Bluestockings hosts many book clubs, support groups, classes, and social get-togethers! Here you can find a directory of our usual events.
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- Feminist Book Club
- Queer Book Club
- Red Light Reader
- Radical Educators Book Club
- Anarchists Care About Books
- Abolitionist Book Club
Health and Wellness
- Off the Binary
- Too Young to Be Sick: A Chronic Pain and Illness Support Group
- The Icarus Project: Radical mental health workshop series
- Deep Yoga and Journaling
- Self Defense Workshops With Pop Gym
Feminist Book Club
UPCOMING BOOKS : December: Rude: There Is No Such Thing As Oversharing by Nimko Ali January: The Boundaries of Her Body: The Shocking History of Women’s Rights in America by Debran Rowland Febuary: The Means of Reproduction by Michelle Goldberg March: Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement from Stonewall to Slutwalk by Melina Chateauvert First Sunday of the month at 2:30 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 email@example.com.
Queer Book Club
UPCOMING BOOKS: Third Saturday of the month at 2 pm
The Queer Book Club is a Book Club for members of the LGBTQIA+ community and allies who want to read and discuss fiction and non-fiction books that focus on LGBTQIA+ characters and history.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the email list or for any questions.
Red Light Reader
Red Light Reader is a book club that seeks to create a safe space for sex workers and allies. We seek to facilitate dialogue about sex worker rights, and its intersections with technology, race, migration, labor, LGBTQ+ and women’s rights. Contact us is via website or twitter!
Radical Educators Book Club
UPCOMING BOOK: Second Sunday of the month at 12:30 pm
Join a group of educators engaged in inquiry of critical texts for a meetup and collaborative discussion of pedagogical values and practices.
Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Anarchists Care About Books
UPCOMING BOOKS: November: Undying by Anne Boyer December:October: The Story of the Russian Revolution by China Mieville Fourth Sunday of the month at 4 pm
A book discussion series from the Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council.
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.
Abolitionist Book Club
UPCOMING BOOKS: January: Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis Meeting Jan 26
looking for a way to improve your literacy around issues of the the carceral state, the system of oppression it rests on, and how to organize against it? Meet new comrades and build an analysis at a monthly book club with an emphasis on the abolitionist framework.
Each month we will discuss one book, exploring its topics and themes as well as trying to relate them to our own work organizing against oppression and state-sanctioned violence. For more info about the book club or questions about upcoming books, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health and Wellness
Off The Binary
Come and meet people who are just as confused as you are about public restrooms and getting dressed in the morning! We provide a safe space for anyone with a non-binary gender identity to discuss one’s experiences as we defy society’s mainstream conception of gender. We welcome gender identities that include but are not limited to: androgynous, agender, bigender, demigender, gender non-conforming, gender variant, genderfluid, genderqueer, non-binary, transmasculine, transfeminine.
Too Young to Be Sick
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 email@example.com
The Icarus Project
The Icarus Project NYC is a local chapter of a radical mental health 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.
Deep Yoga and Journaling
Sharyn Hahn is a certified RYT-250 yoga teacher. She will be teaching a Deep Yoga class, which is for all levels of experience. Expect some meditation, positive affirmations, stretching, vinyasa flow, and a peaceful rest at the end. We begin with a short meditation, setting an intention for our practice, and then do some easy stretching and warm-up poses. We move into the Sun Salutation and warrior poses, and add onto our flow from there. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water.
The class begins at 9:30 am and runs for an hour to and an hour and fifteen, depending on how we all are feeling. If you have any questions, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Self Defense Workshops With Pop Gym
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 email@example.com. Please sign up in advance on our eventbrite (although walk-ins are welcome!): http://popgym.eventbrite.com/?s=77790174
Get On The Stage Open Mic
Last Monday of the Month, sign ups start at 7pm
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.
Letter Writing With Black And Pink
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!
Anarchx Feminist Monthly Meeting
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.