Spring is here, finally, which means iced coffee and bike rides and so many dogs—where did they all come from, all these very good dogs? It also means that you can no longer lean on frigid weather as an excuse to stay in bed and politically inactive. Here are some notable protests, dance parties, and organizing events happening this week and weekend.
Interfaith Seder for Solidarity With Families Facing Deportation
This interfaith Seder, held outside a downtown Manhattan building where immigrants check-in with ICE, will serve as a way to show solidarity with those facing detention and deportation. Attendees are encouraged to use the hashtag #LetMyPeopleStay, and people of all religions—and knowledge of the Passover story—are welcome to attend.
FREE with ticket, Tuesday, April 11, 8:15 a.m. | 26 Federal Plaza
Take Action Tuesdays at Tip Top
As far as protest locations go, you could do much worse than a cozy Bed-Stuy dive bar with a reliable jukebox and $5 beer and shot special. Tuesdays at Tip Top is especially worth the trip then, as organizers have put together a weekly postcard writing event for you to tell your elected officials and government agencies—from Chuck Schumer to NASA—what you really think of them. Stamps included!
FREE, Tuesday, April 11, 6 p.m. | Tip Top Bar & Grill, 432 Franklin Ave
Kill the Deal: March to Stop the Bedford Armory Deal
The effort to redevelop the Bedford Union Armory into a mixed use building continues to face resistance, with many Crown Heights residents arguing that the lot should be handed over to the community, rather than to private developers. Many of those residents have organized under the banner of "Kill The Deal," and they'll be marching to Council Member Laurie Cumbo's office on Wednesday to demand that she do just that.
FREE, Wednesday, April 12, 4:30 p.m. | Fort Greene Park, Washington Park St to St Edward St, Brooklyn
NYPD Is Not Above The Law
Last week, police accountability activist Jose LaSalle released portions of audio secretly recorded at an NYPD precinct, which he claims show officers tampering with evidence and fabricating charges against him. On Thursday, LaSalle, along with Bronx Show Up and the Copwatch Patrol Unit, will release additional excerpts of that audio during a community rally held at the Bronx District Attorney's office. Protesters will demand indictment of all those involved in the incident, and call on the DA to investigate past arrests made by the officers.
FREE, Thursday, April 13th, 5 p.m. | 198 E 161st Street, Bronx
Women's Town Hall: Speak Up, Speak Out Against Violence
Part of a weekly series hosted by the National Organization For Women (NOW), this town hall will seek to amplify the voices of those who have been impacted by the Violence Against Women Act and other programs aimed at helping survivors. The collected stories will be presented to congressional leaders, who will soon have the opportunity to accept or reject the Trump administration's attempt to cut funds from the Violence Against Women Act. Those interested in sharing their own stories can sign up on the site.
FREE, Thursday, April 13, 6:30 p.m. | YWCA Brooklyn, 30 3rd Avenue
Dance Party for LGBTQ Immigrant Bond Fund
Starr Bar, the sister venue to Bushwick's Mayday Community Space, has made a name for itself over the past few months as a regular host of social justice oriented programming. The latest effort: a dance party to benefit LGBTQ folks in immigration detention centers. The party runs late, and all proceeds go to the Trans Queer Migrant Freedom Fund.
$10 before 11 p.m., Friday, April 14, 9 p.m. | Starr Bar, 214 Starr Street, Brooklyn
As the Trump administration continues to argue that people just don't care about his taxes, tens of thousands of people have RSVP'd to a protest on Saturday with the explicit purpose of proving him wrong. The NYC event will take place on Tax Day as part of a nationwide effort months in the making. There will also be an enormous inflatable chicken—the third of life's certainties, after death and taxes.
FREE, Saturday, April 15, 1 p.m. | Bryant Park between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
Stop Endless War
In the wake of the Trump administration launching 59 missile at Syria last week, a diverse range of anti-war groups are registering their dissent and warning against further attacks in the region. Those opposed to the administration's Syria policy run the ideological gamut (one reason why the protest response has been pretty minimal?) so it'll be interesting to see whether any sort of convergence happens during these anti-intervention protests. This one begins with a speak-out at Washington Square Park, followed by a march to the Navy Recruiting Station in Lower Manhattan, where a second rally will take place.
FREE, Saturday, April 15th, 4 p.m. | Washington Square Park