When Donald Trump made a brief visit to his home city on Thursday, New Yorkers were not exactly subtle in telling the president how they really felt about him. This week, our congressional representatives return home for a one week break, and many will face similar constituent pressure in response to the recent passage of the GOP's health care plan. As always, we've rounded up the week's top town halls, protests, marches and dance parties.
Mural Painting Weekend: La Lucha Continua at First Street Garden
Three Lower East Side community groups are collaborating on a new community mural at the First Street Garden (corner of Houston and 2nd Avenue) in commemoration of the 26 resistance-themed murals originally produced in the neighborhood in 1985. Those murals are currently on display at the nearby Loisaida Center as part of an exhibition called "La Lucha Continua The Struggle Continues: 1985 & 2017." The new mural project started this weekend, and continues through Tuesday.
Sunday May 7th at 12 PM through Tuesday May 9th at 5 PM | First Street Green Art Park, 33 E 1st St
Stand Up Brooklyn!
Members of congress return to their districts for a one week break on Monday, and unlike many House Republicans, Brooklyn representatives Yvette Clarke, Nydia Velázquez and Hakeem Jeffries will be holding a joint town hall with constituents. The event will also feature a panel of organizers and activists, who will "discuss ways to resist the Republican agenda." Register here.
Monday, May 8th, 7 p.m. | Genovesi Center (4th Floor) at St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn
Trump and the NY City and State budget
Assembly member Robert Carroll, whose district includes portions of Park Slope and Sunset Park, and Comptroller Scott Stringer will host a town hall on how potential cuts in federal funding could impact the city and state budgets. The two officials, both outspoken Trump critics, will also discuss the new state budget, specifically the "provision that allows for the Governor to develop a plan for spending cuts if the federal government cuts $850 million or more of funding to New York State."
Wednesday, May 7th, 6:30 p.m. | John Jay High School, 237 7th Avenue, Brooklyn
Resistance Party: Hoods4Justice Fundraiser
Silent barn hosts this dance party and fundraising event for community action group Hoods4Justice and J20 arrestees—the 200 inauguration day protesters now facing felony riot charges. The $8 ticket goes to both causes, and includes performances from Octavia Leona Kohner, Henry Black, and Prince Ake, as well as a to be announced DJ.
$8 Wednesday, May 10th, 8 p.m. | The Silent 603 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn
NYC 4 CEDAW Day For Action
This multi-pronged day of action will call on the city "to properly support and fund programming to positively benefit women in all five boroughs" through local ordinances. Organized by the NYC 4 CEDAW—which stands for the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women—the event begins with a meeting at Brooklyn Bridge Park, followed by a march over the bridge to City Hall, where a second rally will take place.
Friday, May 12th, 9:30 a.m. | Brooklyn Bridge Park, 334 Furman Street, Brooklyn
Children's March NYC
Organized by the youth-led Students Standing for Truth and Transparency, this march aims to empower the next generation of protesters. Both students and "allies of students" are encouraged to end the rally outside the Brooklyn courthouse at Cadman Plaza. Speakers include Congressman Paul Tonko.
Saturday, May 13th, 11 a.m. | Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn
Solidarity Rally: Stand with B&H Workers!
Hundreds of employees of B&H Photo launched a one-day strike last week to demand the company roll back a plan to relocate roughly 330 jobs out of Brooklyn. In solidarity with the workers, the NYC chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America plans to host bi-weekly protests outside the 34th Street and 9th Avenue store until the fight is won. Attendees are encouraged to wear red.
Sunday, May 14th, 3 p.m. | B&H Photo 420 9th Avenue
Demystifying Government: Judicial Jamboree
Like civics class but drunker, this four-part series brings lawyers, comedians, professors and policy wonks together to help answer the question: Seriously, how does government even work? This week's entry is focused on the judicial branch, and features comedian and lawyer Seena Jon, who will reportedly "tell us all how awesome and important it is to watch C-SPAN." Entry is free.
Sunday, May 14th, 3 p.m. | Freddy's Bar and Backroom, 627 5th Avenue, Brooklyn