This week in Anti-Trump activism: the Women’s Strike and more

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Ask her! Photo by Gaby Del Valle / Brokelyn

It’s finally here, y’all: the women’s strike. And while the strike is intended to show just how much work women do, and is ultimately one of the biggest shows of force this week, that doesn’t mean every woman has the ability or resources to take a day off work. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to take action against Trump before, after, and during this Wednesday. Without further ado, here they are:


Community Mondays with the Collective Kitchen
Mayday Space
176 St. Nicholas Ave., Bushwick
5pm – 9pm

Each Monday, Mayday Space hosts a communal dinner. The weekly meal is designed to help people get to know the space, which hosts dozens of activist events each week, build community, and cook a meal together. They’ll start cooking around 5:30, and everyone is welcome to attend.



NOT ONE MORE: Rally in Response to Death of 7 Black Trans Women
Barclays Center
620 Atlantic Ave., Prospect Heights
6:30pm – 8pm

We’re less than three months into 2017, and seven black trans women have already been murdered this year. Stand with the Trans Women of Color Collective, @VOCAL-Queerocracy, Black Youth Project 100, and Black Lives Matter NYC on Monday as they rally together in solidarity with black trans women everywhere and call for an end to transphobic violence.




Rally Against Businesses Supporting the Border Wall
Foley Square
111 Worth St., Manhattan
12pm – 1pm

Most reasonable people oppose Trump’s proposed wall along the US-Mexico border, but unfortunately, we live in a world where corporations are also people–and some companies are super into the idea of an expensive, ineffective and inhumane wall. On Tuesday afternoon, Public Advocate Letitia James will lead a rally at Foley Square that will send a message to these companies: if you support the wall, we won’t support you.



Take Action Tuesdays at Tip Top
Tip Top Bar & Grill
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.


Jail and Court Support Training
The Base
1302 Myrtle Ave., Bushwick
7pm – 9pm

Join MACC Legal Support for a know your rights workshop on jail and court support training. If, at an upcoming protest, one of your friends gets arrested (yes, it happens, and no, it rarely has anything to do with how peacefully you’re protesting), you’ll probably have a few questions: Where are they being taken? When will they get out? Should I call a lawyer? You’ll find out the answers to all of these and more at Tuesday’s workshop, and there will be written materials available for you to take home.


How to Colonize a City Without Even Trying: The Brooklyn Wars
Bluestockings Bookstore, Café & Activist Center
172 Allen St., Manhattan
7pm – 9pm

Join author and journalist Neil deMause as he discusses his book, The Brooklyn Wars, which details the winners and losers in fights between communities, developers, and city planners, as well as what can be done to stop the borough from being overrun with Whole Foods, WeWorks, and million-square-foot luxury buildings.


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NYC Artist Coalition – March General Meeting
The Floasis
1342 Dekalb Ave., Bushwick
7pm – 10pm

This month’s Artist Coalition general meeting will focus on fire safety, strategizing for upcoming town halls, and developing a survey for member spaces. Attendees will break into small groups to learn about what it takes to become a certified fire guard and prepare for the Fire Guard test, strategize for upcoming town halls with the Department of Cultural Affairs, and develop a survey that identifies the biggest issues facing community spaces. There will be snacks!



Waterfront Defenders Party
Diamond Bar
43 Franklin St., Greenpoint
7pm – 10pm

All proceeds from drink sales between 7 and 10pm will be donated to the Billion Oyster Project, the Newtown Creek Alliance, and Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park. Each organization will have guest bartenders on hand to discuss the work they do and how you can get involved.




International Women’s Strike: Rally and March
Washington Square Park, Manhattan
4pm – 8pm

Celebrate International Women’s Day by taking the day off and heading to Washington Square Park for a rally. Starting at 4pm, the rally kicks off with a performance of Peruvian artist Alejandra Ballón’s “La Alfombra Roja,” (The Red Carpet), as well as musical performances by Natalia Saez, Renee Ghoust and Liah Alonso. At 5:30, everyone will march to Zuccotti Park, with a few stops along the way, including the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory site, the Varick Street Immigration Detention Center, Stonewall, City Hall,financial institutions funding the Dakota Access Pipeline, the African Burial Ground and the former slave market, and more.


International Women’s Day Movie Screening: She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry
The Old Stone House
336 3rd St., Park Slope
7pm – 8:30pm
$10 suggested donation

Join the Park Slope Parents Association for a special screening of She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, a film about the origins of the women’s liberation movement in the 1960s, made by a women who lived through the movement. The screening can only fit 50 people, so RSVP here if you plan on attending!



The Simple Show
Bushwick Public House
1288 Myrtle Ave., Bushwick
8pm – 10pm

Learn about reproductive rights while having a few laughs with the Simple Show. This month, the show features comedy from Ana Fabrega and Sachi Ezura, as well as a presentation on reproductive justice and related topics from Poppy Liu, the founder of Collective Sex and creator of Names of Women.



Devour Hour: #daywithoutawoman edition
Hank’s Saloon
46 3rd Ave., Boerum Hill
8pm – 2am

This month’s Devour Hour comedy show just so happens to fall on International Women’s Day, and the lineup just so happens to include a bunch of hilarious women. Performers include Sonia Denis, Mitra Jouhari, Sydnee Washington, Catherine Cohen, and Noa Osheroff. After the show, Hank’s is hosting an afterparty for the strike, with proceeds benefitting the ACLU. The food of the month is empanadas!


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BYO Art for International Women’s Day
The Living Gallery
1094 Broadway, Bushwick
9pm – 11pm
$5 suggested donation

Women artists are invited to bring their works (just one piece, please) to put on display at the Living Gallery on International Women’s Day. A $5 suggested donation gets you into the show, and all proceeds go directly to The Bushwick Exchange, a zine dedicated to sharing free resources in the neighborhood. If you want to buy art, this is a great opportunity to do so; and if you want to sell your art, the gallery won’t take a cut.



Solidarity Rally Against Deportation
Foley Square
111 Worth St., Manhattan
9am – 12pm

Join advocacy organizations including Detention Watch Network, the Immigrant Defense Project, Make the Road New York, and more for a rally in solidarity with immigrants across the country. Following a press conference at 9, the group will silently walk around 26 Federal Plaza and stand with individuals and families facing deportation, as well as calling for a system that values the lives and rights of all workers, gives immigrant communities the right to remain with their families, and practices justice, compassion, kindness, and generosity.


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Cocktail Resistance
Iron Station BK
683 5th Ave., Greenwood Heights
6pm – 10pm

We may get accused of living in a liberal bubble here (and okay, yeah, maybe we do), but that doesn’t mean we can’t help out elsewhere. On Thursday, Iron Station is hosting a party to support the North Carolina Democratic Party. That way, you can support a red state without having to move there.



Are We There Yet, Sisters? Will We Ever Be? A Conversation with Julie Scelfo and Cindy Gallop 
Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn Heights
6:30pm – 8pm
$10 / $5 for BHS members

Are gender disparities still ruling our lives? Join Cindy Gallop, founder of IfWeRanTheWorld and MakeLoveNotPorn, and Julie Scelfo, author of The Women Who Made New York for a discussion on sexism, representation, and the need for a new sexual revolution.


FREE LIKE OSCAR: Resistance Through Afro-Latino Culture
The City Reliquary
370 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg
7pm – 10pm
$8 – $10

Melinda González, co-founder of BombaYo, will discuss Latino cultural traditions that are rooted in the African diaspora and are effective at teaching resistance and resilience. The discussion will also include discussions on the campaign on freeing Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera, whose sentence was commuted by President Obama in January. There will also be a community healing drum sharing by Jose L. Ortiz, aka Dr. Drum, director of Afro Puerto Rican drum and dance ensemble.



Industry City Distillery
33 35th St., 6th Floor, Greenwood Heights
7pm – 11pm
suggested donation

This party and art show benefits Honor the Earth, Natural Resources Defense Council, 350 NYC, and Earth Justice. There will be pop-up performances by Andrew James Benincasa, Jennifer Kreisberg from Ulali, First Nation A Cappella Trio, and Rude Mechanical Orchestra, plus DJ sets by DJ Scribe and DJ Chela. Food will be provided by Insatiable Vegan and there will be plenty of interactive art, including an installation by Teaspoon Brigade: an action-piñata seesaw.


350 Brooklyn Monthly General Meeting
The Brooklyn Commons
388 Atlantic Ave., Boerum Hill
7:30pm – 9pm

Join environmental activist group 350 for their monthly general meeting at the Brooklyn Commons. This month, they’ll be discussing ways to take local action.



Noise Love Women’s Health Benefit + Birthday Bash
Knockdown Center
5219, Flushing Ave., Queens
$8 / $10 door

A portion of the proceeds from this party will benefit the National Organization for Women. Musical guests include Total Slacker, Treads, the Vaughns, Ted’s Dead, and Spirit of a Slain Eagle.



