What We Do

The archive contains many kinds of objects that are created as part of social movements by the participants themselves: posters, flyers, publications, zines, books, T-shirts and buttons, moving images, audio recordings, subject files, and other materials.

Through our programming, we use this cultural ephemera to animate histories of people mobilizing for social transformation. We consider the use of our collection to be a way of preserving and honoring histories and material culture that is often marginalized in mainstream institutions.

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Exhibitions / Walkout

Walkout: A Brief History of Student Organizing

Online Only

June 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020

May 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the Kent State and Jackson State massacres, which set off a historically large-scale student strike across the nation. With the anniversary as an entry point and frame of reference, this exhibition uses archival material from the Interference Archive collection to examine the broader scope of student movements that both led up to and followed in the wake of May 1970.

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Events / Defund

Copaganda and the Press 

Sunday, October 9, 2022 @ 6:30 PM

Join us for a talk with civil rights lawyer Alec Karakatisanis about how the mainstream press normalizes and obscures police violence and how the media perpetuates a false narrative linking cops to public safety. Why are there so many stories about crimes by the poor and so few about harm caused by the wealthy?  Why […]

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Film Screening: What These Walls Won’t Hold

Monday, October 10, 2022 @ 7:00 PM

Free RSVP to attend | Masks required Runtime: 42 minutes Join us for a film screening and Q & A with the filmmaker Adamu Chan. Chan’s film What these Walls Won’t Hold discusses the COVID-19 crisis inside California prisons which has claimed the lives of over 200 incarcerated people and infected tens of thousands more. This film […]

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Collections Working Group meeting

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 @ 7:00 PM

The Collections Working Group meets monthly on the second Wednesday evening to talk about collections-related projects, discuss collection policy decisions, and do hands-on work. Meetings are in person at the archive. Feel free to join us! RSVP to info@interferencearchive.org

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Audio Interference 83: Sister Serpents and Generative Archiving

In this episode, volunteer Jen Hoyer explains how the archive is using donated materials to create an online presence for noteworthy, but digitally absent groups like Sister Serpents. But generating new materials and new discussions is not without a few risks. Stay tuned to find out more. To learn more about Sister Serpents, check out […]

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