You might have thought that this weekend's women's march bought you a little bit of time to do something other than organizing and agitating, but the thing is that the work of stopping a burgeoning ethno-nationalist nuclear armed state is never done! What can you do the rest of this week to try to prevent the death of America? Start by scrolling down.
Emergency Rally For Muslim And Immigrant Rights
The executive order barring immigration from majority Muslim countries (six of which we're bombing!) is here. It's short notice, but CAIR and other civil rights groups are gathering in Washington Square Park tonight to stand up for the rights of all immigrants, and you're invited to stand with them. Do it.
FREE, 5 p.m., January 25th, Washington Square Park
Raise Your Glass And Raise Your Voice: Stand Up For Reproductive Rights
The 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade happened just a few days ago, and next week we'll get the name of the man or woman who casts the vote to overturn it after spineless Democrats don't obstruct their nomination. That's the future though. For now, help raise some money for the National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund by drinking, buying raffle tickets and enjoying some comedy. Remember, the more you drink at happy hour, the more good you'll do.
$20, 7 p.m., January 26th, West 3rd Common, 1 West 3rd Street
We Marched, Now What?
If you're looking to channel your energy after participating in the Women's March this past weekend, you've got some options. Another option to add to the list is this mass get together where you can strategize with fellow organizers, have some drinks, get to work on sending 5,000 postcards to representatives and dance. Definitely save some energy for dancing. A cash donation gets you in the door, and beyond the good works you'll be doing, the money will go towards women's shelters in the tri-state area. Also bring a box of pads or tampons, and if you've got some spare professional clothing, that will be donated to Dress for Success.
$20, 6 p.m., January 26th, Centre for Social Innovation, 601 West 26th Street, #325
Awkward Sex... and the City: Planned Parenthood We Got You
Are there still laughs to be had in our nightmare existence where Republicans are set to strip voting rights under the cover that there's no way a Republican could have lost New York and California? Probably, for now anyway, especially when you're dealing with sex, which is pretty funny. Watch the likes of Natalie Wall, Dave Hill and Subha Agarwal tell their stories of sex gone wrong, or at least funny, with all of your money going to Planned Parenthood. Plus, free beer!
$15, 8 p.m., January 27th, The Pleasure Chest, 1150 2nd Avenue, Manhattan
Building A Socialist Left Under Trump
How invested should you be in the Democratic Party as the bulwark against Trumpism and "a new national pride." If current events are a guide, not very! If you've about had it with the Democrats, check out what New York City's socialists have to offer at this panel discussion on building up a new left featuring Jacobin publisher Bhaskar Sunkara, organizer and writer Jen Roesch and activist Charlie Post.
FREE, 7:30 p.m., January 27th, Verso Books, 20 Jay Street, Suite 1010
RESIST TRUMP! Planned Parenthood Benefit Show & Raffle
How many raffles to benefit organizations that will suffer under the Trump presidency is too many? We might learn that rhetorical question has an answer eventually, but in mean time, there's a whole other show that will reward your decision to give money to Planned Parenthood with a chance to win some cool stuff. At this punk show, buying raffle tickets to help out Planned Parenthood gives you a chance to win precious stuff from the likes of The Spotted Pig, Mikey's Hook-Up, Nitehawk Cinema and Babeland. Plus, Scully is pretty pretty good.
$2-$12, 8 p.m., January 27th, Alphaville, 140 Wilson Avenue
Before The Wall: A Benefit To Support Immigrant Communities
Shilpa Ray is a great rock and roll artist, and ordinarily I would always recommend going to see her. But especially when she's rocking out to benefit SAPNA, an organization that assists South Asian immigrant women with their health and economic opportunities, and Women for Aghan Women, a group that advocates for Afghan women both in Afghanistan and New York City.
$12 - $50, 7 p.m., January 27th, Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street
10 Actions/100 Days Postcard Party
The marching orders for women's march attendees and their allies are out: write some postcards with your demands on them and send them to your legislator. Don't do it home alone while watching your Twitter feed stream by with second-by-second reactions to the new apocalypse, you might lose it doing that. Instead, get together with like-minded folks at Better Than Jam's storefront and write your postcards in an atmosphere of solidarity and hope.
FREE, 6 p.m., January 27th, Better Than Jam, 20 Grattan Street
Computer Security Workshop
Two consecutive administrations helped build a panopticon that answers to no one, with the (extremely shortsighted) idea that whoever was in charge of it wouldn't be the kind of person who would maybe use it to settle petty personal grudges. Lol, whoops. In that case, it's never been a better time to learn the basics of protecting yourself online, including areas like encryption, Tor and secure messaging systems.
FREE, 3 p.m., January 28th, Silent Barn, 603 Bushwick Avenue
Women's March Postcard Event
Can't make it to Thursday or Friday's postcard events? Here's one more for you on Sunday. Bring some supplies, snack on some snacks and get those postcards out to Democrats in Congress who think they'll somehow get brownie points from President Gaslight for doing something like voting to approve fucking Ben Carson to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
5 postage stamps for admission, 1 p.m., January 29th, Hudson Guild, 441 West 26th Street
Immigration Rights, Sanctuary and Upstander Seminar
So, cool, the threat to try to defund sanctuary cities is now real policy, just like Trump promised. What does that mean? What's next in the immigration battle? What can you do to help your friends, neighbors and community members who are immigrants? Immigration attorney Lauren Burke will tell you all that and more as she discuses the charred hellscape that is immigration policy at the moment.
FREE, 1 p.m., January 29th, Park Slope United Methodist Church, 410 Sixth Avenue
Queer Soup Night
The Gefilteria's Liz Alpern will take a break from making new takes on Eastern European Jewish classics to make soup for a cause for a night. Each of the three soups getting served up will go for $5 or $10 donations, and your money will go to low-income LGBTQ health care center the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center. Plus, the day's cold weather will mean a perfect time for eating soup.
FREE, 6 p.m., January 29th, Pels Pie Co, 446 Rogers Avenue