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March 26, 2017

Nonprofits, Foundations, and Resisting the Savior Mentality

What is the role of wealth and privilege in social movements, and how can we change it? A conversation on foundations, nonprofits, capitalism and social change with scholar and organizer Sujani Reddy and journalist and organizer Jordan Flaherty, featuring poetry by Sabina Ibarrola.

Sujani Reddy is a writer and educator whose work focuses on U.S. imperialism, mass criminalization and migrant justice. She is Associate Professor of American Studies at SUNY Old Westbury, the author of Nursing and Empire: Gendered Labor and Migration from India to the United States (UNC Press), and a co-editor of The Sun Never Sets: South Asian Migrants in an Age of U.S. Power (NYU Press). Both books are also published by Orient BlackSwan in South Asia. You can hear her discuss the history of nursing and empire at: https://whomakescentspodcast.com/2016/06/02/episode-22-sujani-reddy-on-nursing-and-empire.


Sabina Ibarrola is a green witch and herbalist in the Wisewoman tradition. Drawing on her training in herbal medicine and earthspirit wisdom, Sabina is building her teaching and clinical practice, combining a passion for plants and plant medicine with a fierce dedication to collective liberation and helping people love their beautifully diverse bodies. Sabina also works at LAVA Brooklyn, and is associate creative director of Heels on Wheels Glitter Roadshow. She lives in Brooklyn, NY. sabinaibarrola.com.


Jordan Flaherty is an award-winning journalist, producer, and author. His print journalism has been featured in publications from the New York Times to Colorlines, as well as in seven anthologies. He has been a guest on shows from Anderson Cooper 360 to Democracy Now, and he has produced television documentaries and news reports for Al Jazeera America, Al Jazeera English, and The Laura Flanders Show. He was the first journalist to bring the case of the Jena Six to a national audience, he played himself on HBO’s television series Treme, and he was a target of the New York City Police Department’s spying programs. He is the author of the new book No More Heroes: Grassroots Responses to the Savior Mentality. You can see more of his work at jordanflaherty.org.

How is nursing tied to histories of capitalist imperialism in India and the United States? How was its professionalization shaped through the institutionalization of gender, race, class, caste, sexuality, regional and religious hierarchies? How does this process relate to the fundamental role that the institutions promoting a “savior mentality” have played in establishing a colonial “civilizing mission” at home and abroad? How do we find the stories of  marginalized women workers in the archives?  What happens when we ask Indian nurses about their own life stories? Spanning two centuries and multiple geographic spaces, Nursing & Empire pursues these questions in order to shed light on histories of capitalist expansion, and marginalized women’s histories of resistance and labor migration.”In this beautifully written and brilliantly argued book, Sujani Reddy demonstrates the urgency of understanding Indian nurse migration to the United States in relation to the many reconfigurations of ‘Anglo-American capitalist imperialism’ over two centuries. This is an indispensable and groundbreaking contribution to the history of women and labor migration, and it sets a new standard for the global study of imperialism, capitalism, and race.”–Jennifer Guglielmo, author of Living the Revolution: Italian Women’s Resistance and Radicalism in New York City“Sujani Reddy neatly traces the development of modern racialized nursing practices by going beyond simply analyzing migration to examining the historical emergence of nursing in India and the United States. Nursing and Empire explores labor markets, intimate industries, and gender with a writing style that is simultaneously deeply analytical and richly descriptive. An absolutely exciting and one-of-a-kind book.”–Sharmila Rudrappa, author of Discounted Life: The Price of Global Surrogacy in India
From the Crusades to Black Lives Matter, No More Heroes is a grassroots history of resistance to the savior mentality. This book weaves the stories of LGBTQ organizers, teachers, international volunteers, sex workers, FBI informants, indigenous organizers, and prison abolitionists into a narrative of revolutionary change that travels from Alaska to Palestine, from Karl Marx to Muhammad Ali, and from KONY 2012 to the Red Cross.No More Heroes brings us real life stories of life-or-death conflict: Riad Hamad, a Lebanese middle school teacher in Texas betrayed by FBI informant Brandon Darby. Monica Jones, a Black transgender sex work activist arrested for “walking while trans” in Phoenix, Arizona. Haidar Eid, a professor resisting colonialism and liberalism in his daily life and work in Gaza City. Sophie Lucido Johnson, a recent college graduate who finds her youthful idealism channeled by others to displace unionized African American teachers in New Orleans.
No More Heroes explores the growing response to these dynamics: grassroots and street-based uprisings like the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, and Black Lives Matter, creating accountable movements focused on real, systemic change.
“No More Heroes exposes the savior complex for what it really is: imperialism camouflaged as a rescue operation. A perfect gift for the age of Trump.”
-Robin D. G. Kelley, Author, Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination
“From systemic racism to climate change, there are no easy fixes to the deep- rooted crises of our time. In this marvelous, enormously instructive book, Jordan Flaherty explores how we too often allow the struggle for change to be undermined by would-be saviors—and how today’s grassroots social movements, led by communities on the frontlines of crisis, are charting a far more powerful path forward.”
– Naomi Klein, Author, This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine
No More Heroes is a vitally useful intervention in the current political moment. Spot-on analysis, gripping examples, and a clear, urgently necessary argument about how we need to re-think harmful “rescue” frames and the leadership models they foster will make this book immensely useful to contemporary movements. No More Heroes helps us understand how our movements’ debates about leadership, respectability politics and co-optation relate to long-standing investment in ideas of saving that have got to be dismantled if we are going to build the new world we so desperately need and long for.
– Dean Spade, Author, Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law
“Buy this book if you believe a better world is possible and want to know how to get there. From Jordan Flaherty, the journalist that broke the story of The Jena Six, comes this thrilling people’s history of current movements for revolutionary change. A powerful, engaging, exciting book for anyone concerned about the state of the world.”
-Cynthia McKinney, 2008 Green Party Presidential Candidate; former Georgia Congresswoman
See more at jordanflaherty.org/saviors.



