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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.

April Monday Mayhem: political prisoner Jalil Muntaqim

April Monday Mayhem was about Jalil Muntaqim and his parole hearing coming up on June 14, 2016, with a focus on ways to support him. The event included an open discussion on parole reform in New York State and letter writing to the parole board on Jalil's behalf.

On the first Monday of every month, the Flying Squirrel Community Space 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.

Jalil is an ex-Black Panther and the longest held political prisoner in the United States. He's served 44 years and is about to have his 9th parole hearing. In his time incarcerated he has been a consistent voice for revolutionary change and liberation for oppressed people, having organized a number of successful programs and events inside and outside of prison walls. Our Rochester community needs him to be granted release so that his kind wisdom and insight can help inform us in our current and ongoing struggles for justice!

Please check out Jalil's website below for more info and updates, sign the petition, and write a letter to the board to advocate for his release on parole this June 14th. And stay tuned to Rochester Indymedia for more upcoming events and ways to get further involved with Jalil's campaign. Spread the word!

FREE JALIL
FREE THE LAND
FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS

http://www.freejalil.com

Write Jalil!
Anthony J. Bottom #77A4283
Attica C.F.
P.O. Box 149
Attica, NY 14011-0149

Aragorn! Introduces "The Blast"

Aragorn! is visiting from the west coast. He's here to talk about a new project he is involved in called The Blast.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa St.
Rochester, NY
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/206655839716042/

The Blast is an agitational project from Turtle Island. We intend to reach people who are otherwise unfamiliar with anarchist politics and also to provide a different perspective for readers already familiar with radical politics. For those new to the politics we present some of the rich stories of what has happened before us, stories of our gains and losses, of what is possible in the future and in our daily lives today. For those already here we'd like to create a respectful but critical atmosphere with no (or at least shifting) sacred cows.

There will be a light serving of food along with free copies of The Blast!

Matt Meyer: Political Prisoners, International Solidarity, & "Refusing to Choose" between "Violence" and "Nonviolence"

Writer and teacher Matt Meyer is coming to the Flying Squirrel Community Space to speak on Political Prisoners, International Solidarity, & “Refusing to Choose" between "Violence" and "Nonviolence.” Matt does a lot of work prisoners and especially political prisoners. To read his biography and see a list of books he's published, check him out on PM Press's website: http://www.pmpress.org/content/article.php/MattMeyer

Matt Meyer speaks on Political Prisoners, International Solidarity, & “Refusing to Choose" between "Violence" and "Nonviolence”
Thursday, May 12, 2016
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa St.
Rochester, NY
$5 suggested donation; no one turned away for lack of funds
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/753279784800912/

See a breakdown of one of his talks here: http://daily.swarthmore.edu/2016/02/16/solidarity-race-meyer/

Special thanks to Burning Books in Buffalo for sending us another great speaker! (They also created the flyer!) Check them out at: http://burningbooksbuffalo.com/

May Monday Mayhem! Solving our problems without the police

Join the Flying Squirrel for May Monday Mayhem! Solving our problems without the police

Monday, May 2, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa St.
Rochester, NY
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1706628136285579/

The Flying Squirrel Community Space's sixth Principle of Unity states,

The Flying Squirrel Community Space advocates creative, community-driven solutions to conflict. We will work to create alternatives to the prison industrial complex[1]. Whenever possible, the Flying Squirrel Community Space will use alternative justice solutions rather than relying on the police. Underlying this stance is our belief that communities are empowered when they are able to deal with their own conflicts.

[1]: “The United States uses prisons and policing as a failed ‘solution' to social, political and economic problems. We call this system the 'prison industrial complex,’ or PIC. As a result our communities are being destroyed. The PIC depends upon the oppressive systems of racism, classism, sexism, and homophobia. It includes human rights violations, the death penalty, industry and labor issues, policing, courts, media, community powerlessness, the imprisonment of political prisoners, and the elimination of dissent. ” - Critical Resistance

With that in mind, the collective adopted a custom, when we opened in 2009, where members agreed we would not invite law enforcement, code enforcement, or firefighters into the space, unless there were agreed upon parameters for the meeting. Discretion was left to the individual collective members based on each individual situation.

Over the years, this custom has come up for discussion over specific instances where a question was raised but a guideline was never officially agreed upon.

The purpose of the May Monday Mayhem: Solving our problems without the police, is multiple:

  1. Why we need a space that does not collaborate with police
  2. How our Principles of Unity guide us toward the society we want, while living in one we need to change
  3. In the rare occasions that it does happen, how does a space with oppositional politics interact with police?
  4. Talk about some recent interactions with police that prompted this discussion
  5. Share a video history of RPD harassment of the Squirrel and its members
  6. Discuss ideas for a more permanent guideline

Please join us!

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.

5/6: Exceptional Educators: The educational philosophy and methodology of the Black Panther Party

Hobart and William Smith Colleges Professor Khuram Hussain will discuss his research on the Black Panther Party as exceptionally skilled educators of adults and children

Friday, May 6, 2016
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa St.
Rochester, NY
Suggested donation of $5; no one turned away for lack of funds

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/477177452476624/
Hosted by Enough Is Enough

Sponsored by The Black Panther Party (Rochester, NY), and the Flying Squirrel Community Space

Professor Hussain's work pivots around the ways the Black Panther Party educated children and adults. He argues that they were exceptionally skilled educators, and that we have things to learn from their philosophy and method of teaching at the grassroots.

About Professor Hussain:
Khuram Hussain is a former New York City schoolteacher and currently serves as an associate professor in the Department of Education at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY where he serves as a community organizer with Tools for Social Change. He completed his Ph.D. in the Cultural Foundations of Education at Syracuse University. His current scholarship explores the radical origins of multicultural education and contemporary grassroots anti-racist movements that resist neoliberal school reform. His book, Imaging the Black Freedom Struggle: Political Cartoons of Muhammad Speaks, 1960 - 1975, is under contract with Johns Hopkins University Press.

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