Social Justice Tours: Vegan Food in the Lower East Side tour
Oct 20 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm


Designed to appeal to experienced veganistas and curious omnivores alike, this tour will take you through obvious and not so obvious sources of exceptional cruelty-free grub in this Manhattan Mecca (the Lower East Side) with time for tastings, information about the roots of veganism and the historical development of the neighborhood, and a brief discussion of related issues such as ethical consumerism, food justice and sustainability.
Food not included. Please bring extra cash if you would like to sample food along the way. Average sample cost tends to be $6-15 per person.

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Social Justice Tours: Gentrification in Downtown Brooklyn
Oct 20 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm


This tour will highlight the development that has recreated downtown Brooklyn as a result of the Downtown Brooklyn Rezoning of 2004. We will also go into political conversations around the use of the 421a subsidy to build new affordable housing and the use of eminent domain at Atlantic Yards in the construction of the Barclays Center.
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in conversation with a.j.k. o’donnell
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Poet and activist a.j.k. o’donnell is reading from her second book This Void Beckons. “in conversation with a.j.k. o’donnell” is a series presented by the Colin Higgins Foundation. This Void Beckons has been deemed “a dazzling epic of creative genius…” and “a work that is sorely needed at this point in history”. The event will include conversation with o’donnell about her collection, audience Q/A, and book signing afterward.

Social Justice Tours: Womens history of the Village tour
Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Even before Greenwich Village became known as the center of American Bohemianism, extraordinary women have been making their mark here with art, activism and unconventional living. During its pre-WWI heyday the Village was a magnet for feminists, and it continued to be home to women artists and entrepreneurs throughout the 20th century while also cultivating a thriving lesbian and trans community. This tour explores sites associated with some of the many fascinating women in the neighborhood, some of whom have been largely forgotten but no less played a vital role in creating the legacy of feminism we continue today.

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New York Book Launch of Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life: A Tar Sands Tale
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Seeking new definitions of ecology in the tar sands of northern Alberta and searching for the sweetness of life in the face of planetary crises.

Seamlessly combining travelogue, sophisticated political analysis, and ecological theory, speaking both to local residents and to leading scholars, the authors propose a new understanding of ecology that links the domination of the other-than-human world to the domination of humans by humans. They argue that any definition of ecology has to start with decolonization and that confronting global warming requires a politics that speaks to a different way of being in the world—a reconstituted understanding of the sweetness of life. With comics by Joe Sacco and photos from Louis Helbig.

Published with the help of funding from Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan fund

Get On the Stage
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Get On the Stage is an open mic based around uplifting and centering the voices of Queer/Trans People of Color, Trans, Two Spirit, Gender Non-Conforming, Non-Binary, Intersex and anyone who falls between these labels. Speakers can bring poems, prose, music, stand-up and spoken word of any kind.

Cis white queer folks are prohibited from participating but are encouraged to attend to support and help boost the voices of marginalized speakers.

Cancer as a Wake-Up Call
Oct 22 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Dr. Laura Nasi, MD, will present an integrative look at cancer treatment and prevention—and all the things besides traditional therapies like chemo and radiation that patients can do to feel better. Drawing from her decades of experience as an integrative oncologist, she’ll present whole body-mind-spirit approaches that include boundary setting and picking your cancer “team”; mental health strategies; mindfulness and meditation; astrology; nutrition; and more. Most conventional approaches take a one-size-fits-all approach and isolate treatment on the disease, without really considering the individual; Dr. Nasi, in Cancer as a Wake-Up Call, empowers patients to become agents of their own care and recenters treatment where it should be: on the whole person.

Kundalini Yoga with Ursula Scherrer
Oct 23 @ 9:00 am – 10:15 am

Kundalini Yoga is also called the Yoga of Awareness. It combines the physical practice of Asanas with Pranayama (breathing) and Meditation/Chanting – it targets the whole body system (nervous system, glands, mental faculties, chakras) to develop awareness and consciousness, strength and flexibility.

Everybody is welcome, no previous knowledge of Yoga is necessary. Please bring a Yoga mat and possibly a blanket and a shawl.

Shortly after she moved to New York, from her native Switzerland in 1988, Ursula Scherrer started exploring different styles of Yoga for her own spiritual and physical well being before she did her first teacher training in 2002 and has been teaching ever since. In addition to her skills and expertise as a Yoga teacher (Hatha and Kundalini Yoga) she is also a Pranayama Healer and certified Qi Gong instructor.

For more information please contact Ursula Scherrer:

This event has a Google Hangouts video call.

Philosophy, Pussycats, & Porn; a reading with Stoya
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Join us for an evening celebrating the release of Stoya’s book of essays, Philosophy, Pussycats, & Porn. A reading from the book plus a signing will take place.

