Just in case you thought it was safe to relax, the Trump administration just dropped a new and revised travel ban on residents of majority-Muslim countries. It never stops, so neither should you, especially with all these ways to build resistance to the Trump agenda.
Trumped: What Now for Science and the Environment?
True story: This morning when my clock radio blared to life, Craig Carton was yelling "Who doesn't believe in science?" at someone else in the WFAN studio. Well Craig, if you've paid attention to the last, oh I don't know, almost 20 years of American policy making, you might see that plenty of people don't believe in scientific arguments! Rather than have me yell about this though, listen to an esteemed panel of two science journalists and a geoscientist talk about what the future of science is in an era where trusting your gut is more accepted than the scientific method.
FREE, Monday, March 6, 6 p.m., Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, 7th Floor Commons, 20 Cooper Square
NOT ONE MORE: Rally in Response to Death of 7 Black Trans Women
The year is barely three months old, and already seven black trans women have been murdered. Given mass media's comfort with giving voices to people who wouldn't shed a tear over this, it's up to everyone who isn't a complete sociopath to stand up and say this is wrong. So tonight in front of the Barclays Center, join the Trans Women of Color Collective, @VOCAL-Queerocracy, the Black Youth Project 100-NYC and Black Lives Matter NYC for a rally to end the violence.
FREE, Monday, March 6, 6:30 p.m., Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Avenue
Monthly Reading Group at Trump Tower
Remember, Trump Tower's plaza is supposed to be open to the public. This reading group encourages everyone to show up with something to read (under 10 minutes or shorter) that seems relevant to America's current dystopian bent. If you're asking me, I'd say maybe our own dive into the case for licensing landlords, or outside of Gothamist, this piece on how ridiculous it is to try to fight a non-existent "alt-left" or this hallucinatory account of taking Trump's "media accountability survey."
FREE, Tuesday, March 7, 6 p.m., Trump Tower, 725 5th Avenue
Jail and Court Support Training
If you're going to be attending a lot of protests, or even just one, there's a chance that you or someone you know winds up getting arrested. Rather than try to learn on the fly how you can help them, come to this training session where you can learn where an arrested friend might be taken, who you can contact to help them and other ways in which you can provide support. Trust me, I know from experience that it's better to know these things rather than trying to find them out from the police.
FREE, Tuesday, March 7, 7 p.m., The Base, 1302 Myrtle Avenue
Rise and Resist Meeting
Rise and Resist is out there organizing direct actions against the Trump agenda, and if you want to help plan future actions rather than just show up at them, here's the meeting for you. The group is looking for contributions from people from all walks of life, so if you're looking to help with data and policy analysis or organizing protests for the maximum impact or just want to join a smaller working group, there'll be something for you to do tonight.
FREE, Tuesday, March 7, 7 p.m., The Church of the Village, 201 West 13th Street
Waterfront Defenders Party
The Diamond is a nice Greenpoint bar not far from a polluted waterfront, and so whether it's a matter of self-preservation of just having big parts, they're giving a chunk of tonight's booze sales to a variety of groups working to protect the country's water. Proceeds from all alcohol sales between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. will be split between the Billion Oyster Project, the Newtown Creek Alliance, and Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park. And hey, it might even be nice enough that night to hang out in the bar's backyard and try to get someone to make out in the gondola.
FREE, Tuesday, March 7, 7 p.m., The Diamond, 43 Franklin Street
Lunch at Cuomo's - Rally for Reproductive Rights
Andrew Cuomo, who's acting like a guy running for president, will probably throw up his hands and try to blame the dastardly I.D.C. and Senate Republicans if the Reproductive Health Act, which codifies Roe v. Wade into New York State law, doesn't pass the state Senate. Make him understand no one wants to hear that shit with a lunchtime visit to his office with the theme of "Hey man get the dang bill passed."
FREE, Wednesday, March 8, noon, Andrew Cuomo's NYC Office, 633 Third Avenue
International Women's Strike NYC: Rally and March on March 8th
Well, here it is. While the actual Women's Strike will be going down all day, everything will culminate in this rally starting at 4 p.m. After gathering in Washington Square Park, there's a march down to Zucotti Park, with planned stops at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory site, the Varick Street Immigration Detention Center, Stonewall, the African Burial Site and more relevant sites along the way.
