04/24/17 4:48pm

“Nasty Woman.” Every feminist in Brokelandia remembers where she was when Donald Trump spat those words at Hillary Clinton during debate season. For some of us, this phrase became a rallying cry. Through the pain of the election results and the joy of the Women’s March, many of us drew strength from these words – as “Nasty Women”, we had the chance to feel like warriors, equipped to fight an administration that wanted to tear us down.

But as we approach the 100th day of 45’s presidency and he shows no signs of slowing his despicable roll, it’s clear that we have more work to do. In NYC, we’ve got plenty of opportunities to resist; there are Manhattan bars donating all profits to anti-Trump organizations, this past weekend’s March for Science, and there are plenty of artists who are mad as hell and aren’t gonna take it anymore. One such artist is Allison Brzezinski, an arts administrator and choreographer who’s teaming up with 50+ musicians, visual artists, comedians, filmmakers, dancers, and actors to launch Nasty Women Unite Fest, a week-long arts festival with a focus on intersectional feminism. The festival’s running from Tuesday, April 25 through Sunday, April 30, with performances in Manhattan, Queens, and (of course) Brooklyn. We recently caught up with Allison to chat about the curatorial process, the need for feminist art in today’s world, and what it means to be a “Nasty Woman”. (more…)

04/24/17 11:55am

In his first 100 days in office, FDR did… a lot, too much to list here. Now we have a president who isn’t just trying to dismantle what’s left of the New Deal, but is also doing a pretty bad job of implementing his evil agenda. Although the latter is comforting, let’s not forget that Trump has already threatened to bomb North Korea, actually bombed Syria and Afghanistan, expanded ICE’s deportation priorities to include more immigrants than before, declared a new war on drugs, tried to ban Muslims from entering the country twice, and tried to take away healthcare from millions of Americans. Oh, and he golfs a lot.

That said, there are ways to resist. Hell, you’ve already done it for 100 days! Read all about it: (more…)

04/17/17 11:32am

Earth Day is this weekend, which is a great opportunity to remember that the President and his allies either think that climate change is a Chinese hoax or are too concerned with generating profit for massive corporations to care that we’ll all be wearing full-body heat repellant suits and /or living in underwater communes soon if they don’t do something about it. This week brings the Climate March, small, local meetings, a few sign-making events, and plenty of ways to make the world a better place. (more…)

04/11/17 2:45pm

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Tax Day is exactly a week away (it’s next Tuesday, April 18), and as much as us individuals and small businesses struggle to get our returns in on time, it is clear that no one is having quite as much difficulty with his taxes as Donald Trump. When an entire country, all American media, your fellow elected officials, and your patriotic duty demand you file your taxes, not even on time, but at some point eventually, and you are still incapable, clearly you need some help – thus was born 1040fortrump.com, a website dedicated to helping President Trump, “gets the help he needs.” (more…)

04/10/17 10:25am
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They also pay taxes, which the president… maybe doesn’t? Does? Who knows! (Gaby Del Valle/Brokelyn)

Tax day is looming on the horizon, and I mean, it kind of sucks to have to send your money to a government that will spend a lot of it on bombing people and on Paul Ryan’s health insurance, but keep in mind that your tax dollars also provide plenty of necessary social services for people around the country (and around the world! That’s great!).

That said, some people–i.e., the president of these United States–has a history of um, maybe not paying taxes? Or of definitely hiding something, which is why he never released his taxes, and maybe what he’s hiding is worse than the fact that he doesn’t even pay taxes. Anyway, get your taxes filed ASAP, come out to these local activist events, and on Saturday, top it all off with the Tax March.

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04/03/17 10:01am
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Photo by Gaby Del Valle / Brokelyn

Democrats have been losing seats for years, and a Trump presidency should be the time for a leftist resurgence. This week’s events include a fundraiser for Democrats out West, who need support now more than ever before, as well as rallies and protests, fundraisers, letter writing events and a few happy hour specials and parties that will let you support a good cause (and your fellow Americans) with a drink in hand. But remember: direct action is always the best course of action when possible, and nothing sends a message like thousands of bodies on the street defending their rights!

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03/27/17 12:35pm
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Photo by Gaby Del Valle / Brokelyn

If you keep up the hard work, maybe Paul Ryan will actually blast Papa Roach from his car one day—this beautiful New York Times screenshot is, unfortunately, Photoshop, but someday the image of Ryan listening to “Last Resort” as his life’s work falls apart will exist in more than just our dreams. (more…)

03/20/17 11:33am
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(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

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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…)