Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 7:30pm

13 sessions course

A philosopher produces ideas, a poet poems, a clergyman sermons, a professor compendia and so on. A criminal produces crimes. If we take a closer look at the connection between this latter branch of production and society as a whole, we shall rid ourselves of many prejudices. The criminal produces not only crimes but also criminal law, and with this also the professor who gives lectures on criminal law and in addition to this the inevitable compendium in which this same professor throws his lectures onto the general market as ‘commodities’.—Karl Marx, Theories of Surplus Value


Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 7:30pm

The New York chapter of National Women's Liberation ( meets the third Thursday of every month in the Cafe at The Commons from 7:30 to 9:30pm. We meet to get at the root of our oppression as women and to strategize how to put the male chauvinist system on the run again. Join us! National Women’s Liberation is perhaps best known for our role in the successful 10-year struggle to get Morning-After Pill contraception over the counter. More recently we are responsible for relaunching the 1969 Redstockings sticker "This Oppresses Women" for slapping on sexist ads. We believe that change comes about from the actions of everyday people—not politicians, the courts, lobbyists, or the media. We also believe that the leadership and participation of women of color is critical...

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 7:00pm
  • Abundant Land is a 60-minute documentary which follows a group of Hawaiian residents on the island of Moloka’i as they oppose the biotech industry's use of their land to test genetically engineered seeds and work to restore an integrated food system based on ancient Hawaiian farming practices and permaculture.

    After the film screening, there will be a discussion with Andrew Faust from the Center for BioRegional Living and the film’s director,...

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 8:00pm

10 Session Class

This class series will explore Hegel’s most influential and least understood work.

While conceived as an Introduction to his system of logic and science, this work stands on its own as a masterpiece of the Western philosophical tradition. It is safe to say that many of the themes in the Phenomenology of Spirit have defined how we understand the modern world even though this work was written 210 years ago.

Some of the themes we will discuss:

How to Begin
The Inverted World
Skeptics and Stoics
The Lord of the World
The Dialectic of Master and Slave
The Cynical Bohemian...

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 10:00am

For those of you who have already learned some permaculture skills and are not quite sure where to go with them, here's you chance to find out how to become your own boss and join the new economy (and help heal the planet, to boot!).

All day workshop.

For more information, visit
The Center for Bioregional Living
Ellenville/ Brooklyn, NY

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 8:00am

Come to The Commons on Sunday, September 24 to hear some fine music. It's the Antic Street Fair and they let us dance in the street on this one day of the year.

Carmela Ramirez and Gabriel Chakarji / Latin Jazz @ 12:30pm

Curtis Haywood / Smooth Jazz @ 2:00pm


Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 9:00am

The community clinic is open to anyone interested in a private consultation with one of our 3rd year clinical students, who will be working under the supervision of a ArborVitae faculty practitioner. We practice from a holistic approach to healing and general well-being that seeks balance in all aspects of the individual, including food, lifestyle, and spirit. Clients will receive personalized herb, diet and lifestyle recommendations that can best support one’s health.


1½ hr....

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 6:00pm

10 Session Class

Capital is the indispensable sourcebook on Marx’s method for analyzing the economy, politics and struggles. Many of us have less time to study it because, as Marx predicted, we have to work longer hours— and often more than one job—in order to survive. Fortunately, even a basic familiarity with the key concepts of Volume I offers many tools for understanding capitalism’s dynamics. With current conditions, we’ve been offering this highlights approach, breaking down key concepts and sections:

• use value, value and surplus value;
• why capitalism has needed conquest, enslavement and white...

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 7:30pm

8 Week Session

Few historical events have been as widely misrepresented as the Russian Revolution of November, 1917 (called the "October Revolution", according to the old Russian calendar). Especially since the collapse of the USSR in 1991, defenders of the capitalist order, including respectable academic scholars, have attempted to portray it as a coup d’état by a small minority of revolutionary zealots, bent on imposing an authoritarian regime. These falsehoods have the aim of discrediting not only this revolution and its leaders, but the idea of revolution in general. The Revolutions Study Group—which has recently taken an...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 7:30pm

10 week session

In New York City, the self-proclaimed ‘real estate capital of the world’, working class housing has become either unaffordable or as cramped as was the housing of the 19th century. The class that built and continues to build New York City can no longer afford to live here. Meanwhile, the international bourgeoisie with hyper capital accumulation, perch themselves in luxurious multi-roomed lofty palaces as occasional residences. These part-time palatial perches serve often as repositories of gains from nefarious smuggling, laundering and other activities all over our globe or as tax havens, stealing revenues...

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 7:00pm

The Fixers Collective is a social experiment in improvisational fixing and aggressive asset recovery. Bring in any item that isn't working, is broken, needs mending or repair and together we will attempt to restore it so that it functions again.

2nd Floor in the Conference Room

Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 3:00pm

9 Session Class

"It was the first time that the bourgeoisie showed to what insane cruelties of revenge it will be goaded the moment the proletariat dares to take its stand against them as a separate class, with its own interests and demands."

This sentence was written by Karl Marx in 1871, just weeks after the French bourgeoisie crushed the Paris Commune, but it is just as applicable to today’s political situation in the U.S. and elsewhere. This reading group will delve into a selection of Marx and Engels’ political writings to gain both a better understanding of the history of working-class and socialist struggles of...

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 7:30pm

10 Session Class

During this term we will begin with Aimé Césaire’s cultural statement from the 30s, issued from the Caribbean to all those colonized by the capitalist powers, primarily of Europe. Following our discourse on his groundbreaking discourse we will consider three novels on the colonized Caribbean, long engaged in revolutionary struggle with just as long gains towards liberation and the centuries long experiences of counter-revolution, and the consequences of compromise and collaboration with former colonizers and the colossus US that treats the Caribbean like a backyard swimming pool and those of the islands, whether...

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 10:00am

Learn to Use the Patterns of Nature to Create Social and Ecological Change!
10am-5pm on Saturdays and Sundays
Oct 21&22; 28&29; Nov 4&5, 18&19, Dec 2&3 and 9.
Tuition - $1100; Early registration- $950 (flexible scheduling and payment plans available)

Our Permaculture design course provides a positive and empowering vision for social and ecological transformation. Come be inspired by the possibilities of today and not by the fear of tomorrow!

Primary Permaculture Design Applications:

  • Bioregional design science that provides a new model for economic development.
  • Addressing the major issues of our day from a whole systems perspective.
  • Worldwide movement that is helping to regenerate local ecologies and...
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 7:00pm

The Fixers Collective is a social experiment in improvisational fixing and aggressive asset recovery. Bring in any item that isn't working, is broken, needs mending or repair and together we will attempt to restore it so that it functions again.

2nd Floor in the Conference Room

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 7:30pm

Special Event

Nature, money, work, care, food, energy, and lives: these are the seven things that have made our world and will shape its future. In making these things cheap, modern commerce has transformed, governed, and devastated Earth. Jason W. Moore presents a new book authored with Raj Patel, A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things.

Bringing the latest ecological research together with histories of colonialism, indigenous struggles, slave revolts, and other rebellions and uprisings, Moore and Patel demonstrate that throughout the history of capitalism, crises have always prompted fresh efforts...