May Day Free University today @ Cooper Union

Free University May Day

In solidarity with all the students, faculty and staff who believe that knowledge is a commons.

MAY DAY – GENERAL SCHEDULE EDU BLOC at Cooper Union

10am – 3pm: Cooper Union Free University @ Cooper Square

3:00pm: NYC EDU BLOC Convergence + SPEAK OUT!!! @ Cooper Square

4:00pm: March to Union Square to join the May 1 Coalition rally & March to City Hall

9:00pm: Dance Party to Free Education @ Washington Square Park fountain

 

FREE UNIVERSITY CLASSES AT COOPER UNION
Schedule of NYC May Day events organized by Free Cooper Union and the Free University of NYC - check for updates!

Open Arts & Crafts Session
10am-3pm
Book Shields! Banners! Placards! Sidewalk Chalking!

“Space, Design, and the Everyday”
Matthew Bissen
10am-12pm
This course explores fundamental concepts of space and design with particular attention focused on how as designers and citizens we participate in the everyday design, reproduction, and production of our current and future realities. This course session will focus on architecture and counterculture and support the continuing development of semester long student projects.

“Organizing a NYC Student Movement”
Discussion with folks from Free University-NYC and All in the Red
11am-12pm
Join students from around NYC to explore concrete ideas on how to organize a city-wide student movement that can build on lessons from mass mobilizations in Quebec, Chile, Puerto Rico, and elsewhere, while also envisioning our own locally specific forms of student power.

“Understanding Basic Economics and Finance”
Ron Rubin
11am-12pm
There is a clear distinction between Economics (Main Street) and Finance (Wall Street). In order to understand how and why more and more of the value created by Main Street is flowing into the hands of Wall Street it is absolutely necessary to understand the distinction between these two related but different institutions and how they function in today’s world. Otherwise no real change will be possible.

“Watch the Gap: How Income Inequality and Poverty are Hurting America’s Kids”
Anthony Zenkus
11am-12pm
Poverty and Low Socioeconomic Status can cause significant challenges to the cognitive, emotional and physical development of children. They increase the risk factors for everything from child abuse to school failure. With one of the highest gaps in income equality in the world, and one of the highest child poverty rates in decades, the United States is creating a lost generation that will grow up with less opportunity and more risk- unless we act. Income inequality must be addressed as a public health problem with repercussions that effect the entire community.

Tidal: Occupy Theory Occupy Strategy Conversation”
12pm-1pm
TIDAL has held significant conversations with Free University. The discussions in Washington Square Park led to Strike Debt. The S17 event expanded our horizons. Now, as TIDAL seeks to internationalize and nationalize its project, we want to re-open the conversation. How do we learn from Detroit? From Athens? From Tunis? From Cairo? What are the means of that learning? How do we ensure that this conversation is mutual and beneficial to all? An open workshop for all hosted by Team TIDAL.

“Writing for Home, School, and Everyday Life”
Susan Naomi Bernstein
12pm-1pm
For new and experienced writers: This course presents the processes of writing for anyone who struggles to write. Together we will develop our own practices of writing for audiences and purposes that connect to our visions of social transformation for home, school, and everyday life.

“Imagining a Student/Worker-Run University”
Various Participants
12pm-2pm
This will be an open discussion that is meant to encourage the development of a vision of a Free Cooper Union run by students and workers. We will talk about precedents in the form of student-run coops, cooperatively run schools, worker takeovers, the tenets behind the wages for schoolwork movement, and the legal and ideological strands that can link Cooper’s past to this future.

“People Power and Politics”
Dominique Nisperos
12:50pm-2pm
Introduction to the Gay Liberation Movement, discussing Carl Wittman’s A Gay Manifesto.
Reading materials and outlines will be provided.

“NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium”
Ben Katchor
1pm-2:30pm
Discuss and share new models for the distribution of text/image work.

“Climate Debt/Climate Justice”
Andrew Ross
1pm-1:45pm
Climate debt is not yet part of the political architecture in the U.S. Where does it come from? What kind of justice does it involve? And why is it so important?

“Towards an Alternative School of Art”
Collaborative workshop with folks from vizKult, OWS Arts & Labor, and Making Worlds
1pm-2:45pm

The economic and structural realities of art schools as they exists today can often be a source of anxiety and frustration for artists, teachers, and staff alike, but what might an alternative model look like? In this workshop we’ll discuss the things we like and don’t like about the current art school system. Then we’ll learn about various alternative models and discuss amongst ourselves how they can be applied to or replace that system.

