This week in activism: Anti-Trump protests, fundraisers and more in NYC this week

This week in activism: Anti-Trump protests, fundraisers and more in NYC this week
A sign at Sunday’s Battery Park protest. Via @yrfriendsydney on Instagram.

To quote a tweet over the weekend: “So far so good. Only a couple hundred more Saturdays of unprecedented national protests and we should all be okay.” It seems the nihilistic, Tasmanian Devil of racism that now occupies the Oval Office is not going to ease up trying to undermine fundamental American values any time soon. But every step of the way, Trump’s actions have been meet with virulent protests nationwide — and unprecedented fundraising for groups like the ACLU.

In other words: Strap in kids, we’re in this for the long haul. Here are the latest protests/rallies and anti-Trump fundraisers this week, which span the spectrum from protests outside Sen. Chuck Schumer’s office to a class teaching women how to embrace the revolutionary thing known as “pockets.” We’ll keep updating this list as more come in too. 



Stop DeVos! Rally at Chuck Schumer’s Office
Office Of New York Senator Charles E. Schumer
780 Third Ave., Manhattan

Rally at Schumer’s office to encourage the senior senator to block the appointment of Betsy DeVos as education secretary. Kids are encouraged to bring letters thanking the senators and asking what else they will do to secure quality public education and a safe future for all children.



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Black Lives Matter Art Show
The Living Gallery BK
1094 Broadway, Bushwick

This one-day pop up art show features Carla Cubit’s Black Lives Matter artwork and posters along with her photographs from Black Lives Matter protests throughout the NYC area and artwork from Museum of Impact. Free posters will be available from The Stop Mass Incarceration Network. Handmade Black Lives Matter necklaces, magnets, key chains and pins will be on sale for $1. The opening reception from 7-1opm features performances by Welf Dorr of underground horns, Ras Moshe Burnett, Kenny Wollesen, open jam session and a speaker from Museum of Impact.


Planned Parenthood Emergency Meet-Up
Friends and Lovers
641 Classon Ave., Crown Heights

Supporters of Planned Parenthood are meeting to go over concrete steps to take in the next week, including direct suggestions from Planned Parenthood as to how to do the most good. “Let’s stop this regressive bullsh*t with organization and our unstoppable joy (and whisky tbh).”


What the f*ck, Chuck? 
Grand Army Plaza

People keep wondering why Sen. Schumer keeps voting “yes” on Trump’s cabinet nominees, so a group of activists and concerned citizens will be coming together for another rally at Schumer’s Prospect Park West home to demand that Schumer stand firm on the remaining nominees and to rally the Democrats to stand firm.

Marchers will head to Schumer’s home on 9 Prospect Park West and will deliver protein bars and weights to Schumer, so he can regain his strength. Families welcome!




No Ban No Wall! March for Muslims and Allies!
Foley Square, 111 Worth St., Manhattan

Protesters will be marching from Foley Square to the ICE Office “to protest Trump’s ban on Muslims, refugees and immigrants, as well as everything that he stands for.” Be ready to march and bring signs. The event is organized by Syria Solidarity New York City and CISPOS-NYC: Committee In Solidarity with the People of Syria are Co-Sponsors.



Normalizing Hatred: The Nazi Germany Snapshots of Dan Lenchner
The City Reliquary
370 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg

Dan Lenchner has amassed a collection of more than 500 images of the lives of Nazis. He will present a selection of snapshots that “reveal shockingly relatable human experiences in the lives of people who committed one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century” and the role of propaganda. This event is part of Beyond Patience & Fortitude, a weekly series intended to educate and empower while celebrating the diversity of New York.



We Support Planned Parenthood
The Graham
151 Meserole St., East Williamsburg
$20 suggested donation

100 percent of the bar proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood at this dance party featuring DJs Jacuzzi Jefferson (Pool Cosby), David Kiss, AKKI, Sophia MA ( Tribes NY ), Will OB b2b A-A-RON and Alex Rose (all who have donated their services). Come back next Thursday for an event benefiting the ACLU.



Re-Present: Making Art in an Oppressive Political Climate
SOHO20 Gallery
56 Bogart St., Bushwick

Join a discussion around Toni Morrison’s “No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear,” which was first published in The Nation Magazine in 2004 following the presidential re-election of George W. Bush.



No Ban/ No Wall Dance Party for QDEP
Bushwick Starr
214 Starr St., Bushwick
$5 before 11pm/$10 after (no one turned away)

Every dollar from this dance party will go toward protecting LGBTQI/ HIV+ migrants currently facing the immigrant crisis or incarcerated in immigration prisons across the country. Featuring tunes by DJ Scribe.




No Enemies to the Left: An ACLU Benefit Show
Brooklyn Bazaar
150 Greenpoint Ave., Greenpoint
Doors at 6:30pm

Raise money for the ACLU and fighting Trump’s policies with music from Wet (Acoustic Set), Alex Cameron, Free The Mind, KittyCash (DJ Set) and Bec Adams (DJ Set), and comedy from Jo Firestone, Sharron Paul, Coon Central Dance Team and Sam Taggart. Speakers include journalist/activist Sarah Jaffe and Ben Wizner, director, ACLU speech, privacy and technology project. A silent auction will help raise money too.



Fash Bash: A Night of Nazi Punching on Film
Verso Books
20 Jay St., suite 100, Dumbo
Doors: 8:15pm, screening begins at 8:30pm

Finally, an event for people who can’t get enough of those videos of alt-right Nazi Richard Spencer getting punched. The New Inquiry invites you to a screening of some of their favorite clips from cinema of Nazis getting punched in the face. Naturally, punch will be served.


LGBT Solidarity Rally
Stonewall National Monument
Intersection of Christopher, Grove, and Fourth Streets, Manhattan

Supporters are rallying in front of the famous Stonewall Inn as they stand in solidarity with “every immigrant, asylum seeker, refugee and every person impacted by Donald Trump’s illegal, immoral, unconstitutional and un-American executive orders.” See the full list of supporting organizations here.




Feminist Pocket Party: In-Seam Pockets
NYC Resistor
87 Third Ave., 4th Floor, Boerum Hill

This year is all about leveling the playing field and for some women that means adding pockets to clothes. “Come learn how to make 1 pocket variation in a low-key class+hangout environment.” The session focuses on on in-seam pockets (aka side seam pockets); all materials to make practice pockets, along with some pocket-themed snack, will be provided (bring your own clothes if you want to jump right in). Ability to sew a straight stitch by machine and seam rip are recommended, but not required, skills.


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Black Voices, Black Art: Upending Convention
Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn Heights
$10/$5 for members

Art historian, curator, and 2016 MacArthur Genius Award-winner Kellie Jones will discuss her career, activism and vision for the future. She’ll be paired with social media maven and blogger Kimberly Drew.

Catch even more protests and events throughout the city on this Take Action NYC calendar.

If we missed any events, let us know! tips[at]

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