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Assuming Boycott

Boycott and divestment are essential tools for activists around the globe. Since the days of the 19th century Irish land wars, “boycott” has been a method that has shown its effectiveness time and again. Assuming Boycott is the essential reader for today’s creative leaders and cultural practitioners. Panelists will be Mariam Ghani, artist and activist; Svetlana Mintcheva, director, National Coalition against Censorship; and Carin Kuoni, director of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, the New School. “An essential guide.” — Hal Foster

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Show N Tell: thinking aloud

Show N Tell is a grown up version of the old school classic but here we aren’t showing objects so much as creating space to think, process, and discuss some art that some folks have been making. Tonight we welcome MSW, Mary Boo Anderson, Joshua Byron, and Ryann Slauson. Each will speak on a piece they’ve created and think aloud through process, content, and community.

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Book launch: The New York Wages For Housework Committee: History, Theory, Documents, 1972–1977 with Silvia Federici

The book describes the activities of a New York based feminist organization campaigning for wages for housework. It is an archival book, in that it contains many of the material the New York Wages for Housework Committee produced: documents – for internal discussion and public use, pamphlets, flyers, photographs, discussions of events the NY Committee or other feminist groups organized. It is an important addition to the history of the feminist movement in the United States.

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Book launch: No Blood for Oil!: Essays on Energy, Class Struggle, and War with George Caffentzis

“No Blood For Oil!” is a book of more than twenty essays written between 1998 and 2016 that uses Marxist concepts (some old, some new) to answer many political questions posed by that modern Sphinx, the global oil industry: These questions range from “why did the 9/11 massacre occur when and where it did?” to “Why has the boom in fracking has occurred when and where it did?”

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Self-Made Woman

For decades I kept Denise in the closet. Then I kept Dennis in the closet. Denise DuBois’s transformation into a woman wasn’t easy. Defying all expectations Dubois didn’t crash and burn. Born as a boy into a working-class Polish American Milwaukee family, she faced daunting hurdles. Writing with resolute honesty and humor, she confronts both her past and her present to tell an American story of self-discovery.

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Demanding Justice: Social Rights and Radical Art Practices – ArtLeaks Gazette Release

In September the latest issue of the ArtLeaks Gazette, entitled: Demanding Justice: Social Rights and Radical Art Practices was released online! We propose a discussion on this issue and short presentation of the gazette. In addition to analyzing concrete practices and campaigns, this issue engages with relevant topics related to social rights, jurisdictions, legislatures and competences, in order to develop a critique of the neoliberal formats that have been for decades perpetuating across the globe. We decided to bring together those contributions which are able to question neoliberal realities, virulent nationalisms, and austerity regimes, considering not only overall conditions in the artworld but also local specificities.

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Greetings from Janeland!

Join editors Candace Walsh and Barbara Straus Lodge on an adventure into Janeland: A wonderful place of self discovery and courage where women, who once defined themselves as straight, embrace their own personal truths. You will discover that Janeland is a community of women, from non-binary to polyamorous to lesbian women, with very different stories to tell with both good and bad experiences. Come meet the editors and several contributors, hear their own words, and share your own story with the wonderful residents of Janeland. This event will include appearances from Candace Walsh, Barbara Straus Lodge, Amelia Sauter, Trish Bendix, and Carla Sameth

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Swords in the Hands of Children: Jonathan Lerner

The Age of Trump can be reminiscent of the tumult of the late 60s. The period during the Vietnam War saw a both a rising right-wing establishment and a generation taking up arms to resist. In spite of being a gay man, not entirely at home with the machismo of 60s radicals, Jonathan Lerner was a member of its most notorious organization: the Weather Underground. He later reinvented himself as high-rolling gay hustler. Lerner’s memoir is thrilling, poignant, and quintessentially American—a crucial point of reference for activists and citizens today.

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Redefining the Selfie Generation

What exactly is a selfie, and why are they everywhere? Whether you happen upon them online or literally run into people selfie-ing on the street, the selfie is an elusive yet consistent aspect of how people visually communicate today. Millennial Alicia Eler argues in her book The Selfie Generation that selfies are more than just an image — they are a mirror into how we live today. Part-memoir and written from a queer perspective, ultimately Eler’s book seeks to redefine how our culture looks at millennials.

