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Activism In NYC This Week: Rallies, Marches And Fundraising Parties

Dashed Arrow Scott Heins

Fresh off his overseas trip, President Trump kicked off the shortened week with an early morning tweet storm touching on NATO, Russia, the 2016 election, healthcare, tax cuts and "Fake News." As it happens, many of those very same issues will be addressed by protests, marches, and benefits happening throughout New York in the coming days. Welcome back, everyone. Hope the long weekend was nice.

The Sad State of Voting: The Attack On Our Rights in NY
New York ranks 46th in the country for voter turnout, due largely to our state's steadfast aversion to basic voter reforms like early voting or same day registration. On Tuesday, the Brooklyn Voters Alliance will host a panel focused on informing New Yorkers about the state's antiquated voting system, with an eye toward how other states are working to counter voter suppression. The discussion will be moderated by Zachary Roth, author of The Great Suppression: Voting Rights, Corporate Cash, and the Conservative Assault on Democracy. Panelists include Julie Ebenstein of the ACLU Voting Rights Project, Susan Lerner of Common Cause, and Damon Daniels of Demos.

Tuesday, May 30th, 6:30 p.m. | First Unitarian Congregational Society, 116 Pierrepont, Brooklyn
Rally for New York Health Act at State Senator Marty Golden's Office
With the State Assembly's passage of the New York Health Act—and a host of other recent developments that have made the prospect of state single payer increasingly within reach—universal healthcare advocates will now turn their focus to the state senate. On Wednesday, activists plan to gather outside the Brooklyn office of Sen. Marty Golden, a member of the New York Health Committee, to demand that he help bring the New York Health Act to the floor before the legislative session ends in a few weeks. The protest is being organized by a variety of progressive groups, including the NYC Democratic Socialists of America, Bay Ridge Democrats, and Black Lives Matter of Greater New York.

Wednesday, May 31st, 4:30 p.m. | 7408 5th Avenue, Brooklyn
Rally: Cuomo! Appoint a People's Commissioner before June 21st!
With three of five seats on the New York Public Service Commission, the state's powerful utilities board, currently empty, activists are calling on Governor Cuomo to appoint a "People's Commissioner" to "speed the transition to a clean energy economy." The clean energy advocates will meet outside the governor's Manhattan office on Wednesday for a protest organized by the NY Energy Democracy Alliance and Sane Energy Project.

Wednesday, May 31st, 1 p.m. | 633 Third Avenue, Manhattan
March For Truth

As new allegations and revelations about possible election-meddling collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia continue to leak, weary push-notification-receivers will march through Lower Manhattan to demand an "urgent investigation into Russian interference in US elections," as well as the administration's current ties to the Kremlin. Rosie O'Donnell—a "fat pig," according to the president—will speak, alongside Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Congressman Jerry Nadler, and Councilman Jumaane Williams.

Saturday, June 3rd, 9 a.m. | Foley Square, Manhattan
Creative Solidarity: An Arts Benefit for the RDJ Refugee Shelter
This night of food, drinks, and art will raise money for the RDJ Refugee Shelter, which provides housing for homeless asylum seekers and refugees. The benefit includes photography from Georgia Lale and Esmeralda Kosmatopoulous, as well as live music from performers such as Koyt Far Dayn Fardakht, 81ack 8astards, and Claudio Montouri. Proceeds from a raffle will go toward the center, and donations are suggested, but no one will be turned away at the door.

Saturday, June 3rd, 6 p.m. | 41 Seabring Street, 3rd Floor, Red Hook
East New York/Cypress Hills Community Assembly
Hosted by the Coalition for Community Advancement, this town hall will help residents of East New York and Cypress Hills better understand the neighborhood's rezoning plan and how it will impact jobs and housing within the area. The event will also touch on proposed projects at Arlington Village and Broadway Junction.

Saturday, June 3rd, 10 a.m. | 265 Warwick Street, Brooklyn
March Across the Brooklyn Bridge Against Gun Violence
Now in its fifth year, the annual Brooklyn Bridge march to end gun violence kicks off on Saturday, just days after National Gun Violence Awareness Day. As always, the event is organized by Moms Demand Action, a gun control advocacy group founded in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, and concludes with a rally at Foley Square. Attendees are encouraged to wear orange and RSVP here.

Saturday, June 3rd, 2 p.m. | Korean War Veterans Plaza, Brooklyn Bridge Park

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