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Events

March 11, 2017

ACLU People Power Action Event – March 11

 

Join us on March 11 for a livestream viewing of the ACLU’s launch of People Power. We’ll watch the Resistance Training live and talk about next steps for organizing to resist Trump’s attacks on our basic freedoms.

Please RSVP here:

https://go.peoplepower.org/event/attend/1227

Note about capacity: we’ve capped attendance at 75 but probably can fit around 50 folks. We know that not everyone will actually be able to make it. If you have arrived to the RSVP page (link above) after we’ve reached capacity, you can still try to make the event, as it’s always likely that some folks will not show up. We will have a list of RSVP’s at the door! Please try to arrive at 4:30 given how many attendees we have. We will try to admit those who might not have been able to RSVP around 4:45, until our space is full. Thanks for your interest!
The schedule for the day, FYI: 4:30-5, introductions and strategic intentions 5-6, national training lifestream 6-6:30, group discussion We’ve got to leave at 6:30 to clear the space for an evening event! So looking forward to meeting you.

 

 From the American Civil Liberties Union website:

“In the weeks following President Donald Trump’s inauguration, we have seen the harms that his policies cause people around the world and the danger his actions represent for our civil liberties. Trump’s use of executive power has prompted the protest and defiance of millions, echoing the voices of many who know that our basic American values are being tested by our president.

The ACLU will continue to defend our basic freedoms and hold this administration accountable for every unlawful or unconstitutional measure they propose. We will use the courts as one avenue to aggressively advance our agenda, but we cannot do it alone.

That is why the ACLU is launching a major new grassroots mobilization platform, PeoplePower.org, in response to the growing number of people who believe that Trump’s actions cannot go unchallenged.

We’ve hired a group of digital organizers who have worked with activist groups, the White House, and Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign to help build and launch PeoplePower.org. With this platform, we hope to help organize the mass resistance to President Trump’s bankrupt policies. With a nationwide presence through our 50-plus state affiliates, the ACLU is well-positioned to take on the incredible responsibility of grassroots organizing coast to coast. This type of program is new for us at ACLU, but it is necessary if we are going to overcome the Trump administration’s attempts to curtail civil rights and eventually advance a 21st century civil liberties agenda.

On March 11, the ACLU will hold a “Resistance Training” town hall in Miami, Florida. An email ask went out today to the organization’s over 2.5 million members to organize thousands of grassroots events in communities across the country to watch the ACLU town hall. Full details on the training are forthcoming.

PeoplePower.org will use digital tools to communicate with and help train volunteers to resist President Trump’s unlawful policies across the country. The ACLU will promote ideas for action to defend sanctuary cities, resist deportation raids, oppose the Muslim Ban, maintain Planned Parenthood funding, and support other priorities. But the program will also seek to amplify organic, bottom-up grassroots actions. PeoplePower.org will be a one-stop hub for everyone looking to influence the national debate.

We ask you to join us as we build communities ready to resist Trump’s agenda and to protect our constitutional rights. The fight may not be easy, but it will be worth it.”

Suggested donation of $5 – $10 to support the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: March 11, 2017 4:30 PM
End: March 11, 2017 6:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 646-358-1730
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $5 - $10 to support the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

March 9, 2017

Elska Magazine issue (10) Mumbai (India) – Launch Party

 

Come celebrate the launch of the tenth edition of Elska Magazine, this time dedicated to Mumbai, India. Noticing how underrepresented South Asian men are in gay media, we were inspired to showcase the local boys and local stories from India’s biggest city. The founder of Elska Magazine, Liam Campbell, will be there to say a few words about Elska and talk about the experience of meeting and shooting men In India and around the world. Come hang out with us, ask questions, have a chat, maybe meet some boys… and pick up a copy of the latest issue. Free “Elska Mumbai” posters will be available to everyone who buys a copy from the Bureau on the night.

Featuring:

Liam Campbell – founder, editor, and chief photographer of Elska Magazine

Mark Blakey – assistant for the making of issue (07) Cardiff (Wales) and issue (08) Yokohama (Japan)

 

 

 

 

 

Start: March 9, 2017 7:00 PM
End: March 9, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 646-358-1730
Address:
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 7, 2017

USS presents Kirwyn Sutherland

 

Union Square Slam is thrilled to host a lively open mic, with none other than Philly’s own fantastic Kirwyn Sutherland!!

6:30pm: Free Writing Workshop
7:30pm: Sign-Ups and Socialize
8:00pm: Open Mic
9:00pm: Feature — Kirwyn Sutherland

// 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:

Kirwyn Sutherland was inspired to write poetry while watching the HBO series Def Poetry Jam. Issues of racial discrimination, apartheid, and survival as a black man discussed in the poetry of Amiri Baraka, Craig muMs Grant, and Black Ice hit home for Kirwyn. Writing poetry became a vehicle for introspection, community building, connecting with people from diverse cultures, and healing. These early writings culminated in a chapbook, self- published March 2013, entitled X: A Mixtape. The majority of the proceeds from this book went to a $500 book scholarship (Delores Sutherland Scholarship) to a freshman student. Kirwyn’s second chapbook, published by Two Pens & Lint June 2014, entitled X: A Mixtape Re-mastered contained a combination of new and old poems on the topics of slavery, racial discrimination, mental health, and biological sciences. Kirwyn has featured at several open mic and slam venues in Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York, DC, Delaware, and Detroit. Additionally, he was one of 5 poets to represent Philadelphia at the 2015 National Poetry Slam. The team made the Semi-finals of the competition (top 20 out of 72 teams). Kirwyn has participated in workshop/residencies at Cave Canem, Poet’s House, Pearlstein Art Gallery at Drexel University, Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, and Lincoln University. Kirwyn’s poetry has been published in Tobeco Literary Arts Journal, Drunkinamidnightchoir, APIARY magazine, and Public Pool. Kirwyn currently serves as editor-at-large of Public Pool and list editor at WusGood magazine.

 

 

 

Start: March 7, 2017 6:30 PM
End: March 7, 2017 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
Address:
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 5, 2017

Feminists Read Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, by Audre Lorde

 

Join us to discuss Audre Lorde‘s autobiography/biomythography, ZAMI : A NEW SPELLING OF MY NAME (Freedom, CA: The Crossing Press, 1982). In the words of the feminist publication off our backs’ review (quoted on the cover of the book), “ZAMI is a fast-moving chronicle. From the author’s vivid childhood memories in Harlem to her coming of age in the late 50′s, the nature of Audre Lorde’s work is cyclical. It especially relates the linkage of women who have shaped her. … Lorde brings into play her craft of lush description and characterization. It keeps unfolding page after page.”

 

Please support the Bureau and purchase your copy of ZAMI: A NEW SPELLING OF MY NAME at the Bureau! Thanks!

 

 

 

 

Start: March 5, 2017 5:00 PM
End: March 5, 2017 7:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 646-358-1730
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau and the Audre Lorde Project. No one turned away for lack of funds.

February 28, 2017

Union Square Slam Presents: Lo Anderson!

 

*Mark your calendars: the last Tuesday of every month will feature a local musical performer.*

The stunning Lo Anderson will be blessing USS with her down-to-earthy vibes and damn near angelic voice.
About our Show:

7:30pm: Sign-ups and Socialize
8:00pm: Open Mic (Music + Poetry Are Welcomed Here!)
8:45pm: Lo Anderson!

All Ages // Wheelchair Accessible
Open Mic // $5

 

 

 

 

Start: February 28, 2017 7:30 PM
End: February 28, 2017 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $5