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Freegan Events in New York

March / April 2017
Freegan Events in New York

More info? ask@freegan.info * freegan.info

If you arrive at an event and cannot find us, call Janet at (347) 724-6954

Coming to an event to document, film, photograph or study? Ask yourself: am I media or not?

Thursday, March 30th • Freegan Film Night
SPECIAL SCREENING of the documentary, Canners.
The film’s director, Manfred Kirchheimer, will be with us to talk about the movie.
“The film consists of interviews with about a dozen people who scavenge bottles and cans from garbage bins and recycling piles, collecting a nickel for each one at supermarkets and redemption centers. There are easier ways to make money. A shopping cart loaded with overstuffed bags represents a full day’s work and a payout of $30 or $40. And the stories Mr. Kirchheimer’s subjects tell about themselves are full of hardship and heartbreak. They are chronicles of drug addiction, unemployment, mental illness, incarceration and homelessness. But the people telling them are too busy and too candid for self-pity. You are struck by their openness, their optimism and their patience.
“But this isn’t a work of investigative journalism. Though it is gratifyingly informative — a visit to a nonprofit recycling depot in Brooklyn is as eye-opening as a great school field trip — ‘Canners’ is a testament to its director’s indefatigable humanism, and to the human beings who feed it. The movie follows the money, a nickel at a time, and discovers something far more valuable.”
– New York Times’ Movie Review, 3/9/2017
(In ‘Canners,’ One Man’s Trash Is Another’s Nickel Treasure)

Freegan refreshments will be available.
When & Where? Doors open at 7pm, film starts at 7:30pm. We’ll be in Assembly Hall at Judson Memorial Church (239 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012).

Monday, April 3rd • Freegan Meeting, Discussion and Trash Tour
After brief updates about ongoing projects, we will have an open, facilitated discussion on a topic of freegan interest. This month, we’ll discuss strategies for coping in the new era (with the new government). 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 upstairs seating area of Panera Bread, 345 Adams Street (between Willoughby St & Tech Pl), in Brooklyn Heights/Downtown Brooklyn.  Take the A, C, F or R to Jay St/Metrotech, or the 2, 3, 4 or 5 to Borough Hall.
For the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Thursday, April 13th • Freegan Film Night
Come join us to watch and discuss, The End of Poverty? (2008, 104 min).
“Global poverty did not just happen. It began with military conquest, slavery and colonization that resulted in the seizure of land, minerals and forced labor. Today, the problem persists because of unfair debt, trade and tax policies—in other words, wealthy countries taking advantage of poor, developing countries.”
The End of Poverty? asks why today 20% of the planet’s population uses 80% of its resources and consumes 30% more than the planet can regenerate?”
“Can we really end poverty within our current economic system? Think again.”
theendofpoverty.com/synopsis.html
Freegan refreshments will be available.
When & Where? Doors open at 7pm, film starts at 7:30pm. We’ll be in Assembly Hall at Judson Memorial Church (239 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012).

Tuesday, April 18th • 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 Sony Plaza Public Arcade, 30 East 56th Street, New York, NY.
For the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Wednesday, April 19th • Freegan Feast!
A FREE and mostly vegan community meal 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’s 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 from 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.
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.

Sunday, April 30th • Really, Really Free Market
The Really, Really Free Market is a bazaar & celebration, where capitalist notions of interaction are discarded and we have fun trying new models of exchange. Expect and share gently used clothing, books, household items, small working electronics, toys, CD’s/DVD’s, crafts, tools, food, skills and more. Bring any useful items that can be taken home in a shopping cart.
For more information, contact getyourfreeon@gmail.com.
If you’d like to help freegan.info and others gather and prepare food, contact ask@freegan.info.
When & Where? Doors open at 3pm. We’ll be in Assembly Hall at Judson Memorial Church (239 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012).

