Sunday, July 24, 2022
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Come meet, discuss, and create with comrades and neighbors. Materials for screen printing will be provided. In such a time as this, of violent reaction and heinous maneuvering by the ruling classes, the slimy slumlords, the clownish political class, and their running dogs the cops, creating propaganda and spreading the word of the struggle is of the utmost importance. Come discuss tactics, designs, and learn collectively as we dare to struggle and dare to win.
THIS EVENT WILL BE OUTDOORS, and all attendees are asked to PCR test beforehand and mask up! We keep us safe, and covid still looms.
We will also have access to the archive’s current exhibit, Our City! Our Streets!, featuring propaganda works from movements of collective liberation, from food and street justice materials to housing, including anti-sweeps materials, to abolitionist zines, to BED banners. Be inspired by the culture of comrades.
What is a propaganda party? It’s where we invite organizations, activists, designers, and folks like you to come together in our archive of material produced by social movements, to hang out, meet each other, and make and distribute material in support of a cause. At this event we’ll be collectively printing graphic material to spread the word about ongoing efforts to “up-zone” and redevelop Gowanus and Industry City and how new residential and commercial developments will impact local residents, businesses, and workers.
Why do we use the word “propaganda”? “Propaganda,” from the same root as “propagate,” refers to information that is shared in support of a cause. In modern times, the word propaganda has been weighted with negative connotations; we aim to reclaim the word. Our daily lives are saturated with supposedly “neutral” material that implicitly supports existing power structures. We use the word propaganda because we have no desire to feign neutrality.
This event is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.