Your Histories:
– African, African American, Asian, Caribbean, Chicanx, European, Latin American, Middle Eastern, Native American, and Pacific Islander histories and presences in Washington Square Park, the Village, and NYC.
– People’s histories of May Day, labor, unions, wildcats, and workers’ centers.
– Umbra, the Beat Generation, and the origins of the Black Arts Movement and white countercultures in the Village.
– East Village origins of the Young Lords and Nuyorican Poetics.

***Know Your Presence:
#BlackLivesMatter, #ICEFreeNYC, #AsiansforBlackLives, #MuslimsforBlackLives, #ShowingUpforRacialJustice, #RapeFreeNYC, #ShutDownRikers, #FreeCUNY, — building bridges to liberation.
– Prisons, NYPD / ICE, and the law (e.g., “know your rights,” protection from neighborhood raids, copwatch 101, prisoners solidarity).
– Race and migration struggles amidst election contests between Clinton, Cruz, Sanders, Stein, and Trump.
– Resisting gentrification and evictions under de Blasio’s new housing policy.
– Student and faculty strikes from Chicago to France to NYC to Puerto Rico.

***Cultures of Resistance:
– Poetry, literature, and music from African, African American, Asian, Caribbean, Chicanx, European, Latin American, Middle Eastern, Native American, and Pacific Islander presences in the Village and May Day celebrations.

 

The Free University of New York City is an experiment in radical community education and an attempt to create education as it ought to be, building on the historic tradition of movement freedom schools. First conceived as a form of educational strike in the run up to May Day, 2012, Free University-NYC has since organized over 20 events of free crowd-sourced education in community centers, museums, parks, and subway stations in New York City. We recognize that the current system of higher learning is unequal and unsustainable, while vast knowledges across communities are hidden and undervalued. With tuition increasing at public and private colleges, the exploitation of adjunct labor, and the larger amounts of debt that students are expected to take on, university education becomes a rarefied commodity only available to the few. As a study/action alternative, we welcome diverse networks of political education to learn, grow, and transform society together.
Contact: FreeUniversityNYC.org + FreeUniversityNYC@gmail.com + Facebook.com/FreeUniversityNYC + @FreeUnivNYC

Rename&Reclaim is a group that was born out of the desire to keep the conversation around #BlackLivesMatter alive in the Village, Manhattan. Beginning in Fall 2015 with “Critical Tactics Lab” dialogues at New York University, the group began gathering to advance the goals of critical awareness and momentum that #BlackLivesMatter achieved. Conversations led to the importance of “renaming” as a part of the process to bring awareness, overcome erasures, and honor the role that African Americans have played to intellectually, physically, and spiritually construct the city as it is today. In addition, we urge collective acts of uncovering, sharing, and “reclaiming” many more of these hidden histories of Washington Square Park, downtown Manhattan, and across New York City. These histories form a context against which white settler-colonial supremacy in NYC can be made visible and interrupted.
Contact: RenameandReclaim@gmail.com + @Rename_Reclaim

3/13: FUNDRAISER for Albert Woodfox (Angola 3) – Film / Food / Letter-Writing

Albert Woodfox

FUNDRAISER for Albert Woodfox (Angola 3) / Film / Food / Letter-Writing!
Sunday, March 13, 5-8pm
Mayday Space
176 St. Nicholas Ave, Bushwick, Brooklyn
RSVP/share: https://www.facebook.com/events/584375965072449

Co-sponsored by Free University-NYC, Campaign to Bring Mumia Home, CUNY Prison Divest, Lynne Stewart Defense Organization, Mayday Space, National Lawyers Guild – NYC Chapter, New Abolitionist Movement, NYC Anarchist Black Cross, NYC Books Through Bars, NYC Free Leonard Peltier, and NYC Jericho Movement (in formation).

This special fundraiser event will honor the February 19 release of Albert Woodfox (the Angola 3’s last remaining member who had been imprisoned in solitary confinement for over 41 years). We will screen the film The Angola 3: Black Panthers and the Last Slave Plantation, share food, write letters to Albert and incarcerated people, and discuss solidarity inside/outside prisons. All donated funds will be given to Albert Woodfox to help his transition to freedom on the outside.

To make an online donation,  click on the “Help Albert!” link on the Angola 3 website, and specify “Albert Woodfox” as the designated recipient.

Please contact us at FreeUniversityNYC@gmail.com if your organization or crew would like to co-sponsor.

This event builds upon our December 13 event “Care Down the Walls: Education, Health, and Housing beyond Prisons” (http://freeuniversitynyc.org/2015/11/24/dec-13-care-down-the-walls-education-health-housing-beyond-prisons-free-university/)

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POSTPONED! Sun 2/14: Showing Our Love for the People: Free U Teach-in @Occupy Museums event

Hello Free U family,

Sunday’s #KochPlaza Action is POSTPONED!

Update from Occupy Museums: Due to headlines like “life-threatening cold this weekend” and concern for the health of our presenters, we’ve decided to postpone the 1st Annual Evict Koch Award Ceremony and Teach-In.
Occupy Museum folks will still be out there at 2pm handing out Valentine’s cards celebrating Koch’s eviction from the American Museum of Natural History board and calling on the Met to do the same. You’re welcome to join them.

For a future date…
Free University-NYC, in collaboration with Occupy Museums, will invite you to Showing Our Love For The People!

In the meantime…
Free U folks have been brainstorming 2016 event themes, working groups, and intentional directions for our 5th (!) year of existence. Please email FreeUniversityNYC@gmail.com if you wish to learn more about next steps.

love and life,
-the Free U crew

Sun 2/14: Showing Our Love for the People: Free U Teach-in @Occupy Museums event!

Free U Vday

Showing Our Love for the People!
Free U Teach-in @Occupy Museums event
Sunday, February 14, 2-5pm
Koch Plaza at Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Free University-NYC, in collaboration with Occupy Museums, invites you to “Showing Our Love For The People!”
• Learn about Free U’s 5-year background of horizontal popular learning strategies
• Connect the privatization of public art spaces to New York City arts histories and anti-gentrification struggles
• Talk with Free U organizers and help brainstorm 2016 actions

http://kochplaza.org/
Gentrification Primary NYC: Manhattan vs. Brooklyn
A Citizens’ Meeting at Koch Plaza, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Sunday, February 14, 2-5pm
Occupy Museums, David Tobis, and the International Forum on Globalization will host a citizens meeting, teach-in, and afternoon of actions at David H. Koch Plaza in front of the Metropolitan Museum. The event will bring together experts, activists, and artists for short lectures and discussions on culture, housing, finance, and income inequality.

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Schedule for Dec 13 “Care Down the Walls” Free University

​Care Down the Walls:
Education, Health, & Housing beyond Prisons

Free University

Sunday, December 13
11:30AM – 4PM
Sixth Street Community Center
638 E Sixth Street (between Avenues B & C)
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*11:30AM*
Welcome / Statement of Intentions

*All Day*
Virtual Writing Workshop: Spaces for the Future
Susan Naomi Bernstein

Describe a real or imagined community space that creates hope for the Future. Your writing can:• Illustrate with thick description and details• Explain emotional significance• Consider symbolism• Document history• Make a case for necessary changes

*12-1:30PM*
Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the Game: Structuralism in Black Literature
Nicholas B. Powers

From Frederick Douglass to Sapphire’s novel ​​Push, learning how to read was intimately tied to freedom. In this teach in, we look at how literacy re-subjectified the blackened body and created a structuralist vision that is the radical seed in Black literature.

Alternatives and Divestment from the Treatment Industrial Complex
Root Cause and Hospital Care Workers Collective

In Part One of this workshop, Root Cause will share a Divestment Presentation (see video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nk4pukNYm6Ma) to discuss cutting ties with the Treatment Industrial Complex, using an activity to understand the TIC’s web. Points for discussion: How can we can cut these ties? What are recommendations for different stakeholders? How can we push Rangel to take tax breaks away from prisons (see petition Bit.ly/RevokeREIT) We will identify resources and strategies healthcare workers and community groups need to improve public health while reducing the need for police and prisons.
In Part Two, public hospital workers will share experiences and discuss possibilities of expanding concrete alternatives to abolish prisons that are based on non-hierarchical and transparent forms of collaboration between community groups and healthcare workers. More specifically, we’re interested in how healthcare workers can more effectively collaborate with communities to resist racism, police brutality, and incarceration. Our guiding question: How do we liberate health from surveillance, privatization, and racism?

