December Craft Fair/Flea Market

december-2016-craft-fair-flierIt’s time for another craft fair/flea market at the Free Space! Let’s come together with our community, support local crafters and vendors, and support the Free Space, too.

IF YOU WANT TO SELL STUFF that’s great! Crafts & flea-market-esque stuff is welcome. (If you haven’t been to the Free Space before, check out our website to get a feel for what we do: Each vendor will have half of a 6′ table. $15 for upstairs tables & $5-$15 sliding scale for downstairs tables due on the day of the event. Upstairs tables are sliding scale for folx who need to be upstairs due to mobility concerns. Email Oliver at for details and to reserve a table.

IF YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER that is super great! You can help set up, clean up, provide child care or whatever you feel like offering. Email Oliver at & let them know what/when/how you wanna help out.

The event will be, as always, kid-friendly with childcare provided as needed. The upstairs of the Free Space is wheelchair accessible with an accessible bathroom available upon request. All bathrooms are gender neutral.


Tuesday 11/29 from 5:30-7:30: The Perfect Cup of Chai

In this workshop, we’ll delve into the world of Chai-Brewing. We will learn about classic Chai spices and other herbs that can compliment these flavors and support our bodies. We will learn how to brew Chai using a traditional method, and some techniques to make it more simply. This workshop is offered in the Gift Economy. All gifts will go toward my current Healing Justice work: Medicine Making for Standing Rock.

Friday 12/2 from 6-8pm: Indigenous History before 1492

Co-hosted with EXCO!

Indigenous issues are at the forefront for all humanity. I’m going to
emphasize the need to think of one’s own indigenous roots, as well as
the stories of indigenous people that existed on this land before
1492. We all came from somewhere, and the sooner we realize these
attachments, the better off we’ll be. In other words: learn from the
people who were here first, and learn from our own indigenous roots.

Indigenous history did not start in 1492, it started way before that
period. In fact, events of 1492 were a terrible, horrible
interruption. There were people on this land evolving in every way
conceivable before Columbus came along. As an Italian, I am proud to
denounce Columbus. (In fact, he reminds me of a couple cousins of
mine, so the heck with them).

Get beyond the fry bread, casino gambling, pow wows, all the stuff
that gets associated with indigenous humanity today, and to tell a
different story. If we don’t have knowledge of a pre-Columbian past,
then we don’t have a post-Columbian future.

About the facilitator: Ray has worked with Kalpulli Turtle
Island Multiversity, Hamline University, and has taught dozens of EXCO classes over the years on indigenous issues.

Thursday Nov. 10th 5:30-7:30 PM: Emotional Support Gathering

Having someone listen to your problems in a nonjudgmental way and provide support and feedback is an essential human need that often isn’t valued or talked about in this society. therapy can be a great resource, but sometimes it’s not accessible, not the right option, or only a partial solution. this gathering is about talking about what is lacking in our communities in terms of this type of support, identifying what we need, and taking steps to meet some of those needs in a mutually beneficial way.
we will have intros, a general discussion, and then maybe pair up and take turns listening to each other for a short or a long time. we may decide to make this a regular event. we will be centering those who have marginalized identities, especially people of color and trans and queer people who show up, and we will ask those with privileged identities to wait until others have spoken to weigh in, and to help create a space where their needs are not at the center. please contact us if you have questions about that or want to talk about any aspect of this.

Tuesday, November 15 at 7 PM – 10 PM


This is the documentary about the Minnehaha Free State, the insurrection by indigenous people and their accomplices that made history in 1998 and inspired the name of the Minnehaha Free Space.

A documentary on the 1998-99 land occupation known as the Minnehaha Free State which blocked construction of Highway 55 through Minnehaha Park.

Saturday, November 5th 12-2pm

A gathering to support the Free Space in whatever way you can. A videographer will be on site to shoot some footage so we can make a video to support the fundraiser, and it would be great to have some folks do short audio or video interviews, appear in the video, or just share some food, help with stuff around the space, play music, and hang out with kids or adults or both!

Facebook event here.