From climate advocacy meetings to pizza party fundraisers to town halls on local development, here's a roundup of some notable opportunities for activism in NYC this week. As always, feel free to leave anything we've missed in the comments.
Voting in 2016 was a bit of a disaster for New Yorkers, for several reasons, including the fact that a good chunk of the city—220,000 residents, according to Comptroller Scott Stringer—learned on the day of the primary that their voter registrations had been improperly purged. A lawsuit against the city Board of Elections is pending, but in the meantime, activists with Politics Reborn would like to know what elected officials are doing to address this widespread disenfranchisement. On Tuesday, they're inviting New Yorkers to join them to "come out and let your elected officials know that New Yorkers will not stand for this injustice."
Tuesday, August 1st, 11:30 a.m. // 345 Adams Street, Brooklyn
Earlier this month, Mayor Bill de Blasio endorsed the controversial Bedford-Union Armory redevelopment plan, calling for 56 condominiums in exchange for 330 rental apartments and a recreational center. The proposal has generated widespread protests, which will likely continue Wednesday with a community town hall hosted by the Crown Heights Tenants Union, the New York DSA chapter, and other groups against the current plan. Activists are demanding a community controlled armory, with 100 percent affordable housing and built by 100 percent union labor, and they're calling on the mayor to attend the town hall to justify his support for the current plan. No word if he plans on attending yet.
Wednesday, August 2nd, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. // 400 Empire Blvd, Brooklyn
The Citizen's Climate Lobby (CCL), an international grassroots environmental group aimed at convincing elected officials to support climate change action, will host their monthly chapter meeting this Wednesday at Crown Heights watering hole Friends and Lovers. The meeting is open to the public, though interested individuals are asked to RSVP.
Wednesday, August 2nd, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. // Friends and Lovers, 641 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn
The 48th contingent of the United States-Cuba Friendship Caravan, organized by Pastors for Peace, is returning to New York on Friday after stops in 50 states and Havana. When they return, those opposed to Trump's recent restrictions will be waiting with a rally "to demonstrate our stand against the regression of Cuba/US policy and continued stand against the US imposed economic blockade." The demonstration takes place in Terminal 4 and those looking for more info can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, August 4th, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. // JFK, Terminal 4
Drink beer and eat pizza for a good cause at Rebecca's in Bushwick this weekend at this fundraiser for the J20 protesters who were arrested in D.C. on inauguration day. Free pizza from Norbert's will be provided beginning at 4 p.m., and there'll also be a raffle with prizes from Stick and Poke Tattoo Kit, Traditional Okinawan Karate, and more. Activists have also circulated this petition to support the defendants, some of whom face up to 80 years in prison.
Saturday, August 5th, 4 p.m. - 4 a.m. // Rebecca's, 610 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn