Oh wow great, another week, another profile of John McCain, who's being lionized as a principled conservative opponent of President Trump despite the fact that he doesn't do anything substantive to earn that designation. Don't be like John McCain. Get out there and do something instead.
Not My President’s Day - Rally
Hey, it's President's Day...NOT. Get it? You get it. Anyway, think less about that bad joke and more about commemorating this celebration of Lincoln and Washington by rallying against the lunatic who somehow has the same job they once did. This rally will have some speakers and performers, according to the organizers, but it will mostly be about you and everyone else who shows up standing outside the Trump International Hotel and yelling.
FREE, Monday, February 20th, noon, Trump International Hotel, 61st Street and Central Park West
NYC Chapter Million Hoodies Interest Meeting
Even if Donald Trump wasn't president, it would be a good idea to get yourself involved with an anti-racist group like Million Hoodies Movement for Justice. But with President Donald Trump promising to get the Jeff Sessions-helmed Justice Department involved in taking the side of the police at all times, it's an especially good moment to see what Million Hoodies are all about, which you can do at this general interest meeting.
FREE, Monday, February 20th, 8 p.m., Mayday Space, 176 St. Nicholas Avenue
Hands Off Medicare - How Congressional Proposals Seek to Undermine Medicare and How We Can Fight Back
Why settle for a vague outline of how Congressional Republicans are planning to kill Medicare when you can get a detailed look at the potentially dire fate of the program from trained professionals? Other than ignorance being bliss, I mean. Anyway, Nancy Altman of Social Security Works will clue you in on what horrors Congress is planning for America's most popular socialist healthcare system, but will also explain how you can fight to stop huge changes so that you leave the evening feeling amped up instead of just sad and defeated.
FREE, Tuesday, February 21st, 7:30 p.m., Philips Ambulatory Care Center, 10 Union Square East, 2nd Floor Auditorium
Take Action Tuesdays at Tip Top!
Do you want to visit one of the best dive bars in New York City and also do some good in the world? Great news, you can do that if you show up to Tip Top on Tuesday in order to send some postcards to your elected representatives. With $5 beer and shot specials fueling you, writing to Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand to tell them to keep standing strong will be even easier than you thought possible.
$2 suggested donation for supplies, Tuesday, February 21st, 6 p.m., Tip Top Bar & Grill, 432 Franklin Avenue
ResistTrumpTuesdays Save Our Health Care Plan, Dan!
Dan Donovan, who represents all of Staten Island as well as a small piece of southern Brooklyn including Bay Ridge, Gravesend, Bensonhurst and Dyker Heights, is New York City's only Republican House member. If you live in his district, come out and give him hell, and let him know that you, his constituent, don't want him to vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
FREE, Tuesday, February 21st, 10 a.m., Dan Donovan's Brooklyn Office, 7308 13th Avenue
Resisting the Trump Agenda: Teach-In and Workshop
Ooh, a teach-in; I haven't been to one of those since college. Whether you want to get that kind of thrill again in your life, or you just want to learn about all the terrible things the Trump administration can mean for every aspect of your life, come out to 61 Local and learn from a variety of experts on topics like criminal justice reform, reproductive rights, feminism and queer rights and more.
FREE, Wednesday, February 22nd, 7:30 p.m., 61 Local, 61 Bergen Street
NY Indivisible Town Hall
If you're a Manhattan person, or just find it easier to get there than Cobble Hill, you can spend an evening educating yourself at this town hall. Representatives from the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, the Council on American-Islamic Relations and more will all give a brief talk on the people they're defending from the Trump administration, give you an actionable item you can do to help said people, and take questions from the audience if you want to know more.
FREE, Wednesday, February 22nd, 7 p.m., New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street
Socialist Feminist Working Group - First Meeting
Get socialism in your feminism, and feminism in your socialism, at the first meeting of the Democratic Socialists of America's feminist working group. In addition to mixing two flavors that go great together, everyone will be talking up the March 8th Women's Strike and other future events and projects to stick it to the man and capitalism. Plus afterwards, you can go drink with your comrades.
FREE, Wednesday, February 22nd, 6:30 p.m., YWCA Brooklyn, 30 3rd Avenue
Resist Trump! Volunteer Meeting
You need the environment to live, since when you think about it, that's where your oxygen and a lot of your food comes from. So, seeing as how it's under threat from a Trump administration more concerned with profits and pipelines than it is keeping ice caps from melting, maybe meet up with some folks interested in organizing to stop pipelines and other dirty energy projects right here in New York.
FREE, Thursday, February 23rd, 6 p.m., New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street
People/Pueblo Party Discussion, Build a People's Party!
Political change can come from a lot of different avenues, it's not just limited to the Democratic or Republican parties. It'll take a lot of work to break the stranglehold both have on American politics, but if you want to roll up your sleeves and start building from scratch, maybe check out this meeting of the People Power Movement, which seeks to build "an independent poor and working people's party."
FREE, Thursday, February 23rd, 6 p.m., 55 East 115th Street, Community Room
Staten Island: #ProtectOurCare Town Hall
Oh hell yeah, it's a good old fashioned town hall meeting showdown! If you can't make it to the Dan Donovan protest earlier in the week, or you just want him to know that as his constituent you're very, very annoyed at the idea of a Republican healthcare plan whose biggest feature is taking money from the poor and giving it to the rich, here's your chance to show up and give him an earful.
FREE, Thursday, February 23rd, 6:30 p.m., Central Life Family Center, 59 Wright Street
PSOT's 5th Annual Winter Concert
Uh, so, the only thing standing in the way of torture returning as an official U.S. policy is Donald Trump watching too much 24: Legacy and refusing to take "no" for an answer. Seeing as how that's our reality for the next few years, it sure seems like a good idea to go to this benefit for the Program for Survivors of Torture, which assists refugees and asylum seekers who have been tortured. Dance, eat some food, just listen to the music and maybe even win a raffle prize, all at an evening that benefits people who have literally been tortured by their government.
$20, Thursday, February 23rd, 6 p.m., Printers Alley, 215 West 40th Street
Oh, Such a Good Show, Oh! A Benefit for Planned Parenthood
Taking to the streets is very important, but sometimes you gotta take a break and get some laughs. Relax, don't worry, you've been working hard and you deserve it. Especially when proceeds from this show will go to benefit Planned Parenthood. Also especially when Gary Richardson and Ziwe Fumudoh will be performing, because they're both extremely funny.
$8 advance/$10 day of, Friday, February 24th, 7 p.m., Union Hall, 702 Union Street
Black Power! Wikipedia Edit-a-thon 2017 Edition
Knowledge is power, so come power up at the Black Power! Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, an initiative hosted by the Schomburg Center in which members of the general public contribute black history-related content to the pages of Wikipedia (so bring a laptop, if possible). You'll even be able to connect with editors in Africa via satellite—a first for the event, now in its third year.
FREE, Saturday, February 25th, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. // 515 Malcom X Boulevard
Queer and Trans Dance Party Protest
Groove against Trump's agenda at the queer and trans dance party protest, which is intended for people of all walks (or dances) of life. Organizers are calling this event "a declaration that even in the darkest times, we can come together and DANCE in the face of tyranny. Inspired by the Queer Dance Party at Mike Pence’s House by WERK for Peace and further encouraged by the Queer Rage(r) in Philadelphia, we would like to continue the tradition of dance party protests."
FREE, Saturday, February 25th, 7:30 p.m. - 11 p.m. // Trump Tower, 725 5th Avenue
Galactic Gala for Planned Parenthood
Do you have $100 to spare for an evening of an outer space-themed concert that comes complete with a free meal and free wine and beer? I hear being a good, charitable person really enhances the buzz that comes from free wine and beer. "Semi-formal attire with a splash of outer space flair suggested" for this Planned Parenthood benefit.
$100, Saturday, February 25th, 7 p.m., Lightbox-NY, 841 Barretto Street, the Bronx
Queens Stands Together Rally
New York's most diverse borough is standing together in solidarity against xenophobia. On Sunday, a broad coalition of groups and local leaders will gather for a rally "for freedom and equality against bigotry, intolerance and hate... In this uncertain time, this is our opportunity to stand together united in solidarity behind #queensvalues. "
FREE, Sunday, February 26th, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. // MacDonald Park, Queens boulevard between Yellowstone boulevard and 70 road, Forest Hills, Queens
With Kyle Ballou