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/sovereignty jun 25 '17

Marketplace: Seeds of Sovereignty

African Cultural Art Forum in partnership with Philadelphia Assembled presents a day-long celebration of West Philadelphia’s 52nd Street historic legacy with The “Marketplace: Seeds of Sovereignty” festival.

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/movement jun 19 '17

Philadelphia Assembled Film in Post Production

As the calendar of PHLA public events unfolds across the city, the Philadelphia Assembled Film Series is in Post Production. The narrator-character, We, is taking shape, testing their voice, finding their footing in time.

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/reconstructions jun 10 '17

Jeopardy: Mass Incarceration Edition (excerpts)

Performed by Lisa Adjei at Reconstruction Inc.’s Mass Incarceration Teach-in on June 10, 2017 at Mercy Neighborhood Ministries of Philadelphia, Inc., 1939 W. Venango Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvan

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/reconstructions may 30 '17

Lighting of the Bridges

Passage from the Lighting of the Bridges ceremony: “Tioga, or Teaoga as it has also been spelled in the past, is a Native American Word meaning gateway, or the meeting of two rivers.  As a place, Tioga was an especially strategic location. It was ‘a

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/futures may 27 '17

Exploring Paul Robeson

The Mobiel Futures Institute stopped by the Paul Robeson House today for their Open House and a special performative reading of Robeson's 1956 testimony before the House Committee of Un-American activities.

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/sanctuary may 18 '17

ICE-Breaker - POSTPONED

The following is a note from our collaborators at New Sanctuary Movement: We are postponing Friday's planned action at ICE until later in June. We are so grateful to partner with Philadelphia Assembled in this work and grateful for their flexibility to follow the lead of the immigrant community. We decided to postpo

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/sanctuary may 15 '17

Laos In The House Storybooth

We're so happy the Philadelphia Assembled (PHLA) x Laos In The House Storybooth is finally up and running and can currently be seen at the Institute of Contemporary Art! However we know that many of our followers couldn't make it to our #BLESSED event, or don't live in Philadelphia so here's a video! P.S. The saht

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/futures may 1 '17

Futures on Strike: A Day to Speak of Freedom and Just Futures

Coinciding with May Day, a historic day for labor activism, Futures on Strike consisted of a workshop, open conversations with passersby, and spoken-word performances that draw on stories of freedom and just futures.

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/sovereignty apr 24 '17

The Feel, The Look, The Taste of Sovereignty

In February of 2016 I embarked upon a creative journey along with a group of beautiful people from across the city of Philadelphia to talk about this atmosphere called "Sovereignty ".

/movement apr 22 '17

The PHLA Education Workbook: Teaching is an Art.

I believe that teaching is an art.At its best, a sacred art, a sacred responsibility. Audre Lorde offers “I know teaching is a survival technique. It is for me, and I think it is in general; and that’s the only way real teaching, real learning, happens.” In this Philade

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/futures apr 22 '17

Art and Activism

The tension in our bodies, sparked by the future’s difference from the present, is the precursor to art. You see something that isn’t there, and then you create it. At the nexus of uncertainty and competence, all this energy & vision & where can it be put? The Philadelphia Museum of Art, as a keeper of history, is a residence for such stories transformed into engraved gestures, scraps of fabric, splashes of paint and more. I have

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/futures apr 19 '17

Writing the Apocalypse - Workshop!

People say the future is in the hands of the youth, because adults are stuck in their ways. The future consists of living in the moment while holding onto a direction. As adults, our lack of futurity derives from our distance from the present moment - we are stuck in the past.

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/sanctuary apr 14 '17

Storytelling as Sanctuary: Laos in the House

Story is central to human understanding—it makes life livable, because without a story, there is no identity, no self, no other (Lewis, 2011).

/reconstructions apr 10 '17

C.R.E.A.M.

The American criminal justice system holds more than 2.3 million people in 1,719 state prisons, 102 federal prisons, 901 juvenile correctional facilities, 3,163 local jails, and 76 Indian Country jails as well as in military prisons, immigration detention facilities, civil commitment centers, and prisons in the U.

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/movement mar 15 '17

Practices that ground movements and seed futures

The PHL Assembled Film Series focuses on practices and rituals of resilience among organizers, cultural workers, and movement builders. This archive of care is shared through the perspective of a future archivist looking back at our current moment of crossroads.

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/reconstructions mar 8 '17

Blurry Edges

“Northern Liberties might be getting too hip for its own good--and it doesn't help when people call it "NoLibs." The post-hip yuppie types are moving in and rents are going up up up. Don't let that scare you, though--it's still a great 'hood.

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/reconstructions feb 28 '17

The First Time

Public art is not an art “form”. Its size can be huge or small. It can tower fifty feet high or call attention to the paving beneath your feet. Its shape can be abstract or realistic (or both), and it may be cast, carved, built, assembled, or painted. It

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/futures feb 23 '17

Story of the Bus, part 2

So the Beardspace bus was a no-go. According to the mechanic, the crosspiece was completely rotted out, necessitating thousands of dollars in repairs. I drove the bus back to New Jersey, and took the rest of the day off.

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/futures feb 16 '17

Story of the Bus, part 1.

Thursday, February 16. Getting on the PATCO at 6:30 am. Going to buy a bus for the Mobile Futures Institute. Already well behind schedule.

/movement feb 1 '17

We will not walk backwards

On January 20th, 2017, the day of the United States presidential inauguration, PHLA Production Editor Zein Nakhoda joined groups from across Philadelphia for The People's Inauguration.

