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Flying Squirrel Community Space

Who we are

The Flying Squirrel is a welcoming space for artists, activists, and community members in Rochester. We aim to cultivate and sustain long lasting relationships so we can work together to create positive social change.

  • 285 Clarissa St. Rochester NY, 14608
  • 585-678-6870

What's Happening?

Using the Space

Need a space to hold your event? We'd love to work with you. We host all kinds of events including group meetings, private parties, music shows, film screenings, speakers, and more.

November Monday Mayhem: watch Idiocracy

It's time for November Monday Mayhem! And we're showing a film that lines up with the impending election! Join us for some laughs (because the reality is so dissatisfying)!

November Monday Mayhem!
Watch the film “Idiocracy”
Monday, November 7, 2016
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa St.
Rochester, NY
Suggested Donation: $5
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1818168098395806/

Trailer:

About the film:
Idiocracy is a 2006 comedy produced and directed by Mike Judge, the creator of “Beavis and Butthead.” The film's story is about an ordinary person who gets frozen for 500 years in a military experiment and wakes up to an America run by mindless consumerism. The film was squelched immediately upon its release for shedding a negative light on corporate America. It initially opened in only seven cities and was never aired on network TV. It became a cult favorite after being released on DVD but still ended up in the bargain bin. The film is getting renewed scrutiny today in light of the Trump candidacy and dysfunctional congress. A popular meme on Facebook refers to it as the comedy that turned into a documentary. Come join us before you vote and find out what it is all about!

What is 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.

Watch Ava DuVernay's documentary "13th"

Enough Is Enough is going to screen Ava DuVernay's new documentary “13TH” in order to further our analysis of the prison industrial complex, structural racism, mass incarceration, and police violence. Mark your calendars and please join us!

Enough Is Enough presents: “13TH”
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa St.
Rochester, NY
Suggested Donation: $5
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1228829460473213/

Trailer:

According to the New York Film Festival description of the documentary, “Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads ‘Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.’ The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis. A Netflix original documentary.”

What does Enough Is Enough do?
Enough Is Enough supports people who have experienced racial profiling, harassment, and brutality by the Rochester Police Department. We attend court proceedings, provide emotional and tactical support for people who have experienced police violence, work toward systemic change in law enforcement, and develop coalitions to hold the system accountable.

We meet every Tuesday, 7:00PM - 9:00PM at the Flying Squirrel. We are setting our regular meeting aside on November 15 to screen “13TH”.

Introduction to Street Medicine!

Introduction to Street Medicine!

August 28, 2016

3:30PM - 7:30PM

Flying Squirrel Community Space

285 Clarissa St.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/640593902767240/?active_tab=posts

Learn the basics in providing first aid in direct actions. Topics to be covered: a brief history of street medics, consent, equipment, medical first aid, mental health first aid.

Suggestion donation to the Flying Squirrel: $5 (no one turned away for lack of funds)

Watch "5 Broken Cameras" & support two great organizations!

Rochester Indymedia and the Flying Squirrel Community Space are co-presenting the film "5 Broken Cameras"!

Jim Tiefenthal, an organizer for the Witness Palestine Film Festival, will give an introduction to the film and talk about the upcoming 2016 Witness Palestine Film Festival season. Find out more about this year's film festival at the website: http://witnesspalestinerochester.org/2016 A discussion about the film will follow the screening.

Friday, September 9, 2016
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa St.
$5 Suggested Donation (Donations will be split between the Flying Squirrel and Rochester Indymedia.)
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1246220785412359/

Watch the trailer below:

About the film (visit the film's website: http://www.pbs.org/pov/5brokencameras): Nominated for an Oscar®, 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal first-hand account of life and nonviolent resistance in Bil'in, a West Bank village where Israel is building a security fence. Palestinian Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, shot the film and Israeli filmmaker Guy Davidi co-directed. The filmmakers follow one family’s evolution over five years, witnessing a child's growth from a newborn baby into a young boy who observes the world unfolding around him. The film is a Palestinian-Israeli-French co-production.

About Rochester Indymedia:
The Rochester Independent Media Center (Indymedia or IMC) is a non-commercial, democratic collective of Rochester area independent media makers and media outlets, and serves as the local organizing unit of the global Indymedia network. We offer technical training, advice, and a platform to publish on. The collective has focused on Black Lives Matter, environmental justice, police abuse, housing justice, separation of church and state, homelessness and povertyr, education, and more. Check out our website at Rochester.Indymedia.org and our youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/RochesterIndymedia. Currently, we are not meeting regularly but are available by request. Feel free to email RochesterIndymedia@gmail.com or private message us on Facebook.

About the Flying Squirrel Community Space:
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. We are a volunteer collective and the space has stayed open for seven years thanks to the people that use it and generously donate to keep it open. There is no staff and no one is paid for the time and effort they invest in the space. Check out the website: TheSquirrel.org

August Monday Mayhem: The Driftwood Circle

For the August Program, we’ll be experimenting with the “Driftwood Exercise”. Driftwood is an exercise in the Peace Circle tradition- using non-verbal, collective sculpture building to explore creative ways of engaging conflict. Amy D’Amico facilitated Driftwood Circles in 2011 at the Occupy Albany encampment, and has agreed to come facilitate this months “Monday Mayhem”.

More info on the Driftwood Exercise:
https://chqdaily.wordpress.com/2013/08/01/pranis-how-can-driftwood-solve-conflict/

What is 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.

Find out more at the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1376173659064224/

Monday, August 1, 2016
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa St.

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