Philosophy, Pussycats, & Porn is a series of essays, blog posts, and stories surveying more than a decade of poignant journalistic accounts from internationally recognized writer, actor, and pornographer Stoya.

Stoya provides crucial examinations of systemic biases toward sex workers and how sexuality is reflected in society. Stoya often points her journalistic lens inward, providing us with personal, illustriously detailed stories of her life, her collaborators, and how she has built a flourishing media haven in the face of a culture that is still learning how to handle public discourses on sex work.

New Voices Reading Series
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The New Voices Reading Series enters its NINETH YEAR of great performances by writers from marginalized communities; NYC’s best up-and-coming writers and poets.

This event has a Google Hangouts video call.

Sun Salutations and Intentions: a Morning Flow
Oct 25 @ 6:45 am – 7:30 am

Join Sharyn Hahn to start your day with a morning yoga practice of Sun Salutations and a Vinyasa flow! You will experience luxurious stretching warm-ups, empowering standing poses, and energizing breath work as we align the movements with the inhales and exhales. You will feel more awake, strong, balanced, and positive as a result of this time spent on the mat. Sun Salutations and warrior poses stimulate the seratonin in your brain (the “happy hormone) and improve self-esteem! You will be ready for anything that meets you as your day unfolds.

We will listen to music and set an intention for the week at the start of each class.

$5 donation requested. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. There are some props at the store for up to 5 people. You may bring your own coffee or tea.

PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE FOR EACH WEEKLY CLASS BY EMAILING SHARYN no later than 9 PM the night before at Add Sun Salutations in the subject line.

FOLLOW HER on Instagram for quotes, yoga prompts and information, and uplifting pictures and comments:
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FACEBOOK PAGE: Sharyn Hahn’s Fitness, Yoga, and Mindfulness for All

Book launch “Women and Gender in Iraq: Between Nation-Building and Fragmentation”
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Academics, poets and artists will be talking with the author of the book Zahra Ali. Since the US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003, the challenges of sectarianism and militarism have weighed heavily on the women of Iraq. In this book, Zahra Ali foregrounds a wide-range of interviews with a variety of women involved in women’s rights activism, showing how everyday life and intellectual life has development since the US-led invasion. In addition to this, Ali offers detailed historical research of social, economic and political contexts since the formation of the Iraqi state in the 1920s. Through a transnational and postcolonial feminist approach, this book also considers the ways in which gender norms and practices, Iraqi feminist discourses, and activisms are shaped and developed through state politics, competing nationalisms, religious, tribal and sectarian dynamics, wars, and economic sanctions. The result is a vivid account of the everyday life in today’s Iraq and an exceptional analysis of the future of Iraqi feminisms.

Social Justice Tours: Trump Tour
Oct 27 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm


Within the midtown area we are able to get the full spectrum of the Trump story and his rise to power. The tour will focus on three main things. The first is looking into the man himself and his history. He is well connected with organized crime, illicit activity and corrupt dealings, and looking into his history in New York gives us a window into that. The second is how he, as a symbol for real estate at large, has massively changed New York’s built environment to cater to a billionaire class at the expense of working New Yorkers. The third, potentially most important, is looking at the systemic nature of Trump’s rise in New York. What Trump has done is about a lot more than the single individual, and by looking at the agencies, actors and government institutions that have supported his rise, we can come away with a larger societal understanding of justice in our country.
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Social Justice Tours: Queer history of the Village tour
Oct 27 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Writer, storyteller, and queer legend Jay Toole leads folks on a walking tour of the West Village, stopping at important places along the way sharing personal stories, and historical moments. Hear more about the neighborhood through stories about historic lesbian bars, the Women’s House of D (Detention), homelessness in Washington Square park, the mafia’s connection to local gay bars and much more. Sign up at

Semi Queer: Inside the Lives of Trans, Gay, and Black Truck Drivers
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

I wrote Semi Queer: Inside the Lives of Trans, Gay, and Black Truck Drivers because when I got my CDL and drove a truck briefly in 2015, I was surprised by both the job and the people who do it. The industry is changing rapidly, with increasing technology and regulatory structures making the work physically easier and mentally harder. At the same time, the trucking workforce contains increasing numbers of women, immigrants, queers, racial minorities, and trans people. These people typically turn to trucking because no other work is available to them, but then I believe magic happens: the constant motion of trucking, combined with the power and vitality conveyed by the enormous machine, and with the time alone to explore options, work out well for marginalized people. I did oral histories of 66 truckers to write this book, and each one came alive when they described life on the road. Some explicitly linked their newfound confidence and sexual self-discovery to the rolling of their trucks’ wheels and to their transitory lives. Semi Queer describes their experiences in their own words, examining the connections between sexual identities, work worlds, and government regulatory structures.