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Resistance Radio: The People’s Airwaves

July 11 – September 29, 2019
Opening reception: Thursday, July 11, 6-9pm

Our upcoming exhibition focuses on the people, stations, and organizations that have battled to bring their defiant programming onto the airwaves, and particularly when these actions were in service of grassroots movements and/or community organizing.

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Building Solidarity: Supporting Community Organizations through Archival Practice

Two part workshop: Tues, July 16 and Thursday, July 18, both days 6-8:30pm.

This workshop will explore the work of community archivists, and how these skills can support community-based organizations. Attendees will help craft a plan for the long-term stewardship of the archives of the Asian American Arts Alliance.

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WMRC Arts & Activism 2019

Arts & Activism Listening Party: Strength in Numbers

Thursday, June 6, 6-8pm

Join us for a showcase and listening party for Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls 2019 Arts & Activism program, to celebrate the work they’ve produced this year — individual podcasts based upon this years theme “Strength in Numbers” with original interviews, media and music!

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Report back from Venezuela

Friday, June 7, 7pm

Come hear first hand accounts from Brooklyn residents Ann Fawcett Ambia & Keith Brooks, who were in Venezuela as members of a delegation from April 26 – May 5, 2019.

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The Archive is Closed: Saturday, June 15

We’ll be closed on Saturday, June 15th for our quarterly volunteer retreat. Stop by some other day during our regular open hours.

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Everybody’s Got A Right To Live: The Poor People’s Campaign 1968 & Now

April 18 – June 23, 2019
Opening reception: Thursday, April 18, 6-9pm

Described as Martin Luther King Jr.’s “last great dream,” the Poor People’s Campaign of 1968 was an ambitious movement to make poverty in the world’s richest nation visible and to demand justice for poor Americans. This exhibition provides a look at some of the visual culture of the original PPC, including photographs of marches and rallies, press coverage, and a contemporary public response to a mural in Resurrection City called the ‘hunger wall,’ in addition to showcasing the efforts of the new PPC and a portfolio of Justseeds posters created in solidarity with their actions.

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Everybody’s Got a Right to Live Propaganda Party

Saturday, June 1, 1-5pm

Join Interference Archive and the NYC Poor People’s Campaign for the Everybody’s Got A Right To Live Propaganda Party. We’ll gather at Interference Archive to screenprint posters, t-shirts, fabric, make buttons, banners and more with messages promoting

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Unschooling: Understanding the past, living the present, looking towards the future

Friday, June 21, 7:30pm
In collaboration with the rooted us unconference. This talk and discussion will look at the history of the unschooling movement, as well as the potential for its future.

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Historical Memory, Citation, and the Archive: Activating the Components of Our Culture of Revolt

June 23, 2019, 6-8pm

How do recollections and invocations of past struggles inform contemporary campaigns against injustice? Drawing on material from his new book Premonitions, movement-based scholar AK Thompson reveals how historical memory, citation, and the archive operate unconsciously to constitute the political field and shape our culture of revolt.

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Exhibition Tour of Everybody’s Got The Right To Live: The Poor People’s Campaign 1968 & Now

Saturday, May 25, 2pm

Who lived at Resurrection City in 1968? What was it like to live there? Join us at Interference Archive on Saturday afternoon for an intimate look at the current exhibition with our esteemed elder Carlos Raúl Dufflar, a leader in both the original Poor People’s Campaign of 1968 and today’s PPC: A National Call for Moral Revival! A rare chance to hear the photographs and archival materials come to life with poetry, stories, music and firsthand insights from his experiences as a resident of Resurrection City, and from 50 years of organizing.

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Documentary film screening of EMPIRE STATE RUMBLINGS & Report-back from the Freedom Bus Tour

Thursday, May 9th, 7pm-9pm. Free admission.
The first film to document the launch of the New York State Poor People’s Campaign, EMPIRE STATE RUMBLINGS tells the story of a new type of organizing seen through the eyes of four incredible women who participated in the intensity of the campaign’s beginnings. In English with Spanish subtitles.

Audio Interference 65: Library Freedom Project

The Library Freedom Project is an organization that’s making an impact in local communities, helping reduce the harm that people face online from hackers, law enforcement and major corporations.

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The Poor People’s Campaign Concert & Jam

Friday, May 17th, 7-10pm. Free admission.

An evening of music and song in celebration of the history and spirit of the Poor People’s Campaign featuring an incredible line-up of contemporary musicians and movement leaders! After the concert we will lift our voices in a song circle and open jam, please bring your musical instruments and join in!

Audio Interference 64: Community Networks

In today’s episode, we’ll learn about community networks around the world, including NYC Mesh, FunkFeuer, and Rhizomatica. Community Networks offer local communities the opportunity to own and control their communication infrastructure.

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Radical Playdate presents: Let’s Make Posters!

Friday, April 26, 3-5pm
Recommended ages: 10 and under
Suggested donation: $5 (but no one will be turned away!)

Join us for a session of stamp and stencil posters with (kid-safe and washable) stamp pads and spray markers. We’ll have poster prompts made with three fantastic Audre Lorde quotes to get our thought wheels turning.

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In Conversation: Shy Radicals: The Black Panthers for Shy People

Sunday, May 5, 7-9pm

Join us for a talk by activist Hamja Ahsan in conversation with Gemma Sharpe. Hamja talks about his debut book Shy Radicals, imagining a utopic homeland called ‘Aspergistan’, in the context of debates around introvert power, intersectionality, radical mental health, and neurodiversity.

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MAY DAY! A Propaganda Party for Labor & Housing Justice

Sunday, April 28th, 1:30-5pm

Join Interference Archive and local labor and housing activists fighting gentrification and displacement in Gowanus, Industry City, and beyond for a May Day! Propaganda Party. We’ll gather at Interference Archive to create posters, t-shirts, buttons, and more with messages promoting labor and housing justice and denouncing the displacement of local industry and residents from our community.

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Audio Interference 63: Radical Access 2

We’re back to continue our series on radical, community libraries! In this episode, we chat with Ola Ronke Akinmowo of the Free Black Women’s Library, Dev Aujla of Sorted Library, and Jen Hoyer and Daniel Pecoraro from our own Interference Archive library.

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Australian Political Posters: Four Decades

Thursday March 28, 2019, 6:30 pm

Australia has a rich history of political poster collectives that emerged in the 1970s and are now experiencing a resurgence. Curator Macushla Robinson will [do her best to] contextualize the political posters on display as part of Hi Vis: Australian Political Posters within the broader frame of Australian political movements, protest work and print culture over the past 40 years.

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Hi-Viz: Australian Political Posters 1979–2019

February 8 – April 14, 2019
Opening reception: Friday, February 8, 6-9pm

An exhibition of exquisite screen-printed posters—rarely seen in the U.S.—that provide a visual commentary of politics and life in Australia over the last four decades. Renowned for their high visibility, particularly in the 1980s with their saturated fluorescent colors, these posters describe the times and events that have engaged socially active artists throughout recent periods of major change.