“Love Spam”
Barbara Browning
1:30pm-2:30pm
About a year and a half ago, I initiated an experiment in creating a surplus of sentimental value. I began by spamming random individuals with personally targeted, hand-crafted ukulele covers I made of sentimental songs. Victims ranged from an obesity doctor in Winnetka, Illinois to the anarchist anthropologist David Graeber. In this workshop, I’ll give an update on the results (thus far) of the project, and I’ll give participants some ideas for possible similar projects of their own.

“Presenting the New Edition of the Debt Resistors’ Operations Manual”
members of Strike Debt
1:30pm-2:30pm

“Art, Design, Architecture, and Activism”
Benjamin Young
1:30pm-2:50pm
What do art, design, and architecture have to do with activism? How can artists, designers, architects, and other cultural workers contribute to a radically egalitarian and democratic public sphere? How can we imagine other forms of communication and design outside that of advertising? What forms of public discussion, critical thinking, and social and political activism can take shape against or through mass culture, and how can art and design disciplines contribute to them?
Participants are asked to come prepared to discuss the following readings: Mira Schor, “Lowering the Bar on Activism,” Huffington Post; Mira Schor, “Books are Like People,” A Year of Positive Thinking; Reinhold Martin, “Occupy: What Architecture Can Do,” Design Observer; Reinhold Martin, “Occupy: The Day After,” Design Observer.

“Building the Commons in NYC”
Making Worlds
1:30pm-2:30pm
Join an open conversation about the commons and education.

“Why We Need to Break Up the Megabanks”
Cathy O’Neil, OWS Alternative Banking Group
2pm-2:30pm

“Song Share”
Everybody Now!
2:30pm-3pm
Want to learn the May Day song? Want to sing but feel afraid to? Want to have a rockin’ good half hour? Then this is the class for you!
Throughout the day many will be singing the May Day song “We Stand for Justice.” This class is to help everybody feel comfortable, confident, and excited about singing during the rally and throughout the day. No singing or music skills needed, for we all are singers. We welcome and invite you to join us. Let your voice be heard!

“Sociology of Race and Ethnicity”
Dominique Nisperos
2:15pm-3:30PM
Introduction to Colorblind racism, using excerpts from Eduardo Bonilla-Silva’s Racism Without Racists, Ch 3 and Conclusion; Brown et. al’s White-Washing Race: The Myth of a Colorblind Society, Ch 6. Reading materials and outlines will be provided.

Move your class / teach your own class at the Free University! Sign up here.

Archives and Activism Symposium Today

Archives and Activism

[ from: Archivist Round Table of Metropolitan New YorkSession 3 with OWS Archives] If archivism was indeed ever exclusively ideologically neutral in its approach to managing historical materials, many archivists have come to see said objectivity as illusory at best. Principal amongst the reasons for this shift in perspective within the archives community is a growing awareness that its custodianship of cultural materials can never be enacted in a manner wholly divorced from interpretation, advocacy, and the ever-present demands of the socially or economically powerful institutions that fund and administer archives.

Despite the extent to which this emergent awareness has affected how archivists approach their responsibilities, there remains a mistrust of the archival world by those most committed to the dismantling of hegemonic structures, particularly amongst activists, on the grounds that traditional institutional frameworks often fail to provide adequate transparency, accountability or sensitivity to the needs of marginalized individuals, communities, and movements.

How far can, and should, archivists go in responding to the concerns of the movements they are attempting to document? Should they be rethinking, even overhauling, traditional archival practice? This symposium addresses a range of issues attendant upon archives’ evolving relationships with activism and social justice. Among these concerns are: ownership, trust, and exclusion; self-documentation by activist communities and participatory archives; and collaborations between activists, archivists, and researchers using emerging technologies. Presenters representing a variety of institutions, initiatives, and activist communities will explore theoretical concerns as well as practice-based approaches to documenting social activism.

This symposium is dedicated to the memory of archivist and historian Michael Nash (1946-2012).

