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I know everyone is fixated on Russia, Trump investigations, pee tapes, etc., but let’s talk about something that’ll affect more lives. Last week, a jury acquitted the police officer who shot Philando Castille in Minnesota of all charges. Over the weekend, Seattle police shot and killed a woman who called 911 to report an attempted burglary. There isn’t a single state in this country that supports the American Health Care Act (otherwise known as Trumpcare). People are dying, and more will continue to do so unless change happens quickly.

MONDAY

  • On Juneteenth, join the Coalition for Educational Justice on the City Hall steps to demand that city schools adopt a curriculum that reflects all cultures and hire more diverse teachers and staff. (City Hall Steps, 12pm)
  • The City Council is having a hearing on the city’s racist cabaret laws, and protesters are going to urge city leaders to testify and pack the room with signs and support. (City Hall, 1pm)
  • Learn about how the incarceration of women — particularly women of color — are overwhelmingly incarcerated and play a part in the prison system at this teach-in with BYP100, YWCA, and the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund.  (30 3rd Ave., YWCA headquarters, 7pm FREE)
  • Friend of Cortelyou Library is having their first summer benefit Monday night, featuring a raffle, live music, and cocktails. (Sycamore Brooklyn, 7pm, $5)

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TUESDAY

  • Protesters are gathering outside Trump’s Columbus Circle hotel to protest the American Health Care Act with a 24-hour vigil. Bring signs, candles, and your healthcare stories to share with the crowd. (Trump International Hotel, all day)
  • World Refugee Day is this Tuesday, and Fort Greene Peace and other organizations are hosting a kid-friendly picnic in the park with live music, a Know Your Rights talk in three languages, upstander training, and more. Bringing food to share is encouraged! (Fort Greene Park, 5pm, FREE)
  • City of Refuge, African Communities Together, and several other organizations are protesting against the Muslim ban and for asylum and temporary protected status for immigrants. They’re meeting at 6pm and marching to Dag Hammarskjold Plaza where they’ll have an interfaith iftar at 8:30. (East 59th St & 5th Ave., 6pm)

WEDNESDAY

  • EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is speaking about “The EPA After Paris” at the Harvard Club on Wednesday, and protesters are gathering outside to speak out against the event and his policies more broadly. Bring noisemakers, signs, and be ready to make noise. (Harvard Club, 11am)
  • Learn to intervene when you see biased harassment with this upstander workshop. Email info@caeny.org to RSVP! (Center for Anti-Violence Education, 6:30pm, FREE)
  • The New Kings Democrats are having their monthly meeting this Wednesday, starting with a new member orientation at 6:30pm. They’ve been canvassing and petitioning for their endorsed City Council candidates, so this is a great group to join if you want to help influence city politics. (Mayday Space, 7pm)

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THURSDAY

  • This group wants to bring an Elected Civilian Review Board to New York to discipline the NYPD and bring real justice to victims of police violence. (Freedom Hall, 7pm)
  • Two trans women of color were attacked outside of Bushwick Liquors last week. This year, 13 trans women of color have already been killed by attackers, and hate crimes have gone up since Trump’s election. Stand up for trans lives on Thursday at this protest/vigil. (Freedom Triangle Park, 7pm)
  • BRIC is hosting a televised discussion on intersectionality in the women’s movement, featuring necessary discussions about race, class, sexuality, and ability. There will be a reception with drinks at 9pm. (BRIC, 7:30pm, FREE)

FRIDAY

  • Celebrate Pride by marching with trans and gender noncomforming people of color. Protesters are gathering at Garibaldi Plaza in Washington Square Park at 1:30, then marching in the parade. They’ll have consecutive Spanish interpretation for the event. (Washington Square Park, 2pm)
  • There have been a lot of discussions about free speech and whether or not people who support fascism and racism have the right to share their ideas. The Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council is having a general assembly this weekend, following their noise demo against the anti-Muslim rally last weekend, where they’ll discuss no-platforming and more. (Verso Books, 6:30pm, FREE)
  • The Weeksville Heritage Center, the borough’s largest African-American cultural institution, is hosting a film festival exploring history, sanctuary, self-determination, and activism. Films include Black Girl, Mother of George, and more. (Weeksville Heritage Center, $10 – $20)

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SATURDAY

  • Thousands of books on history, art, literature, and more will be on sale at this radical book fair on Saturday, with all proceeds going to the NYC ISO. If you want to donate old books ahead of the event, feel free to contact NYCRadBook@gmail.com and they’ll pick hem up! (Verso Books, 12pm)

SUNDAY

  • The Human Impact Institute is celebrating summer with a picnic, live music at sunset, and park cleanup. People of all ages are welcome, but kids must be accompanied by an adult. (East River State Park, 5pm, FREE)

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