This week in anti-Trump activism: 100 days of Trump

Photo by @buscando_poesia

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:

MONDAY (today)


#CloseRikers Rally
New York City Hall, Manhattan
10:30am – 12pm

Earlier this year, the mayor said he planned on closing Rikers for good, but there’s no guarantee that the city’s infamous jail will be closing any time soon. This rally’s purpose is to ensure that the communities most impacted by the criminal justice system in general—and Rikers in particular—are at the center of the conversation and the process, and that Rikers closes in a timely manner. Organizers are asking that people RSVP by emailing [email protected]



Occupy Kensington Workshop on Just and Safe Communities
PS 130
713 Caton Ave., Kensington
7pm – 8:30pm

Organizers from community organization El Grito Sunset Park will be leading this workshop about alternatives to broken windows policing. The night will include a discussion, activities for resolving neighborhood conflicts, and a brief open meeting for Occupy Kensington. Snacks and drinks will be provided!


Fight Training: Women, Trans, Non-Binary, and Gender Non-conforming
The Base
1302 Myrtle Ave., Bushwick
7pm – 9pm

You can’t punch Nazis if you don’t know how to defend yourself. This self-defense class meets every other Monday and is tailored for attendees during each session. Instructors will be covering stretching, conditioning, technique, and theory with a focus on creating an inclusive space for people of all genders. They’ll have equipment on hand, but participants are encouraged to bring gloves, mitts, hand wraps, jump ropes, and any other equipment they think could be useful. Remember to wear clothing you feel comfortable sweating and stretching in!


Civic Engagement Series: NYWC
Greenlight Bookstore
632 Flatbush Ave., Prospect Lefferts Gardens

Every month, Greenlight hosts a nonprofit working in social justice, community organizing, or the arts and donate 20% of their daily book sales to the featured group—this month, they’re hosting the New York Writers Coalition, which provides writing workshops for young people, seniors, women, LGBT communities, disabled people, and incarcerated/formerly incarcerated people. Come buy a book, hang out, and support the arts (someone has to, since the government doesn’t think they’re a priority).




Tattoo to Protect the Planet for Earthjustice
Magick City
37 Box St., Greenpoint
12pm – 6pm
$60 (cash only)

Magick City is offering $60 flash sheet tattoos from noon to 6pm, with all proceeds benefitting Earthjustice, an organization fighting for a cleaner, healthier planet. Get there early, because the line is sure to be long and tattoos are first come, first served. There will be live performances by Ian Wayne, Stan Killian, and The Wandering Cellist. Keep in mind that tattoo placement is limited to shoulders, arms, and legs and the event is cash only.



Party to Protect the Planet for Earthjustice
Saint Vitus Bar
1120 Manhattan Ave., Greenpoint
6:30pm -12am
$15 – $20

If the line at Magick City is too long for your liking (or you just don’t want a tattoo), you can still support the cause by attending the afterparty at Saint Vitus. She Keeps Bees, French Horn Rebellion, Dead Stars, and Abraham King will be performing; bartenders will be serving $2 drinks from 6:30 to 7:15; and all proceeds benefit Earthjustice. Get tickets fast, because they’ll be sure to sell out.


Know Your Rights Immigrant Workshop with AAFSC & CUNY CLEAR
Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon St., Boerum Hill
6pm – 8pm

The Arab-American Family Support Center, CUNY CLEAR, and Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams are hosting this know your rights immigrant workshop on Tuesday night Arabic translation will be available and snacks will be provided. RSVP online here or by phone at 718-802-3805



Legalize Dance in NYC Panel – NYC Artist Coalition Meeting
2 Havemeyer St., Williamsburg
6:30pm – 8:30pm

The NYC Artist Coalition is hosting a panel discussion on strategies to repeal the city’s racist 1926 Cabaret Law, which is basically Footloose in real life. Panelists include Andrew Muchmore; Avram Turkel, legislative director for city councilmember Alan Gerson; Julia Fredenburg of the NYC Artist Coalition; and Greg Miller of Dance Parade New York. The event is free and open to the public!


Rise & Resist Meeting
Church of the Village
201 W. 13th St., Manhatan
7pm – 9pm

Rise and Resist organizes protests and direct actions throughout the city, and their next meeting is this Tuesday at the United Methodist Church. They send out an agenda ahead of time via email, and you can sign up for their newsletter here. People of all skills and interests are encouraged to attend!



Sexual Awareness March on Denim Day
The Living Gallery
1094 Broadway, Bushwick

After an Italian teenager was raped by her driving instructor in the ’90s, she pressed charges against her assailant and won the case. Then, he appealed his case and overturned his conviction because, according to the judge, the girl’s pants were too tight and she had to remove them, meaning she was consenting. Come out to this march to raise awareness about sexual assault and demand justice for all victims, regardless of how tight their pants are. Protesters will be meeting at the Living Gallery at noon and marching to Maria Hernandez Park.


Show Up for Trans Lives
Washington Square Park, Manhattan
5pm – 7pm

Earlier this year, Trump reversed the Obama-era guidance that protected trans students at public schools, one of many ways Trump is putting trans lives at risk. Stand in solidarity with trans people and demand that they receive equal treatment under the law at this rally.


JFREJ Membership Assembly
Location TBA
6pm – 8:30pm

Jews for Racial and Economic Justice is hosting a membership assembly where they’ll discuss how to build the Jewish resistance, creating hate-free zones with partner organizations led by Muslim and immigrant communities, resisting the surveillance and targeting of Muslims, passing the Right to Know Act to bring greater accountability to the NYPD, and working for economic justice with low-wage worker organizations.



No Ban! No Deportation! Brooklyn Community Forum on Immigration
Mayday Space
176 St. Nicholas Ave., Bushwick
7pm – 9pm

This forum, sponsored by the International Socialist Organization, focuses on defending immigrants from deportation and methods of deepening and widening the anti-Trump resistance in Brooklyn.


Politics 101: Your Democracy in Action
Old Stone House & Washington Park
336 Third St., Park Slope
7pm – 9pm

Come learn about the basics of civic participation at this workshop. Topics include participating in local institutions like community boards and local political parties, voting in primaries and other local elections, participating in electoral politics, and more. Speakers include Rachel Goodman, chief of staff for city council member Brad Lander; Craig Hammerman, district manager of Brooklyn’s Community Board 6; Benjamin Solotaire, president of the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats; and Eric McClure, co-founder of Park Slope Neighbors. The event is free but space is limited, so be sure to RSVP to [email protected]


Nasty Women Unite Fest
The Paper Box
17 Meadow St., Bushwick
8pm – 11pm

All proceeds from this female-led dance party will benefit the ACLU. Performers include Femme, Katharine Pettit Creative, Kira Bucca, Nikita Chaudhry, Bridge & Olive, Versatile Poetiq, Elizabeth PW, Kelli Dunham, and Ladies Who Puppet. There will also be a panel on nasty women, community engagement, and activism.




Rally and March: Stop the Raids
New York City Hall
3pm – 6pm

Local and federal law enforcement has been targeting low-income communities of color through “gang” sweeps that disproportionately target people living in public housing. This march is a call for the NYPD to stop the raids, and stops include city hall, outside the US Attorney’s office, and in front of the Metropolitan Correctional Center. There are solutions for community violence that don’t rely on raids, racist policing, and incarceration—this rally is a way to demand change.


The Rally Reading Series
Pete’s Candy Store
709 Lorimer St., Williamsburg
6:30pm – 8:30pm

Listening to marginalized voices is key in resisting, and not all political actions have to be overtly political. The second installation of the Rally Reading Series features a ton of political discourse and boasts a talented lineup. The roster of readers includes Jennifer Hope Choi, Buzzfeed’s Emerging Writer Fellow for 2017; Frederick McKindra, a Buzzfeed Emerging Writing Fellow and Fiction Fellow at the 2016 Lambda Literary Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices; and Nancy Hightower, the former science fiction and fantasy reviewer for the Washington Post.



