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Furthering efforts to raise awareness of the occupation of Kashmir, we will be screening the film, Kashmir’s Torture Trail. From the film description “In the most militarized place on earth, one man is standing up to the armed might of the world’s largest democracy. This film follows a Kashmiri lawyer as he uncovers India’s best kept secret.”
This event is hosted by South Asia Solidarity Initiative. SASI is opposed to state repression, majoritarian politics, reactionary non-state forces, dispossession of communities and oppression of people along the lines of caste, gender, class, region, race, ethnicity, sexuality and religion. We stand with those in South Asia who dissent, and we will amplify the voices of those who are silenced.
Feel like we’re in a bad episode of Black Mirror? Is Mr.Robot looking more like a documentary? Between the corporate, state, and civilian threats we face, talking about cybersecurity can be overwhelming and stir up a lot of difficult emotions. This social event from the CyPurr Collective hopes to provide a comfortable space to discuss these anxieties as well as current events in the digital world. Let’s build up our digital-agency and form a critical understand the tech encroaching on our lives. All while enjoying delicious tea and snacks, of course. https://cypurr.nyc
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!
This event has a Google Hangouts video call.
This presentation examines how contemporary popular feminism re-imagines and re-directs what “empowerment” means for women, and how it is restructuring feminist politics within neoliberal culture. While a broader acceptance of feminism as an identity, concept, and practice can be exhilarating, for those who find feminism to be a threat, this acceptance also stimulates fear, aggression, and violence. This talk explores the deeply entwined relationship between the creation and expression of popular feminism and popular misogyny.
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.
In Occult Features of Anarchism: With Attention to the Conspiracy of Kings and the Conspiracy of the Peoples, Erica Lagalisse sets straight the history of the Left, illustrating the actual relationship between modern revolutionism, occult philosophy, and the clandestine fraternity: Questions of class respectability may lead Leftists to ignore “conspiracy theory”, yet in doing so neo-fascist theories of history gain ground. Inspired by research within today’s anarchist movements, Lagalisse’s latest work also serves to challenge contemporary anarchist “atheism”, which poses practical challenges for coalition politics in the 21st century. Finally, by studying the history of anarchism, Lagalisse also shows how the development of Leftist theory and practice within clandestine masculine “public” spheres continues to inform 21st century anarchist understandings of the ‘political’, in which men’s oppression by the state becomes the prototype for power in general.
Join creators Mady G. and J.R. Zuckerberg for an evening celebrating their latest release, A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities, which outlines the basics of the LGBT+ world! Covering essential topics like sexuality, gender identity, coming out, and navigating relationships, this guide explains the spectrum of human experience through informative comics, interviews, worksheets, and imaginative examples. A great starting point for anyone curious about queer and trans life, and helpful for those already on their own journeys!
J.R. Zuckerberg is a cartoonist, illustrator and craftsperson living in Brooklyn, NY. They grew up in the woods of northern Westchester and have always drawn inspiration from their observations of nature on a very small scale. They are so excited to debut the microcosm of the Sproutlings in A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities!
Mady G. is a cartoonist and illustrator based in Los Angeles, CA. No stranger to wildlife and natural wonders, they spent most of their childhood exploring in the northeastern US and in southwestern Canada, surrounded by all kinds of flora and fauna. They are passionate about LGBT and human rights, especially the rights of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and hope to contribute to a more loving and less judgemental world.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Join us as adrienne maree brown reads from their new book Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good, a book that explores building new narratives about how politics can feel good and how what feels good always has a complex politics of its own. adrienne, author of Emergent Strategy and co-editor of Octavia’s Brood, is a social justice facilitator focused on black liberation, a doula/healer, and a pleasure activist. She lives in Detroit.
The I Don’t Know! Project is a touring art piece that works to destigmatize the lifelong process of learning and growing, while creating a safe space for the beginnings or continuations of individual explorations into personal, social, political, racial, and gender/sex based topics. The Project celebrates and puts an emphasis on the “I Don’t Know!” stage of learning, the stage in which the most shame, and self – restriction may come. The model for The I Don’t Know! Project is one on one: anyone who comes into the store or attends the event is invited to sit down, one at a time and, with the interlocutor, discuss a topic (personal, social, political, racial, or gender based) that they haven’t formed an opinion on or don’t know much about or have questions about.
Tabatha Gayle is a multi-disciplinary performance artist, creative, and activist based in Harlem, NY. Her work centers around re-humanizing the dehumanized, oppression at the intersection of race and gender, and creating conversation that frees the individual to self-reflect and self-educate. Tabatha has developed and performed work through theaters and institutions such as Ars Nova, The Martin E. Segal Center for the Prelude 2018, and Dixon Place.
If we want girls to succeed, we need to teach them the audacity to transgress. Through years of deep immersion at non-elite schools in Ghana, South Africa, and America, scholar-activist Sally Nuamah identifies the key changes that need to be made to make school more conducive to girls’ success in and out of the classroom. Sally invites you to discuss these changes through a conversation on her new book, How Girls Achieve.
Sally A. Nuamah is a scholar, activist, and filmmaker. She was selected a Change-Maker by the White House and received the Black Women Organized for Political Action’s Under 40 Award in Education. HerStory, her award-winning documentary, has been screened across the world. Nuamah began the TWII Foundation to provide funding for girls striving to be first in their families to go to college. She is currently Assistant Professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.
April’s Event: Right to the City will be presenting their digital timeline of tenant organizing, and also talking about how community organizing defeated Amazon HQ2. They will lead a conversation about what community-driven tech will look like.
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).
The granddaughter of an atomic courier, Lindsey A. Freeman turns a critical yet nostalgic eye to the place where her family was sent as part of a covert government plan. Through memories, mysterious photographs, and uncanny childhood toys, she shows how nuclear culture irradiated the twentieth century. Alternately tender and alarming, her book takes a Geiger counter to recent history, reading the half-life of the atomic past as it resonates in our tense nuclear present.
This monthly book discussion focuses on reading anarchist and radical left texts, alternating between fiction and non-fiction. These books are chosen by participants in advance.
April’s book: Caliban and the Witch by Silvia Federici
This event has a Google Hangouts video call.