A much-photographed sign at the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse on Saturday night. Via @sushmitasp on Instagram.
President Trump has had just two Saturdays of his presidency so far and they’ve both been met with unprecedented national protest. Protesters flocked to JFK Saturday night until it was all but physically impossible to get there; then they shifted their attention to Cadman Plaza outside the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse, where a judge would eventually grant a temporary stay on Trump’s order. The scene at Cadman Plaza drew hundreds of people, musicians and people handing out free cheese plates, all channeling the righteous anger shown in one of the most popular protest signs of the weekend: “First they came for the Muslims, and I said ‘Not this time, motherfucker.'”
That a Brooklyn federal judge was the first to rule on the stay was a coincidence of jurisdiction, but it’s hard not to find some top notes of Brooklyn pride that the decision, and its related protests, was issued from Downtown Brooklyn in a city rife with immigrants, where you can see the Statue of Liberty from a train window on your commute into work. New Yorkers felt the worst effects of 9/11 and came out of it with a resolve to be more tolerant of others, not less. The overall message from New York to the residents of Trump’s America was: If we’re not scared, why the hell are you? Here’s a snapshot of how Brooklyn reacted to the events of the weekend: (more…)
Sunny passed away in March, but as of this week, his bar will live on. Via Goodyearsarah on Instagram
We’re all clinging to good news where we can find it right now, and we of course have a particular soft spot for good news that adds to the (admittedly very small) pile of old Brooklyn winning out over money and rampant new development. Yesterday, the Times reported that Sunny’s, arguably the best bar in New York City, the little misfit bar that could, a place trapped in time at the edge of the city, has won a three-year court battle to stay where it is and resist being sold off for development. Sunny passed away in March, but his widow Tone Balzano Johansen has ensured his memory won’t be erased from Red Hook as the neighborhood braces for redevelopment in coming years.
“I can’t let this be torn down for a view of the Statue of Liberty,” Ms. Johansen told the Times. “It’s ‘old Brooklyn’ wanting to hand it over to ‘new Brooklyn.’ Ironically, I am fighting to keep the story of ‘old Brooklyn’ alive.” (more…)
Spotted at the March in Washington on Saturday. Photo by Tim Donnelly/Brokelyn
In 2012, this here blog celebrated the Obamacare mandate that essentially made birth control free to women with insurance. Under the Affordable Care Act, insurers are required to offer birth control without a copay, because it turns out sex is a fun thing that everyone likes to do. Now that the new president/twitter addict has brought his Tasmanian Devil political style to the White House, it’s unclear which parts of Obamacare might survive and which will get ripped off like the Band-Aid you also won’t be able to support under the Republican’s so-far-nonexistent healthcare replacement. But New York has your back on the birth control issue.
While millions of women marched against Trump around the country and globe this weekend, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced new state insurance regulations that will require insurers to keep offering free birth control and access to free medically necessary abortions.
“Women deserve to make a fair wage and the same salary as any man, they deserve to work in an office free of sexual harassment, they deserve comprehensive paid family leave and they deserve control over their health and reproductive decisions,” Cuomo said in a statement, according to the Times. (more…)
The 2016 winners. You wanna be one in 2017? via Brooklyn Community Foundation FB
Artists aren’t the only ones who deserve a leg up to do what they do. A similarly underrepresented body politic in Brooklyn, at least where funding is concerned, is its nonprofit sector. We’re talking community organizers, advocacy groups and other 501(c)-3 organizations whose purpose precedes their paycheck.
Micro-leadership rarely receives macro budgeting, which can make it hard to afford the space you need to organize. But you should know that the Brooklyn Community Foundation sees you, and wants to help: They’re now accepting applications for their second-ever Incubator Project, an 18-month long residency that helps small nonprofits, community groups and community leaders by offering rent-free coworking space in Crown Heights, plus a $5,000 stipend and capacity-building support.
Does your organization qualify? Read on to find out. (more…)
You can do this without facing off against a disgruntled agent about whether you brought the right documents. via screenshot
The NYC ID is your all-access pass to free museum memberships and discount movie tickets. You can even use it to open a bank account. But applying for it used to be a minor pain in the ass; it meant waiting on line, for one, something few New Yorkers have the patience to do.
But as of today, you can apply for your NYC ID without even putting on pants. The IDNYC program has just debuted its new online application portal, where you can apply for a new card, update the information on your current card, replace a lost, stolen or damaged card or re-apply if your previous application wasn’t approved.
You’ll still have to go into an IDNYC enrollment center eventually to show them your documents, but this vastly reduces wait times, paper waste and the possibility of screwing it up (which happens, I did.) (more…)
Just a few days from now, hundreds of thousands will gather in Washington, DC to march in protest of Donald Trump’s presidency and the threats it poses to women’s (i.e. human) and reproductive rights. Like every powerful protest, it’s sure to feature some pretty good signage. Heck, no matter where you’re marching this weekend, you’re going to want something to hold up, a message or image that resonates with others.
But what does that mean? What makes a good protest sign, and what should your goal be in making one? Should you use all caps? Should you avoid swearing? And what images and symbols are most eye-catching to those whose eye you’re looking to catch?
All this, and more answers, can be yours with the help of this handy Brokelyn guide to protest signs. We’ve rounded up a number of sign-making workshops and parties happening around the borough, and got tips from local experts (read: frequent demonstrators) on how to punch up or punch down powerfully with your protest sign. (more…)