A weekly guide to action.
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 weekly 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 email@example.com. All descriptions are authored by event organizers, and occasionally trimmed for length.
Saturday, December 31
New Year’s Eve Party! J20 Fundraiser
Time: Sat. 12/31, 9:00pm – 2:00am
Location: Solidarity Center NYC, 147 W. 24th St., 2nd Floor, Manhattan
Bring in the New Year with People’s Powers Assemblies, Workers World Party and the International Action Center!
Help us raise funds to send people from to DC to protest the Trump inauguartion on #J20.
More info at j20resist.org
$10 fixed income
International Buffet included
Music by Imani Henry aka DJ libr8
Phoenix Rising: NYE 2017
Time: Sat. 12/31, 9:00pm – 4:00am
Location: Starr Bar, 214 Starr St., Brooklyn
FORGET your fears. BRING your FIRE! This New Years Eve, we want to come together on the dance floor with YOU and OUR COMMUNITY to ring in the new year stronger for 2017. Cheeto dust’s got nothing on us.
SHAKE off the last year with LIVE woman-led POWERHOUSE CUMBIA AND MORE
DANCE into the NEW YEAR with some AFRO-LATINX BEATS courtesy of
GET DOWN till dawn with….
Dress as your most fabulous warrior selves, walk home with the sun, forget 2016 and RISE WITH US!
Hora loca surprises with free champagne!
Free drink before 10pm!
$20 TICKETS UNTIL DEC 25
$35 TICKETS AFTER DEC 25
$50 VIP WITH TABLE RESERVATION COMES WITH A FREE CHAMPAGNE BOTTLE
GET YOUR TIX: http://bit.ly/StarrNYE
***Where does your ticket money go to?***
We are the only nightlife venue in NYC (that we know of!) explicitly dedicated to fostering a celebratory culture of resistance and solidarity and sharing profits with local efforts for radical change. A portion of Bar profits help sustain our sister project Mayday (www.maydayspace.org), a community resource and organizing hub for all movements for justice a short walk away.
Monday, January 2
Fight Training: Women, Trans, Non-Binary, and Gender Noncomforming
Time: Mon. 1/2, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: The Base, 1302 Myrtle Ave., Brooklyn
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.
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!
Tuesday, January 3
Trump Resistance Town Hall
Time: Tues. 1/3, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., Manhattan
An agenda will be sent out via email ahead of time. If you are not yet on our email list you can sign up using this form: tinyurl.com/
And if you haven’t joined our Facebook group, please click here:
We’re in the beginning stages of developing a flat, all volunteer group united in anger, organized into working groups, and committed to direct action. We’re focusing on everything from policy and data analysis to organizing protests to ensure that we have the largest impact possible.
We need people with all skills and interests. Whether you are an artist or a software developer or just somebody who wants to get involved, everybody’s contribution is valuable.
Wednesday, January 4
Milennials March Info/Planning Session
Time: Wed. 1/4, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: 114 Forrest St., #3c (Buzzer 13), Brooklyn
Join Millennials for Revolution for an information/planning session and sign making party in advance of the Millennials March during the Trump Inauguration.
Lived Through That: An Open Mic Celebrating Survival in 2016
Time: Wed. 1/4, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center, 172 Allen St., Manhattan
If you’re reading this right now, you survived 2016. Whether you’re bent out of shape and holding on by the skin of your teeth or are feeling cautiously optimistic on the edge of ‘17, it’s time to come together to say goodbye to this horrifying year and celebrate our collective resilience and vulnerability.
Join the Icarus Project -NYC for a lighthearted New Years Open Mic where we listen to each other’s stories and strain our eyes to see crisis as an opportunity for growth.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a mic slot, or sign up in person the night of the event!
Illustration by Yvonne Martinez.