Start: March 26, 2017 6:00 PM
End: March 26, 2017 8:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 212 620 7310 x300
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $5-$10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

March 25, 2017

READ ALOUD TO CAUSE TROUBLE: Impropria Persona Release Party


READ ALOUD TO CAUSE TROUBLE brings together a gaggle of wobbly-kneed armchair revolutionaries who don’t vote to celebrate the release of IMPROPRIA PERSONA, a collaborative chapbook by Kay Gabriel and David W. Pritchard (Damask Press, 2017) with an evening of poems and provocations.

KAY GABRIEL is the author of Elegy Department Spring (BOAAT Press, forthcoming) and, with David W. Pritchard, Impropria Persona. She is aufgehoben or bust, baby.


DAVID W. PRITCHARD is a poet and a scholar, though he is not a poet-scholar. He is the author, with Kay Gabriel, of Impropria Persona. He is currently working on a super-poem entitled REVOLUTION OR DECADENCE for which he has been paid 50 cents by an anonymous donor. In this way he is the last living residue of literary patronage.


A.B. ROBINSON has been called a Surrealist in both condemnation and praise. She is not a Surrealist.


CAM SCOTT is a poet, critic, and practicing non-musician from Winnipeg, Canada, Treaty One territory. He performs under the name Cold-catcher and as always, the motivating question is For whom?


ZACHARY LAMALFA was recently described as a poet whom one could easily imagine enjoying a career as a civil engineer or architect, which made everyone else in the room laugh very hard. He is one thing about the city.





Start: March 25, 2017 7:30 PM
End: March 25, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 212 620 7310 x300
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

March 24, 2017

Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism


A reading and discussion on resistance movements past and present, and the special role of LGBTQ movements in American radicalism, by L.A. Kauffman, author of the new book, DIRECT ACTION.

As Americans take to the streets in record numbers to resist the presidency of Donald Trump, L.A. Kauffman’s timely, trenchant history of protest offers unique insights into how past movements have won victories in times of crisis and backlash and how they can be most effective today.

This deeply researched account, twenty-five years in the making, traces the evolution of disruptive protest since the Sixties to tell a larger story about the reshaping of the American left. Kauffman, a longtime grassroots organizer, examines how movements from ACT UP to Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter have used disruptive tactics to catalyze change despite long odds. The book highlights the centrality of feminist and queer organizers to the creation of a vibrant, decentralized tradition of resistance and activism.

Kauffman’s lively and elegant history is propelled by hundreds of candid interviews conducted over a span of decades. Direct Action showcases the voices of key players in an array of movements – environmentalist, anti-nuclear, anti-apartheid, feminist, LGBTQ, anti-globalization, racial-justice, anti-war, and more – across an era when American politics shifted to the right, and a constellation of decentralized issue- and identity-based movements supplanted the older ideal of a single, unified left.

Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

L.A. Kauffman has spent more than 30 years immersed in radical movements, as an organizer, strategist, journalist, and observer.




Start: March 24, 2017 7:00 PM
End: March 24, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 212 620 7310 x300
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

March 21, 2017

Union Square Slam presents Natasha Hooper and our Last Open Slam


Union Square Slam is delighted to host, all the way from San Diego, nationally-ranked poet and goddess of grace, NATASHA HOOPER!!

AND! It’s your very last chance to qualify for Union Square Slam’s Finals Stage on April 18th. Get down here and sign up early!

6:30pm: Free Writing Workshop w/ IS Jones
7:30pm Sign-ups and Socialize
8:00pm: Slam and Feature

All Ages // Wheelchair Accessible
Suggested Donation $5-$10

About our Feature:

In a short period of time, Natasha Hooper has made her mark on the spoken word community, performing on various stages across the country, spanning from California to New York. She ‘s performed with the likes of Jasmine Mans at the infamous Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C. and competed in the largest individual poetry competition, the Individual World Poetry Slam, ranking among the top 25. A force to be reckoned with, Natasha holds the record in San Diego for the most consecutive slam wins in a single season. Recently, she also became a driving force in helping her slam team, San Diego Poetry SLAM, become the #2 team in the nation during her first trip to the National Poetry Slam in Decatur, GA.





Start: March 21, 2017 6:30 PM
End: March 21, 2017 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested Donation $3-$10 (all proceeds go to supporting the Bureau and sending USS reps to national events)

March 14, 2017

USS presents Raena Shirali and David Winter


Union Square Slam is thrilled to host a lively open mic, and dynamic duo Raena Shirali and David Winter!!

6:30pm: Free Writing Workshop
7:30pm: Sign-Ups and Socialize
8:00pm: Open Mic
9:00pm: Feature — Raena Shirali and David Winter

// All Ages // Wheelchair Accessible //

Suggested Donation $3-$10
(all proceeds go to supporting the Bureau and sending USS reps to national events)

About our Feature:

Raena Shirali’s collection, GILT, fiercely unveils its first generation, East Indian speakers’ reconciliation of her identity as it engages with and critiques both Indian and American culture’s treatment and expectations of women. David Winter’s chapbook Safe House, and his current manuscript Archived Light, explore how queer and raced bodies live and love in a violent world. By performing their poems in conversation with each other, these two poets pose questions such as: How do we discern safe space from violence in drag? How can fragmentation and lyric explore our unknowable selves, lovers, heritages? How do we reconcile the personal body with the political, the self with its surrounding cultures? How can violence be music, and music be violent? How does communication fail us; how then, can silence (of lovers, families, cultures, nations) be a source of trauma? And can such silences be reclaimed as spaces for meditation or healing?

Indian American poet Raena Shirali’s first book, GILT, is forthcoming in 2017 with YesYes Books, and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Blackbird, Crazyhorse, Four Way Review, Indiana Review, Muzzle Magazine, Ninth Letter, and many more. She received her MFA from The Ohio State University. Her honors include a 2016 Pushcart Prize, the 2016 Cosmonauts Avenue Prize, recognition as a finalist for the 2016 Tupelo Quarterly Poetry Prize, the 2014 Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, recognition as a finalist for the 2014 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, and a “Discovery” / Boston Review Poetry Prize in 2013. She will be the Spring 2017 Philip Roth Resident at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University, and currently serves as a poetry reader for Muzzle Magazine.


David Winter wrote the chapbook Safe House (Thrush Press, 2013), and is currently working on a full-length manuscript entitled Archived Light, which has been a semi-finalist for the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award and a finalist for the May Swenson Poetry Award. From 2010-2012 David led creative writing workshops with NYC non-profits in locations such as the LGBT Community Center, the 14th Street Y, Riker’s Island, and PS 279. More recently, he has received an MFA from The Ohio State University, a 2016 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council, and a 2016-18 Stadler Fellowship from Bucknell University. David’s poems appear in publications such as The Baffler, Day One, Four Way Review, Muzzle, Ninth Letter, The Offing, and For Some Time Now: Performance Poets of New York City.




Start: March 14, 2017 6:30 PM
End: March 14, 2017 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested Donation $3-$10 (all proceeds go to supporting the Bureau and sending USS reps to national events)