According to a new report in the Times, Donald Trump "feels increasingly pinched by the pressures of the job and the constant presence of protests." We strongly recommend bookmarking this community calendar of rallies, meetings, workshops, and fundraisers dedicated to fighting the good fight. Below, we've amassed a list of great ways to stay active and organized. Let the pinching continue!
Get Organized Brooklyn: Full Group Meeting
This Monday night, City Council Member Brad Lander will again host a panel discussion and breakout meetings intended to answer your questions about how to become more active in community efforts against Trump's agenda. Although the meeting's space holds 1200 people, it's expected to reach full capacity and then some, so get there early to guarantee yourself a seat!
Monday, February 27th, 6:30-9:30 p.m. // Congregation Beth Elohim, 274 Garfield Place, Brooklyn
Stand Up For Public Schools: A Candlelight Vigil
With Betsy DeVos's confirmation vote hanging by a thread, anyone and everyone who gives a damn about public schools is being encouraged to stand in front of one for an impromptu nationwide candlelight vigil for America's education. You can search the #StandUpForPublicSchools hashtag to find out how others both here in New York and across the country are getting involved (and while you're at it, maybe call your representatives!).
Monday, February 6th, 7 p.m. // Any and all public schools
Locked in Solidarity
To paraphrase a certain Democratic Socialist from Vermont, America needs to invest in jobs and education, not jails and incarceration. For the fourth year in a row, the Christian Community Development Association will rally against the mass injustices that crowd America's prisons with a forum that includes educational talks, first-hand stories from former inmates, planning for future action, and a bit of prayer (hey, it can't hurt).
Tuesday, February 7th, 7:30 p.m. // Recovery House of Worship, 360 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn
You can stay involved while intoxicated at Drinking Liberally at Fourth Ave Pub in Boerum Hill on Tuesday night, when the invited guests will be Indivisible Nation BK, a group committed to shedding light on the positions of Trump's appointees and recommending courses of action for protest and civic engagement. Bartenders will be pouring plenty of beer, and Indivisible's organizers will be coming with letters addressed to Senators Schumer and Gillibrand encouraging them to stand up to Trump's executive branch and congressional Republicans for you to sign.
Tuesday, February 7th, 7-10 p.m. // Fourth Ave Pub, 76 4th Avenue, Brooklyn
Students Resist: A Walkout For A Better Tomorrow
As part of a nationwide school walkout planned in protest of Trump's Muslim travel ban, students in Manhattan will gather in Foley Square Tuesday afternoon in solidarity with those targeted by the administration. Given last weekend's Temporary Restraining Order agains the ban, the rally will be focused on permanently killing the ban and creating a society in which people of all ethnicities and creeds are safe. The rally is co-sponsored by the NY Immigration Coalition, Arab American Association of NY, and MPower Change.
Tuesday, February 7th, 12-4 p.m. // Foley Square, Manhattan
Demonstrators at a 'What the Fuck, Chuck?' rally encouraging Senator Schumer to stand up to Trump's cabinet appointees on January 31st, 2017 (Getty Images)
Resist Trump Tuesdays at Schumer and Gillibrand Office
Pay New York's Senators a visit and demand that they resist Trump's appointees, executive orders, and legislative plans this Tuesday. Two groups will stop by Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand's local offices in Midtown to specifically demand they decry the Muslim travel ban and block Neil Gorsuch, Trump's Supreme Court nominee.
Tuesday, February 7th, 12 and 4:30 p.m. // 780 3rd Avenue (between 48th and 49th Streets)
Resist Trump Tuesdays to Beat Back the Banks!
Of all Trump's proposed policies, his commitment to loosening Wall Street regulations and repealing the Dodd-Frank Act is perhaps the most terrifying, given that unfettered capitalism has caused almost every American recession in the past 70 years. This Tuesday, the Working Families Party will host a gathering as a part of their #ResistTrumpTuesdays series centered around combatting the influence of big banks in government. With former Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn writing executive orders and J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon advising economic policy, we need all the help we can get.
Tuesday, February 7th, 6-8 p.m. // 28 Liberty Street (formerly One Chase Manhattan Plaza)
The Trump Effect: Immigration, Apparel Manufacturing and the Environment
A meet-and-greet with local activist groups will set the stage for a panel discussion on women's rights, immigration, the environment, and manufacturing at Pratt's Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator offices. Speakers will focus on how the shifting political climate will have a direct impact on the apparel industry, and how designers, makers, and marketers can all do their part in the fight for justice. At the talk will be organizing veteran Deirdre Shannon, ITAC's executive director Kinda Younes, and more.
Tuesday, February 7th, 6:30-8:30 p.m. // Brooklyn Accelerator, 630 Flushing Ave, 7th Floor
Brooklyn // $10
State of Immigration, State of Emergency: What Changes Might Occur Under President Trump & How to Prepare
Council Member Jumaane Williams and a trio of state legislators will host an immigration forum this week to parse out the specifics of Trump's proposed policy changes. Most important, though, will be talks on how to prepare for the coming xenophobic mess. Family Reunification, DACA/DAPA, Fee Changes, Temporary Protected Status, and Citizenship Family Based Petitions are all on the agenda.
Wednesday, February 8th, 6-8:30 p.m. // Flatbush YMCA, 1401 Flatbush Avenue, Brookklyn
NYC Birddogging Training
With the Republicans holding onto the Senate by a slim margin and so many local offices and legislative bodies in play, New Yorkers are organizing a "birddogging" workshop on how to get active in campaigns, town hall meetings, and mobilize to get progressives elected at all levels of government. This week's rally is primarily centered around healthcare policy, but other issues will be on the table as well.
Wednesday, February 8th, 7-8:30 p.m. // 208 West 13th Street, Manhattan
PPA Special Wed Meeting: BlackLivesMatter in the era of Trump
A multitude of activist groups including PPA, and NYC Shut It Down are coming together this week to talk about what's next for Black Lives Matter here in NYC. How will Trump's justice department handle police brutality and systemic racism? What sort of tangible goals will organizers be seeking in the coming year? What are the best ways to continue Swiping It Forward in 2017? These questions and more are all on the docket.
Wednesday, February 8th, 7-9 p.m. // Solidarity Center NYC, 147 West 24th Street, Second Floor
Tattoo to Protect Your Parts: A Planned Parenthood Affair
If you've been holding off on getting a new tattoo, this is the week to do it. Renowned ink artist Todd Woodz and his team at Magic Cobra Tattoo Society are setting up shop at Magick City and will be doing a flash sale of $40 blank ink tattoos with all proceeds going to Planned Parenthood. Appointments begin at 2 p.m. and will be available until 7 p.m. sharp, so consider playing hooky from work for the chance to snag some meaningful ink from some of the city's best. There'll be live performances during the day, and it all spills over into St. Vitus's Party To Protect Your Parts: A PP Benefit (also a PP benefit!), just down the block.
Wednesday, February 8th, 2-7 p.m. (St. Vitus Party 6:30 p.m. - 12 a.m.) // Magick City, 37 Box Street, Brooklyn // Saint Vitus Bar, 1120 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn // Tattoos $40, Concert Tickets $15
Give a Puck: Air Hockey Fundraiser for the ACLU
Do you want to help support the ACLU while kicking your friends' asses in air hockey? Of course you do.
Thursday, February 9th, 7-11 p.m. // Ocean's 8, 308 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn // Tickets $20-40
Momentive Strike Rally | Taking the Fight to Schwarzman
Trump has done a tremendous job of surrounding himself with billionaires and giving them positions of power and influence, and while pretty much every last one of them should be taken down, this week activists are focusing on Wall Street's "designated villain" Stephen Schwarzman, who chairs Trump's "Strategic and Policy Forum" on jobs and economic growth. Strikers will gather outside Schwarzman's Park Avenue apartment this week to demand his race-to-the-bottom strategy is kept out of Washington. If you can't make it in person, be sure to sign a petition on behalf of Momentive, whose workers recently fell prey to Schwarzman's exploitative uber-capitalism.
Thursday, February 9th, 5:30-7:30 p.m. // 740 Park Avenue, Manhattan
Stand For Planned Parenthood
This Saturday, multiple rallies set on defunding Planned Parenthood have been scheduled across the country. New Yorkers are battling back, of course, but not with a counter-rally outside of clinics—instead, a separate action meant to bolster Planned Parenthood's funding is being planned. Organizers have expressed concerns over crowding the entrance to clinics like Bleecker Street's Margaret Sanger Health Center, and have asked that reproductive rights supporters keep an eye on this page for more instructions.
Saturday, February 11th // More info here
The People or Trump: A Teach In
The choice is easy! The People or Trump is a panel discussion exploring the polarization between what one side needs and what the other side wants. The event will feature a discussion between Distinguished Professor of History from Baruch College and the director of the Arms and Security Project from the Center for Immigration Policy, followed by lunch and a talk with activist Laurie Cagan. Come and build a movement in Brooklyn and protect the community.
