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Oct
23
Wed
Usual Cruelty: The Complicity of Lawyers in the Criminal Injustice System
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Alec Karakatsanis discusses his new book, Usual Cruelty. This impassioned, hard-hitting text uncovers the injustices inherent to our legal system, and how it’s wielded not to enforce justice and public safety, but to criminalize the poor and reap profit. A former public defender, he quit his job to take on the radical project of suing court systems across the country for the widespread constitutional violations endemic in the legal system. He also founded the Civil Rights Corps, which challenged the money bail system in Harris County, Texas and secured the release of almost thirteen thousand people within months.

A former public defender, Alec Karakatsanis is the founder of the Civil Rights Corps, an organization designed to advocate for racial justice and bring systemic civil rights cases on behalf of impoverished people. He was named the 2016 Trial Lawyer of the Year by Public Justice and was awarded the Stephen B. Bright Award for contributions to indigent defense in the South by Gideon’s Promise. The author of Usual Cruelty: The Complicity of Lawyers in the Criminal Injustice System (The New Press), he lives in Washington, DC.

Oct
24
Thu
Sun Salutations and Intentions: a Morning Flow
Oct 24 @ 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

The Stars and The Blackness Between Them: A Reading of Sweetness!
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Join us for a reading and reflection of the new book “The Stars and the Blackness Between Them,” by Junauda Petrus-Nasah a queer, magic-realism, liberation, Black diaspora, and astrological love story. Come and explore the world of the book via readings from the book, and a conversation with the author about the themes.

Junauda Petrus-Nasah is a Black-Caribbean writer, pleasure activist, filmmaker and performance artist born on Dakota land. Her work centers queerness, Black-diasporic-futurism, ancestral healing, sweetness, and liberation. Her writing appears in Pleasure Activism among other publications. Her first YA novel, The Stars and The Blackness Between Them is about queer young Black love across the diaspora, mass incarceration, astrology, ancestral magic, Whitney Houston and trusting your sacredness despite oppression and heartbreak.

Oct
26
Sat
Queer History Tour of the Village
Oct 26 @ 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)
Oct 26 @ 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).

Oct
27
Sun
Reproductive Freedom Tour of Lower Manhattan
Oct 27 @ 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.

Radical YA Bookclub
Oct 27 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Radical YA Bookclub is a group for teens and adults who want to explore and discuss radical,
intersectional, queer, and feminist lit. Come read books they don’t teach in school, discuss new ideas and meet other people interested in exploring radical literature. Selections will be voted on by club members and can include books not traditionally considered YA. Snacks will be provided.

For more information or for accessibility questions contact matilda@bluestockings.com

Oct
28
Mon
Get On the Stage
Oct 28 @ 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.

Oct
30
Wed
Self-Defense Workshop with POP Gym
Oct 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Palm Heels for the people! Don’t get that joke? No worries! Come by this FREE workshop to learn some introductory skills that will keep you feeling safe. We’ll be covering the basics: stretching, conditioning, technique, and theory, with the hope that participants will leave with some super useful foundations that will aid them in the day-to-day. Mix that in with some sweat and some movement, and you’ll have an accessible and confidence-boosting good time for all. Whether you are a beginner, or someone with experience, come work it out with us!

Open to all ages! Participants should wear clothing in which they are comfortable stretching and sweating. Costumes welcome!

POP Gym is a new project, working towards opening a physical space in Brooklyn that offers free self-defense, fitness, and skill share classes 7 days a week. As we continue planning, we invite you to come by any of our events this summer! Our workshops have been described as, “fun”, “holistic” and “empowering”, and for any questions, comments, or inquiries for future workshops for you or your organizations, email us at info@popgym.org

Oct
31
Thu
Sun Salutations and Intentions: a Morning Flow
Oct 31 @ 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

Nov
1
Fri
Free Writing Workshop and Healing Space for Sex Workers
Nov 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

This will be a safe, judgement-free space for current and former sex workers of all backgrounds, genders, sexualities, religions, abilities, and academic backgrounds to hone writing techniques, process trauma, learn practical skills such as resume building, and more.

Nov
2
Sat
Rezoning & Dysplacement Tour of Central Harlem
Nov 2 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 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.

Nov
3
Sun
Too Young To Be Sick: A Chronic Pain and Illness Support Group
Nov 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This is a peer mediated support group for people age 15-35 who experience chronic pain or live with chronic illness. We provide a place to discuss the complexities of being a young person with a serious medical issue, as well as offer support, resources and strategies. This group is open to all illnesses and conditions, diagnosed or undiagnosed, and all levels of ability.

For more information or for accessibility questions contact matilda@bluestockings.com

Feminist Book Club
Nov 3 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

The Feminist Book Club reads and discusses feminism. We make no claims to any particular feminist platform. We read theoretical texts, literature and primary works. All are welcome inclusive of gender, political persuasion, and familiarity.

For more information, email feministbookclubnyc@gmail.com.

Nov
4
Mon
“Fat, Pretty, and Soon to Be Old”
Nov 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Kimberly Dark’s new book explores what it means to look a certain way. Or rather, certain ways. Navigating her experience of being fat since childhood—as well as queer, white-privileged, a gender-conforming “girl with a pretty face,” active then disabled, and inevitably aging—Dark blends storytelling and social analysis to deftly coax readers into a deeper understanding of how appearance privilege (and stigma) function in everyday life and how the architecture of this social world constrains us.

Kimberly Dark is a writer, professor, and raconteur. She has written award-winning plays, and taught and performed for a wide range of audiences in various countries over the past two decades. She is the author of The Daddies, Love and Errors, and co-editor of the anthology Ways of Being in Teaching.