Please join us Thursday, August 3 at dusk for the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space’s SPY vs US Fifth Annual Film Festival.
The films are “Cointelpro 101” & “Still We Ride”
As Americans, we think that the government works for us. In actuality we have been learning how for decades the government has been spying on its own citizens. Even more disturbing is when our leaders take surveillance to the next step: interfering with community groups, especially those trying to make positive social change.
Spy Vs. Us, the fifth annual MoRUS film fest, will open with the film ‘1971,’ documenting how a group of activists broke into the FBI’s office in Media, Pennsylvania and to their surprise found that most of the FBI’s files were on local activist groups and not on criminals or legitimate investigations. They uncovered the first evidence of COINTELPRO, which went further than spying and also included unlawful infiltration and disruption tactics. These revelations, which shocked the conscience of the nation, led to the Church Committee hearings and subsequent enactment of the Attorney General Guidelines to curb FBI spying.
Nearly 50 years later, in contrast to the 1970s, when the government and elected officials expressed disdain with spying and interference of our own people, now the government is the active participant in similar efforts. The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space’s film fest will focus on a range of techniques used by the government to spy on and disrupt community groups, including environmental, civil rights, and anti-war organizations.
Film Fest Schedule
Opening Night: Wednesday, August 2nd, 8:30pm
Umbrella House roof garden, 21 Ave C
**(Accessibility Note: The building does not have an elevator. Access to rooftop requires climbing six flights of stairs)
2014 – Film directed by Johanna Hamilton – Runtime: 79 min
The FBI was unaccountable and untouchable until 1971, when a group of ordinary citizens uncovered its illegal domestic spying programs.
Cointelpro 101 & Still We Ride
Thursday, August 3rd, 8:30pm
6B Community Garden, corner of East 6th St. and Ave. B
Cointelpro 101, 2010 – Documentary directed by Freedom Archives – Runtime: 56 min
Cointelpro 101 exposes illegal surveillance, disruption, and outright murder committed by the US government in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.
Still We Ride, 2013 – Documentary directed by Andrew Lynn, Elizabeth Press & Chris Ryan – Runtime: 37 min
Still We Ride showcases how group bicycle rides in New York City faced harassment by police during a crucial growth period of the cycling movement.
Friday, August 4th, 8:30pm
Orchard Alley Garden, East 4th St. Between Ave. C and D
2011 – Film directed by Jamie Meltzer – Runtime: 81 min
The Informant delves into the life of Brandon Darby, a community organizer turned FBI informant.
Closing Night: Saturday, August 5, 8:30pm
La Plaza Community Garden, SW corner of 9th Street and Ave C
2014 – Documentary directed by Laura Poitras – Runtime: 94 min
Citizen Four followed Laura Poitras as she encountered with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong before he handed over classified documents providing evidence of mass illegal invasions of privacy by the NSA.
A limited supply of all-inclusive passes for $20.00 will be on sale soon through Eventbright or by visiting MoRUS, 155 Avenue C between 9th and 10th Streets during hours of operation. Admission to each individual screening will otherwise require a suggested donation of $6.00. For updates visit http://www.morusnyc.org/5th-an
About the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS)
Opened in December 2012, MoRUS is a fully volunteer-run and staffed non-profit history museum and living archive of urban activism that aims to preserve grassroots activist history in the East Village and promote environmentally-sound community-based urban ecologies. Housed in the storefront of C Squat, MoRUS is open Tuesdays and Thursdays through Sunday from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Also showcasing the unique public spaces and community gardens for which the neighborhood is renowned, MoRUS offers walking tours every Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 PM.
For more information visit www.morusnyc.org
11:00 am-12:30 pm
|#KIDSCOOK Your Culture!
Cook up a family summertime recipe with Vegetables from our local farmers market & fresh herbs from the 6&B herb garden. We’ll taste-test, and everyone will get a recipe card. Ages 5 & up.
|1:00-4:00 pm||DRAWING IN THE GARDEN: Enjoy 3 hours of drawing from a model in our beautiful garden. Bring your art supplies. Some supplies available. Don’t forget the insect repellent. Organized by Effie Serlis.|
July 11, 18, 25
|STORYTIME READING FOR CHILDREN: Children and their caregivers are invited to join us for some stories and songs with Ms. Thea, our local children’s librarian. Find out about all the free and wonderful programs happening at the Ottendorfer Library!|
|CITY OF WATER Day– In your neighborhood, with Global Water Dance and Mindy Levokove– aqueous dance, music and poetry, for safe water everywhere for everyone!|
|5:00-7:00 pm||SONG SWAP: This event is for anyone who loves to sing or thinks they might! Play games, learn vocal warm-ups and songs, and teach the group a song… if you’re feeling brave. Coordinated by Caroline Parsons.|
|DAY BOAT Brass Quartet is a newly formed brass quartet that plays a wide selection of classical music, from Bach and Corelli to Rudder and Hindemith. Steve Levi and Lauren Draper play trumpet, Fiori Matteis is on trombone, and local legend Dave Hofstra is on tuba.|
|Make the BUTTONS of your DREAMS with garden member Sally Young! Be well-turned out at your next demonstration. Button beginners welcome.|
|MUSIC under THE STARS, curated by garden Joff Wilson: Local Legends—and Up-and-Coming Legends—present an evening of inspiring music.|
|A Garden Variety – POETRY and PROSE, hosted by Mindy Levokove. Words among the bleeding hearts and the tomatoes. With featured readers and a short open mic. Bring words or just come to listen.|
|6 & B Garden General Membership Meeting|
|TRASH TO TREASURES strikes again! Connie Berry will show you how to turn tired T-shirts into one-of-a kind TOTES. Bring a clean T-shirt to transform, with scissors. Fine for children accompanied by adult helpers.|
|Sounds in the Garden: NOWHERESVILLE, coordinated by garden member Peter Loureiro, featuring an eclectic mix of NYC singer-songwriters.|
|Discover the garden with wit, art, and a treasure hunt! MOSHI, with Caroline Murgue, promotes children’s well-being with art and development of reasoning. For children 5-13 years old, with parents.|
6 & B Events presented in part by a matching grant from Partnership For Parks, and individual contributions!