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Macri Park
462 Union Ave., Williamsburg
10pm – 2am

Help raise money for Peoples Power Assemblies by watching a series of drag shows at Macri Park. Guest DJ Matty Glitterati will be providing the music, and this month’s lineup includes Ruby Roo, Princess Bitch, Lilith LeFaee, La Llorona (Natalie Molina), Casey Caldwell, Lucy Balls (Luc Craig), Nucomme Nucomme Nucomme, Shiny Penny (Justin Prescott Warren), and more. There’s also a raffle, with prizes including “fashion stuff,” a fire spinning class, drink tickets and bar tabs, and more. If you can’t make it and still want to donate, you can do so here.




Daring to be Powerful 
Audre Lorde Project
147 W. 24th St., Suite 3, Manhattan
6pm Friday – 7pm Saturday

This two-day-long training session is geared toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, Two Spirit, trans, and gender nonconforming people of color. Come learn about organizing, skill-building, campaigns to get involved with, and other strategies for community organizing. A light breakfast, lunch, and MetroCards will be provided for each day.



Sanctuary City: A Benefit for #NoBanNoWall
Friends and Lovers
641 Classon Ave., Crown Heights
10pm – 4am
$10 – $20 sliding scale donation

Come dance the night away while supporting organizations fighting back against Trump’s most racist and restrictive policies. This party benefits the New York Immigration Coalition, the Arab American Association of New York, and United We Dream. There will be DJ sets by Talib Kweli, DJ LATIN PRINCE, DJ Rekha, and Deejay Reborn and performances by Mazzi (S.O.U.L. Purpose).




Women in Rebellion! To Resist is Justified! Unite to Fight!
34th St. – Herald Square, Manhattan
12pm – 5pm

Commemorate International Working Women’s Month with a rally in Herald Square and a march to Penn Station. The demonstration will be followed by a roundtable at 2pm. Free refreshments and child care will be provided!



ACLU People Power Action Event
Bureau of General Services, Queer Division
208 W. 13th St., Room 210, Manhattan
4:30pm – 6pm
$5 – $10 suggested donation
RSVP here

Join the LGBT Center for a livestream viewing of the ACLU’s launch of People Power. They’ll be watching the resistance training live and talking about next steps for organizing against Trump’s attacks on LGBTQ folks (and everyone else, too).


WBAI Feminist Film Festival
The Brooklyn Commons
388 Atlantic Ave., Boerum Hill
7pm – 10pm

Don’t despair if you can’t make it to Wednesday’s screening of She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, because there’s another screening (in a different location) on Saturday! The film will be followed by an audience discussion and a panel of where we can go from here.



Notes from the Swamp: Strategizing Beyond Trumpism
1882 Woodbine St., Ridgewood

It may seem like the US is the only country veering into a far-right nightmare, but (unfortunately) we’ve got company. For the second installation of their four-part series, Notes from the Swamp will discuss Trumpism and its relation to the world, from Brexit and beyond.



Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, Greenpoint
58 Kent St., Greenpoint
10am – 5pm

Women in the arts are grossly underrepresented in most places, including on Wikipedia. Join Kickstarter for an all-day edit-a-thon on Sunday (you don’t have to stay all day, but you can!). People of all genders are welcome to attend, especially women! You don’t have to be an expert Wiki-editor to attend, just be sure to bring a laptop and power cord. Light refreshments will be provided, and childcare is available upon request. A few laptops will be available, too.


Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, Gowanus
Interference Archive
131 8th Street, #4, Gowanus
2pm – 6pm

Join Interference volunteers in a campaign to improve coverage of women and the arts (and women in the arts) on Wikipedia. You’ll get a chance to work directly with archival materials, including some from the Interference Archive’s latest exhibit, Finally Got the News, while exploring intersections between art, feminism, and activism. No prior Wiki-editing experience is necessary, but please bring a laptop! Refreshments will be provided, and childcare will be available to those who RSVP by March 6th.



United Thru Action & NY Indivisible – Organizing Meeting
Church of the Village
201 W. 13th St., Manhattan
5pm – 8pm

This week, United Thru Action will discuss what’s next for LGBT equality (with special speaker Dustin Lance Black, creator of “When We Rise”) and what we can do to defend the Affordable Care Act. The discussions begin at 5pm, and committees will meet from 7 to 8pm.

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