Freegan Events in New York

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DECEMBER 2014 FREEGAN CALENDAR

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If you arrive at an event and cannot find us, call Janet at (347) 724-6954 (no texts please).

Monday, December 1st • Freegan Meeting, Discussion, Freeganism 101 & Trash Tour
After brief report-backs on ongoing projects, we will have an open, facilitated discussion on a topic of freegan interest. Bring your ideas and opinions and let’s talk! We welcome both those with experience taking part in non-hierarchical consensus-based groups and those participating for the first time. At 9pm, we will end our business meeting and have a brief, newcomer-friendly discussion about freeganism. After, we will explore the area’s wasted food and other goods. We give advice on how to salvage these goods and comment on the reasons for such waste. The meeting and tour are NOT open to media.
When & Where?   Meet at 7:30pm in the Wall Street Atrium (60 Wall Street, New York, NY). For the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Tuesday, December 16th •  Freegan Meeting, Freeganism 101 & Trash Tour
Help make freeganism happen in NYC! At our organizational meetings we discuss and decide on future activities and group direction. Participants are encouraged to step up and introduce new freegan projects with the support of the group or take roles such as facilitating meetings or bottom-lining events.  We welcome both those with experience taking part in non-hierarchical consensus-based groups and those participating for the first time!  At 9pm, we will end our business meeting and have a brief, newcomer-friendly discussion about freeganism.  After, we will explore the area’s wasted food and other goods. We give advice on how to salvage these goods and comment on the reasons for such waste. The meeting is NOT open to media, but media WILL be welcome to the tour with appointment.
When & Where?  Meet at 7:30pm in the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center (61 West 62 Street, New York, NY). For the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Wednesday, December 17th • Freegan Film Night / Mardi Gras: Made in China
Join us for Freegan Film Night featuring Mardi Gras: Made in China. Freegan snacks will be available. We’ll watch the movie, enjoy some food, and share our thoughts.

“Mardi Gras: Made in China follows the ‘bead trail’ from the factory in China to Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras, poignantly exposing the inequities of globalization. First-time director David Redmon cleverly illuminates the clash of cultures by juxtaposing American excess and consumer ignorance against the harsh life of the Chinese factory worker.
“The film confronts both cultural and economic globalism by humanizing the commodity chain from China to the United States. Redmon follows the stories of four teenage women workers in the largest Mardi Gras bead factory in the world, providing insights into their economic realities, self-sacrifice, and dreams of a better life, and the severe discipline imposed by living and working in a factory compound.
“Interweaving factory life with Mardi Gras festivities, the film opens the blind eye of consumerism by visually introducing workers and festival-goers to each other. A dialogue results when bead-wearing partiers are shown images of the teenage Chinese workers and asked if they know the origin of their beads, while the factory girls view pictures of Americans exchanging beads, soliciting more beads, and decadently celebrating.
“The conversation reveals the glaring truth about the real benefactors of the Chinese workers’ hard labor and exposes the extreme contrast between women’s lives and liberty in both cultures.”

When & Where?  Meet at 7pm in Assembly Hall at Judson Memorial Church (239 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012).

Thursday, December 18th • Freegan Feast & Gift Giving!
A FREE and mostly vegan community meals we make together with love, mostly using food we rescued from the trash. We share meal planning, cooking, and other food prep skills, tell stories and jokes, meet new people and reconnect with old friends, and generally unplug from the current world order as we build community. If you are not a skilled cook, it is OK! If you are, that’s great! You can plan a dish or two from the ingredients we have on hand, and get help if you want it. All participants should plan to help in some way, even if other commitments prevent you arriving on time. Media WILL be welcome with appointment, but journalists will be required to respect the wishes of those who do not want to be photographed. Special this month, we will have a no-pressure freegan gift exchange in conjunction with our feast. Bring any wrapped items (newspaper wrapping is fantastic!) that you may have and not want and could be of use to someone else. These items can also be found from other places as well. If you have a surplus of items, feel free to bring more than one so that those who come to the feast can participate even if they did not bring anything.
When & Where?  It will be held at a volunteer’s home accessible by NYC Transit. RSVP (at least a day ahead) to Janet at (347) 724-6954 for the location. We’ll meet at 5:30pm to begin cooking and preparation.

Ongoing Sustainable and Mutual Aid Events

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