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April Community Events Calendar

Apr 7

FRI APR 8

7-9pm · $10/$15/$20

21ST ANNUAL WOMEN'S OPEN POETRY & PERFORMANCE EVENT

For women (cis and trans) only. The Women of Resistance in Brooklyn (RnB) & their friends invite you to Roses & Bread, the annual event of music, poetry and more, including featured performer Judy Gorman. Donation proceeds will support Centro Mujer y Nueva Familia, a safe environment for women experiencing domestic, family, sexual and/or institutionalized violence in Puerto Rico.

The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Ave

 

 

SAT APR 9

4pm · Free

DISCUSSION: BEYOND BERNIE

The enthusiasm for the Bernie Sanders should not come as a surprise: recent years have seen mass mobilizations around racism, immigration, economic injustice, and the climate crisis led largely by young people. The Sanders campaign pays tribute to and builds upon the work done by these movements — and also raises questions about what a revolutionary politics might look like with or without him. How can we best hope to get those in power to enact our agenda? How can we directly obtain political power? What lessons can we draw from past movements and those elsewhere in the world about electoral insurgency?

Mayday Space, 176 St Nicholas Ave

 

 

MON APR 11

8pm · Free

ART OPENING: INSTAGRAM SUCKS!!!

A show by Stan Hister – aka Paparazzo of the NOT famous. We are drowning in too many images and too little attention. Come to a photo show THAT WILL MAKE YOU THINK (It will also change your life and save the world) Street photography from NYC and parts beyond. A show about how the ordinary is extraordinary, how the everyday is amazing.

The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Ave

 

 

TUE APR 12

6:30pm · Free

BOOK LAUNCH: GREECE AT THE CROSSROADS

The Marxist Education Project is helping launch Greece at the Crossroads, a book on the fateful year 2015 when for the first time in generations a radical left wing party, Syriza, took power with the promise of ending vicious austerity imposed by the EU, yet struggled to uphold its promise even after the referendum on austerity compliance yielded a NO. Featured speakers will be Alex Steiner and Frank Brenner and live from Athens, Greece, via Skype will be Savas Michael-Matsas, Secretary of the Workers Revolutionary Party.

The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Ave

 

 

TUE APR 12

7pm · Free

BOOK TALK: CHINA ON STRIKE: NARRATIVES OF WORKERS’ RESISTANCE

Join a discussion with contributing authors to China on Strike: Narratives of Workers’ Resistancethemselves Chinese factory workers, who conducted dozens of interviews with other workers to document internal migration, struggles with employers and the state, worker culture, and other issues related to China’s explosive economic growth and largely underreported but incendiary labor struggles. China on Strike provides an intimate and revealing window into the lives of workers organizing in some of China’s most profitable factories, which supply Apple, Nike, Hewlett Packard, and other multinational companies.

CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave

 

FRI APR 15

6-9pm · Free

OPEN MIC: TEEN NIGHT AT THE SCHOMBURG

Are you a teen poet, vocalist, comic, or storyteller? Grab your friends and head uptown for Open Mic Night at the Schomburg Center!  Young people, ages 13-18, are invited to this open mic event hosted by the Schomburg Junior Scholars.  Come set it off with a special evening of teens, spoken word poetry, music, and more!

Schomburg Center for Research on Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard    

 

 

FRI APR 15

7pm · Free

BOOK LAUNCH: KEYWORDS FOR RADICALS

How do words shape the political imaginary of today’s radical left? Bringing together the insights of dozens of scholars and committed troublemakers, Keywords for Radicals constellates a vocabulary of the contested words shaping today’s political landscape to show how contests over word usage and meaning are themselves meaningful. Q&A will include authors AK Thompson and Clare O’Connor, as well as respondents George Caffentzis, Silvia Federici, and Conor Tomás Reed.

