This week in anti Trump activism: Last Resort(s)

(Gaby Del Valle/Brokelyn)
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.

MONDAY (today)

Drop the Charges on the Stonewall 4
New York Criminal Court
100 Centre St., Manhattan
9am – 12pm

On February 4, the NYPD arrested four protesters at the LGBT Solidarity Rally at Stonewall and now face up to a year in Rikers. Supporters are gathering outside of the New York Criminal Court house to demand that the charges against them are dropped. If you can’t make it out, be sure to sign the petition here.



Know Your Rights and Women’s Self Defense Workshop
Judson Memorial Church
230 Thompson St., Manhattan
5:30pm – 8:30pm

This know-your-rights workshop is a response to the increase in harassment and hate crimes, as well as the changes to immigration law. Panelists include Iman Boukadoum of the Muslim Bar Association of New York, the NYPD Hate Crimes Unit, and the Center for Anti-Violence Education. The event begins at 6pm sharp, RSVP is required, and refreshments will be served.


Pussy Grabs Back: An Exhibition of Anti-Trump Comics
The Living Gallery
1094 Broadway, Bushwick
6pm – 9pm

This exhibition features comics by Forget Fairytales creator Christine Stoddard, with a portion of all art sales benefitting Williamsburg-based community arts nonprofit El Puente Presente. At 8pm, Quail Bell Magazine writers Mari Pack, Kaylin Kaupish, and Miranda C. Dennis will read anti-Trump literature.


GetOrganized BK’s Organizing Bootcamp
Congregation Beth Elohim
274 Garfield Pl., Park Slope
7pm – 9:30pm

The latest #GetOrganizedBK’s general meeting will be an organizing bootcamp, designed to help build the organizing skills you’ll need for four years of fighting. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Austin City Council Member Greg Casar, and Philadelphia City Council Member Helen Gym will all be speaking, along with organizers from MoveOn and the Working Families Party. After they speak, there will be various training sessions that you can RSVP for here. If you’re a resident of Brad Lander’s district, you’ll also be able to vote on participatory budgeting at this event, and there’s a full list of times and places to vote here.


Digital Privacy Workshop for Activists
Bluestockings Bookstore, Café & Activist Center
172 Allen St., Manhattan
7pm – 9:30pm

This workshop, led by Melissa Marturano and Noah Frederick, will cover various aspects of privacy and online surveillance, including threat-modeling, free software, social networks, and more. Due to privacy concerns (!), the workshop will not be livestreamed. If you have any questions ahead of time, feel free to reach out to Melissa by email at [email protected].



Demistifying Government: Legislative Illusions
Vital Joint
109 Meserole St., Williamsburg
7:30pm – 11pm

Demystifying Government is a series of talks that aims to answer the following questions: How the hell did we get here? How the hell can we make things change? And, perhaps most importantly, how the hell does the government work? Their latest event will focus on the legislative branch, with panelists and topics including pollster David Goldstein on why elected officials fear their constituents; entrepreneur and volunteer Elizabeth Haynes on Congress’ constitutional “power of the purse”; policy wonk Ryan Myers on congressional polarization; and researcher George-Ann Ryan, on misconceptions about America’s banking and budget system. Cookies from Glitter Sweets Kitchen will be available for sale, and each cookie sold will generate $1 for a local nonprofit.




City of Refuge: 24 Hours of Action for Refugees
Trump Building
40 Wall Street, Manhattan
12:30pm -1:30pm

This rally kicks off a full day of action in support of refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants with temporary protected status. Protesters will gather at 40 Wall Street at 12:30, march to Trinity Church at 75 Broadway at 1:30, and have a know your rights workshop at the church from 2pm to 9pm, with more events to follow on Wednesday.


Take Action Tuesdays at Tip Top
Tip Top Bar & Grill, Bed Stuy
432 Franklin Ave., Bed Stuy
6pm – 12am
$2 suggested donation

Since Trump’s inauguration, a group of dedicated postcard-writers have mailed hundreds of postcards, written over a drink or two, to our representatives. They have themed postcards, $5 beer-and-shot specials, and writing prompts for cards you can send anyone you think needs to listen — from Chuck Schumer to NASA. The event is free, but it’s recommended that you donate $2 for stamps and other supplies.


Rise & Resist
The Church of the Village
201 W. 13th St., Manhattan
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!


Speak Up! Communications training for citizen-activists
Hunter MFA
205 Hudson St., Manhattan
7pm – 9pm

This workshop, led by communications coach Leah Bonvissuto, will teach you how to speak confidently and with conviction in all aspects of political engagement, from calling your reps to running for office yourself. Participants are invited to come prepared with an opportunity in mind where they want to speak up, like protests, community meetings, etc.


International Women’s Day Political Prisoner Card Writing Dinner
The Base
1302 Myrtle Ave., Bushwick
7pm – 10pm

On Tuesday, NYC’s Anarchist Black Cross is holding a letter-writing event for six female political prisoners, including Debbie Sims Africa, Chelsea Manning, and Reverend Joy Powell. They’ll be educating attendees about the incarcerated women and writing letters of support from 7pm to 10pm, and encourage everyone to write letters as well, even if they can’t attend.



City of Refuge March & Rally
Trinity Church
75 Broadway, Manhattan
10am – 1pm

This rally, part of African Communities Together’s City of Refuge day of action, is the second rally in support of refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants with temporary protected status. Protesters will first gather at Trinity Church at 10am, then march to Federal Plaza and have a noon rally at Foley Square.



Lunch at Cuomo’s – Rally for Reproductive Justice
Governor Cuomo’s Manhattan Office
663 Third Ave., Manhattan
12pm – 1pm

A group of dedicated activists are rallying every Wednesday in favor of reproductive rights until the State Senate votes on the Reproductive Health Act. Since the attempted “replacements” for the Affordable Care Act completely neglect reproductive health, and Trump and Pence have doubled down on making access to abortion and reproductive health services a “state’s rights issue,” this legislation is incredibly important for New Yorkers.



Resistors and Collaborators in Trump’s America
McNally Jackson Bookstore
52 Prince St., Manhattan

Contributors from Harper’s magazine will discuss the role of letters and ideas in our current political era. Panelists include author Masha Gessen, Microsoft researcher Kate Crawford, Brooklyn College professor and author Corey Robin, author Sarah Schulman, and African American studies and English professor Lawrence Jackson.


Activism to Action: Panel and Tabling
Flatiron School
11 Broadway, Manhattan
7pm – 9pm

This workshop, led by Women In Need NYC, will focus on nonprofit, government and social justice organizing and the best ways to take action in each area. A tabling event after the panel will give you the chance to directly connect with local organizations.


Brooklyn Young Democrats General March Meeting
South Slope Public House
426 A 7th Ave., Park Slope

The Brooklyn Young Democrats are introducing their new executive board and discussing their goals for the upcoming year at this month’s general meeting.



Cesar Chavez Rally for New York State Farmworker Rights
City Hall, Manhattan
11am – 12pm

Stand in solidarity with farmworkers and show your support for the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act (Senate Bill 2721/Assembly Bill 4189) at this rally in front of City Hall on Thursday. Speakers are still TBA, but sponsoring organizations include the Hispanic Federation, the NYCLU, the New York Immigration Coalition, and more.



ACT UP: 30th Anniversary March and Rally
AIDS Memorial
200 – 218 W. 12th St., Manhattan
4pm – 7pm

Protesters are demanding for an end to AIDS, the expansion of health care coverage for all, and the defense of oppressed communities’ human rights. This rally kicks off at 4pm at the AIDS memorial on West 12th Street. Afterwards, protesters will march to Union Square for another rally in the plaza on East 17th Street.



The Affordable Care Act and Social Justice
726 Broadway, 7th Floor, Manhattan
6pm – 8pm

NYU’s College of Global Public Health is hosting a panel with Caring for Us Indivisible about the intersections of healthcare and social justice. Panelists include Alyssa Strauss of the Chrohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Rev. Julie Novas, Esquire of the Coleen Lorde Health Center, and Ernest Drucker, PHD of NYU’s College of Global Public Health. Dinner will be served!


DSA Brooklyn Branch Meeting
St Francis De Sales School for the Deaf
260 Eastern Pkwy., Crown Heights
7pm – 10pm

The Brooklyn branch of the Democratic Socialists of America will be having their monthly meeting this Thursday. Childcare will be provided (just be sure to contact [email protected] ahead of time!).




Latino Rally
26 Federal Plaza, Manhattan
4pm – 6pm

This rally, held in front of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Manhattan, is meant to be a show of force of Latinos. Come out in support of immigrant communities (and against walls, deportations, and repressive immigration laws) on Cesar Chavez Day.



Free Screening – Forbidden: Undocumented & Queer in Rural America
Park Slope United Methodist Church
410 Sixth  Ave., Park Slope
7:30pm – 9pm

Join the Park Slope United Methodist Church for a screening of Forbidden, a film that explores the intersections of immigration status and sexuality by following Moises Serrano, a publicly gay and undocumented activist. After the screening, there will be a discussion with Serrano.



Community Action Planning Meeting
Pacific Library
25 4th Ave., Prospect Heights
10:30am – 11:30am

Come prepared to discuss current initiatives you’re working on and/or organizations you’d like to get involved with at this local community action meeting.



NYC Running to Win Training
25 W. 18th St., Manhattan
10:30am – 4pm

Running to Win is part of the Working Families Party’s goal to provide progressives with the strategies, tools, and skills needed to win local elections. This workshop will cover fundraising, canvassing, budgeting, speeches, planning, targeting voters, and more. Space is limited, and you can register here.



March for Health
Trump Tower New York
727 5th Ave., Manhattan
11am – 3pm

People across the country will be marching in support of affordable healthcare for all on Saturday. In New York, protesters are gathering at 5th Avenue between 57th and 59th Streets, marching across Central Park South and gathering at East 61st and Central Park West. Guest speakers TBD will discuss women’s healthcare, disability rights, mental health, and more.


Local Politics 101
JHS 62 Ditmas
700 Cortelyou Rd., Kensington
1pm – 2:30pm

Ditmas Civic, IS 62, and others are hosting a 75-minute presentation that explains the basics of Albany and City Hall from a Brooklyn-centric perspective. The presentation covers the federal government, state government (including the IDC), court system, and the Brooklyn Democratic Party, as well as ways to get involved locally and the upcoming election schedule.

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