What is Interference Archive?

The mission of Interference Archive is to explore the relationship between cultural production and social movements. This work manifests in an open stacks archival collection, publications, a study center, and public programs including exhibitions, workshops, talks, and screenings, all of which encourage critical and creative engagement with the rich history of social movements.

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Exhibitions

Radical Nonviolence:100 Years of the War Resisters League

May 16, 2024 – September 13, 2024

War Resisters League (WRL) and Interference Archive present a collection of material from the archive and WRL celebrating 100 years of the oldest secular pacifist organization in the United States. WRL produced street literature, posters, study guides, brochures, organizing manuals, books, and periodicals that focused on direct action, divestment, tax and draft resistance and ending the nuclear […]

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Pink and orange background of faded out archival documents, including one which reads "Homosexual Lover Loses Housing Bid" with a blur superimposed outline of a house, containing the text "Toward a Queer History of Housing Activism
Events

Toward a Queer History of Housing Activism in NYC

Thursday, July 11, 2024 @ 7:00 PM

Join archivist and public historian Maggie Schreiner for a workshop on the queer history of housing activism in NYC. Learn about the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries’ STAR House in the early 1970s, organizing by queer and trans homeless people against policing in the 1980s and 1990s, campaigns to change the rent regulation system recognize same-sex […]

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Fiber Friends of Falastin

Monday, July 15, 2024 @ 6:00 PM

Join us for a series of fiber arts meetups in support of Palestine—Fiber Friends of Falastin! This is an exploratory social activity for folks who have basic crochet, knitting, sewing, quilting, weaving, embroidery, (and more!) skills, and who are interested in building community at the intersection of textile-making and social movements.  We will provide some […]

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Our Collections

Our collection includes tens of thousands of items created as part of social movements around the world, by the participants themselves: posters, flyers, publications, zines, books, T-shirts and buttons, moving images, audio recordings, and other materials. For us, making this material accessible to the public is an act of preservation, not only of the physical materials, but of the collective history of those struggling for social change. Learn more about our collections and set up a time to visit them in-person in the archive.

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Audio Interference 86: Queer Soccer, “Being Together Everywhere”

Reb Ngu, one of our volunteers, interviews their teammate, Lua Ferreira, about their queer/trans pick-up soccer group, which Lua started in the summer of 2020. They talk about losing soccer as kids and recovering it as adults, the transforming effects of play, maintaining the group as a free and open space, and learning how to […]

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News & Updates
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News and Updates

Armed By Design Pre-Sale

We are excited to announce pre-sale orders are open for Armed By Design, a book forthcoming from Common Notions about internationalism, solidarity and the legacy of art of the Organization of Solidarity of the Peoples of Asia, Africa, and Latin America (OSPAAAL). Support this project by pre-ordering a copy of our forthcoming book!

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Art In Action, Across Borders: A Collective Zine of Solidarity

On Saturday, February 11, neighbors from all around New York City came to Interference Archive to participate in collaborative zine-making while listening and contributing to a live broadcast to Radio AlHara, coordinated with Musicians For Palestine. Download and read the zine we made together here, and listen to the mix: “This collective gathering to make […]

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