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Interference Archive’s Response to COVID19

In solidarity with our community and those most vulnerable, we are doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by temporarily shutting our doors through the end of March. All events scheduled between now and the end of March will be postponed—we’re hopeful to get them back on the schedule in the very near future. There will be no open hours for visiting. At the end of March we will reassess our plans.

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A Visual History of Climate Justice

Exhibition Opening: Thursday, February 20, 2020, 6:30-9pm
Exhibition Dates: February 20 – May 3, 2020

Join us for Like the Waters We Rise: Climate Justice in Print, a two-part exhibition that tells a story of our contemporary climate justice movement through printed works, both past and present.

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Climate Justice Wikipedia Editathon

UPDATE: this event will be online-only

Join us to increase representation of environmental issues on Wikipedia, inspired by our exhibition, A Visual History of Climate Justice. Please note: this event will take place online only, but you can still join organizers March 11th from 6 to 9pm in editing.

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Climate Activism 101

POSTPONED Saturday, March 21, 3-5pm

Ari (350 Brooklyn) and Liat (Indivisible Nation BK) are co-creating a new initiative to provide people with easy, concrete actions that they can take (mostly from home) in order to advocate for transformative climate policy and support local organizations building climate solutions. During this workshop, Ari and Liat will share strategies for getting involved (in a sustainable way!) in Climate Activism.

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Gowanus Rezone: Working Toward a Sustainable Future through Environmental Justice

POSTPONEDThursday, March 26, 7pm

How does neighborhood rezoning affect housing, racial, and environmental justice? Join Interference Archive for a conversation with residents and activists for a discussion about the past, present, and future of Gowanus.

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Water, Power, We: Modeling Environmental Justice in Movement

POSTPONEDSaturday, March 28th, 2-4pm

This experiential workshop, coinciding with our current exhibition Like the Waters We Rise: A Visual History of Climate Justice, will use individual movement and collective activities to model how water gains force and momentum.

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Picture of a bike painted white with blue overlay reading "Audio Interference 73: Ghost Bikes"

Audio Interference 73: Ghost Bikes

In this episode, we speak with Ellen Belcher and Steve Scofield of Ghost Bikes, a volunteer group that installs street memorials for cyclists who have been killed in traffic violence.

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Gowanus Weed and Seed Walk

**SUNDAY** April 19th 2-4:30pm
Meet at Interference Archive

Join Interference Archive and the Next Epoch Seed Library for a weed and seed walk in Gowanus. We’ll identify and interact with the weedy, urban-adapted plant species that have made a home in the cracks and fissures of this rapidly changing industrial landscape. Please RSVP on Eventbrite

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Advertising Shits In Your Head

Friday, April 17, 7pm

Advertising Shits in Your Head is part theory, part DIY-manual for accessing and altering advertising spaces; this evening will aim to equip attendees with the knowledge they need to carry out their own subvertising campaigns in New York City.

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Game On!

Sunday, February 9, 2020
12pm-7pm

Come hang out at Interference Archive for an afternoon of games, music, and tasty snacks. We’ll bake our favorite treats, put on our favorite tunes, and pull out a few board games from our archive collection — as well as from our collections at home. Feel free to bring your favorite game to teach others!

Suggested donation: $15/adult; $10/kid (no one will be turned away for lack of funds)

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Radical Archives Happy Hour

Monday, February 10, 6-8pm
Location: Strong Rope Brewery, 574 President Street

Join us for another Radical Archives Happy Hour at Strong Rope Brewery! There’s nothing we love more than hanging out with folks who love archiving and who want to celebrate the work of radical archives. Not only do we get to support an amazing local family-owned brewery, but $1 of every drink will go to Interference Archive.

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Audio Interference 72: Dissident Island

“Areas that are now very affluent in London like Notting Hill or Camden Town, these would have been full of squatted places. Literally streets, like whole blocks of terraced housing that were squatted. From the 1960-70s onward there’s lots of people that ended up in possession of properties having initially squatted there.”

