This week in anti-Trump activism: Resisting pardons and hurricanes

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Last week, Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio, the Arizona sheriff who was convicted of contempt of court for refusing to stop racially profiling Latinos in his district after a judge told him to stop. Trump called Arpaio, who has publicly bragged about how Maricopa County’s infamous “tent city” jails are basically concentration camps, a patriot. Worse still, Trump used Hurricane Harvey as a cover — he pardoned Arpaio as the hurricane was hitting Texas. Speaking of the hurricane, Trump rescinded Obama’s flood risk rules a few weeks before the hurricane made landfall, and his administration hasn’t been particularly helpful in relief efforts. Thousands of people were unable to evacuate because they simply couldn’t afford to leave, and now Houston is completely flooded and hundreds of homes are submerged in water.

This week, consider donating to pro-immigrant groups like Make the Road New York and organizations helping with relief in Texas, which The Fader made a list of here. If you have time to give as well, check out these events:

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MONDAY

  • The DSA is having a media workshop night and skill-share. (Mayday Space, 6pm, FREE)
  • Protesters are rallying in support of Palestinian political prisoner Nael Barghouthi. (Best Buy Union Square, 4:30pm)
  • Fight back against voter suppression at this phonebanking event. (The Commodore, 5pm, FREE)
  • This queer happy hour is also a fundraiser for Black Lives Matter. (Gold Sounds, 6pm, FREE)
  • Bay Ridge for Social Justice is having an organizing meeting where they’ll discuss immigrant defense and sanctuary in the neighborhood. (Union Church of Bay Ridge, 6:30pm, FREE)

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TUESDAY

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WEDNESDAY

  • If you find yourself uptown, WE ACT for Environmental Justice is having a discussion on race and justice in the Trump era. (1854 Amsterdam Ave., FREE with RSVP, 6pm)
  • Learn how to become a citizen at this information session led by  Citizen Project. (New York Historical Society, 6pm, FREE)
  • Mayor de Blasio is having a town hall with Council Member Antonio Reynoso, Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez, Maritza Davila, and Borough President Eric Adams. (Williamsburg Community Center, 7pm, FREE)
  • Pop Gym is teaching a free self-defense workshop at No Platform for Fascism’s meeting and discussion on anti-fascist movements in the city. (Solidarity Center NYC, 7pm, FREE)
  • The North Brooklyn branch of the DSA is having its monthly meeting. (Mayday Space, 7pm, FREE)
  • And so is the South Brooklyn branch. (An-Noor Social Center, 7pm, FREE)
  • Fight the Feed explores what it means to be an ally at this interactive show. (Legion Bar, 7:30pm, $10)

THURSDAY

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FRIDAY

  • The DSA is having a talent show and fundraiser benefitting their Immigration Justice working group. (Starr Bar, $5 suggested donation, 8pm)
  • Spreadhouse is hosting a 5-course dinner with recently resettled refugees, with all the proceeds benefitting refugee resettlement efforts in the city. (Spreadhouse, 8pm, $65)

SATURDAY

  • Donate gently-used books at this event benefitting Books Through Bars. There will also be DJ sets and readings. (Silent Barn, 2pm, FREE)
  • Interference Archive is having a block party featuring a workshop with the Center for Anti-Violence Education. (2pm, Interference Archive, FREE)

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