This piece reveals why the politicians in our borough serve landlords, developers, bosses and investors at our expense. And it explores what we can do to take community control of our neighborhoods. We made a printable copy that you can download here, and share for free with your tenant association, student group, church or union… [read more]
City officials are planning to “rezone” Southern Blvd! Rezonings alter city regulations, to allow developers to build big, expensive buildings and displace working class Black and Latino people. If approved, the Southern Blvd rezoning will: Raise your rent and taxes Encourage landlord abuse Evict local businesses Increase police harassment Raise the cost of living Attract… [read more]
“People’s History of the Bronx” Youth Program Orientation starts Tuesday, Nov 1st, 4-6pm At Bronx Social Center (970 Prospect Ave, left basement entrance) Download PDF application here, and email firstname.lastname@example.org! The “People’s History of the Bronx” is an after-school program that gives the opportunity to high school students looking to complete their community service hours… [read more]
The Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee–the only union for incarcerated workers in the U.S.–meets out of the social center once a month. They recently hosted an event on the ongoing prisoner strikes in Texas and Alabama, and are working to build support in our communities for a national prisoner strike this September. Learn how you can… [read more]
This February the center hosted Tech Month, a series of events themed around creative community uses of technology. Workshops included how to use social media to combat negative imagery of womyn, using mapping software to create community gardens, how to build your own cloud server, and how to make “soft circuits” integrating circuitry and fabrics…. [read more]
The Bronx Social Center now officially has a lending library, thanks to generous donations from Verso Press, PM Press, AK Press, and the center’s volunteers. We have titles on the following themes: Black Struggle Women’s Studies Latin American Studies African Studies Middle East Studies Art and Culture Socialism and Anarchism Fiction Poetry Philosophy Children’s Books… [read more]
After getting the assist with drywall from a crew of youth learning construction, and putting in a lot of hours ourselves painting and cleaning, the time has come: the Bronx Social Center is ready to open! The opening will feature a cookout, a martial arts demonstration, and an art opening into the night. Check Facebook event… [read more]
We’ve been hard at work painting the space. Lots of help from our young friend with the safety goggles and headlamp (how else could we see where we need to paint?). Also met an awesome crew of artists from down the block to collaborate with. Stoked.
This week, with the help of a friend with a truck, the Bx Social Center organizing crew took a voyage down to a distant land (Brooklyn). We picked up some chairs, speakers, a desk and a folding table from Film Biz Recycling, which is going out of business. Unfortunately, we hit rush hour on the… [read more]
After throwing out the junk that was in the space last week, today we took down the walls. Before we got access to it, the space was used as a training center for youth to learn drywall, tiling, that kind of stuff. Dusty, but satisfying.