Utica Social Forum, World Social Forum and May Day Organizational Meeting Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Interested in organizing the Utica Social Forum, a conference for networking, education, organization and action that will be held this April? Interested in going to Montreal this August for the World Social Forum? Interested in helping organize for May Day, otherwise known as International Workers’ Day on the first of May? Then this is the meeting for you! Come get involved with a movement to for justice locally. This meeting is open to the public.
Film Screening: “Concerning Violence: Nine Scenes From the Anti-Imperialistic Self-Defense” Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Come join us as we watch a gripping 2014 documentary to launch our Black History Month series of classes and events at the Freedom School. Variety’s Peter Debruge reviewed…
Many people are understandably confused and angered by the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut and trying to figure out why groups like ISIS even exist. Come to an exciting Freedom School class tonight to discuss the roots of groups like ISIS and al Qaeda. We will look at how and why these groups form and put it into context in a longer history of colonialism, Western economic dominance and countless wars launched by nations such as the United States. In particular, we will make the connections between the governments of the US, Saudi Arabia and Israel and helping the rise of extremist Islamic groups. We will also look at stateless terrorism and state terrorism as well as look at examples of terrorism in Latin America. Hope to see you at the Freedom School tonight, November 19 at 7:00pm!
The acclaimed 2012 documentary “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners” will be screened at the Mohawk Valley Freedom School on Thursday, November 5 at 7:00pm. The film chronicles young Black revolutionary Angela Davis’s trial in connection with the Marin County attempted jailbreak of the Soledad Brothers in 1970 and the global movement to demand her freedom. Angela Davis: the Black Panther, the college professor, the political prisoner, the Communist and the woman who made it to the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List represents both the voice and the spirit of a generation that rose up in rebellion. Come to the Freedom School to watch this riveting film.
In remembrance of the founding of the Black Panther Party in October of 1966, the last Freedom School class of this month will look at the politics of the Black Panther Party as well as other groups of the New Left of the 1960s-70s, including the Young Lords, American Indian Movement, and the Patriot Party. A close look will be given to various coalitions that these groups formed and what this meant for the movement of the 1960s-70s. A particular focus will be given to the Rainbow Coalition organized by Fred Hampton and the Black Panthers in Chicago which united a rainbow of Black, white, Latino, Native, working class and poor people into a coalition that had a major impact in local politics. As always, we will ask ourselves what this important history means to us today, especially at a local level. With so many student, activist and community groups doing great things in the Utica area, what do we need to do to make our own coalition to organize for a better Utica and, ultimately, a better world? Come learn about this exciting history and join this discussion.
This class will be followed by a networking meeting open to students, activists and community members who are interested in making connections and building a local coalition to stand up and organize for social, economic and racial justice. Among the topics of discussion will also be a proposal to organize a Utica Social Forum for the spring. This meeting will occur during the next Freedom School class on Thursday, November 5 at 7:00pm. Stay tuned for more details.
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This class is free and open to the public and to people of all ages and backgrounds.
In remembrance of the founding of the Black Panther Party in October of 1966, the last Freedom School class of this month will look at the politics of the Black Panther Party as well as other groups of the New Left of the 1960s-70s, including the Young Lords, American Indian Movement, and the Patriot Party. A close look will be given to various coalitions that these groups formed and what this meant for the movement of the 1960s-70s. A particular focus will be given to the Rainbow Coalition organized by Fred Hampton and the Black Panthers in Chicago which united a rainbow of Black, white, Latino, Native, working class and poor people into a coalition that had a major impact in local politics. As always, we will ask ourselves what this important history means to us today, especially at a local level. With…
Members of the Love and Rage Media Collective will give a presentation and facilitate an interactive discussion about corporate media, independent media, citizen and grassroots journalism and the Love and Rage website. A short history of Love and Rage as well as examples of grassroots and independent media will be discussed. Students will learn about the ins and outs of independent media and learn the skills they can use to start reporting, interviewing and writing as grassroots media activists. Students will also critically look at mainstream and corporate media with a specific focus on the coverage of the U.S. military bombing of the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan that occurred last week. If you want to have a more critical lens to look at corporate media, or if you want to actually “be the media” through independent, alternative and grassroots journalism…
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)
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.
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…
The originally scheduled lecture on drone warfare by Syracuse activist Ed Kinane for this evening’s class has been canceled. Instead, we will watch the film “A Place Called Chiapas.” The film will be screened at 7:00pm on Wednesday, May 6 at the Mohawk Valley Freedom School.
The documentary film was released in 1998. It captures the rise of what the The New York Times called “the world’s first post-modern revolution” in Chiapas. The revolution was launched the same day NAFTA was put into effect on January 1, 1994. The revolutionaries called themselves Zapatistas in honor of the Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, a hero of Mexico’s 1910 revolution. The Zapatista Army of National Liberation (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, EZLN) was organized to spur the revolution forward. Since then the Zapatistas have carved out their own society autonomous from the Mexican state that is based off of principles of collectivism, mutual aid and popular power.
Come join us for a great film and an interesting discussion. As always, we will ask ourselves how this struggle is relevant to us and what we can learn from it.