Ongoing Sustainable and Mutual Aid Events

Fixers Collective N/A

The Brooklyn Commons Boycott has been brought to our attention:
“In a time of skyrocketing hate crimes and aggressive organizing campaigns by far right groups, the Brooklyn Commons has now advertised itself as a platform open to racist and fascist speakers. This has occurred after the space’s sole owner, Melissa Ennen, chose to host Christopher Bollyn, an anti-Semitic speaker and Trump supporter with neo-Nazi ties, in September 2016. She has since said she would welcome members of the Ku Klux Klan and similar groups to use the space. While it is Ennen’s legal right to collaborate with the far right, we will not assist her in this.
“Common Decency is therefore calling on all people who are interested in equality and justice to boycott the cafe and event space at the Brooklyn Commons until their policy is changed to disallow its use by openly racist, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, and other far right speakers, organizers, and organizations.”
commondecencynyc.com
Freegan.info stands in solidarity with Common Decency.
Freegan.info will not promote any Fixers Collective events as long as the Collective continues to use the Brooklyn Commons as a host for some of its events.

Weekly Bike Repair Workshops by Times Up
BROOKLYN WORKSHOPS are at Times Up! Brooklyn, 99 South 6th St, off Bedford Ave.
Wednesdays: Fix Your Own Bike Workshop, 5:30-8:30pm
Sundays: Fix Your Own Bike Workshop, 5:30-8:30pm

Food Not Bombs
Food Not Bombs (abcnorio.org/affiliated/fnb.html) in Manhattan offers a vegetarian meal share (using donated food that would otherwise be wasted) Sundays at 3:30pm in Tompkins Square Park. Help cook at Catholic Worker, 36 East First Street, between First and Second Avenues, at 1pm.
INFO: fnb@abcnorio.org or (212) 254-3697 ext. 27 or abcnorio.org/affiliated/fnb.html
Long Island Food Not Bombs (communitysolidarity.org/foodshares/bedstuy) currently shares free groceries and hot meals every Saturday at 3pm just outside Von King/Tompkins Park (NW corner of Lafayette Ave. & Marcy Ave.) as part of its Bed-Stuy Food Share.
INFO: lifnb.com, communitysolidarity.org, or email LongIslandFoodNotBombs@gmail.com or info@communitysolidarity.org

Wild Food Tours
“Wildman” Steve Brill holds frequent tours where you can learn to find and harvest wild growing plants for food and medicine.
Suggested donation is $20 ($10 for children under 12), sliding scale.
No one is ever turned away for lack of funds.
3/25: 12pm, Prospect Park, Brooklyn NY
3/26: 11:45am, Inwood Hill Park, Inwood/Manhattan NY
4/1: 11:45am, Central Park, Manhattan
4/2: 1pm, Tarrywile Park, Danbury, CT
4/8: 11:30am, Belmont Lake State Park, Babylon, NY
4/9: 10am, Saxon Woods, White Plains, NY
4/15: 12pm, Bronx River Pathway, Crestwood, NY
4/16: 11:45am, Central Park, Manhattan
4/22: 9:30am, Crawbuckie Park, Ossining, NY
4/23: 9am, Prospect Park, Brooklyn
4/29: 11:45am, Central Park, Manhattan
4/30: 11:45am, Appalachian Trail, Pawling, NY
Get more info/logistics and register for tours at wildmanstevebrill.com

Community Swaps by GrowNYC
Bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, house wares, games, books, & toys that you no longer need, and take home something new-to-you, free! You don’t have to bring something to take something. No furniture or large items, please.
Upcoming in April:
Saturday, April 1 – Staten Island
12pm-3pm, PS 16*
80 Monroe Ave, St. George
*Use entrance on Daniel Low Terrace
Saturday, April 8 – Brooklyn
Clothing Swap*
12pm-3pm, Brooklyn Public Library, New Utrecht Branch
1743 86th St, Bensonhurst
*Clothing, shoes, belts, hats, and accessories only, please
Thursday, April 20 – Brooklyn
11am-2pm*, Brooklyn Borough Hall Plaza**
209 Joralemon St, Downtown Brooklyn
*Drop off items from 8am at the Greenmarket
**Outdoor event, will be moved indoors with inclement weather
Saturday, April 22 – Bronx
12pm-4pm, Get Green South Bronx Earth Fest
St. Mary’s Park
St. Ann’s Ave & 147th St, Mott Haven
Saturday, April 29 – Bronx
12pm-3pm, Castle Hill Community Center
615 Castle Hill Ave, Castle Hill
For more information and calendar of events see: grownyc.org/swap