Saturday, February 11th, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. // St. Joseph’s College New York, 245 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn // FREE
Freedom Socialist Party Open Meeting
A general strike is planned for February 17, president’s day weekend. While all the mass mobilizations and gatherings have been a great start, come to this event to examine historical examples of how general strikes and organized labor have ignited social change.
Saturday, February 11th, 1 - 3 p.m. // Freedom Hall, 113 West 128th Street // $10 donation // Brunch will be served at 12p.m.
Anti-Trump Day of Action: Organize
Every day in America seems to be ripe for an Anti-Trump day of action, but The Village Independent Democrats have dedicated one Saturday in particular to have people sign and write postcards to their elected officials, educate and gather for campaigning in 2017.
Saturday, February 11th, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. // Washington Square Park (by the Arch) // FREE
Here to Stay - No Nos Vamos
Join the fight against deportation, mass imprisonment, and broken windows policing at No Nos Vamos's Saturday rally in Washington Square Park. With Trump's criminalization of immigrants and the NYPD's targeting of marginalized groups threatening thousands across the city, the rally will assert the right to freedom and opportunity for all New Yorkers. #NoBanNoWall
Saturday, February 11th, 2-5 p.m. // Washington Square Park
Verso Books Presents the 3rd Annual Red Party
Throw on some red clothes and come out to Verso Books to celebrate Red Day, an annual event designed to raise awareness about Women's heart disease. The Brooklyn bookstore is offering beer, (red?) wine and communist books to all attendees. A whopping 50% off for anyone wearing the color of the day.
Saturday, February 11th, 8:30 p.m. - late // Verso Books, 20 Jay Street, Suite 1010 // FREE
LGBTQ+ Make Out at Trump Tower
Test Trump’s friendliness towards the LGBTQ+ community by gathering in front of Trump Tower for a very large make out session. Partners are not required and allies of the community are welcome as well. Kiss and tell him to stand up for fair treatment of all underprivileged groups.
Sunday, February 12th, 1 - 4 p.m. // Trump Tower, 725 5th Avenue // FREE
Solidarity Sunday: Crown Heights Responds to the Orange Guy
Make some noise over America's swampy mess and stand up for justice, equity and peace by getting down with Solidarity Sundays, who bill themselves as an "inclusive, action-oriented, virtual + real life activist group." Their house parties feature a space where attendees can organize, educate and get empowered about issues ranging from hyper-local to national. Please bring your laptop, cell phone and chargers and get going!
Sunday, February 12th, 2 - 5 p.m. // 780 Prospect Pl, Brooklyn // FREE
Rally Against Hate
Rally Against Hate is a group that teaches how the Torah and Koran can combat hate and bigotry in the world. The organization protests hate crimes against Jews and Muslims. Imam Shamsi Ali and Rabbi Shlomo Nisano will be discussing this topic and more while Rabbi Lauren Herrmann will be moderating. Register online.
Sunday, February 12th, 2 - 4 p.m. // SAJ 15 West 86th Street // FREE
Jewish Community Action for Refugees
The Hebrew Immigrant and Aid Society, a refugee agency of the Jewish Community is rallying at Battery Park in a show of solidarity for refugees and immigrants. Come stand across from the Statue of Liberty to demonstrate that recent actions are a betrayal of American and Jewish values. Sister events will be occurring around the country as well.
Sunday, February 12th, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. // Battery Park // FREE
United Through Action February Meeting
Resisting Trump's present policies and planning ahead for the all-important 2018 midterms will happen at the United Through action February meeting at the NYC Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. Speakers will include the co-founders of Flippable, an app that gathers data on the legislative seats with the greatest chance of changing hands back to Democratic control. Breakout meetings will follow, with focuses on planning, outreach, and direct actions.
Sunday, February 5th, 5-8 p.m. // The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, 208 West 13th Street, Manhattan // RSVP here
Solidarity Sundays - Williamsburg
With chapters running in Brooklyn and Manhattan and hopes of expanding into all five boroughs soon, Solidarity Sundays is a group that plans house party-style gatherings for anyone and everyone who gives a damn about gender equality. This coming weekend there'll be meetups in Greenpoint and Crown Heights, and you can email for more info on Upper West Side and Harlem parties as well. The gatherings will focus on how to empower fellow feminists and progressives, from phoning lawmakers to writing letters, as well as the all-important act of simply sharing ideas!
Sunday, February 12th, 4-8 p.m. // Williamsburg location and additional links here