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Education Working Group Fall 2014 classes and workshops

The Education Working Group at Interference Archive hopes to create educational opportunities that activate the collection at the archive, whether by drawing on similar themes or using the collection for inspiration and research.

In fall 2014, we’ve put together a schedule of classes and workshops that members of the Interference Archive community as well as newcomers have proposed.  Be sure to visit the Education section of our website for more info!



Film screening: On the side of the road

Monday, November 10, 2014

Former West Bank settler Lia Tarachansky looks at Israelis’ collective amnesia of the fateful events of 1948 when the state of Israel was born and most of the Palestinians became refugees. She follows the transformation of Israeli veterans trying uncover their denial of the war that changed the region forever.



Steps Toward Prison Abolition: A Strategic Conversation

Thursday, November 13th
7-9 pm

As part of Self-Determination Inside/Out, Milk Not Jails and RAPP (Release Aging People in Prison) host this informal discussion about the different political strategies we embrace in our fight for prison abolition.


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Riot, Conspiracy, or Rebellion: The Pontiac Brothers Slideshow

Sunday, November 9 **PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE!**

Dr. Toussaint Losier, Assistant Professor in African Americans and the Law at the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at University of Massachusetts-Amherst, presents a 35mm slide show created in the late 1970s to raise consciousness and support for the Pontiac Brothers, and discusses the reaction of the state of Illinois, which prosecuted 17 of the incarcerated men for murder. We will examine how the Pontiac and Stateville prison revolts reverberate through organizing into the present day.



Film screening: Out in the Night

Saturday November 15, 2014
5 pm

Join director blair dorosh walter and members of the New Jersey 4 (TBA) for a screening of Out in the Night.

Out in the Night is a documentary that tells the story of a group of young friends, African American lesbians from Newark, who were out one night in 2006, in the gay friendly West Village in New York City, when they were violently and sexually threatened by a man on the street. They defended themselves and were charged and convicted in the courts, and smeared by the media as a ‘Gang of Killer Lesbians’. Come hear how the NJ 4’s courage and resistance challenges the misogyny, racism, and homophobia of society and the (in)justice system, and sheds light on who is granted the right to self-defense.



Revolution from within: political prisoners in the 45-year narrative of U.S. prisons

Saturday, October 25th, 2014
2:00-4:00 pm
Revolution from within: political prisoners in the 45-year narrative of U.S. prisons

As part of Self-Determination Inside/Out, former political prisoners, family members and advocates lead a tour and share stories related to the exhibit.



Self-Determination Inside/Out

September 11 – November 16, 2014

Opening: Thursday, September 11, 7-10pm

Interference Archive presents Self-Determination Inside/Out, a comprehensive exhibition and public program series featuring the cultural materials produced by incarcerated people and their allies. Ranging from the Attica Rebellion to political prisoners, AIDS education to prisoners-as-laborers, the struggles of incarcerated women and queer people to the current wave of hunger strikes in prisons and detention centers across the country, these materials fundamentally recast the history of the prison-industrial complex.



Screening: Control

Tuesday, October 14

As part of Self-Determination Inside/ Out, Interference Archive will be screening Control, an observational documentary about the ways the juvenile justice system permeates the lives of the people it targets. Join us for this screening and discussion about the impacts of the juvenile justice system and some of the current struggles against it. With filmmakers Chris Bravo and Lindsey Schneider, and special guests TBA.



“Prison is a form of violence against women.”

Thursday, October 9
**NOTE LOCATION** at CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave., NYC

Part of Self-Determination Inside/ Out, Interference Archive and the CUNYGC Center for the Study of Women and Society present “Prison is a form of violence against women.”, a video program and discussion about the motivations for and processes of organizing against prisons as gender violence. With Victoria Law, Cecily McMillan, Amy Meacham, and Sharon Richardson.


art by Rini Templeton, via Dignidad Rebelde

Shattering Captivity: Struggles of Incarcerated People Against Solitary Confinement, Control Units, and Communication Management Units

Thursday, October 2

As part of Self-Determination Inside/ Out, Interference Archive brings together people and family members of people formerly incarcerated in isolation for a spirited discussion exploring the history of isolated confinement, as well as historical and contemporary organizing against it. With Tyrell Muhammad, Five Mualima-ak, Susan Rosenberg, and Sharmin Sadequee.