Composting
Lower East Side Ecology Center (lesecologycenter.org) accepts organic material for composting (fruit & vegetable peelings, cut flowers, etc.) at:
– Union Square Greenmarket (Mon, Wed, Fri, & Sat 8am-5pm);
– Community Garden, E. 7th St. btwn B & C (Sundays, 8am-5pm).
They also offer compost drop-off for commuters:
– 1st Ave. between Houston & First St. (Mon, Wed & Fri, 8-11am);
– West 23rd St. at 8th Avenue (Tues & Thurs, 8-11am);
– Clinton at Grand (Mon & Fri, 8-11am);
– East Broadway at Rutgers (Wed, 8-11am);
– Hudson Square, 6th Ave. & Spring St (Tues & Thurs, 8-11am);
– 127th Street and Malcom X Blvd. (Wed, 8-11am).
INFO: lesecologycenter.org/programs/compost/compost-drop-off-locations
The W. 181st St. Beautification Project: compost drop-off at garden, 880 W. 181 St; Washington Heights
The W. 124th St. Community Garden has compost drop-off at the garden on W. 124th St. between 5th and Lenox in Harlem. INFO: communitygardenwest124st@yahoogroups.com
Compost for Brooklyn accepts residential food scraps but they haven’t posted dates/times for July. Email them for upcoming dates/times: compostforbrooklyn@gmail.com.
They are at the intersections of Newkirk Avenue and East 8th Street in Brooklyn.
INFO: compostforbrooklyn.org
GrowNYC has greatly expanded compostables collection. See the expanded dropoff site list here: grownyc.org/compost/locations

Computer and Electronics Recycling
Lower East Side Ecology Center has e-waste recycling events on:
3/25: 10am-4pm, I.S. 192, Bronx NY
3/25: 10am-4pm, Mike’s Tech Shop, Manhattan, NY
3/26: 10am-4pm, Rockwood Park Jewish Center, Howard Beach, NY
4/1: 10am-4pm, Calvary Baptist Church, Jamaica, NY
4/2: 10am-4pm, Sephardic Community Center, Brooklyn, NY
4/2: 10am-4pm, Yeshiva of Central Queens, Flushing, NY
4/8: 10am-4pm, Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan, NY
4/8: 10am-4pm, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, NY
4/9: 10am-4pm, Division Street, Manhattan, NY
4/9: 10am-4pm, LES Tompkins Square, Manhattan, NY
4/15: 10am-4pm, Habana Outpost Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NY
4/15: 10am-4pm, Queens Library at Broadway, Long Island City, NY
4/22: 10am-4pm, St. Anastasia Church, Little Neck, NY
4/22: 1am-4pm, Maspeth Federal Savings Bank, Maspeth, NY
4/23: 10am-4pm, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY
4/23: 10am-4pm, Bayswater Jewish Center, Rockaway, NY
4/29: 10am-4pm, Flatbush Food Co-op, Brooklyn, NY
4/29: 10am-4pm, Williamsburg – Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY
4/30: 10am-4pm, Forest Park, Woodhaven, NY
Check out their Calendar of EWaste Events for more info:
lesecologycenter.org/calendar/category/ewaste/ewaste-events
They also have a permanent e-waste collection center at 469 President Street (at Nevins Street) nearest the Union St. D,N,R station and it’s open Tues 10-5, Wed 12-7, Thurs 10-5, Fri 10-5 and Sat 10-4.
Goodwill Stores collect electronics for recycling through their Reconnect program.

Textile Recycling
Green Tree Textiles
There are 8 weekly (4 on Saturday, 4 on Sunday) Green Tree collection sites at Farmers Markets in Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn and Westchester.
See the list here: http://www.greentreetextiles.org/farmersmarkets/
We’ve received one second hand report that the Park Slope, Brooklyn location (4th Street at 5th Avenue) accepts scraps but we cannot confirm this information.
Please contact GreenTreeTextiles.org (info@greentreetextiles.org) or visit one of their drop off locations (see list above) to confirm.
GrowNYC
We are disappointed to hear that the GrowNYC Greenmarkets collection of textiles is no longer accepting scraps, rags, or other “unusable textiles”; but for used clothing, shoes, linens, and such, there are textile collections at 31 Greenmarkets in four boroughs.
See the list here: grownyc.org/clothing or call 311 for more info.
To see (and perhaps comment on) Wearable Collections’ statement on the change in policy over what is collected go to their site here: wearablecollections.com/greenmarkets/