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Uptown Summer Youth Talk Design for the New NATURE Lab


 

Last week the Uptown Summer youth employees began the process of designing the new NATURE Lab Environmental Education Center. The new NATURE Lab Center will occupy a long-abandoned house in the North Central Troy neighborhood, just down the block from The Sanctuary for Independent Media. Friday was …

Uptown Summer 2018 Is Underway!


Today the Sanctuary was joined by 8 youth employees who will be the center of our 2018 Uptown Summer program! For the next 5 weeks, the Uptown Summer employees will work with a crew of mentors, interns, expert guests, and Sanctuary staff to investigate issues of environmental justice within the North Central Troy …

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Azura Keahi of Collard City Growers on harvesting Troy’s fruit


Publication: The Alt

Published: 06/27/2018

By: Luke Stoddard Nathan

Azura Keahi is currently involved with two unrelated projects in Troy: Collard City Growers, a volunteer-powered initiative of the nonprofit Sanctuary for Independent Media that maintains gardens at five formerly vacant lots in the North Central neighborhood, and …

NATURE Lab Open Hours: Lawn Lab!


 

The Sanctuary’s NATURE Lab is hosting a project by PhD student and NATURE Lab volunteer Ellie Irons called Lawn (Re)Disturbance Laboratory. One study site for the project is at Freedom Square, where Irons and workshop participants removed a square of lawn to see what plants would sprout in its place. The …

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Published: 5/30/2018

Publication: Times Union
Saturday

It’s all about food, fun, and music at the Sanctuary for Independent Media’s Freedom Festival. Held in Troy’s Freedom Square, the sixth annual outdoor fest includes arts and crafts, a bike giveaway and local eats from Collard City Growers’ garden, Denison Farms, …

Freedom Festival at Freedom Square, June 2 in Troy


Publication: Troy Record

Published: 5/25/2018

Troy, N.Y. >> The sixth annual “Freedom Festival” on the community art stage at Freedom Square will be a spectacular outdoor celebration featuring food, music, activities and more, from 3 to 6 p.m. on June 2 at Freedom Square — 101st Street where 5th and 6th …

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Here we go! Getting ready for Uptown Summer 18


We’re all very excited as our Uptown Summer ’18 team begins planning for a great new session, July 10-August 10. Our theme this year is Environmental Steward Leadership, with special support from the DEC Environmental Justice program.

Stay in touch for new updates! And let us know if you’d like to volunteer, or …

Gearing up for the Freedom Fest!!!


Call out to Friends of Freedom Square, Sanctuary volunteers and community members! Here we go for the 6th Annual Freedom Festival at Freedom Square on Saturday June 2, 3-6! Please pass this event on to your friends and community networks!

6th Annual Freedom Festival

Want to help? …

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“North Troy venue announces upcoming spring season”


 

Published: 04/11/18

Publication: The Saratogian

 

“Oyster,” a modern multimedia opera about iconic folklorist Alan Lomax, will be at The Sanctuary for Independent Media as part of its spring event season. Photo provided

TROY, N.Y. >> North Troy venue …

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Ruderal Ecologies Symposium Kicks Off Spring 2018 Season!


Start off Earth Week right, with the opening of The Sanctuary for Independent Media’s Spring 2018 season! The season begins on April 14 and runs through June 2, with the overarching theme of Ruderal Ecologies & Sustainable Growth.

SANCTUARY SPRING 2018 EVENT SCHEDULE:

RUDERAL ECOLOGIES: GROUNDS FOR CHANGE A weekend symposium …

MassiveMesh Visits Sanctuary to Plan Public Internet


TROY, NY. (March 27, 2018) — MassiveMesh Networks’ representatives Jenni Tompkins and Ryan Sady discuss plans to establish a public wifi network around the Sanctuary for Independent Media with Sanctuary organizers Branda Miller, Steve Pierce, and Dan Phiffer on Tuesday March, 27.

As part of their mission to provide electronic media programs and …

Ruderal Ecologies Symposium: Presenter Bios


Ruderal Ecologies Symposium Presenters:

Julia Cavicchi, Anne Pfeifenberger & Olivia Golden Environmental Studies, Skidmore College ’18

Julia, Olivia, and Anne are Environmental Studies seniors at Skidmore College who have been delving into the capital region’s sewer systems for their capstone research on Combined Sewer …

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Jazz Sanctuary from 7-10 PM


Jazz Sanctuary is a wonderful celebration of all that is creative, dedicated to …

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NATURE Lab Environmental Education Center!


We need your help! With your help we can create a permanent home for NATURE Lab

Traevon Vautrin: The Sanctuary for Independent Media’s prodigy


Published: 02/07/2018

Publication: The Alt

Eleven-year-old Traevon “Trae” Vautrin is a very busy intern. In the downstairs studio of The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, he darts from the printer to the couch to the computer. He’s meant to be on the …

Protesters in Troy push for changes in wake of AG’s report on fatal shooting


Published: 1/19/2018

Publication: The Saratogian 

TROY, N.Y. >> More than a dozen concerned citizens gathered on a stage at The Sanctuary for Independent Media on Thursday night, only a couple of days after the state Attorney General’s Office issued a report ripping the conduct of the Troy …

Troy activists want review board: Residents call for reforms after Schneiderman’s report on 2016 police shooting


Published: 01/19/2018

Publication: Times Union

Residents call for reforms after Schneiderman’s report on 2016 police shooting

 

Photo: Lori Van Buren

 

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Troy merchants to set up Sunday in Colonie Center


Published: 01/09/18

Publication: Troy Record

 

By Lauren Halligan, The Record

COLONIE, N.Y. >> A group of Troy merchants are setting up shop at the mall this weekend, in a new collective pop-up called #ShopTroyNY.

Following the launch of a social media campaign called #ShopTroyNY, …

THANK YOU!!!


The outpouring of support from this community helped us raise $32,584—we can now help build two new progressive radio stations for the Capital Region.

The Hudson Mohawk Radio Network is now live, test broadcasting on WOOA 106.9 FM Albany and WOOS 98.9 FM Schenectady. The FCC construction permits will

Chris Hedges on the American Empire’s Descent Into Dystopia


In a powerful speech delivered at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, N.Y., Chris Hedges analyzes fascism and empire in the Trump age. The Truthdig columnist begins by enumerating…

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