This week we spent time working on our strategy at our 2019 staff retreat. We’re away from the office but we will be back soon. 

In the meantime, I hope you checkout our upcoming events below and be sure to attend, participate and bring a friend. 

 – Charli    


Albany-August 24th at 12pm-6pm-Jenning Landing- The Blackout Festival is a love letter to our community! It is our iteration of Black August, a commemoration of Black resistance movements and the fight for our liberation! RSVP on Facebook

Utica – Saturday, August 10th at 4:00 pm -COME and JOIN us a we Celebrate our “Community in Unity”.

Rochester- Friday, August 10th at 6:30pm -Be The Power Awards – On August 10th, we will honor Ruth Turner, Ricardo Adams, and Mary Callahan for their continued work in our community and for fighting or Education Equity in our schools. Let’s celebrate together! RSVP on Facebook

Buffalo – Thursday, August 8th at 6:00pm – Game Night- Join us for a night of fun. Come out and let’s unwind, destress and get a chance to build new connections. RSVP on Action Network

Binghamton – Sunday, August 4th at 6:00 pm – When They See Us Public Screening- Please join us for this month-long series of film screenings and community discussions focused on our local and national incarceration crises. Screenings will feature the critically acclaimed docu-series “When They See Us,” examining the Central Park Five, with commentary from individuals directly impacted by mass incarceration.  RSVP on Facebook

Albany- Mondays, July 15th 6:00-9:00 pm – August 12th, 6:00-9:00pm – Blackout Festival Auditions – Free food, games, music, and activities. Volunteer info will be provided for those looking to get involved in community organizing. RSVP on Facebook


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As activists, the work that we do is personal, emotional, and can impact our overall health. That’s because this work not only serves us but lays the groundwork for future generations to come. It’s essential that in fighting for good causes, we remember to take care of our ourselves! Here is my Self-Care for Activists tip for you:  Harriet Tubman once said: Youll be free or die a slave!

In 2019, we’re still looking for what it means to BE FREE.