Pop-Up Free University announced for Bed-Stuy Juneenth (6/23)

[Updated 6/19 @ 11:49 pm] The Free University has announced a pop-up event for Saturday, June 23 in Bedford-Stuyvesant to commemorate this year’s Juneteenth.

– POP-UP OPEN AIR FREE UNIVERSITY
– COMMUNITY-LED EDUCATION
– MUSIC and FILM
– FREE FOOD, ARTS, and ENTERTAINMENT!!
– Interactive classes, facilitated discussions, performances and more!

Saturday, June 23rd 2012
12-5pm
Herbert Von King Park, Bed-Stuy

Map of the park: http://bit.ly/L8FCGB

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********** HELP WITH THIS EVENT **********

CONTACT US at FREEBEDSTUY@GMAIL.COM if you would like to participate.

LEAD A TEACH-IN OR WORKSHOP! If you have an interest or expertise in any subject that you feel would be appropriate to this event, reach out to us. We’d love to hear from you.

VOLUNTEER! We will need people to help with flyering, greeting, and organizing, especially on June 19th (JUNETEENTH) at Restoration Plaza and elsewhere in the neighborhood.

DONATE food, water, or materials. We will be hosting a lot of people, and we will want to be as loud and colorful as possible. Every little bit counts.

PASS THIS INFORMATION ALONG! Know someone who would be interested in teaching a class? Someone who would have fun at our event? Spread the word! June 23rd at Herbert Von King Park in Brooklyn, from 12pm-5pm.

********** ABOUT FREE BED-STUY **********

Bed Stuy has a rich history as the site of one of the first free black communities in New York, but nearly 150 years after Emancipation, marginalized people across the country are still not free. How can we work together to live up to the legacy of liberation and celebrate Bed Stuy as an empowered community today?

In commemoration of Juneteenth, which marks the abolition of slavery in the United States of America, and in the interest of creating deeper ties with the communities that make up this amazing city, we are working alongside community organizers in Bedford-Stuyvesant and throughout Brooklyn to organize a pop-up educational event on Saturday, June 23rd, 2012.

We believe that it is essential to work and learn in tandem with the communities that have been fighting the remnants of slavery for a very long time. Let us use education to help create the space for continued efforts towards full emancipation. We will be drawing on the experiences and knowledge of Bed-Stuy residents to bring the learning experience into the open air, and for communities to learn from communities. Bed-Stuy is an amazing neighborhood with a long dynamic history of activism and culture. Even so, several institutions are being closed in this neighborhood, including a community health clinic, a couple of schools, and the historic #1 Slave Theater.

********** TOPICS WILL INCLUDE **********

-Black/African American/Afro Caribbean/Africana histories
-Oration, writing, music, art, dance, theater, and other creative performances or activities
-Prison/mass incarceration
-Decolonization and anti-racism
-Know your rights workshops (Stop & Frisk, etc.)
-Aims and lessons of community control
-Love, relationships, and resolving interpersonal conflicts
-Urban agriculture/gardening
-Resisting foreclosure and gentrification
-Economics/loan modification, debt and racism, subprime mortgage crisis, etc.

********** PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS **********

UHHP for Social Justice
Paul Robeson Freedom School
Pratt Community Council
Von King Cultural Arts Center
Community Board #3
Brownsville Heritage House
The Slave Theater #1
Real Dads Network
PROP
Beyond Influencing Da Hood
Sistah’s Place
Occupy Brooklyn
Other Occupies: Williamsburg/CrownHeights/RedHook/SunsetPark
Occupy Brooklyn TV
Give Kids Your Instruments
The Cage Project
We Deserve Our Lives Back
Take Back The Land
In Our Hearts
Food Not Bombs
Common Grounds
Tiny Cup
True South Bookstore
Free University
Horizontal Pedagogy (Occupy University)
Abolitionist Landscape
And many more to come…

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And don’t forget! On June 19th Universal Hip Hop Parade for Social Justice holds a youth and voter registration event at Restoration Plaza in Bed Stuy, from 6:30-8:00pm. Organizers for the June 23rd event will be present, volunteering and helping out. It will also be lots of fun and good community networking!

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