Chapo Trap House Live
622 Degraw St., Gowanus
$10 – $12

I spent a good five minutes trying to figure out how to describe Chapo Trap House, but the best way to get acquainted is by listening to one of the latest episodes of this absurdly funny, totally unpretentious political podcast. This week they’re recording a live episode at Littlefield, and all proceeds benefit the Center for Reproductive Rights. Although tickets sold out quickly (it’s a pretty popular show), you still have a chance: they’ve partnered with Lyte so people can sell tickets they no longer want or need–without a huge markup.


Brooklyn District Attorney Candidates Forum
Stars & Stripes Democratic Club
7321 15th Ave., Bensonhurst

Since the federal government is basically tainted in every department, every local election matters more than ever before. Come meet the candidates for Brooklyn District Attorney at this forum, where they’ll discuss their vision from the office followed by a Q&A with the audience.




Solidarity Rally: Stand with B&H Workers
B&H Photo Video Pro Audio
420 9th Ave., Manhattan
12pm – 2pm

B&H workers organized a union, now the company is trying to move their jobs 75 miles away. Come out to this rally, organized by the DSA Strike Solidarity Committee, to stand in solidarity with B&H workers and with labor organizers.



Stakes: A group Art Show Benefiting Planned Parenthood and Southern Poverty Law Center 
Cloud City
85 N. 1st St., Williamsburg
6pm – 9pm

Over 40 artists are donating works for this exhibition, where all the artwork is priced under $400. Proceeds will be evenly divided and donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center and Planned Parenthood, two organizations leading the fight against Trump.



The Fight for Abortion Rights in the Trump Era
Verso Books
20 Jay St., Suite 1010, DUMBO
7pm – 9pm

This panel, hosted by NYC 4 Abortion Rights, focuses on defending reproductive rights in an increasingly hostile climate (and under an incredibly hostile administration). Panelists include Madeline Gomez, JD from the Center for Reproductive Rights; Cynthia Calixte, MD, a family medicine doctor and a fellow at the Reproductive Health Access Project; union organizer Celia Petty; and Kate Castle, research assistant at the Guttmacher Institute. Beer and wine will be available for a $3 suggested donation. The panel will also be streamed live on Verso’s Facebook page for those who can’t make it to the event.


The People, the Press & the President: A #BHeard Town Hall
647 Fulton St., Fort Greene
7pm – 10pm

This town hall’s panelists include Kyle Pope, editor in chief of the Columbia Journalism Review; Naomi Wolf, author and co-founder of Daily Clout; Ali Gharib, chief politics editor at Mic News; Sheryl Huggins Salomon, senior editor-at-large at The Root; and novelist Walter Mosley. Topics include the necessity of journalistic freedom, supporting real news, and what the media can do to regain the public’s trust.




We Are All Immigrants Bake Sale
Various locations (see flyer)

Treats from around the globe will be available at this bake sale, and all proceeds will be donated to the Arab-American Family Support Center and the New York Immigration Coalition. Whether you want cupcakes, baklava, or another international confection, you’ll be sure to find something to satisfy your sweet tooth.



100 Days of Failure
Trump Tower New York
725 5th Ave., Manhattan
12pm – 1:30pm

This week marks Trump’s 100th day in office, and so far it’s been… bad, to say the least. Trump hasn’t just failed to execute his own agenda: he’s also put the lives of millions of Americans in danger, not to mention people around the world. Bring a sign explaining why Trump is a failure to this rally outside White House North (aka Trump Tower). Protesters will be gathering at Trump Tower and then marching to the Trump hotel.


Mayday Festival of Resistance
Maria Hernandez Park, Bushwick
12pm – 7pm

Stand together against xenophobia, racism, and patriarchy at this day-long May Day festival. The lineup includes workshops, art activities, free live music (by King Holiday, Delsonido, Consumata Sonidera, and Esraa Warda), and more.




Love Parade NYC
Union Square
1pm – 5pm

Time for something a little different: It’s easy to unite against Trump (he’s an easy guy to hate, after all), but it’s also important to emphasize unity and inclusivity in your organizing. This rally and parade includes interactive performances and speakers, and a march from Union Square to the High Line that focuses on positivity and community building.

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