Thursday, May 4, 2023

Information about lots of Free Skool Santa Cruz classes and more!

Information about events at SubRosa and Free Skool classes happening at various locations

-Thursday May 4th, 7pm - Everything for everyone: an intro to cooperatives (a Free Skool Santa Cruz class) at SubRosa/the Hub, 703 Pacific Ave (downtown Santa Cruz)

Description:  For this class coops are defined as companies that are member owned and governed, and that operate for the benefit of their members--an entity structure that can provide the foundation for real economic democracy and anarchy here and now in spite of capitalism. Paola Eisner, a co-op lawyer who works with Tuttle Law Group in SF, will provide a basic intro  to co-ops, and then open space for sharing and learning from each other, as well as Q&A. Materials: a google doc of resources will be available and potentially a short documentary as well. With Paola Eisner (

-Friday May 5th, 6pm - Fabrica First Friday Art Show (with spill over into SubRosa) - at the Fábrica/the Hub, 703 Pacific Ave (downtown Santa Cruz)

It's been a while… but we're having an art show! Come out this Friday 5/5, 6-9pm. We'll be showing off some of the May Day pendants we printed last weekend with @little.giant.collective and cooking up a new community sewn banner for the Protest Banner Lending Library. Hope to see you there! And the art show will also spill over into SubRosa!!! (From IG post at )

-Saturday May 6th, 2-5pm - Fábrica open hours (also part of Free Skool Santa Cruz session) - and Mondays, 1-4pm at the Hub/Fábrica, 703 Pacific Ave

Description: The Fábrica is community workspace where folks can come to learn and share knowledge about textiles arts. This includes Sewing, Knitting, Quilting, Embroidery, Crochet, and Bookbinding, among other arts. The workshop is operated by volunteers and funded by donations from participants. We have sewing machines as well as generous amounts of fabric, zippers, notions, and the other tools and supplies one needs for most sewing and yarn-based projects.

-Sunday May 7th, 4-6pm - Queer Basketball (also part of Free Skool Santa Cruz session) at Jade Street Park, 4400 Jade St, Capitola, CA 95010

Description: Looking for a queer basketball group to join? All levels are welcome and encouraged to attend! We will cover the basic rules and techniques of the game, and then play! Materials: Wear comfortable shoes and clothes. COVID protocols: Outdoors, masks optional. Please don't attend if you have any COVID symptoms. With Rosa Rice-Pelepko & Monroe Salandra (

-Sunday May 7th, 6-7pm - Grassroots Organizing: unions, tenants, neighborhoods (also part of Free Skool Santa Cruz session)   (Repeats in 2 weeks) at 208 Blackburn St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Description: How will you build power? Let's explore together strategies and concerns we share around how to build bottom up organization as we participate in local projects that give us a place to try our new techniques. This class is facilitated by an experienced union, tenant and neighborhood organizer in search of brilliant new strategies but also a bit of a back to basics, focus on 1:1 relationship and base building, kind of organizer. These are just two initial gatherings and we will come up with other times to meet. Materials: See if you have an organizing project that inspires you, if not we can help you find one. COVID protocols/info: We will be inside talking together. With Josh Brahinsky (

-Monday May 8th, 6-8pm - Exploring the Liberatory Potential of Community through Collective Improvisation (also part of Free Skool Santa Cruz session) at Indexical, 1050 River St #119, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (every Monday in May - note: May 22 is qtpoc session)

Description: Weekly musical improvisation spaces geared for all levels of musical experience (including none!). These spaces are engaged in connecting this musical practice to liberatory politics through discussion and brief study. These workshops are striving to create an accessible space for non-hierarchical participation and experimentation. Musicians are encouraged to bring their own instruments, however some will be provided in the space. COVID protocols: Masks are required (wind players and vocalists may perform without masks if needed). With Kumi Maxson (

-Monday May 8th, 7pm - part of a weekly series on Buddhism, meditation, and social change with author and organizer, Tim Desmond. 

Every Monday until May 15th happening at SubRosa - 703 Pacific Ave, downtown Santa Cruz // this week's topic: the art of not existing 

-Tuesday May 9th, 5pm - S.C.U.M. x Free Skool Presents: Record Shares and Listening Lounge (also part of Free Skool Santa Cruz session) at SubRosa, 703 Pacific Ave

Description: Ben, Jacin, and friends will select and bring records (and perhaps other media) to share, listen, and discuss as a group in an intentional setting. For some sessions, we will select specific records/media, for others it will be more open and people may even bring records to share and play. Materials: For one session we will encourage students to bring their own records or media. Accessibility: mask optional, all welcome, QTPOC friendly space, safe(r) space. With Ben Krasner & Jacín (

-Wednesday May 10th, 5-6pm - Ecology Nerd Sesh (also part of Free Skool Santa Cruz session) at San Lorenzo Park

137 Dakota Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Description: Come meet fellow forest nerds and share information about ecology, bugs, mushrooms, fish, and the like! Feel free to come just to learn and hangout, or with a whole plan and props, or anywhere in between :^) At San Lorenzo Park (meet at the entrance on dakota avenue). COVID protocols: All outdoors. Wide maintained dirt paths go around the park and there are a few benches. With frogbit (

Info about other great Free Skool classes at 

Part of creating a new world is resistance to the old one. Through this project, we want to contribute to changing the ways we learn and the ways we relate to each other. And let's enjoy each other's company and spring and summer together!

***Members of the SubRosa collective are involved in this revived and not entirely new, not all too different version of Free Skool Santa Cruz  – a project in mutual aid learning and sharing. And SubRosa/the Hub is a site of a significant amount of classes (although not all!).

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The Santa Cruz Hub for Sustainable Living includes a constellation of projects that support skill-sharing, appropriate re/use of resources, and interconnected, creative communities - since 1994! // // 


SubRosa is a collectively run anarchist community space, a place to meet others and challenge our assumptions and act on our passions. We strive to create a vibrant environment for events, classes, meetings, organizing, performance, art, studying and more. SubRosa also offers radical literature for sale, and houses the Anarchist Lending Library. We welcome folks to join us in fostering an environment free from coercion, sexism, queer&homophobia, racism, ableism and other hierarchies. 

SubRosa is part of the Hub Community Center, in downtown Santa Cruz, CA which is the unceded territory of the Awaswas-speaking Uypi Tribe. The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, comprised of the descendants of indigenous people taken to missions Santa Cruz and San Juan Bautista during Spanish colonization of the Central Coast, is today working hard to restore traditional stewardship practices on these lands and heal from historical trauma. 

Do you want to join SubRosa in solidarity with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band? 

-Contribute to The Humunya Foundation of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, a 501 (c) (3) Private Foundation under the Internal Revenue Code. As such, donations made to the Humunya Foundation are tax deductable. The Humunya Foundation was created to fund raise, facilitate Tribal cultural activities and conduct outreach to the public. More information 

-Sign up for the Amah Mutsun Land Trust email list for more information and opportunities to get involved. 

-Consider making a monthly  donation to Amah Mutsun Land Trust to support the tribe's Indigenous stewardship and cultural relearning work. 

-Check out to protect Juristac, an Amah Mutsun sacred site threatened by a proposed mining operation in Santa Clara county. Actions include:  Sign the petition to protect Juristac, an Amah Mutsun sacred site threatened by a proposed mining operation in Santa Clara county. and and and 

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