Beginning around 1964, at the height of postwar America’s power and prosperity, millions of youth rejected their parents’ American Dream and the prospect of lives dedicated to money and status. These young people—largely middle-class and overwhelmingly white—created what would be called the Counterculture, which flourished in various forms through the mid-1970s. Most became hippies, or “flower children,” who sought meaning in Eastern spirituality, communal living, and free love. Others became New Left radicals who plotted the overthrow of the government and its replacement by a more representative socialist democracy. Both groups believed in the imminent dawning of a “New Age” in which protest and struggle against “the system” would lead to the triumph of peace and love.
The Counterculture faced resistance from a nation that was deeply divided by the Vietnam War and the struggle for African-American civil rights. Skeptics mocked the movement as self-indulgent and viewed the hippie lifestyle, with its embrace of mind-altering drugs and free-love communes, as outrageous. Neither a spiritual nor a political revolution immediately transformed America, but the movement’s naiveté and excesses were redeemed by the example of its joyous and often painful search for meaning, and by its commitment to peace, justice, and the loving power of the human spirit. Its legacy includes a readiness to question political leadership, social activism, increased legal protections for women and minorities, environmentalism, and greater attention to healthful lifestyles. In these and other ways, the ’60s enriched and transformed America, and the era continues to reverberate today as a new generation attempts to create a more just and peaceful society.
America’s working class is found less and less on the factory floor, despite the image conjured by rightwing demagogues. So what does this new organizing landscape look like? What are the challenges faced when organizing the 21st-century shop floor—the restaurants, retail floors, and graduate student lounges? How should the labor move forward in an economy increasingly dependent on the precariousness of waged workers?
These topics and more will be discussed by labor organizers Bianca Cunningham (Communication Workers of America, NYC-DSA Labor Branch, and the DSA AfroSocialist and Socialists of Color Caucus), Tania Bhattacharyya (Graduate Workers of Columbia-UAW Local 2110), and labor lawyer Benjamin Dictor (Eisner & Dictor, P.C.).
The New York Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (“CAIR-NY”) fights every day for civil rights, to promote justice, and to empower Muslim New Yorkers. At a time when American Muslims face unprecedented attacks, we need your help more than ever to safeguard the constitutional rights of our community and all Americans.
Our 19th Anniversary Gala will bring together Muslim New Yorkers and our allies to celebrate the leaders, organizations, and values that have always made New York great. Help support our litigation and advocacy for those who face discrimination, harassment, or hate crimes. Amplify our campaigns to promote education and coalition-building.
Join the CAIR-NY family and Keynote Speaker Congressman Keith Ellison (Representative of Minnesota’s 5th District) for a truly one-of-a-kind celebration of our work, our state, and our constitution.
For more information, or to inquire about our premium sponsorship package, please contact Zeba Fazli, Development Coordinator, at email@example.com or 646-665-7599, or check out our website www.cair-ny.org.
*Valet parking will be provided!*
*If you have any dietary restrictions, please contact Zeba Fazli @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 646-665-7599. Halal cuisine will be served during the event.*
Please come join us at our 4th annual Tickled HOT Pink event to celebrate love and health on Saturday, February 24th at the amazing Altman Building in Manhattan. The evening promises to put the FUN back in fundraising with live DJs, a kick-ass silent auction, amazing food booths and delicious 4-hour open bar.
Proceeds from this year’s Tickled HOT Pink event will be donated to Planned Parenthood New York City. Planned Parenthood has advocated for women’s rights, sexual education and preventative cancer screening for the past 100 years. Now, more than ever, they need the support of those who agree with their mission to provide reproductive and health care services to all women and support their belief in the fundamental rights of each individual.
An estimated one in five women in the U.S. has visited a Planned Parenthood health center at least once in her life and we need to ensure that their facilities continue to live and prosper.
Tickled HOT Pink‘s goal is to inspire attendees to continue their support of Planned Parenthood’s beautiful mission, to give hope to those who feel under-minded in our current political climate and to raise funds for the organization through the generous donations of friends, family and sponsors.
We have sold out every year so buy your tickets sooner rather than later. We are so excited to see you on the dance floor!
“1st Base” General Admission – $100 (only for 1st 100 buyers)
“2nd Base” General Admission – $125
“3rd Base” Genreal Admission – $150
“Home Run” General Admission – $175
THE ROAD TO DEMOCRATIC REVIVAL RUNS THROUGH THE STATES. IN 2018, THE NEXT STOP IS NORTH CAROLINA.
A wave of change is building from the South, and in 2018, North Carolina is the critical battleground. Rebuilding our nation means rebuilding progressive power in the states, and, in the wake of victories in Virginia and Alabama, no place is more important than the Tar Heel State.
Join Team4NC in CELEBRATING the fight for democracy in the states, EATING BBQ, MEETING N.C.’s Democratic champions-on-the-ground, and RAISING SEED MONEY for the most promising progressive candidates for November’s elections to the North Carolina State House. Most importantly, come to FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN MEANINGFULLY GET INVOLVED.
Special Guests include NC Rep. Graig Meyer, N.C. House Democratic Caucus Recruitment Chair, competitive progressive challengers for the N.C. General Assembly, & others.
Read and Resist is a monthly book club featuring books relevant to the Resistance. Our first meeting will be a discussion of Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism by L.A. Kauffman. We are meeting in Room 310 at the LGBT Center.
L.A. Kauffman will join us for the book club meeting and participate in the discussion.
Book description: “A longtime movement insider’s powerful account of the origins of today’s protest movements and what they can achieve now.
“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.”
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The FIRST EVER MEETING of Guardians of Humanity is taking place on the 25th Feb 3-5pm at Absurd Conclave in Bushwick, just off the L.
If you have ideas about how to change the world through art or activism, if you want to spark a revolution, if you want to meet like minded individuals, if you are tired of the state of the world and you are looking for a place to make a meaningful difference, THIS IS FOR YOU.
We’ll be having some talks from special guests and even a performance or two.
Come on babe why don’t we paint the town!
Take a break from the winter doldrums and the ceaseless storm of scary news for a night of JAZZ, comedy, and activism to benefit Lady Parts Justice League! Join us for an intimate night of groovin’ tunes from some righteous women and some great comedy!
The remarkable baritone saxophonist Claire Daly has put together an all-star band featuring the amazing Paula Jeanine Bennet on percussion, Allison Miller (guest on Seth Meyers show) on drums, Carmen Staaf on keyboards, and the fabulous Tessa Souter, Melanie Charles, and Nicole Curaitis on vocals. MORE musicians to be announced!
The night will feature comedy from LPJL founder, Lizz Winstead(Co-creator of The Daily Show), Leah Bonnema (IFC’s Comedy Drop), Jaye McBride (Great American Comedy Festival), and Sydnee Washington (hosts The Warm Up).
There will be surprise guests, great music, and as always, lots of laughs.
$35 General Admission – 2 drink minimum
Join a beautiful crowd at Stage48 and get painted in reds, yellows, greens, pinks and enjoy the Festival of colors in style with food, drinks, and the amazing beats by NYC’s Top Entertainers.
Welcome to the happiest day party in New York City! The Festival of Colors celebrates the coming of spring, the joy of friendship, and equality for all. This Indian Festival happens ever year, not only in India but throughout the world.This is a day event and all nationalities and ethnicities are encouraged to participate!
Make sure to wear white because this party gets colorful. The colored powders used in Holi represent happiness, love, and the freedom to live vibrantly. Take the opportunity to cover yourself and your friends in colorful powders and dance your heart out. Enjoy musical performances, delicious food, and an afternoon of messy, color fun! Hope you all can make it!
Women’s March Youth EMPOWER is calling for students, teachers, school administrators, parents and allies to take part in a#NationalSchoolWalkout for 17 minutes at 10am across every time zone on March 14, 2018 to protest Congress’ inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods. We need action. Students and allies are organizing the national school walkout to demand Congress pass legislation to keep us safe from gun violence at our schools, on our streets and in our homes and places of worship.
Students and staff have the right to teach and learn in an environment free from the worry of being gunned down in their classrooms or on theirway home from school.
Parents have the right to send their kids to school in the mornings and see them home alive at the end of the day.
We are not safe at school. We are not safe in our cities and towns. Congress must take meaningful action to keep us safe and pass federal gun reform legislation that address the public health crisis of gun violence. We want Congress to pay attention and take note: many of us will vote this November and many others will join in 2020.
Join us in saying #ENOUGH!
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