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/sanctuary jan 25 '17

The People's Inauguration

On January 20th, 2017, hundreds joined with New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia to take The People’s Oath in a promise to defend each other and work for a world of justice, love, and dignity. This is a moment to transform the anger, the fear, and the sadness into active hope, fierce love, and strategic action.

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/movement jan 19 '17

Dada Presentation

Below are works by Eric Marsh Sr., Billy Yallowitz, and Les Rivera about their personal experiences with fathering. These works were presented during the Second Collaborator Assembly on December 11th, 2016.

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/futures jan 15 '17

How Things Happen Before They Happen (behind the scenes)

Last week I met with Ron Whyte, a Futures collaborator and friend of mine, for coffee to discuss programming for the public phase of Philadelphia Assembled. We talked about finding specific ways to empower engaging in the future.

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/futures jan 1 '17

Why I'm Here (what decolonization means to me)

Uncertainty isn't the problem. The problem is what we do with it. The stories of manifest destiny and colonialism are diseases, namely spoken through white, male bodies. They belong to nobody. Decolonizat

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/sanctuary dec 22 '16

Solstice Feast & Famine

Though the creeping cold and its halting starts have teased us through the waning autumn, here in the Mid-Atlantic, winter seems to be settling in at last. The trees are mostly bare, and the last of the hardy, fresh produce is being gleaned from the fields & gardens.

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/futures dec 15 '16

Philly Stay Resisting

Philly loves a story. These days, a meme is worth a thousand words. Futures aims to gather and tell our stories, no bullshit. You from here or nah? Who hasn't been challenged to prove their cred in this tough-loving town? Feeling the history of the land as an unbroken thread, extending from before white colonizers even got here, helps us understand where we might be able to go, together. Empowerment

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/reconstructions dec 13 '16

Palimpsest - Reconstruc­tions Presentation

The following text is a play written by Mona Washington for the Collaborators Assembly on December 11th, 2016. It served as an introduction to Reconstructions Site 2 which focuses on displacement in the changing city.

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/sovereignty dec 13 '16

Land Sovereignty

Below is the Land Sovereignty presentation for the Collabroator Assembly on December 11th, 2016. Land Sovereignty as Sensory

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/reconstructions dec 12 '16

Reconstructions Guiding Principles

Public Site Proposal Guiding Principles - Reconstructions Atmosphere The following is a set of guiding principles for the Reconstructions Atmosphere. These principles are meant to guide our Atmosphere throughout its life and in all of its manifestations, irrespective of changes to its goals, strategies, or actions. They are ap

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/futures nov 1 '16

Our Emergent Futures (Process Blog)

Futures are visions without bodies, yet. Tomorrows are the horizons that we walk toward. When each tomorrow comes around, it's suddenly today, and here we are running around, the envisioned future of yesterday etching its beauty and struggle into our bodies.

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/reconstructions sep 26 '16

Women's Community Revitalization Project Ribbon Cutting

Spirit News Article Article from Spirit News Riverwards: The Women’s Community Revitalization Project (WCRP) and partner Firm Hope Baptist Church cut the ribbon during a ceremony Friday at Grace Townhomes, a newly built residential development that brings 36 townhomes to a formerly blighted lot in Port Richmond. The two, three and four bedroom townhomes are rental units with options for eventual home ownership. They are the first homes to be built on land owned by the Community Justice

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/sovereignty sep 7 '16

Field Trip to African Cultural Art Forum (ACAF)

Sovereignty Working Group Field Trip 9/6 at 6pm From the ACAF website: "ACAF was established in 1969. We are a community based manufacturing business striving to create more jobs and providing education for our youth through our on-the-job training programs. Your purchases help us

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/futures aug 31 '16

Film Screening: Embrace of the Serpent

Futures collaborators met in August to watch the film Embrace of the Serpent (2015). " In the early 1900s, a young shaman (Nilbio Torres) in the Colombian Amazon helps a sick German explorer (Jan Bijvoet) and his local guide (Miguel Dionisio Ramos) search for a rare healing plant."

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/reconstructions aug 12 '16

Field Trip to William Goldsby's House

On the afternoon of July 9, 2016, Reconstructions Working Group members gathered in the home of William Goldsby, in Nicetown/Tioga. William is the Director of Reconstruction, Inc, a leadership program for individuals in re-entry.

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/sovereignty may 20 '16

Visit to Experimental Farm Network

On one of the first days that felt like summer, Jeanne and myself (Phoebe) visited the Experimental Farm Network's farm in Southern New Jersey. Nate and Dusty our trusted tour guides gave us directions to go out into the field.

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/reconstructions may 7 '16

Field Trip to Lest We Forget Slavery Museum

On a grey day in spring, ten Reconstructions Collaborators gathered to visit the Lest We Forget Slavery MuseumLest We Forget Slavery Museum in Port Richmond. We were greeted by Gwen Ragsdale, her mother, and husband,

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/sovereignty apr 3 '16

Coordinating Meeting for DNC Demonstrations This Summer in Philly

Up Against the Law Legal Collective invites you to a meeting for organizations across Philadelphia who are planning rallies/marches/demonstrations during the Democratic National Convention this summer in Philadelphia.

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/sanctuary mar 13 '16

Field Trip to Colored Girls Museum

Sanctuary took a field trip to the Colored Girls MuseumColored Girls Museum in Germantown. Around 20 of our collaborators came for a wonderful walk through the house staying around two hours. The Colored Girls Museum is a memoir museum, which honors the stories, expe

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