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/

Next Wave of Work

“As the Occupy movement considers how to expand the influence and energy of last fall’s uprising into the next wave of work, it is looking at strategies for social transformation that combine a commitment to deep democracy, equitable economics, life-sustaining interdependence with the natural world and a liberatory remaking of social relationships”- Alexa Bradley*

If visibility, public awareness, and outreach were among the important aspects in the first phase of Occupy Wall Street, then I am beside Alexa Bradley’s suggestion that the next wave is working together to build these new worlds. We hope to continue to bring the Art & The Commons workshop to various communities in the next couple of months for community investigation into these ideas. Soon we will be participating in the Wall Street to Main Street (WS2MS) art festival in the Catskills and eventually along side workshops and teach-in with Arts & Labor‘s Alternative Economies group.This is an open invitation for anyone interested in joining us in these efforts.

Making New Worlds Possible
A report from the Occupy Wall Street forum on the commons
By Alexa Bradley

[*Alexa Bradley writing in response to her experience at "Making Worlds" a 3 day forum on the commons organized by several OWS Working Groups of which Arts & Culture members Maria Byck (@maria) and I (@antonioserna) held a workshop called Art & The Commons on day 2.]