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Aug
18
Sun
Queer History Tour of the Village
Aug 18 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Journey back to the queer ’60s with someone who experienced it all first hand. Writer, storyteller and queer legend Jay Toole leads folks on a walking tour of the West Village, sharing personal stories and stopping at important places and historical moments along the way. Learn 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. (This event is held at a separate location.)

10% of ticket sales will be donated to The Audre Lorde Project. Book at socialjusticetours.com/current-tours.

Social Justice Tours is a nonprofit grassroots organization using walking tours as a method of radical education to expose injustice, highlight inequality and inspire action.

Black and Pink
Aug 18 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

NYC Black & Pink & the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project would like to invite you to our afternoon letter writing. What can you bring? Writing materials, stamps if you want! We can always use more postage.
Help us in alleviating the isolation of prison!

DIY Herbalism for Mental Wellness
Aug 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

This class is an introduction to herbalism and holistic nutrition to support mental well-being. Through a harm-reduction and anti-oppression lens, we’ll talk about how stress can affect the body and common herbal allies for balancing the body’s stress response and easing symptoms such as tension, anxiety, insomnia, and fatigue.

Jay Bartel is a white queer herbalist and holistic health educator who seeks to empower people to better care for themselves and their communities through connection to the natural world. They are currently a clinical intern at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism. For more information, click here.

Aug
20
Tue
Anarchx Feminist Monthly Meeting
Aug 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The Anarchx-Feminist Caucus (a.k.a. "AnFem") operates within the Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council (MACC). MACC seeks to strengthen and support New York City’s anarchist movement through coordination of existing and emerging projects. AnFem critiques and confronts gendered and sexual violence, capitalism and patriarchy while aiming to dismantle the overlapping systems and institutions that keep oppression in place. We join a long tradition of anarchist feminist collectives that operate in smaller scale affinity groups to build trust within a community that feels safe. We welcome all women, trans, and genderqueer folks to join us and learn more about ongoing work and campaigns, and/or to start new projects. For more information on MACC, visit macc.nyc.

AnFem Statement of Intent:

We are a group committed to amplifying the voices of women of color and transgender, intersex, and other gender non-conforming people of color.
We actively support anti-racist, anti-fascist, anti-sexist, and anti-transphobic strategies.
We are sex positive and embrace polyamory as well as queer gender and sexuality.
We align with sex workers and all workers in feminized labor including care and housework,
paid and unpaid.
We confront patriarchy and capitalism, especially in the structures of family, marriage, and private property.
We agree to a vision of a world that is non-hierarchical, unconstrained by gender, intersectional, and focused on attaining autonomy instead of perceived equality.

Aug
21
Wed
Reproductive Freedom Tour of Lower Manhattan
Aug 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This tour traces the people and places in New York that have been instrumental in the fight for reproductive health, rights and justice, and the adversaries that they’ve encountered along the way. While walking through old New York, Tribeca, Soho and Greenwich Village, this tour connects the past and the present. Focusing on the 100 years from the end of the Civil War to the 1970s, the tour also looks at the universal desires for reproductive freedom and the struggles that still exist today. (This event is held at a separate location.)

10% of ticket sales will be donated to The New York Abortion Access Fund. Book at socialjusticetours.com/current-tours.

Social Justice Tours is a nonprofit grassroots organization using walking tours as a method of radical education to expose injustice, highlight inequality and inspire action.

Healing through Writing: Prognosis/Prophecy
Aug 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Come celebrate one year of Healing through Writing at our special anniversary writing workshop, Prognosis/Prophecy. Healing through Writing: Prognosis/Prophecy imagines community as a body, and as an extension of our bodies. What systems or tissues must we repair? What has one year taught us about healing and symbiosis? This workshop includes three generative exercises with warm-up and closing activities.

Isabel-Antonette (Isa) Cajulis, founder and program curator of Healing through Writing, is a Filipina-American
community organizer from Queens. As a creative and an academic, she seeks to use storytelling to transfigure the
face of power. You can find her on social media @isabelcajulis.

