NYC Action Calendar
Your gateway to the resistance.
The times may be dark, but they’re not hopeless. We have the power to join together and fight back. Now more than ever, we need to shore up our bonds of community, activate our networks, and make our voices heard. To this end, Blunderbuss is compiling a roundup of events in our hometown of New York City that offer a chance to push back against the rising tide of hate and authoritarianism. Don’t expect this list to be exhaustive – this city is too full of energy and activism for us to stay on top of everything. But if you’ve got an event you’d like to see listed, feel free to hit up Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org. All descriptions and images are from the event organizers. Times and locations are subject to change, so please click through to your chosen event’s website to confirm.
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On February 26th let us come together in MacDonald Park united for freedom and equality against bigotry, intolerance and hate. Queens epitomizes the multi-culturalism of America. Our diversity strengthens, enriches and enlightens. Many in the community are quite fearful with reason but resilient in the face of adversity. There is no place for scapegoating communities as the “other.” In this uncertain time, this is our opportunity to stand together united in solidarity behind #queensvalues.
“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor never the tormented.”
–Elie Wiesel, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust Survivor
Our coalition is growing and will be updated here. MacDonald Park is walking distance from the 71st Street/Continental Avenue Subway Station and the Q60 bus.
The Arab-American Family Support Center
Black Lives Matter of Greater New York
Buddhist Global Relief
Chhaya Community Development Corporation
Council on Islamic-American Relations, NY
Forest Hills Asian Association
Foundation of African Muslim Women in America
Geraldine Ferraro Democratic Club
Honorable Andrew Hevesi, Assemblyman, 28th District
Honorable Scott Stringer, Comptroller of the City of New York
Honorable Jimmy Van Bramer, Majority Leader, New York City Council, 26th District
Honorable Karen Koslowitz, Councilmember, 29th District
Honorable Letitia James, New York City Public Advocate
Honorable Toby Stavisky, State Senator District 16
Imam Shamsi Ali, Jamaica Muslim Center
@[208955165805209:Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ)
Make the Road NY
National Association of Social Workers, New York City Chapter
New York State Nurses Association
NYC Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee
Queens Is Not For Sale
Queens New Democrats
Queens County Young Democrats
Picture the Homeless
Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie
Rabbi Beni Wajnberg, Temple Shaaray Tefila
Rabbi Mark Kaiserman and Cantor Deborah Jacobson, the Reform Temple of Forest Hills
Rabbi Rachel Rosenberg, Malkhut, A Progressive Jewish Spiritual Community in Western Queens
Reverend Chloe Breyer, Interfaith Center of New York
Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus
Service Employees International Union, Local 32 BJ
Showing Up For Racial Justice NYC (SURJ)
Sikh Cultural Society
South Asian Education & Training (SAFEST)
Townsend Harris Alumni Association
Turning Point for Women and Families
Women for Afghan Women
Women’s Action Group of Forest Hills
Women’s Initiative for Self-Empowerment (WISE)
The organizers of this rally are:
Ethan M. Felder, Founder
Peter W. Beadle, Esq
Women are going on strike March 8th!
In the spirit of #womenstrikeus, join Red Bloom Sunday Feb. 26 at Unnameable Books to read and discuss “Domestic Workers’ Rights, the Politics of Social Reproduction, and New Models of Labor Organizing” by Premilla Nadasen and “The Negro Woman Domestic Worker in Relation to Trade Unionism” by Esther Cooper Jackson.
As we prepare for the #womensstrikeus on March 8th, it is vital to build an all-encompassing understanding of the role of gender and gender oppression in Capitalism. Through studying the experiences and self activity of the workers highlighted in these two pieces, we can both further analyze the ways in which white supremacy and race help organize social reproduction, and also expand our understanding of workers’ organizing and of what industries can be organized.
On the occasion of The New Inquiry’s Abolish! double-issue release, and in collaboration with Anarchist Black Cross, we invite our community to come together to write letters to prisoners suffering retaliation from the prison strike.
Postage and stationery provided! All letter-writing experience levels welcome!
For more information on the NYC ABC, please visit: https://
This peaceful protest is a celebration of our diversity, our strength, and our love, a declaration that even in the darkest times, we can come together and DANCE in the face of tyranny.
Inspired by the Queer Dance Party at Mike Pence’s House by WERK for Peace and further encouraged by the Queer Rage(r) in Philadelphia, we would like to continue the tradition of dance party protests.
We are enraged, we are heartbroken, we are afraid. But that is why we FIGHT.
We stand united against homophobia, transphobia, ableism, racism, sexism, Islamophobia, and anti-semitism. We reject Trump’s tirade of hatred and bigotry. We envision a brighter future.
Want to join the resistance? All you have to do is show up and DANCE!!
We intend to create a safe(r) space for all LGBTQIA+ folks; people of color, people with disabilities, and all faiths. There will be a zero tolerance policy for discrimination of any kind. This is a defiant celebration of LOVE and all things LGBTQIA+, so bring your rainbows, sparkles, and rave gear, and party down with us on the streets of New York. We’ll bring the beats, you bring your beautiful selves!!
Note on Accessibility: This event will be wheelchair accessible and as accessible to as many disabled folks as possible. If you cannot dance or need to take frequent breaks, you are still welcome.
Note for non-LGBTQIA+ folks: You may attend if you are committed to helping maintain this space for LGBTQIA+ folks. Please also consider volunteering to help and keep an eye out for harassment so that the rest of us can focus on dancing.
Donations to fund sound equipment and permit fees: https://www.gofundme.com/
EXACT LOCATION: Fifth Ave. between 55th and 56th St. on the east side
Our permit is processing, but we’ve spoken with the local precinct and we should be good to go!
A Syrian Love Story (2015) landed in third place on The Guardian’s year-end best list and serves as a gripping reminder of the ongoing conflict in Syria and its enduring consequences. This topical film depicts the toll of the tyrannical Assad dictatorship, through the story of a family it nearly tears apart. Filmed from the start in the thriving heart of the Yarmouk Camp in Damascus – made infamous by the unabashed brutality of its inhabitants being starved to death by the Assad regime, the family flees to Lebanon and then to France where they are given political asylum in the sleepy town of Albi, to watch the revolution from afar, waiting for Assad to fall.
Join us for this poignant family portrait that spotlights why people are staking their lives for change in the Arab world, and gives a firsthand look at the overwhelming obstacles in place for those seeking refuge. Editor Matt Scholes, will be in attendance along with Director, Sean McAllister awho will join us remotely with special guests for a discussion following the film.
Proceeds from this event will go to support the American Refugee Committee. Donations will also be taken at the door.
In solidarity, long-term and new tenants are coming together to RESIST ongoing harassment and landlord abuse. Please join us for our event on February 27 outside our home at 80 New York Avenue, Brooklyn! Our VOICES will be heard through testimonies, picketing and song/chants.
>>A brief HISTORY:
Gold Management bought our then rent-stabilized building in 2015. Soon after, several apartments with minor renovations were rented out at market-rate and old tenants were harassed until they left. The long-term tenants who refused buyouts are now enduring their second winter without heat, and new tenants are being illegally overcharged over 3x the normal rent-stabilized rate. All tenants have also been subject to dangerous living conditions, including illegal homemade gas lines!
In response, neighbors have formed the 80 New York Avenue Tenants Association! With support from the Crown Heights Tenant Union and MFY Legal Services, we have filed a lawsuit to fight the abuses from our landlords.
-Heat and hot water for ALL residents! Management must reinstall the boiler responsible for central heat and hot water for all apartments.
-FAIR rent! All renovated apartments must immediately be returned to rent stabilized status.
-An END to harassment! All tenants deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and to LIVE in a safe, warm, pest-free home.
Please join us for the next full-group #GetOrganizedBK meetings at Congregation Beth Elohim (at 8th Avenue and Garfield Place, in Park Slope). We’ll try a little different format. We’ll start at 6:30, with a panel/program. Then at 7:30, we’ll break down into working groups to keep organizing and planning. Feel free to come for either part (or both, of course).
6:30: Panel on protecting public education
7:30: Working group meetings
More information on the working groups can be found here:http://bradlander.nyc/
We said we want peace. We didnt say we don’t know how to fight!
We take self-defense to be a natural characteristic of life. It is not
something to be considered simply in militaristic terms, but in terms of building the relationships between each other that constitute a strong society. As the fighters in Rojava have said, we fight better when we fight in the right way.
We come together and learn together to forge those new relationships, to gain confidence in using our bodies to protect our loved ones and neighbors, and to form communities of resistance against white supremacy and patriarchy.
Many of us have been training independently, and many have expressed a need to increase their skills in this arena. We invite folks to come together to get to know each other better, to help each other learn new techniques and practice old ones.
This is a non-cumulative course, part of our Monday series of fight
trainings. We will be covering the usual areas one would find in a
martial arts class (stretching, conditioning, technique, theory), but in a context that uses the experiences of attendees to shape the direction of the class. The class will focus on creating an inclusive discussion that would allow for each attendee to find their own motivation for their being a part of the class, with the hope that each individual’s motivations and drives will benefit the environment of the class as a whole.
Participants should wear clothing in which they are comfortable
stretching and sweating. We’ll have equipment on hand, but if you have gloves, mitts, hand wraps, jump ropes, or anything that could be useful, please bring it along. Let’s work it out!
This class will meet every other Monday!
A conversation on the shifting responsibilities, obligations, purposes, and even definitions of American journalism.
Dean Baquet, Executive Editor of The New York Times
Shawna Thomas, DC Bureau Chief of VICE News
Jose Antonio Vargas, Founder of Define American
Jacob Weisberg, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Slate Group
Bill Moyers, Managing Editor of BillMoyers.com
FIRST COME, FIRST SEATED
Registration does not guarantee admission. For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. All registered seats are released 15 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early.
Register at http://on.nypl.org/2jz3Gq6
Creative Artists: Time to Get in the Revolution! Graphic designers, Illustrators, Video-makers, Photographers, and Media professionals of all types are welcome to attend the first general meeting of the NYC-DSA Media Working Group! We will be organizing projects in many areas including:
Signage for Street Protest
Video & Photography Projects
Graphic Design for Web & Print
Social Media/Press Outreach
Questions? E-mail: email@example.com
Illustration: Colleen Tighe
Building a Feminism for the 99%: Mobilization for International Women’s Strike
An open conversation with feminists, students, workers, professors and international activists, including Nancy Fraser and Miriam Ticktin.
February 28, 6pm, The Auditorium at 66 W 12th st.
Have you heard yet? Women in more than 30 different countries will strike on March 8th! And we need your help to pull this off!
It will be a day of action organized by and for women who have been marginalized and silenced by decades of neoliberalism directed towards working women, women of color, Native women, disabled women, immigrant women, Muslim women, lesbian, queer and trans women. It will be the beginning of a new international feminist movement that organizes resistance not just against Trump and his misogynist policies, but also against the conditions that produced Trump, namely the decades long economic inequality, racial and sexual violence, and imperial wars abroad.
Wanna learn more about it? Wanna be part of this incredible effort of international solidarity and resistance? Join us for this event and come with your ideas, questions and energy! Bring your friends, your family, your mothers, your neighbors, your kids, your partners – the more we are, the louder our voice becomes!
Queens DSA February Branch Meeting
Tuesday February 28th, 7 – 9 PM
CUNY School of Law (Room 2/301)
2 Court Square W, Long Island City, NY 11101
Join the Queens Branch of Democratic Socialists of America for our February branch meeting! At this meeting we will be discussing how members can become involved in DSA’s citywide working groups that are dedicated to organizing around issues like Immigration, Racial Justice, Labor, and many others! We will also discuss upcoming actions in and around Queens where we hope to make our voices heard. Hope to see you there!
Please note: CUNY security staff reserves the right to check photo IDs when entering the building
Questions? For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more on NYC DSA, visit http://socialists.nyc/
Transformative Mutual Aid Practices (T-MAPs) is an emerging set of community-developed workshops that provide tools and space for building a personal “map” of resilience practices and collective resources. In this 2 hour workshop, each participant collaborates with a small group to begin a personalized booklet (or “T-MAP”). These booklets are guides for navigating challenging times, coming back to what we care about, and communicating with the important people in our lives.
Through a mix of collective brainstorming, creative story-telling, and somatic practices, the group is guided through a process to develop greater personal wellness and to articulate commitments to collective transformation. We work together to envision, articulate, and build the world we want to live in now.
More About T-MAPs
T-MAPs was initially inspired by advanced directives and related recovery tools for planning mental health treatment options in times of crisis. Our T-MAPs practice goes beyond the usually defined mental health concerns to articulate larger strategies, life-goals, and social visions that are helpful not just in times of distress but also in times of flourishing. Rather than approaching advanced directives as primarily a mental health practice, we turned it into a group practice of mutual aid, imagination, and envisioning new cultural possibilities. .
Resilience “is our individual and collective power, the place our power comes from, a source for our resistance, the foundation of our hope. We are fundamentally resilient and creative beings. Our resilience allows us to survive trauma and conditions of oppression and enables us to do the work to transform these conditions.” – Generative Somatics
On June 5th, 1967, Israel launched a massive unilateral airstrike on Egyptian territory, destroying the Egyptian Air Force and initiating the Six-Day War between Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt. By the end of the war, the Israeli military had occupied the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem, as well as the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula and the Syrian Golan Heights. Immediately after occupation, Israel initiated the “second wave” of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine – the Naksa, or “setback” – beginning with mass village demolitions and resulting in the displacement of 300,000 Palestinians and 100,000 Syrians from their homes, adding to the 750,000 Palestinians who had been displaced from their homes in the 1948 Nakba, or “catastrophe.”
To this day, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights remain subjugated under a brutal Israeli military occupation, denied basic human needs like water, electricity, and medical care, and subject to regular civilian massacres by the occupation forces. Most recently, the 2014 assault on Gaza left 2,235 Palestinian civilians dead, including more than 500 children, over the course of 51 days.
As part of Israeli Apartheid Week, join Columbia University Apartheid Divest in remembering the victims of the Naksa, recognizing the 50th year of subsequent military occupation, and discussing its lasting impact on the 95-year Palestinian anti-colonial struggle. Learn how Israel’s continued refusal to adhere to UN General Assembly Resolution 194 and its illegal military occupation of Palestinian land has laid the groundwork for the Palestinian civil society call for Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel – a call we hope to honor by pressuring Columbia’s administration to divest its $10 billion endowment from companies that profit from the occupation.
Date: Wednesday March 1
Location: Roone Arledge Cinema, Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway, New York, NY 10027
Roone Arledge Cinema is an accessible space via ramp entrance inside Lerner Hall.
This event is free and open to the public.
****NON-COLUMBIA U ID ATTENDEES MUST RSVP THROUGH THIS LINK BEFORE 2/27 !!!!!! https://docs.google.com/
We, Bushroots, in partnership with Indivisible Nation, are hosting a coloring and signing event at Kings County Brewers Collective in Bushwick. This Fundraiser is focused around these key actions:
COLORING FOR A CAUSE: Brooklyn/LA based artist Ambar Del Moral created coloring pages for folks to go to town on. All donations will go to Make The Road, New York.
LETTER SIGNING: Delivering letters to members of Congress is one of the most effective ways to protest discriminatory policies. We’ve partnered with Indivisible Nation BK, who will be hand delivering all signed letters to our NY senator’s offices.
LEARN TO KEEP ACTIVE: We’ll have a short talk highlighting an aspect of our governement. The more we know, the more effective we can be with the actions we take!
And there will, of course, also be beer. Join us for a drink!
Questions, questions, questions: Why we were all blindsided by the election? Why did liberalism lose? What is Bannonism — and how real is the threat of right populism in the United States?
We don’t have all the answers, but we do have new issues. “Journey to the Dark Side” is out now: jacobinmag.com/
Help us celebrate the new issue with a discussion featuring Susan Kang, Connor Kilpatrick, Alex Press, and Bhaskar Sunkara.
This event will be live-streamed at facebook.com/jacobinmag.
Party to follow.
New issues, back issues, and Jacobin books will be available for purchase.
Beer and wine available for suggested donation.
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About our speakers
Susan L. Kang is an associate professor of political science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. She is the author of “Human Rights and Labor Solidarity.”
Connor Kilpatrick is on the editorial board of Jacobin.
Alex Press is a writer and PhD student in sociology at Northeastern University. She lives in Boston.
Bhaskar Sunkara is founding editor and publisher of Jacobin.
Exhibition runs March 2- March 16th, 2017
Opening Reception Friday March 3rd 7-10pm
SALOMON ARTS TRIBECA
83 Leonard St
NYC, NY 10013
A Mixed Media International Group Exhibition featuring works by International artists in over 30 countries, including
Frans Smit (Africa), Vasily Grino (Belarus), Charlotte Hamson (Canada), Otro Captore and Cromomaniacio (Chile), Juan Travieso (Cuba), Jay Ole (Denmark), Maurice Marty (France), Alex Diamond (Germany), Cacao Rocks (Greece), Tyler (India), Icy & Sot (Iran), Repas (Kazakhstan), Chervi(Kirgystan),
Ashekman (Lebanon), Tlisza Jaurique (Mexico), Alona Ojog (Moldova), Olek (Poland), Sen2 (Puerto Rico), Sergey Mironenko (Russia), Marcos Martinez (Spain), Mikael Takacs (Sweden), Amr Fahed (Syria), Richie Culver (UK), Roman Gronav (Ukraine), Vicky Barranguet (Uruguay), Zofia Bogusz (USA), Michael Mararian (USA), Alison Mosshart (USA), William Quigley and Ben Moon (USA), Marcus Zilliox (USA), Beatriz Ramos (Venezuela), Mazher Nizar (Yemen)
Presented by: Curator19.90 & Melissa McCaig- Welles
Curated by Vika Latysheva (Russia) Melissa McCaig- Welles (USA) and Charlotte Hamson (Canada)
PRESS RELEASE FOLLOWS:
NEW YORK, NY — Curators Victoria Latysheva, Charlotte Hamson and Melissa McCaig-Welles present TRUMPOMANIA, an international exhibition surrounding the topic of Donald Trump and the recent Republican administration in the US. The exhibition will open with a reception on Friday March 3rd corresponding with the opening of The NY Armory Show and Armory Arts Week, to a worldwide audience.
TRUMPOMANIA will feature one artist from over thirty countries, each exhibiting one work illustrating their interpretation of the election of Donald Trump and the recently appointed Republican administration in The US. The exhibition will create a dialogue about what this presidency means to artists around the world and their viewpoint on how this will affect the future of all nations.
Centered on race in the United States criminal justice system, this Academy Award nominated film is titled after the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. The 13th Amendment abolishes slavery except as punishment for a crime. DuVernay’s documentary argues that slavery is being effectively perpetuated through mass incarceration.
Doors open at 7. Refreshments will be served.
When public education is under attack?
What do we do?
Stand up fight back!
On March 4, students, teachers, parents and community members across New York State will come together for the People’s March for Education Justice.
We’ll start at Trump Tower 725 5th Avenue and make our way to Governor Cuomo’s offices at 633 3rd Ave!
As we continue to defend public education
from federal attacks by Donald Trump and Betsy
DeVos, we march to defend here in New York from Governor Andrew Cuomo. The public investment he proposes in his education budget this year is woefully inadequate and falls way short of being equitable. It will negatively impact our most vulnerable students from early child care to higher education all across the state. Black, brown, immigrant, refugee, low-income, LGBTQIA, English Language Learners, homeless students and students with disabilities, are worthy of an investment that will meet their needs not deny them opportunities to be successful.
· We march to demand that Governor
Cuomo finally fully funds the $4.3 billion owed to public statewide as a result of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity including the $1.9 billion owed NYC
· We march to Raise the Age and end the
criminalization of our youth, we should be able to provide social workers and other nurturing and committed support staff in schools for struggling youth
· We march to end the state’s over-reliance on high stakes testing
· We march to demand that NYS invests on the front end in childcare and pre-K and invests in truly making SUNY and CUNY free for all on the back end in order to ensure successful transition to adulthood.
We march because we need a Governor in NYS who is not afraid to make the super rich pay just 1% more by extending and expanding the millionaire’s tax and closing corporate tax loopholes, which could bring billions to fund high quality education for all and so much more.
· We march because the rhetoric of
Governor Cuomo and Trump attacking public education is almost indiscernible as they both have
called public schools “a monopoly” and
have both push school privatization through vouchers and privately-run charter schools.
We will be releasing more of our platform as we closer to the march. We only have until the end of March, when the budget is finalized to have an impact.
If you were inspired by the historic Womens March like we were, march with us to answer the call for 10 Actions in 100 Days
Six days before the national Rise with Standing Rock mobilization in Washington, DC, march on Trump Tower to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline and its threat to the Standing Rock Sioux, their sacred lands and clean water.
We will rally at 1:00 pm, then march at 2:00. The march will begin in front of the New York Public Library and go to Trump Tower and beyond. Please sign in when you arrive!
NYC Unity Rally against racism, sexism and all forms of bigotry with special guest and keynote speaker Angela Y Davis.
Space is limited.
PLEASE RSVP for free tickets!!!!!
Estevan Bassett-Nembhard email@example.com
Encuentro de unidad NYC en contra del racismo, sexismo y todas las formas de intolerancia con invitada especial y oradora, Angela Y Davis.
Por favor reserve su puesto para obener boletos gratis.
Estevan Bassett-Nembhard firstname.lastname@example.org
What is a propaganda party? It’s where we get together to make and share graphic and informational material that we can use in our organizing work.
Join us on March 5th at Interference Archive! This is a time to meet people, learn about the work different organizations are doing, and pick up flyers, stickers, posters, buttons, and more. All this material is free to you, and we encourage you to grab a drink and meet some new people.
If you, or an organization you are a part of, are creating material like this, please feel free to bring some to share. Or, send us an email to email@example.com
Why do we use the word “propaganda”? “Propaganda,” from the same root as “propagate,” refers to information that is shared in support of a cause. In modern times, the word propaganda has been weighted with negative connotations; we aim to reclaim the word. Our daily lives are saturated with supposedly “neutral” material that implicitly supports existing power structures. We use the word propaganda because we have no desire to feign neutrality. What thoughts, feelings, and messages would you like to propagate?
Who is invited? Everyone! Bring your friends if you’d like; come on your own to meet new friends. If you want to come on behalf of an organization that you work with, please feel free to bring any material that you’d like to distribute to help other people connect with your cause.
On the weekend before the March 8 International Women’s Strike—“A Day Without a Woman”—we invite people to Mayday Space to reflect upon past histories of women’s strikes in order to learn from their breakthroughs and challenges as we prepare for our own. Please check out some brief readings in advance (*coming soon*). During the event, we will feature a few short presentations on international examples of women’s strikes, followed by a group dialogue, and ample time to make signs afterwards. With this interactive event, we’ll get ready for the March 8 strike, as we prepare for what comes next for NYC and global women’s liberation work.
Questions to consider:
- How do racism, transmisogyny and immigration policies—now escalating under Trump—inform the characteristics of a women’s strike?
- How does centering women’s leadership and concerns shape movement work?
- What roles can allies and accomplices play leading up to, during, and after a women’s strike?
- How do we fill our strike with the knowledge/message of all that has been won through struggle and strikes? Signs? Songs? Street theater? Flyers? Casual conversation?