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Mental Health on the Frontlines: Rising Up Without Burning Out

  • MayDay Space 176 Saint Nicholas Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 11237 United States (map)

Anti-Trump Free School Event at Mayday Space: 

Mental Health on the Frontlines: Rising Up Without Burning Out

"How can we cultivate mental health in the midst of increasing structural violence, uncertainty and despair? How can we sustainably practice mutual and self care within our resistance movements? What resources currently exist for those who are struggling?

In this workshop, we will identify threats to our emotional wellbeing in the current political climate and discuss ways to build and sustain networks of support.  We will reshape our understandings of mental health not according to restrictive notions, but rather, by our visions for personal and collective change and liberation. "



Defending Communities, Building Movements

A Free University — NYC and Mayday Space collaboration
Saturday, January 14
12PM–7PM @ Mayday Space (176 St. Nicholas Ave, Brooklyn)

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*New addition! 7PM–9PM Evening Plenary: How to Organize a General Strike: A Movement Reflection, featuring organizers from Quebec, J20 Women's Strike, and Movimiento Cosecha*

After-party at Starr Bar! 9PM — LATE
Shake off all that hard work on the dance floor with Dj Ripley and RIOBAMBA_dj and drinks. No cover. 21+

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On the weekend before the inauguration of Trump, Free University-NYC and Mayday Space invite new and seasoned movement-makers to a day of workshops, teach-ins, and skill-shares. Through this event, we aim to more effectively resist the recent intensification of xenophobia, hate crimes, endangered reproductive rights, white supremacy, attacks on workers, and environmental destructions that Trump’s election has emboldened. 

A special early afternoon session (12:00–1:30 p.m.) will be devoted to movement folks in NYC making our work more cohesive. There are many people doing work around the city, but we are not in dialogue. Our goal is to converge NYC social justice communities to plan, map out, and share information for 2017 campaigns, events, and actions. 

We will provide childcare, Spanish interpretation and food by the Mayday Kitchen Collective. The event is FREE but we will be asking for a $10-20 donation to offset costs (no one turned away).

There will be activities and workshops on all the floors of Mayday Space. The entrance and first-floor are accessible. The building is old and does not have an elevator. Wheelchair-accessible activities can be made available on the Mayday Space first floor. There are gender-neutral bathrooms with stalls that are not ADA-compliant. 

Sessions can be recorded to share these resources more broadly. 

This event honors the communities that Mayday Space has nourished. Workshops will center people who will bear the potential dangers of Trump's presidency most, as we welcome a broad turn-out of people committed to justice. 

The Free University — NYC is an experiment in radical education and an attempt to create education as it ought to be, building on the historic tradition of movement freedom schools. Our project is born out of a recognition that the current system of higher education is as unequal as it is unsustainable, while vast sources of knowledge across communities are all-too-hidden and undervalued. First conceived as a form of educational strike in the run up to May Day, 2012, the Free University has since organized numerous days of free crowd-sourced education in community centers, museums, parks, public spaces, and subway stations in New York City. + + + @FreeUnivNYC

Mayday Space is a social justice organizing hub for local Bushwick residents and movements citywide. The three-story shared building is an open space for groups to host their events and also home to a number of organizing projects. + + + @MaydaySpace