Aug
22
Thu
Sun Salutations and Intentions: a Morning Flow
Aug 22 @ 9:00 am – 9:45 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 suryyama2018@gmail.com. Add Sun Salutations in the subject line.

FOLLOW HER on Instagram for quotes, yoga prompts and information, and uplifting pictures and comments:
suryyama_yoga (there is an underscore in the address)

FACEBOOK PAGE: Sharyn Hahn’s Fitness, Yoga, and Mindfulness for All

Horizontes: A Queer Latinx Poetry Reading
Aug 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

As Jose Esteban Muñoz wrote in Cruising Utopia, queerness is the “warm illumination of a horizon imbued with potentiality… The future is queerness’s domain.” Poets Vickie Vertiz and Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes present their work to illuminate the many queer Latinx horizons/horizontes toward which we write, the pasts we grieve and celebrate, the futures for which we fight. This event highlights voices of queer, trans, and gender non-conforming latinx poets of color committed to foregrounding marginalized and decolonial narratives.

es is a queer, gnc, latinx, social work human, and professional sadgurl. their work focuses heavily on survivorship, intergenerational trauma, and post-colonial feminisms. they have strong jersey roots and have been insufferably gay in New York for roughly a decade. they dream of a world where poetic community is free, accessible, and unsullied by capital and academy.

Jimena Lucero is a poet, artist, and trans woman from NYC. She graduated with a B.A. in English from Hunter College. She is a Pink Door fellow and you can find her writing in EOAGH, Efniks.com, and more.

Moncho Alvarado ( monchoalvarado.com and IG: @monchoelpoet) is a Latinx queer poet, their poems have been published in 2018 Emerge Lambda Fellows Anthology, The Academy of American Poets website & other publications. They are a recipient of fellowships and residencies from The Helen Wurlitzer Foundation, Lambda Literary, Poets House & others. Born and raised in Pacoima, California, they currently live in Brooklyn, New York, where they teach literature and creative writing.

Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes is a queer Colombian/Latinx poet. Her first full-length collection, “The Inheritance of Haunting” won the 2018 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Poetry, Academy of American Poets, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Raspa, Feminist Studies, & Nat.Brut among other places. A 2018 VONA alum, and a 2019 CantoMundo Fellow, she grew up in California and lives in Brooklyn. Instagram:
@vessels.we.are

Juliany Taveras is a dominican-american writer, theatre-maker, and arts educator from Brooklyn, NY. Their playwriting has been nationally recognized (Kilroys List 2016, 50 Playwrights Project List 2018) and staged with Page 73, The Lark, Crashbox Theater Company, The Bechdel Group, & Greenhouse Theater Center, among others. Juliany is an alum of Vassar College and the St. Joseph’s College Writer’s Foundry. They’re a teaching artist with NYC youth and developing work that navigates bodies in diaspora. julianytaveras.com

The oldest child of an immigrant family, Vickie Vértiz’s writing can be found in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and anthologies such as Open the Door by McSweeney’s and the Poetry Foundation, among others. Her book Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut won the 2018 PEN America poetry prize. She has given lectures and readings in France, Japan, Mexico City, and throughout the United States. Vickie teaches at UC-Santa Barbara.

Aug
23
Fri
No Ivy League Release Party and Process Talk
Aug 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

No Ivy League is the debut full-length graphic novel by Hazel Newlevant, a memoir about growing up homeschooled and sheltered in Portland, their first summer job, and crashing into the intersection of sexual harassment, gender oppression, white privilege, and teen hormones. Hazel will give a brief talk showing the process of creating No Ivy League and sign books.

Hazel Newlevant is a Portland-raised, Queens-residing cartoonist. Their other comics include Tender-Hearted, Sugar Town, and If This Be Sin. They are the editor and publisher of the anthologies Chainmail Bikini and Comics For Choice.

