From health care rallies to senator-shaming town halls, and plenty in between, here's a roundup of some of the most notable opportunities for activism in NYC this week. As always, feel free to leave anything we've missed in the comments.
Medicare For All activists will rally at Union Square on Monday to "tell our elected officials that it is time to stop playing politics with people's lives" and begin the work of organizing around universal health care. Over a dozen local progressive groups plan to show up to the event, including members of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, the Women's March, and the Center for Independence of the Disabled. Those interested in volunteering can sign up here.
Monday, July 24th, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. // Union Square South Plaza
Immediately following the Medicare For All rally, members of NYC Shut It Down are encouraging protesters to join them in observance of People's Monday, a weekly event to raise awareness for victims of police violence. This Monday's action will focus on Symone Marshall, a 22-year-old single mother who died in police custody following a car accident.
Monday, July 24th, 7 p.m. // 115th Street and 3rd Ave
Two summers ago, hundreds of New Yorkers turned out for the first ever Trans Liberation Tuesday with the goal of calling attention to violence faced by trans people of color. Now, the Black Excellence Collective has organized a sequel, with a focus on highlighting recent attacks against the community, from "street harassment to rollbacks in basic government protections to intimate partner violence and so much more." Individuals or organizations interested in endorsing or supporting the cause can sign up here.
Tuesday, July 25th, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. // Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn
Former EPA Regional Administration Judith Enck, an Obama-appointee, will lead this discussion about how individuals and organizations can stand up to Donald Trump's threats to the the environment, with an eye on best strategies for the NY Campaign to Save The EPA. Food & Water Wath hosts, and attendees are encouraged to RSVP here.
Thursday, July 27th, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. // New York Society For Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street, Manhattan
State Senator Jesse Hamilton may have declined NY Indivisible's invitation to discuss his membership in the Independent Democratic Conference with constituents, but the activist group plans on holding the town hall anyway. On Thursday, residents of Crown Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens and parts of Park Slope and Gowanus will turn out to discuss their representative's role in the IDC, and other neighborhood concerns. The last time this strategy was employed by anti-IDC activists—in June, for Jose Peralta—a packed room nearly erupted in anger.
Thursday, July 27th, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. // St. Francis de Sales Theater, 260 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn