Monthly Archives: September 2015

Freedom School Class – Wednesday, 9/16 – Mexican Independence Day – The Zapatistas, the Power of Art & Painting Murals in Utica


Mexican Independence Day – The Zapatistas, the Power of Art & Painting Murals in Utica
Wednesday, September 16 at 7:00pm – 8:30pm 

at the Mohawk Valley Freedom School (500 Plant Street, Utica, NY)

“Build different worlds where many worlds fit” mural of the Zapatista autonomous rebel elementary school in Oventic, Chiapas.

Please join us in celebrating Mexican Independence Day by watching the very short film “Galeano Vive! – Painting a Zapatista Teacher.” This will be followed by a short presentation on the Zapatista village of Oventic in Chiapas, Mexico that educator Brendan Maslauskas Dunn visited this summer, and a discussion of art and murals.

The fast-paced, visually stunning video will teach about the assassinated Mayan rebel Zapatista teacher Galeano while documenting the painting of an astounding mural deep in Zapatista territory. This dramatic artwork was painted by an international team of volunteers from twelve countries earlier this year and now lives on the walls of Galeano’s rebuilt school and clinic in the community of La Realidad, Chiapas, Mexico. Discussion will then focus on murals and art in Utica.

Planning is currently underway to paint a “people’s radical history” mural in Utica that people in the community will design and paint next summer under the guidance of mural artists from New York City.


Freedom School Classes Announced for September

Freedom School Classes Announced for September

by Mohawk Valley Freedom School

The Mohawk Valley Freedom School is back in session! Classes are free and open to the public and to people of all ages and backgrounds. Classes are held in Oneida Square’s Cornerstone Community Church at 500 Plant Street. Topics discussed this month will include urban spaces, Murray Bookchin, the Zapatistas, art and murals, education, anarchism, Black Lives Matter and Ban the Box. There will also be excursions to Hamilton College and Rochester. Come get involved with the Freedom School!

The Limits of the City, Utica
Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
MV Freedom School (MVFS) – Cornerstone Community Church, 500 Plant Street, Utica, NY

The opening class for the Fall 2015 Semester will also launch a series of classes focused on community-building and organization. Derek Scarlino will lead the discussion with an analysis of Murray Bookchin’s work on urban spaces, ‘The…

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