Calendar

Feb
19
Wed
Self-Defense Workshop with POP Gym
Feb 19 @ 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

Feb
20
Thu
Narcan Overdose Prevention Training
Feb 20 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Every Thursday, Bluestockings will be hosting a free, walk-in harm reduction training and discussion on overdose prevention! Walk away from this narcan training with your own nalaxone kit and help support all community, including drug-using comrades!

Masq Cycle 001 Circle 4: Masc-Allyship
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Masq is a healing initiative that aims to evolve our relationships with masculinity, thru open-conversation. We strive to destroy the toxic elements that exist within the identity, and embrace its existence beyond it’s cis-expression. This installment of Masq is going to be largely focused on how we, as masculine-identifying individuals, can utilize our power and privilege in our intimate realities  to do our part in dismantling our patriarchy. This discussion can be broken into 2 parts, intervention in ways that are obvious (external), & intervening in ways that are less obvious (internal). 

Anjan Alavandar (they/them) is the founder of Masq. Anjan is an American born South-Indian community organizer who was raised in North Carolina. Anjan has been exploring the confines of masculinity from a young age. They work with All Kings, a new organization that is establishing a healing-based re-entry program for recently incarcerated men in Harlem and Brooklyn, NY.

Feb
21
Fri
Documenting Black People’s Stories Through Zine Making
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Neta Bomani and Mariame Kaba will discuss their new zine collaboration, “Groundhog Day: The Killing of Bonita Carter.” Groundhog Day excavates part of the history of Black people’s resistance to state violence (specifically policing). It’s often said that few people rally around the injury or death of Black women to demand justice. Yet the truth is that there are examples that contradict this assertion. The resistance varies in scale and impact and it is sometimes hidden from our view. However, where there is injustice, you will also find some resistance especially led by Black women. 

Mariame is an organizer, educator and curator based in New York City. Neta is an artist and organizer based in NYC.

Feb
23
Sun
Abolitionist Book Club
Feb 23 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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 colinweyman@gmail.com

Behind the Sun, Above the Moon Anthology Launch
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Come celebrate the book launch for the anthology Behind the Sun Above the Moon, a short story collection by nonbinary authors featuring SFF stories with a brief reading hosted by contributing authors Emmett Nahil and Sara Codair. Behind the Sun, Above the Moon centers trans and non-binary Own Voices writers, which enables them to imagine alternative futures and create fabulist worlds for themselves. 

Emmett Nahil (he/him) is a queer writer, artist, and game producer working on the indie game Love Shore (2021). He’s interested in intersectional activism, diverse representation for other queer Middle Easterners, and bringing more nuanced work to all kinds of weird literature. He has been known to favor horror, sci-fi, urban/modern fantasy, and trans-inclusive speculative fiction. Follow him on twitter, @_emmays. 

Sara Codair is the author over fifty short stories, which are packed with action, adventure, magic, and the bizarre. They partially owe their success to their faithful feline writing partner, Goose the Meowditor-In-Chief, who likes to “edit” their work by deleting entire pages. Sara’s debut novel, Power Surge, was published by NineStar Press on Oct. 1, 2018 and the sequel will be out sometime in 2020. Find Sara online at http://saracodair.com or @shatteredsmooth. 

Feb
24
Mon
Get On the Stage
Feb 24 @ 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.

Feb
25
Tue
In the Gutter– A Monthly Comics Reading Series
Feb 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

In the Gutter is a monthly comics reading featuring presentations of new and in-progress work primarily from indie comics artists, highlighting the voices of queer and trans creators. In the Gutter will create a space for comics artists working outside the mainstream industry to build community and audiences, and will further work to share the stories of marginalized peoples through comics.

Feb
26
Wed
Anarchx Feminist Monthly Meeting
Feb 26 @ 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.

Feb
27
Thu
Narcan Overdose Prevention Training
Feb 27 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Every Thursday, Bluestockings will be hosting a free, walk-in harm reduction training and discussion on overdose prevention! Walk away from this narcan training with your own nalaxone kit and help support all community, including drug-using comrades!

All of Love’s Vibes
Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

In honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month we are putting together an open mic, friendly competition, celebration, and contemplation on what love means to young people. We will be featuring poetry, storytelling, music, and creative responses to the prompt: What does love mean to you? Three winners of the creative submissions will be featured performers following an open mic! 

Youth Voices Network is a survivor led volunteer group whose mission is to raise awareness around dating violence. YVN works closely with Day One, an organization that provides support services and community education to young survivors of dating violence ages 24 and under.  

Feb
28
Fri
Off the Binary Clothing Swap
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Off the Binary is hosting a clothing swap for non-binary folks to have a safe space to add new
pieces to their wardrobe! All clothes are welcome.

Off the Binary is a monthly support group where you can 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. Off the Binary meets on the 2nd Saturday of every month at 2 PM at Bluestockings.

Mar
1
Sun
Too Young To Be Sick: A Chronic Pain and Illness Support Group
Mar 1 @ 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
Mar 1 @ 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.

Mar
2
Mon
YA Book Club
Mar 2 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Hey You!! Want to read books? or Talk about books? Come join or rejoin the Book Club! We took a break, but we are back. Y’all pick what we read; Bluestockings brings the fun and the T. This is a space for young people, ages 13-25, to hang out, get to know each other, and talk books, poems, zines, and other media.

Jack is a Afro-futurist and YA fiction addict, a radical community organizer and counselor in an NYC school, anti-racist white queer cat co-habitant, and baker. Sara is a South Asian social worker who loves deconstructing nationalist histories, daydreaming (read: imagining more just, compassionate worlds), and working to shift culture.