Introduction to Warrior Sisters and Demo Class
Warrior Sisters – Hetal Sheth

Warrior Sisters is a non profit organization dedicated to ending systemic male violence against women. The group was started in Oregon in 2013 by a handful of women and now has representatives building communities and facilitating free self defense trainings for women and events in cities across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and now in NYC! We draw inspiration from Gulabi Gang, a grassroots women led movement in India, in working to build a culture of resistance and empower women as a collective force. We believe that strong women’s communities are a vital element of assault prevention. We are dedicated to building these communities through discussion, sharing of stories, mutual support, and respect. Join us to hear a short introduction about Warrior Sisters which will be open to all and a demo class right after for women only.

HIJOS in Argentina: Breaking Social Silence – Community Power
Marina Sitrin

I will share the experiences of HIJOS in Argentina so as to help us think together about options for where we place our energy/demands/focus and well as how. HIJOS (Hijas y Hijos por identidad y justicia y contra el olvido y silencio – Daughters and Sons for Identity and Justice and Against Silence and Forgetting), began in the later 1990s in Argentina and in many ways is both precursor and emblematic of the forms of organization of the post 2001 rebellion. Different from the Madres of the Plaza de Mayo and the Abuelas, though in solidarity with them, HIJOS does not place demands upon the government as their strategy for justice, but rather organizes itself so as to address society as a whole. They do this to break a “social silence” that they argue is largely to blame for the dictatorship and mass disappearances of their parents, family members and others in society. The perspective of HIJOS is horizontal – looking to those around them as the source of power – both in attempts to transform society, and as the location of the silence that has supported the status quo. Hundreds if not thousands of people who were active or complicit in the dictatorship live free in society in Argentina. Until recently there was a total silence about this. HIJOS organizes in this silence. HIJOS’s goal is not to speak to the genocidas (those involved in the dictatorship), but their neighbors and society in general. Those who were letting people who committed such atrocities live in peace and silence. The form their protests take is more of a public outing than a traditional protest. It became known as the Escrache. An Escrache is this process of outing, it is a tactic for social awareness, using direct action, theater and education against silence and forgetting.

*1:30-3PM*
Using Meditation to Achieve Outcomes
One Thousand Arms – Kara Dansky

Meditation can help us connect our intention with concrete outcomes. This workshop will cover the fundamentals of meditation practice, mindfulness and awareness, cause and effect, obstacles, and the development of confidence in our ability to achieve our goals, including education, healthcare and housing for all and an end to the prison industrial complex.

Overdose Reversal
Streetwork Project – Graciela

I will teach an overdose reversal & safer injection training. Using naloxone & talking to your communities/networks about safer injection can save lives. Drug users are constantly targeted by police and are at great risk for health concerns, even death, if the stigma & shame around it are not addressed. I will teach how to obtain naloxone (I can bring some kits to give out as well), how to prevent an overdose through safer injection strategies, how to talk about IV drug use without judgment, how to address health concerns, referrals for needle exchanges, how to care for & support injectors in our communities, how to access needle exchanges, and how to administer naloxone as a harm reduction-focused workshop.

Free Your Mind
Beyond Attica/Close Rikers/Stop Mass Incarceration/Riverside Direct Action Response Team – James Litkett

This revolutionary activist poet (wizofjlitkett.weebly.com) will talk about empowering the formerly incarcerated and protecting their freedom in mind, body, and soul so as to not become victims of circumstance.

Teatro Vida: Theater and Public Health, Bronx New York 1990s
Thea Martinez

The facilitator will provide a historical context for discussing the early experiments of government funded programs bringing theater arts into public health education during the AIDS crisis of 1990s. Further discussion will explore how we can utilize theater in and outside The (Prison) Walls to improve public health today. In the second half of the workshop, Thea Martinez will share some of her experiences as actor/educator during the 1990s and offer exercises that introduce the Teatro Vida method to workshop participants.

Attica and Abolitionist Strategy
Critical Resistance – Bryan Welton

How is care an alternative to caging and control, and when is “care” a strategy for remaking repression? Where can we find obstacles, traps, exits, and openings in this moment of prison reform? How can we transform the power and scale of abolition? Critical Resistance members will discuss coalition building and non-reformist reform through their experience in building the Beyond Attica campaign, working to free people and resources from the prison industrial complex toward reconstructing healthy, whole, and self-determining communities.

*3-​4​PM*
Reflections/next steps dialogue
Free University-NYC

We will all come together to reflect on the day, and to lay out concrete strategies for a larger city-wide network that can amplify our projects and gain wider support. We will share recent/upcoming actions to build bridges between our groups, and will brainstorm what themes Free University-NYC can explore in 2016 and beyond.

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