Aug
24
Sat
Environmental Justice Tour of Gowanus
Aug 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Gowanus is an intensely contaminated community that is simultaneously undergoing multiple processes of environmental remediation and gentrification. The tour will explore these dynamics and the challenges and opportunities posed by the Gowanus Canal Superfund Clean Up, the rapid disappearance of commercial establishments and services that are affordable to low and moderate-income households and the recently announced housing authority plan to build market-rate apartments at Wyckoff Gardens. You will also learn about the Turning the Tide initiative, a multi-neighborhood effort that focuses on building social and environmental resiliency in five Brooklyn public housing developments in the face of climate change. This tour is led by FUREE organizer, Michael Higgins Jr. (This event takes place at a separate location.)

10% of ticket sales will be donated to Families United for Racial and Economic Equality. Book at socialjusticetours.com/current-tours.

Social Justice Tours is a nonprofit grassroots organization using walking tours as a method of radical education to expose injustice, highlight inequality and inspire action.

Rezoning & Dysplacement Tour of Central Harlem
Aug 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

In the rezoning of Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Harlem, growth and diversification—gentrification—was not imposed on an unwitting community by unscrupulous developers or opportunistic outsiders, but rather it was imposed on the community from within, from the community’s grassroots. This walking tour discusses the logic and strategy behind a plan framed within a vision of community “progress,” but it was actually a tool to weaponize competing class interest: how one public land process along a single avenue brought about change that resulted in the displacement of almost all of the area’s long-term residents and small businesses along the streets and even the neighboring avenues. Using calculators on our smartphones, the participants on this tour reckon with the deep ideological problem that prompted Harlem’s political establishment, community-based organizations, middle-class, and even low-income shareholders in limited-equity cooperatives to produce outcomes that benefited the few and threatened the many.

10% of ticket sales will be donated to the A. Philip Randolph Square Alliance. Book at socialjusticetours.com/current-tours.

Social Justice Tours is a nonprofit grassroots organization using walking tours as a method of radical education to expose injustice, highlight inequality and inspire action.

Queer History Tour of the Village
Aug 24 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Journey back to the queer ’60s with someone who experienced it all first hand. Writer, storyteller and queer legend Jay Toole leads folks on a walking tour of the West Village, sharing personal stories and stopping at important places and historical moments along the way. Learn 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. (This event is held at a separate location.)

10% of ticket sales will be donated to The Audre Lorde Project. Book at socialjusticetours.com/current-tours.

Social Justice Tours is a nonprofit grassroots organization using walking tours as a method of radical education to expose injustice, highlight inequality and inspire action.

RadTech Activist Group (R-TAG @ Bluestockings)
Aug 24 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Building a community of tech activists at Bluestockings. Our workshops include building tech tools for grassroots movements (open to beginners and non-coders), and creating non-Capitalist arts projects and DIY tech. Discussing and organizing around algorithmic fairness, predictive policing, surveillance, and oppressive technologies. Getting grassroots organizations heard in City Council conversations about open data policies and automated decision systems (ADS).

Aug
25
Sun
Reproductive Freedom Tour of Lower Manhattan
Aug 25 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This tour traces the people and places in New York that have been instrumental in the fight for reproductive health, rights and justice, and the adversaries that they’ve encountered along the way. While walking through old New York, Tribeca, Soho and Greenwich Village, this tour connects the past and the present. Focusing on the 100 years from the end of the Civil War to the 1970s, the tour also looks at the universal desires for reproductive freedom and the struggles that still exist today. (This event is held at a separate location.)

10% of ticket sales will be donated to The New York Abortion Access Fund. Book at socialjusticetours.com/current-tours.

Social Justice Tours is a nonprofit grassroots organization using walking tours as a method of radical education to expose injustice, highlight inequality and inspire action.

Sweet Nectar: Alcohol Free Medicine Making Workshop
Aug 25 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Sweet Nectar Workshop : join jade (69herbs) and rachel (snakeroot) as we join powerful east coast / west coast plant practices into this booze-less class! booze is cool but sometimes folks want different options – maybe they’re sober or just don’t like the taste of alcohol found commonly in medicinal plant extracts.

Together we will learn all about some alcohol free options for taking, making, and preserving plant medicine. We will step by step process fresh plant material – and discuss different ways to make medicine. We will make a two different sweet extracts: a glycerite and an oxymel – learn the differences – and sample different types of delicious booze free medicines.