Who we are

The Flying Squirrel Community Space exists to provide a welcoming space that will cultivate and sustain long lasting relationships between artists, activists, and community members in Rochester so that we may work together to create positive social change. More about us. Check out the current Flying Squirrel Member Groups that use the space.

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Open Hours at the Flying Squirrel

Hey Everyone, 

  Dave T is faciliating open hours at the Flying Squirrel.   Come hang out, use the wireless, drink coffee, play games, start a new project....

Mon, Weds, Friday 4-7pm.  

Refugees and Immigrants: Challenges in the U.S.A.

On Sunday, October 26, 2014, members of Africans United Organization held a special event titled "Refugees and Immigrants: Chanllenges in the U.S.A." Faziri Ndahiro, Girma Erena, Zamda Kamikazi, Gerard Ndacayisenga, & Partick Kiptoo sat on the panel discussing AUO, their personal experiences as African refugees and immigrants, and some programs that AUO is running to engage the community. The event was apart of the Flying Squirrel Community Space's stop mass incarceration programming for the month of October.

Watch the presentation on Youtube.com by clicking this link!

"They think it's a game, they think it's a joke!" Ferguson organizers speak!

On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, Ricardo Adams and Yusef Bunchy Shakur introduced a community report back with Dhoruba Toure Shakur & Sixela Yoccm from Ferguson, MO. "They think it's a game, they think it's a joke!" Ferguson organizers speak! came together rather quickly as resources were pooled to bring these organizers to Rochester to not only speak about what was going on in Ferguson, but also to answer questions from the community about Michael Brown's murder and organizing going on here. Up to the point of coming to Rochester, both organizers had been on the streets of Ferguson for over 70 days operating with Tribe X and the Freedom Fighters. The event was apart of the Flying Squirrel Community Space's stop mass incarceration programming for the month of October.

Watch Dhoruba & Six by clicking here!

U.S. out of my living room: The case of Leslie James Pickering, the Earth Liberation Front Press Office, & Burning Books

On Tuesday, October 21, 2014, Leslie James Pickering from Buffalo, NY came to the Flying Squirrel Community Space to present on the FBI's intrusion into his personal life and business--Burning Books--since returning to Western New York. The event titled "U.S. out of my living room: The case of Leslie James Pickering, the Earth Liberation Front Press Office, & Burning Books" was organized by Enough Is Enough for its A People's History of the FBI film and discussion series. It was also apart of the Flying Squirrel Community Space's stop mass incarceration programming for the month of October.

Click this link to watch the full presentation with Leslie James Pickering!

The impact of mass incarceration on families

On Monday, October 20, 2014, Pastor Nina Warr, of Inner Faith Gospel Tabernacle and Precious Bedell of Turning Points Family Center were invited to sit on a panel looking at how mass incarceration impacts families. The panel was apart of the Flying Squirrel Community Space's stop mass incarceration programming for the month of October.

Listen to the presentations and discussion by clicking this link!

Until the Rulers Obey- Video from Oct 2, 2014

Clifton Ross and Marcy Reins spoke on Thursday evening about their new book “Until the Rulers Obey:  Voices from Latin American Social Movements.”  The event was organized by Rochester Red and Black and was held at the Flying Squirrel Community Space. The presentation was shot, edited, and published by Rochester Indymedia.

Watch the presentation on YouTube.com by clicking this link!

From the books synopsis:  “Bringing together voices from the movements behind the wave of change that swept Latin America at the turn of the 21st century, this unique collection of interviews features five dozen leaders and grassroots activists from 15 countries, presenting their work and debating pressing questions of power, organizational forms, and relations with the state. These movements have galvanized long-silent—or silenced—sectors of society: indigenous people, campesinos, students, the LGBT community, the unemployed, and all those left out of the promised utopia of a globalized economy. They have deployed a wide range of strategies and actions, sometimes building schools or clinics, sometimes occupying factories or fields, sometimes organizing political parties to take the reins of the state, and sometimes resisting government policies in order to protect their new-found power in community. This indispensable compilation of primary source material is organized in chapters by country, with each chapter introduced by a solidarity activist, writer, or academic with deep knowledge of the place. It addresses a wide range of issues, from fighting against mines and agribusiness to demanding equal participation through the recognition of language and culture, giving participants, students, and observers of social movements a chance to learn from their experiences.”

Vulnerable Populations/Critical Populations: The criminalization of poverty, homelessness, and dissent

On Saturday, October 18, 2014, Sister Grace Miller of House of Mercy and Harry Murray, a professor at Nazareth College were invited to sit on a panel looking at criminalization of homelessness, poverty, and dissent. The panel was apart of the Flying Squirrel Community Space's stop mass incarceration programming for the month of October.

Watch the panel presentation here on YouTube.com by clicking on this link.

 

Partial Q & A from "The Whole Damn System is Guilty"

This is some of the Q & A from the event "The Whole Damn System is Guilty!" From Rochester to Ferguson -- a community report back. On the panel was Natajah Roberts, Adrian Elim, Makia Green, Anansa Benbow, Tonya Stevens, Ricardo Adams, and Rosemary Rivera who talked about their experiences from Ferguson, MO.

The panel and discussion took place on October 17, 2014, at the Flying Squirrel Community Space as part of their STOP MASS INCARCERATION month of programming. The full panel presentation is forth coming.

Watch the Q & A by clicking here.

Keith LaMar AKA Bomani Shakur: Live from death row

On October 3, 2014, the Flying Squirrel Community Space was able to get death row prisoner Keith LaMar on the phone live after watching "The Great Incarcerator, part 2: The Shadow of Lucasville."

Keith LaMar talking to people at the Flying Squirrel from death row

Click here to listen to his call-in on youtube.

 

Terror Prison @ the Squirrel!

The last event of the Flying Squirrel's STOP MASS INCARCERATION programming...

HALLOWEEN NIGHT!! Blattco International, in conjunction with the Flying Squirrel, unveils New York State's first private prison! You are invited to come tour our dungeon facility... ribbon cutting with Maggie Brooks*! Tours start at 7 pm, night court begins at 8:30, presided by Judge Cthulhu. DEFINITELY not for children or the faint of heart. FREE DOUGHNUTS, cake, cider. It's the Flying Squirrel's 5th anniversary! (*Maggie Brooks not included.)

October 31, 2014

7:00PM

Flying Squirrel Community Space, 285 Clarissa St.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/809585972409765/

 

 

 

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