Bluestockings, 172 Allen Street

 

FRI APR 15

7pm-5am · Free

ANARCHIST ART FESTIVAL

This year’s Anarchist Arts Festival concept is OUTLAW ART, works that promote critical analysis and proposals for revolution. The festival proposes the creation of a concept that becomes a live, collaborative, multi-media art experience, immersive and participatory, where there is no formal separation or hierarchy between artists and audience. Click here for more information on the Anarchist Book Fair.

Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square S

 

SAT APR 16

11am-7pm · Free

10TH NYC ANARCHIST BOOK FAIR

The fair is a gathering place for the anarchist community, a forum for activists, scholars, and creative artists, and an opportunity for the curious to learn about an anti-state, anti-capitalist political tradition that's still alive and thriving and challenging the established order. Each year, the NYC Anarchist Book Fair hosts over 60 exhibitors including publishers, writers, designers, artists, musicians, and organizers.

Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square S

 

SUN APR 17

12pm · Free

Silvia Federici will be joining the Anarchist Book Fair for the closing session.
Join and share food at our community potluck! The Kitchen Collective from Mayday Space we'll be joining us with their food-justice cooking and we'll have a panel with Silvia's Federici worldview of 2016.

The Base, 1302 Myrtle Ave

 

MON APR 18

7:30pm · $6/$10/$15

TALK: RESISTANCE AND SOLIDARITY ACROSS THE US-MEXICAN BORDER

Gerardo Renique (CCNY) will cover the history and political implications of the making of the US-Mexican international for contemporary struggles for labor, immigrant and civil rights across the US-Mexican border. Significant consideration will be given to the tensions and contradictions generated by uneven capitalist development in the borderlands; the long history of solidarity, struggle and resistance against racial and capitalist oppression waged by Native Americans, Mexican Americans and the multinational working class in the region; and, the potential of these developments for the political challenges posed by transnational capitalism and globalization in Mexico and the United States. Click here for more information on the Marxist Education Project.

The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Ave  

 

WED APR 20

2pm · Free, Register here

PLAY: HOMAGE 5: LIFE AFTER DEATH

Playwright, Shaun Neblett (pen name MC SNEB) returns to the Schomburg with a workshop performance of Homage 5: Life After Death, an original play developed from Notorious B.I.G’s album Life After Death. It pays homage to the themes and lyrics of the classic album.

Schomburg Center for Research on Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard   

 

THU APR 21

6:30pm · Free, Register here

TALK: BLACK INDIAN LIVES OF THE PAST AND PRESENT

While some nations enslaved black men and women; others welcomed runaways in their villages and towns. African Americans were integrated into and fought alongside the Seminoles in Florida; but Buffalo Soldiers battled American Indians after the Civil War. All along mixed families were formed, embraced, or rejected. Anthropologist Robert Collins and historian Tiya Miles will explore and help us understand the complexities, tensions, intimacies, alliances, and legacies of the interrelated histories of African Americans and Native Americans.

Schomburg Center for Research on Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard                

 

TUE APR 26

6:30pm · Free, Register here 

BOOK TALK: POLICING THE PLANET

In Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter, writers, activists, poets and scholars join #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Patrisse Cullors and Ferguson activist and St. Louis University law professor Justin Hansford to discuss the global rise of the “broken-windows” strategy of policing. First established in New York City under Police Commissioner William Bratton, this doctrine has vastly broadened police power and contributed to the contemporary crisis of police brutality and killings. Editors Christina Heatherton and Jordan T. Camp discuss this groundbreaking book alongside contributors Arun Kundnani, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Asha Rosa Ransby-Sporn, and Joo-Hyun Kang.

Schomburg Center for Research on Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard

 

SAT APR 30

6pm · Free, Register here

DISCUSSION: BEFORE COLUMBUS: AFRICA IN MEXICO

Explore the often unacknowledged history and impact of Africans in the Americas a millennium before the European “discovery.” Moderated by Rashidah Ismaili AbuBakr and featuring panelists Kassahun Checole, C. Danny Dawson. In conjunction with the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature.

The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse

 

 

               

 

 

             

 

 

                                  

 

 

 

           

 

 

 

                                   

 

 

 

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