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Audio Interference 71: Protect Oak Flat

In this episode, we speak with Vanessa Nosie, activist, and Carrie Curley, activist and artist, about the Apache Stronghold and their spiritual movement to protect Oak Flat from the foreign mining company Resolution Copper.

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Prison Library Support Network Volunteer Orientation

Friday, January 24, 6:30-7:30pm

Join us for the first-ever volunteer orientation for Prison Library Support Network’s new Reference Project. After attending this orientation you will be able to remotely answer reference questions from people incarcerated in NYC correctional facilities.

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Building For Us: Short Films about Housing and Homesteading | Construyendo Para Nosotros: Películas cortas sobre viviendas y casa habitación

Sunday, January 26, 2020 from 3 PM to 5 PM | Domingo 26 de enero, 2020 de 3 PM a 5 PM

Join us for a screening of short films about the history and creation of cooperative housing in New York City, as well as struggles for housing justice more broadly. | Acompañanos para una proyección de películas cortas sobre la historia y creación de viviendas cooperativas en la ciudad de Nueva York, y también luchas más generales para justicia de viviendas.

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Black Lives Matter (zine)

Special Hours: Open for MLK Day (Monday 12-5 PM)

We will be open this Monday for MLK Day. While we are open, we will be showing a mixture of video (documentaries, news footage, activist media, etc.), along with audio in connection to Black Lives Matter, Moms 4 Housing, Say Her Name, and related social movements connected to civil rights, anti-racist, and intersecting concerns.

Come by anytime between 12-5 PM to see media promoting liberatory social movements. If there are any videos that you want to see, come to Interference Archive to request it (radical participatory culture in action.) The space will be open for access to all the archival material and regular usage.

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Building for Us: Stories of Homesteading and Cooperative Housing

Exhibition Opening: October 17, 2019, 7-9pm
Exhibition Dates: October 17, 2019 to February 2, 2020

In the early 1970s, government disinvestment in New York City, coupled with widespread landlord abandonment, gave rise to squatting, urban homesteading, and other forms of self-help housing. The Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB) grew out of the self-help housing movement. This exhibition features the people who fought to turn vacant or neglected buildings into vibrant co-ops, illuminating the origins of New York City’s affordable housing cooperatives.

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Preserve Your Co-op’s History (Archiving Workshop) | Preservar la historia de su cooperativa (Taller de Archivado)

Thursday, January 9, 2020 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM | Jueves 9 de enero, 2020 de 6:30 PM a 8:30 PM

Join archivist Maggie Schreiner to learn easy tools and techniques to document, organize, and preserve the history of your building – both for the present and for the future. | Únanse con archivista Maggie Schreiner para aprender medios y métodos sencillos para documentar, organizar y preservar la historia de su edificio – para el presente y para el futuro.

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Silent Auction: Support Interference Archive / Own a Piece of Movement History!

Own a piece of movement history – Interference Archive is launching an online auction in time for Giving Tuesday. Support the work of this people-powered, movement archive by bidding on items drawn directly from our collection, including posters from the Puerto Rican Independence movement, Feminist music festivals, Anti-War movements and many more. The auction will run from December 3rd, to December 20th, with all funds going to help Interference pay rent and support programming.

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Audre Lorde wearing Emma Goldman t-shirt

Audre and Emma: Genealogies of Anarchistic Critique and Resistance

Saturday Dec 28, 6 pm – 8 pm

We will be showing a collage of video documentaries and historical stock footage related to Audre Lorde and Emma Goldman (30-45 minutes) and followed by a discussion relating to the intersecting philosophical themes that they both illustrated in their writings that relate to the anarchistic genealogy of the refusal and rejection of state, capital(ism), and the multitude of hierarchies (institutional & interpersonal) that dominate our lives. The screening will be organized by Interference Archive volunteer Dane and, after the screening, there will be a discussion about the works of Audre and Emma that will be an open-forum circle conversation that will be participant-led & determined with an emphasis towards the voices of marginalized populations.