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Oct
20
Fri
“Two-Countries: U.S. Daughters and Sons of Immigrant Parents,” An Anthology of Flash Memoir, Personal Essays and Poetry
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

This event will feature readings from contributors who live in the NYC/NJ area whose work is feature in”Two-Countries. U.S. Daughters and Sons of Immigrant Parents.”

Oct
21
Sat
The End of Policing with Alex S. Vitale and Kassandra Frederique
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

This book reveals the tainted origins of modern policing as a tool of social control and demonstrates how the expanded role of the police is inconsistent with community empowerment, social justice—even public safety. Alex Vitale and guests Kassandra Frederique (of the Drug Policy Alliance) and Victoria Law (author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women) will discuss how the implementation of alternatives to policing, like drug legalization, regulation, and harm reduction instead of the policing of drugs, has led to reductions in crime, spending, and injustice.

Oct
22
Sun
Social Justice Tours: Gentrification in Williamsburg
Oct 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

NOTE: This event does not take place at Bluestockings!

This two and a half hour long tour of Williamsburg highlights two main themes: Gentrification and Environmental Justice. Williamsburg offers an extreme example of both of these broader themes, and thus makes a very interesting case-study neighborhood in which to delve into these issues. The roots of gentrification and the detailed history of the cause of such rapid change will be covered in depth. This tour gives participants detailed information that will enable them to understand the topic of gentrification, why it is happening, its history, who benefits, and what is driving it. The same is true of the backstory of the environmental justice movement in the area. Sign up at http://socialjusticetours.com/

Social Justice Tours: Trump Walking Tour
Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

NOTE: This event does not take place at Bluestockings!

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. The third 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. Sign up at http://socialjusticetours.com/

Dr. Diane Pomerantz discusses her debut memoir, Lost in the Reflecting Pool
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

A psychological love story about one woman’s struggle to survive within, and ultimately break free of, a relationship with a man incapable of caring about anyone beyond himself. With additional themes of infertility, adoption and breast cancer recovery, Lost in the Reflecting Pool is an empowering story about one woman’s journey to be free.

Oct
23
Mon
Last Words: Four Fiction Writers
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

This intercultural literary reading will feature four fiction writers, one from Montreal and three from New York, two of whom (Lesley Trites and Virginia Konchan) will be reading from their debut short story collections. Reading from published stories and those in progress, the theme of the reading is bridging the gap between Canadian and American contemporary fiction — all four readers have either lived in Canada or are Canadian citizens — and integrating the past with the (apocalyptic) future.

Oct
24
Tue
Kundalini Yoga with Ursula Scherrer
Oct 24 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 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: ursula.scherrer@gmail.com

La Brujas Club Gathering
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

La Brujas Club is a mystical society that empowers women. We believe in the power of intuition and bringing women of all backgrounds together under one room to share literature and connect on a spiritual level.

Oct
25
Wed
Anarchx Feminist Monthly Meeting
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

MACC Anarchx Feministx meet to discuss the Anarchist Book Fair event workshop with Silvia Federici and Chiara Botticci, go over future ideas for actions and propaganda building, and discuss how to implement a strategy for addressing sexual harassment and assault within our own communities.

Oct
26
Thu
New Voices Reading Series
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

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.

Oct
27
Fri
We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled: Voices from Syria — Wendy Pearlman & Molly Crabapple in Conversation
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

How have Syrians lived the uprising and war transforming their country? What can their personal stories teach us about both tragedy and resilience? Wendy Pearlman’s We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled: Voices from Syria is based on interviews with hundreds of Syrians conducted over four years across the Middle East and Europe. It chronicles the war from its origins to its present horror, solely through the words of ordinary people transformed by its unfolding.

Oct
28
Sat
Ukulele for Social Change
Oct 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month to learn ukulele! All skill levels are welcome. We will teach folks how to play songs from different historic cultural and social movements. We will try to focus on music which is consistent with a vision of collective liberation and solidarity. The bookstore has one communal ukulele that anyone can use, but folks are encouraged to bring their own ukulele to the workshop. We will provide some supplementary materiel for practicing the music and studying its social significance. Some of the music we will look at includes the blues of Bessie Smith, Brazilian bossa nova, French goguettes, the nueva cancíon of Víctor Jara, and others. We do not know everything, but we will try to pass on what we do know, and to help you flourish as a musician and human.

Oct
29
Sun
Amy Hoffman, The Off Season
Oct 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Join author Amy Hoffman as she reads from and discusses her new novel, The Off Season.

The Off Season is a comic romp in Provincetown that contends with heartbreaking, aging and environmental worries, starring characters like the motor scooter–driving landlady Miss Ruby, Reverend Patsy, the vegan minister of the Unitarian church, and Nora, an artist in her mid thirties, who moves from Brooklyn to Provincetown for a quiet off-season on the tip of Cape Cod.

Stephen McCauley, author of The Object of My Affection, writes that “with one of the most effortlessly charming voices you’re likely to come across, Hoffman’s real triumph is reminding us of the importance of community in the face of hostility and oppression. It’s hard to imagine a more timely or necessary reminder.”

Oct
30
Mon
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.

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. Please sign up in advance on our eventbrite (although walk-ins are welcome!): http://popgym.eventbrite.com/?s=77790174

Oct
31
Tue
Kundalini Yoga with Ursula Scherrer
Oct 31 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 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: ursula.scherrer@gmail.com

Nov
1
Wed
Bluestockings Education Project presents the Icarus Project Radical Mental Health Workshop Series: Explorations in Personal Transformation and Collective Liberation
Nov 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The Icarus Project NYC is a local chapter of http://theicarusproject.net, a radical mental health a support network and media project by and for people who experience the world in ways that are often diagnosed as mental illness. We envision a new culture that allows the space and freedom for exploring different states of being, and recognizes that breakdown can be the entrance to breakthrough. We aim to create a language that is so vast and rich that it expresses the infinite diversity of human experiences. Our monthly workshops explore these themes through peer-based discussion, guest presentations, art, forum theater and more. For more information about this month’s event see: http://nycicarus.org

Nov
2
Thu
Comedy Cunt Collective
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

An evening featuring marginalized comedians from various communities each performing and sharing their own life experiences using comedy as a medium. Hosted by Arti Gollapudi this night will feature a diverse line up of stand up comedians, writers, character actors, etc in hopes to inspire dialogue about representation and build connections.

Nov
3
Fri
Women in Fiction with Christina Bauer
Nov 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Join best-selling author Christina Bauer as she signs your copy of her new YA urban fantasy, Wolves & Roses, a fresh story that mixes fairy tales, shifters, and Midtown Manhattan. Plus, the first 25 attendees to the event that buy a book will receive a gift bag complete with a t-shirt and more… that’s a $25 value!

Nov
4
Sat
Swords in the Hands of Children: Jonathan Lerner
Nov 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

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.

Nov
5
Sun
Feminist Book Club
Nov 5 @ 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.

November book: We Were Feminists Once by Andi Zeisler