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Iron Circus Comics at Bluestockings

One of the most exciting small presses in comics is set to appear at Bluestockings for New York Comic Con! Come meet C. Spike Trotman of Iron Circus Comics for a evening of signings, conversation, and previews as she showcases past work and premiere hints of what’s to come.

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Brer Rabbit Retold

A musical and spoken-word performance of Brer Rabbit Retold, a feminist retelling and reclaiming of the original Brer Rabbit tales compiled from oral slave narratives from the American South. Written by Syracuse University professor and griot, Arthur Flowers, illustrated by Indigenous Indian textile painter, Jagdish Chitara, and set to an original soundtrack, Brer Rabbit Retold straddles many mediums – the visual, tactile, musical and spoken.

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New Voices Reading Series

The New Voices Reading Series enters its EIGHTH YEAR with more performances by NYC’s best up-and-coming writers and poets. This curated reading series looks to feature marginalized voices, specifically writers of color and the LGBTQ community, who otherwise would not have a platform for sharing their work. For more information, please contact Raquel Penzo at rpenzo@plumaytinta.org.

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Reading and Signing of Going to Wings: A Memoir About Late-Life Coming Out

Going to Wings is the story of a woman’s late-life coming out and her struggle between sexuality, religion, family, and self. According to Peter Selgin, author of The Inventors, “Sandra Worsham combines a southern raconteur’s charm and candor with a social anthropologist’s objective awareness to tell the story of a woman’s second coming-of-age as a lesbian in a deeply conservative southern town. The result is a memoir both engaging and socially significant.”

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Taylor Mali & Diana Goetsch, winners of the 2017 Rattle Chapbook Prize

A celebratory reading event featuring two dynamic and socially engaged New York poets who come from the ranks of school teaching. Taylor Mali, a four-time National Poetry Slam champion, won the Rattle Chapbook Prize for The Whetting Stone, a stunning and candid sequence of poems on the mental illness and death of his first wife. Diana Goetsch, author of eight poetry collections and the “Life in Transition” blog at The American Scholar, was the Rattle Chapbook prize runner-up for In America, which lays bare the complexities of trans experience with humor, wrath and everything in between.

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NYC book launch for Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment

From the enslavement of Blacks and the conquest of Native America, to the arsenal of institutions that constitute the “gun lobby,” Loaded presents a people’s history of the Second Amendment, as seen through the lens of those who have been most targeted by guns: people of color. Meticulously researched and thought-provoking throughout, this is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the historical connections between racism and gun violence in the United States.

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Radical Transformational Leadership

In her book, Radical Transformational Leadership, Monica challenges the idea that systemic change can only come from analysts and policy makers. With a radical approach to thinking about leadership in today’s political and economic landscapes, Monica tackles real issues from an activist perspective, and examines including inequality and a financial system that works for very few.

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Women Take on the Environment: Writing and Activism

Activism around the environment, whether literary or community, can benefit from a focus on imagination, open dialogue, and building connections between people and the earth. Writing can help us understand the profound issues facing our world, harness people’s passion about the environmental, and work together for a sustainable future. The authors will read from recent work and facilitate a discussion about writing and activism in the climate justice movement.

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Reading and Conversation with Niña Weijers

Dutch author Niña Weijers took the world of European literature by storm in 2014 with her debut novel The Consequences, which has sold over 30,000 copies in Holland and garnered critical praise for its maturity and ambition.

Using deft and captivating prose, Weijers tells the story of Minnie Panis, a young and talented conceptual artist, as she navigates love affairs, her unexpected success in the art world, and her relationship with an emotionally distant mother.

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Warrior Queen Initiative Talkback: Gender and Parenting

Join Warrior Queen Initiative as they discuss all the ways in which gender impacts the ways in which we raise young people. Connect with other caregivers, better understand how young people exist with their gender identity in today’s culture, and walk away with some strategies in order to better support and promote gender equity for you and your young person.

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Queer Anarchx Feministx

Our intention is to create a regular group of queer-anarko-feminists , interested in meeting to read, write, and create texts and criticism about issues relevant to the anarchx-queer-feministx community. In each three month process, we will choose a topic we are interested in and through studying, analyzing, and writing using a collective creation process (text or zine, for instance). The group will then choose another salient topic and begin again. The group is open to all trans, queer, or femme identifying persons.

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