Paul Ryan and Donald Trump aren't scheduled to revisit NYC anytime soon, but there are still plenty of protests and demonstrations planned this week, many of them focused on local issues facing New Yorkers. As always, we’ve rounded up some of most notable events, including town halls, prison rallies, and socialist dance parties.
On Tuesday evening, Public Advocate Letitia James joins Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, and Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer for a town hall-style discussion. The CUNY-hosted event will focus on the issues facing northwest Queens, and features a Q&A portion with the city representatives. RSVP here.
Tuesday May 16th, 7 p.m. | CUNY School of Law, 2 Court Square, Long Island City
By Taking Power: Jacobin Issue 25 Launch Party
What does it look like when a movement for left-wing politics actually achieves power in government? That’s the question posed by the newest issue of Jacobin, which gets a launch party at Verso on Tuesday night. It’s the hottest praxis in town, and the best place to answer the question: Is He Into You, Just a Friend, or Trying to Get You to Join the Democratic Socialists?
Tuesday, May 16th, 7 p.m. | Verso Books, Suite 1010, 20 Jay Street, Brooklyn
Rally Against Cuomo’s Nuclear Bailout
Green energy advocates will gather outside Cuomo’s midtown office on Wednesday to protest the governor’s recently announced plan to bailout three upstate nuclear plants. Organized by Food & Water Watch, and co-sponsored by nearly a dozen environmental groups, the demonstration will demand that Cuomo stop “subsidizing corporate polluters at our expense.”
Wednesday, May 17th, 12 p.m. | Office of Governor Cuomo 633 Third Ave
Kill the Deal! Rally at the State of the District
The battle over the future of the Bedford-Union Armory in Crown Heights continues Thursday outside the office of City Councilmember Laurie Cumbo, a supporter of the controversial plan to redevelop the city-owned building. Protesters will convene during the councilmember’s State of the District speech to demand that she “Kill the Deal” and “start over with a plan for 100 percent affordable housing.”
Thursday, May 18th, 6 p.m. | Ingersoll Community Center, 177 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn
SURJ NYC May Chapter Meeting
Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ), a group of white people devoted to ending white supremacy, has seen a massive membership jump since Trump's victory—their first post-election meeting had to change venues to fit the 700 people who showed up. On Thursday, the group hosts a “world cafe style fair” to showcase the various projects that members are working on. Those new to SURJ are encouraged to arrive for an orientation 30 minutes prior to the event’s start.
Thursday, May 18th, 6:30 p.m. | Thoughtworks, 99 Madison Avenue
March Against Monsanto
New York sustainability advocates will protest agri-giant Monsanto on Saturday in an effort to “educate the public about their horrific policies, products and procedures.” The NYC march, which kicks off at Bryant Park and ends at 64th and Central Park West, is one of several nationwide demonstrations. A picnic in Central Park follows the march, and attendees are encouraged to wear red.
Saturday, May 20th, 12 p.m. | Bryant Park, Manhattan
Noise Demo Against the Raids
On Saturday, police reform advocates will march against NYPD raids and anti-gang bills, which they say only serve to further criminalize people of color, regardless of their innocence. This protest—intended to showcase “the love and the rage”—takes place outside the Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center, a federal facility in Brooklyn where some arrestees of the largest gang raid in city history are currently being held. The rally comes one week after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a sweeping shift in DOJ sentencing policy that could have drastic effects on New York’s incarcerated population.
Saturday, May 20th, 2:30 p.m. | Metropolitan Detention Center Brooklyn, 80 29th Street