Session 3 with OWS Archives –> New Content, New Communities: Acquisition and
Preservation in Nontraditional Archives (*Planning for the Short and Long Term Stewardship of Occupy Wall Street’s Digital Records Anna Perricci, OWS Archives Working Group )

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FULL SCHEDULE ONLINE 

Friday, 12 October 2012

8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Symposium Sessions
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Reception

Free

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
Arnhold Hall
THE NEW SCHOOL
55 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011

9:15am – 10:00am: Session 1. Assessing the Relationship between Archives and Activism

10:00am– 11:15am: Session 2. Mobilizing Documentary Practice: Building Archives and
Identity

11:30am – 1:00pm: Session 3*. New Content, New Communities: Acquisition and
Preservation in Nontraditional Archives (*Planning for the Short and Long Term Stewardship of Occupy Wall Street’s Digital Records Anna Perricci, OWS Archives Working Group )

2:00pm -3:30pm: Session 4. Whose Archives?: Interactions between Archivists and
Communities

3:45pm – 5:00pm: Session 5. Archives as a Site of Activism

5:00pm – 6:00pm: Reception

FULL SCHEDULE ONLINE 

Today: Building the Culture of the Commons in Queens

Building the Culture of the Commons in Queens
Saturday March 24th

location 1: 12-2pm
location 2: 2-4pm

LOCATION 1:
The 37th Road Commons
37th Road Plaza • Jackson Heights  (google map)
Btw. 73rd & 74th Sts. 1 blk. north of Roosevelt Ave.
(Roosevelt Ave./74th St.: E, F, M, R, &7 trains)

Noon to 1 PM – Party and Play Time
Bring the family for games, free play, live music and potluck lunch at “The 37th Road Commons”*

1 – 2 PM – Meet – Talk – Think
We will create a space in which everyone has equal voice on the issues that matter to most.
Discussions on:

* Housing and Foreclosure in Queens coordinated by OQ Housing Working Group
* Democracy for All and Residents Voting coordinated by the OQ Voting Rights Working Group
* Immigrants and Workers Rights coordinated by Yadira Sanchez with Worker’s Justice Project/ Proyecto de Justicia Laboral

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LOCATION 2:
The Immigrant Movement International
108-59 Roosevelt Avenue (google map)
(Subway: Train 7 Flushing Local or Express, exit at the 111th)

2 – 4 PM – Social Assembly
People from Occupy Queens along with the Commons Coalition and Organization from Jackson Heights, Woodside and Corona are getting together to share their ideas and knowledge on how the different ways in which a politics of the commons can be developed. In particular, we are interested in understanding how groups and communities working on housing, health care, education, food, human and workers rights, energy, immigration, information technology, and communication and knowledge resources can develop a vision of these resources as commons: a third form of social organization to the state and corporate capitalism.

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Commons Coalition website:
http://makingworlds.wikispaces.com

Arts & Labor Alt Econ page:
http://artsandlabor.org/alternative-economies/

Arts & The Commons, an Arts & Culture thematic group page:
http://artsandculture.nycga.net/network/thematic/art-commons/

Arts & Culture + Arts & Labor: Occupy Tompkins Sun Feb 26 11-5pm

Arts & Culture + Arts & Labor: Occupy Tompkins Square Park, Feb 26, 11am-5pm

Arts & Culture + Arts & Labor:
Occupy Tompkins Square Park (map)
Sunday Feb 26, 11am-5pm

as part of..
Occupy Town Square III
Facebook invite: tinyurl.com/ots3art

Look for us!!!

Tonight Sun. 5-7 pm: What should an archive of Occupy Wall Street look like?

Is there any relation to art and the archive? To museum and libraries? If you said yes or maybe to either one of these question, or if you are just curious about the science of libraries and archives then come tonight and take part in this import OWS forum:

 

OWS Archives Forum: What should an archive of Occupy Wall Street look like?

@ Judson Memorial Assembly Hall
Sunday Feb 5, 5-7pm

On its surface, it appears to be an impossible task: to document the activities of a major social movement as it is happening. And yet this has been the monumental task undertaken by the Occupy Wall Street Archives Working Group (OWS Archives WG), a collection of archivally-interested individuals who have established a sizeable collection of signs, flyers, interviews, oral histories, and artifacts ever since the infancy the occupation at Liberty Plaza (formerly known as Zuccotti Park). And, as you might expect, the OWS Archives working group have encountered this important question of the ultimate vision for an archive of Occupy Wall Street.

The OWS Archives Working Group is seeking input from people throughout the Occupy movement and the broader community of archivists & collectors on how to move forward with the management of the OWS Archives. In a public forum at Judson Memorial Assembly Hall , we intend to offer a presentation on the status of the Archives of Occupy Wall Street and host a discussion on visions for the future of the collection. We highly encourage anyone with an interest in archives and the developing history of the Occupy movement to attend for an exciting and urgent discussion.

Please RSVP to archive@nycga.net

(reposted from Occupy With Art/Share OWS)