03/20/17 11:33am
(Gaby Del Valle/Brokelyn)

(Gaby Del Valle/Brokelyn)

Direct action doesn’t always mean large protests. Subway fares are going up again, and plenty of New Yorkers can’t afford yet another fare hike. If you have an unlimited, be sure to swipe it forward today when someone asks! And remember: the NYPD lied when they said no one can get deported for fare-beating (people can be, and they are). This week includes plenty of ways for you to join the #resistance, from small acts like giving someone a swipe to larger demonstrations, and everything else in between. (more…)

03/14/17 2:54pm

dirty panties

Last week an invitation landed in my inbox for Dirty Panties The Musical at Bushwick’s House Of Yes. “Fancy the theatre this week?” I called out from the kitchen “Sure, Sondheim?” my innocent boyfriend replied from living room, “Er, not quite.”

Written and produced by current and former sex workers, Dirty Panties The Musical was not a musical at all, but more a series of emotional and abstract vignettes covering many aspects of working in the ‘business’. Some scenes were funny: for example, the jaded sex worker whose inner monologue was all about which pizza she should eat later as her john whipped her. Some were raw – a moving and daring dance and aerial piece performed by Joshua Oates hit that note. The finale made a point about how one decision can lead to the next and how the instinct to survive is the driving force. I won’t ruin the ending for you, but I will say it’s pretty spectacular. (more…)

03/13/17 10:27am
It's not always a great idea to call yourself a "voice for the voiceless." (Gaby Del Valle/Brokelyn)

It’s not always a great idea to call yourself a “voice for the voiceless.” (Gaby Del Valle/Brokelyn)

I really don’t want to make any of this about me, but I’m on vacation in another country right now and I just found out one of my family members is an ardent Trump supporter. This man lives in another country, he’s super into Trump, and he told me that “America should be for Americans,” which makes no sense because he isn’t even American and he used to live in the US. I digress. The point of this is that we all have a Trump-supporting relative (or a lot of them), and engaging with them can be pretty difficult. Thankfully, this week’s lineup of activist events includes a workshop on how to talk to them, plus rallies and letter-writing campaigns, and a few parties and benefit shows to let off some steam. Onward: (more…)

03/07/17 10:26am
The kids are all right. (Gaby Del Valle / Brokelyn)

The kids are all right. Photo by Gaby Del Valle / Brokelyn

Thousands of women across the country (and around the world) are going on strike tomorrow. They’re not just taking the day off from work—women in more than 30 countries have pledged to not do any paid or unpaid labor on International Women’s Day, which happens to be this Wednesday. The strike, which is being billed as “A Day Without A Woman,” is a followup to the Women’s March on January 21st, and is intended to show just how much women contribute to the economy and the world, especially in the face of an administration that threatens our rights and bodies.

In New York City, women and allies are gathering in Washington Square Park for a rally and march. The rally kicks off at 4pm, and at 5:30, everyone will march to Zuccotti Park, with a few stops along the way, including the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory site, the Varick Street Immigration Detention Center, and more. (more…)

03/06/17 1:15pm
Ask her!

Ask her! Photo by Gaby Del Valle / Brokelyn

It’s finally here, y’all: the women’s strike. And while the strike is intended to show just how much work women do, and is ultimately one of the biggest shows of force this week, that doesn’t mean every woman has the ability or resources to take a day off work. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to take action against Trump before, after, and during this Wednesday. Without further ado, here they are: (more…)

02/27/17 11:16am
Gaby Del Valle / Brokelyn

Gaby Del Valle / Brokelyn

We’re officially more than a month into Donald Trump’s presidency, and though there have definitely been plenty of challenges (terrible cabinet nominees, an uptick in deportations, an increase hate crimes across the country, you name it), the resistance continues, from small community meetings to (some of) the speeches at the Oscars.  This week offers plenty of opportunities to get involved and march forth. (more…)

02/24/17 4:26pm
Everybody is welcome to pee at Sunny's. Photo by Tim Donnelly/Brokelyn.

Everybody is welcome to pee at Sunny’s. Photo by Tim Donnelly/Brokelyn.

The biggest and most immediate rebuttal to the idea that a bathroom is some sort of magical gender island and not just a hole in the ground to collect your recycled Miller High Life happens in New York City bars every single night. It’s in the back of those bars in long lines of people desperate to evacuate their bowels and get back to the party that any concerns of gender roles break down in favor of the only gods New Yorkers believe in: convenience and speed. This has been the case for some time, and you’re seeing more and more bars give up the idea that anyone really cares about anything about the bathroom other than how long the line is.

A few months ago, I was standing in line for the restrooms at Sunny’s, Red Hook’s beloved bar at the end of the world, where the Saturday night bluegrass jam had drawn in its usual large crowd. The bathrooms at the time were labeled “His” and “Hers” in charming vintage lettering. But they’re single-occupancy rooms so I always use whichever one opens first. That night, the Hers room opened and I pointed out to the guy in front of me in line that if he didn’t use it, I would. His face glowed with revelation: “Yeah, I could right?! It’s 2016, right? I’m going for it!” This guy seemed to think he was making some enlightened, revolutionary stance. He was not. A bathroom is just a place to pee and occasionally do drugs in.

Sunny’s recognized this: it recently added the words “+everybody” (which I snapped the above picture of on Tuesday) to the signs to clear up any confusion, because who has time to care. Like most social debates that embroil red state America, New Yorkers are too busy to care about where you pee and do your drugs, so long as you’re not slowing them down.  (more…)

02/20/17 11:00am
This week in anti-Trump activism in NYC: Not my President's Day edition

Photo from Sunday’s #IAmAMuslimToo rally in Times Square. (John Devanney/Twitter)

Let’s get a few things straight: #resistance should obviously mean more than Tweeting “hey, stop that” at the president, but it doesn’t exclusively mean attending every single rally and march outside Trump Tower, either. This week, we’ve compiled plenty of ways for you to get involved in grassroots activism at the most vital level, from letter writing to fighting against climate change. Local organizing may not be sexy, but someone’s got to do it (and that someone is you!). (more…)

02/13/17 10:40am
This week in anti-Trump activism in NYC: Resisting President Agent Orange

(Gaby Del Valle / Brokelyn)

Busta Rhymes called Donald Trump “President Agent Orange” on stage last night at the Grammys before reminding us to #resist, and do you really want to go against what he has to say? Without further ado, here are 40+ ways to get informed, get organized, and get involved this week–with a few parties thrown in for good measure. (more…)

02/07/17 4:23pm
Trump Tower Muslim Refugee Fundraiser

If you can’t beat ’em, fill their safe space with the thing they fear the most: human beings looking to live a decent life. Photo via Indiegogo

Simultaneously affect change and promote affordable housing by donating to this Indiegogo effort to raise a year’s rent and put up a recent refugee from one of the countries impacted by Trump’s Muslim travel ban in Trump Tower itself. Your hard-earned cash can at last achieve what our tax dollars never have: diversifying Midtown’s Tower of Terror and tainting the Donald’s quality of life. This might even scare him out of his New York ivory tower to his White House in DC.

Started by good samaritan Jonah Bliss, the campaign aims to shelter a couple or young family from Libya, Sudan, Yemen, Somalia, Syria, Iraq, or Iran in “our President’s egotistical monument to himself” as a statement that “Muslim refugees deserve the right to live in America as much as anyone else,” while simultaneously “using his own gold festooned tower against him.” (more…)