FREE, Wednesday, March 8, 4 p.m., Washington Square Park
Solidarity Rally Against Deportation
Deportations are ripping families apart and targeting individuals who have never done anything worse than you've done in your life. Stand with the city, and the country's, immigrant community at this solidarity rally that will bring together immigrant's right's advocates and their supporters. After a news conference, attendees will silently march around the ICE headquarters in thoughtful mediation and as a show of support for local immigrant families.
FREE, Thursday, March 9, 9 a.m., Foley Square, 111 Worth Street
Cocktail Resistance at Iron Station BK
Drinking is good, and if you're anything like me, the political climate and other factors in your life have caused you to retreat even more into the loving embrace of alcohol. You may as well use that embrace to do some good, like at tonight's event where a North Carolina-themed cocktail will be on the menu and drinkers will be asked (but not required) to leave a $5 donation on their tab to benefit North Carolina's Democratic Party. Iron Station isn't demanding that you add the $5 donation because the bar's co-owner is a polite southerner from North Carolina, but I am a pushy Yankee so I'll make the demand for them: do some good and leave the goddamn donation.
$5 donation, Thursday, March 9, 6 p.m., Iron Station, 683 5th Avenue, Brooklyn
Organic Action BK!
Lots of things threatened in the Trump era, but the administration's environmental policy is a fast-unfolding catastrophe. Don't despair though, get together with a group of environmental advocates to "help further environmental stewardship." God knows the president isn't going to do that, so I guess it's up to us.
FREE, Thursday, March 9, 7 p.m., Park Slope United Methodist Church, 410 Sixth Avenue
Daring to be Powerful!
If you're a lesbian, gay, bisexual, two spirit, transgender or gender non conforming person of color, take yourself to organizing school this weekend with the Audre Lorde Project. This two-day organizing workshop will teach you how to build skills, analyze oppression and power, learn about current issues and campaigns to get involved with, and give you a chance to strategize with like-minded folks. Plus, there's a complimentary light breakfast and lunch each day!
FREE, Friday, March 10/Saturday, March 11, 6 p.m./11 a.m., Audre Lorde Project, 147 West 24th Street
Women in Rebellion! To Resist is Justified! Unite to Fight Trump
it's International Working Women's Month, so if you want to show more solidarity with women beyond just the Women's Strike, you can also join up with this weekend march. After a rally at Herald Square and a march at Penn Station, there'll also be a roundtable discussion about how a multigenerational/multinational coalition of women can fight Trumpism.
FREE, Saturday, March 11, noon, Herald Square
2017 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Here's a chance to link up with other feminist friends to help bring the contributions of women in the arts to the forefront on Wikipedia, in a digital information strike on the patriarchy.
FREE, Saturday, March 11, Museum of Modern Art, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Education and Research Building, 4 West 54th Street
New York City Peoples Roundtable
Want to kick around some ideas on how to fight back against Trump? Come on down to this roundtable, where both rookie and veteran activists will be gathering to figure out how to put together the best resistance efforts to build community power, as well as going over what other groups are up to.
FREE, Saturday, March 11, 12:15 p.m., Holyrood Episcopal Church, 715 West 179th Street
Punk Rock Karaoke: Support NYC #DisruptJ20 Defendants
Everyone loved the video of the guy who punched Richard Spencer, but don't forget that Inauguration weekend also saw mass arrests of protesters, who have been slapped with rioting charges for their trouble. Supporting the legal fees of everyone who took to the streets to make Trump's inauguration a source of pain for him is a great way to show some solidarity, and it's even better if you can do it while singing a Bikini Kill or Dead Kennedys song. I wonder if they'll have "Moon Over Marin."
$10, Saturday, March 11, 8 p.m., The Silent Barn, 603 Bushwick Avenue
United Thru Action & NY Indivisible - Organizing Meeting
There's so much going wrong in the country at the moment that it would be foolish to focus your efforts on just one aspect of the Trump agenda at a time. That seems to be the motivation behind this dual discussion hosted by United Thru Action and NY Indivisible. Tonight's meeting will focus on two important things: one will look at what's next for LGBTQ equality in the Trump era (with a special guest speaker, When We Rise creator Dustin Lance Black) and the other will focus on what you can do to save the Affordable Care Act.
FREE, Sunday, March 12, 5 p.m., The Church of the Village, 201 West 13th Street
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