Events

Art and Culture

Native Cinema Showcase
Wednesday, November 18 at 3:00 PM EST – Friday, November 27 at 6:00 PM EST

The National Museum of the American Indian’s Native Cinema Showcase is an annual celebration of the best in Native film. This year, for the 20th-anniversary showcase, the museum presents the full program online, streaming new films, fan favorite classics, and conversations with filmmakers.

Digital Preservation 101
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2020 AT 6 PM EST – 7 PM EST
Digital preservation is a proactive plan to ensure that all the bits and bytes that make up your digital files can be accessed and used for as long as possible. Join DC Public Library staff to learn how we apply digital preservation best practices to preserve the unique archival items in our collections and how you too can apply these practices to your digital files. No previous knowledge of digital preservation is required.
A link to join the program will be sent out the week of the event

P&P Live! A Discussion with “The Antiracist Table”
Monday, November 23, 2020 – 8 p.m.
The Antiracist Table is comprised of activists and supporters of people in their quest to be the change-makers we need to create a just world for our collective future. In this discussion, you’ll learn how to approach those with differing views so you can bridge the gap and learn how to integrate antiracism into your daily life—and teach others how, too.

Art on the Line: Conversations about Creativity, Culture and Change
Wednesday,
December 2, 2020 6:00 pm EST
Join Busboys and Poets’ Art Curator, Carol Rhodes Dyson for “Art on the Line: Conversations about Creativity, Culture and Change”, an online conversation with local and international artists discussing a different topic each week. 

Black Lives Matter at School: An Uprising for Educational Justice
Wednesday December 2, 2020 5:00pm – 6:30pm EST

Join us for the launch of Black Lives Matter at School: An Uprising for Education Justice, an essential collection of essays, interviews, poems, resolutions, and more from educators, students, and activists who have been building the Black Lives Matter at School movement across the country, including a foreword by Opal Tometi.

#TakeTimeThursday: Let’s Celebrate Kwanzaa Everybody!
Thursday, December 10, 2020, 2:30 – 3:15 PM
Kwanzaa is a seven-day festival that celebrates African and African American culture and history introduced by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966 in the United States. Join us as Mr. New-School, Brian Barber, walk us through the 7 principles of Kwanzaa and create a hands-on craft using easy to find materials.
Register in advance for this webinar by clicking on this link: smithsonian.zoom.us…

Native Cinema Showcase
NOV 18 AT 7 PM EST – NOV 27 AT 3 PM EST
This year, for the 20th-anniversary showcase, the museum presents the full program online, streaming new films, fan favorite classics, and conversations with filmmakers. The showcase provides a unique forum for engagement with Native filmmakers and stories from Indigenous communities throughout the Western Hemisphere and Arctic.
The full schedule is available at https://americanindian.si.edu/ncs

Youth in Action: (Re)Telling the American Story
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2020 AT 4 PM EST – 5 PM EST
From Pocahontas and Jamestown to the first Thanksgiving and Plymouth Colony, Indigenous peoples have rarely been the narrators of their own stories. Join us in a conversation with Native youth to learn how Native people are actively reshaping these narratives today.
Participation is free, but advance registration is required via the Online Event link. Instructions for joining the webinar on Zoom will be emailed to registered participants shortly before the program.

Environmental and Food Justice

Emergency Preparedness Webinar
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 7 PM

Learn about different types of disasters, how to survive a disaster, and how to get prepared. Training provided by Ms Shonta’ High, Mother of 2, Community Leader, Advocate, & Activist Preparing Our Communities for Future Disasters. Ms High is a small business owner and President of the Park Morton Resident Council.

Youth in Action: Indigenous Food Sovereignty
Thursday, November 19, 4 – 5 PM EST

This November, for Native American Heritage Month, join a conversation with young Native foodies working to decolonize their diets and restore balance in their bodies and communities.

Prince George’s County Food Equity Council Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, November 24, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Want to change the food system for the better? Join our monthly meeting! At these meetings, we update on current progress, collaborate on local issues, and network with great organizations and people. All are welcome!

FEC Monthly Meeting-All Are Welcome!
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 6 PM EST – 8 PM EST
Want to change the food system for the better? Join our monthly meeting! At these meetings, we update on current progress, collaborate on local issues, and network with great organizations and people. All are welcome! Please email pgfoodcouncil@gmail.com for the calendar invitation and zoom link.

Fuck the Police March
Saturdays (weekly)

Dupont Circle
FTP “Feed the People” Mutual Aid Station at 5:30 PM
FTP “Fuck the Police” March at 7 PM

Healthcare

Flu Shots and COVID-19 testing is available today at our Northwest Center from 1 pm – 3 pm. It’s open to the public and no referrals are required. (click photo for more details)

The Healthcare Fallout | Socialist Night School
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2020 AT 8 PM EST – 9:30 PM EST
In this session of Socialist Night School, co-hosted by the M4A working group, we will discuss the inadequacies of our health care system, how the pandemic has exacerbated it, and how to organize to fight for a single-payer system. We are proud to host a distinguished speaker panel of healthcare policy experts and organizers in the DMV area.

Housing Justice

Southern Towers Tenant Support Planning Meeting
1pm-2pm EST. Nov 1, Nov 8, Nov 15, Nov 22, Nov 29, Dec 6
This meeting is for planning the support of the striking tenants of Southern Towers to discuss research and canvassing work.
RSVP by following the link

Labor Rights

ROC-DC Member Orientation / Orientación para Miembros
4pm-5:30pm EST Nov 30
The Restaurant Opportunities Center of DC (ROC-DC) is a worker-led organization that is fighting for better wages and working conditions for restaurant and food service workers across the DMV. Interested in learning more and becoming a member? Join our monthly orientation every last Monday of each month from 1pm-2:30pm to learn about the work at ROC-DC and meet other restaurant workers who are organizing for justice! All meetings are hosted virtually over zoom.

Safe Bars: De-Escalation for Hospitality Staff
MONDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2020 AT 11 AM EST – 1 PM EST
The pandemic has brought with it an enormous surge in the number of people giving hospitality workers a hard time. Join us to learn de-escalation skills for dealing with people who refuse to wear a mask, spew blatant racism or sexism, are out-of-control angry, or otherwise creating problems for you at work. Fee is $20, $35, or $50. Please contact us if you can’t afford $20 or if you can give more than $50.

LGBTQ+ and Women’s Rights

Social Reproduction and the City
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 6:30 PM
Welfare Reform, Child Care, and Resistance in Neoliberal New York with author Simon Black

Socialist Feminist Reading Group | Monthly
Sunday, November 22, 2:00-4:00 PM (fourth Sunday every month)

Please note: Currently, all SocFem gatherings and discussions are welcoming only those who identify as womxn, non-binary people, or those of marginalized genders. We ask that men do not participate at this time.

Local Movements

Forward to 51: A DC Vote Celebration
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2020 AT 7 PM EST
In 2020, we made history. For the first time ever, a DC Statehood bill passed through the House of Representatives. However, there’s still much more work to do. Join us for an evening celebrating 2020 and preparing for 2021. We’ll be joined by our Champion of Democracy Awardees and other special guests!

Encuentro de miembros y amigos de CATA en línea o por teléfono
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 7 PM EST – 8:30 PM
¡Miembros y amigos de CATA! Los invitamos el próximo miércoles, diciembre 16 a las 7 p.m. a nuestro encuentro mensual en línea o por teléfono. ¡Comparte este evento con tus amigos!

Politics and Religion

Democratic Socialist Biweekly Steering Committee Meeting
7pm-8:30pm, Nov 10 and Nov 24
RSVP by following the link

WFP Assembly
8pm-9pm EST, Last Sunday of every month
The WFP Assembly is a monthly video meeting where activists, supporters, electeds and WFP leaders join together to strengthen our political community. We’ll talk about the biggest problems we’re facing, hear about how WFP members are winning around the nation, and engage in meaningful action to build the party. 

Racial Justice

Human Ecology of Racism Workshop
H.E.R. is a living ecosystem, curated for humans who benefit from whiteness in the U.S., to collectively create, heal and practice toward a world beyond white supremacy. Join me and six new collaborators in our “community of practice for willful adaptation,” in 9 spaces over the next two months. Cost is a pay-what-you-can sliding scale, $10-$50

  • Saturday, November 7, 4 – 6pm – Movement 6: Somatic Support to Heal the Race Body with Julia Metzger-Traber
  • Saturday, November 14, 4 – 6pm – Movement 7: Living Into Risk, Cultivating Courage & Living with Risk with Jennifer Lentfer
  • Saturday, November 21, 4 – 6pm – Movement 8: The Practice of Redefining with Ascala Sisk

Race Forward: Racial Justice Trainings
Numerous October and December training dates
Race Forward’s Building Racial Equity series is a collection of interactive trainings for those who wish to sharpen their skills and strategies to address structural racism and advance racial equity. Unlike “diversity trainings” which primarily focus on interpersonal relations and understanding, the Building Racial Equity trainings emphasize how to challenge and change institutional racial inequities.

White Men’s Roads thru Black Men’s Homes: Reflecting on DC’s Freeway Fight
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 7:30 PM EST

The DC History Center presents activist Samuel Jordan, veteran of the DC freeway fights, in conversation with Martin Austermuhle, reporter for WAMU and DCist. They will discuss the structural racism behind the highway construction plan, the interactions with federal government overseers, and how the DC experience influenced other regional and national approaches to protecting neighborhoods from highway development

African Studies Association 63rd Annual Meeting
Thursday, November 19, 3:00 – 4:00 PM

The ASA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of Africanist scholars in the world. The theme of the 2020 Annual Meeting is “The Hour of Decision: Power, Persistence, Purpose, and Possibility in African Studies.”

Lynch Lecture by Lauren Berlant: The Unfinished Business of Cruel Optimism
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2020 AT 4:30 PM EST – 6 PM EST
Join The Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto for our annual Lynch Distinguished Lecturer Series with guest speaker Lauren Berlant in conversation with Rebecca Wanzo and Dana Luciano. The event will take place on zoom.

Police Reform in Maryland District 45 w/ Citizens Policing Project
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2020 AT 6 PM EST
Donna Brown and Ray Kelly from Citizens Policing Project will be overviewing some police reform proposals and discussing how folks from Maryland’s 45th Legislative District can fight against systemic racism and fight for a more accountable community-controlled police force. To reduce the likelihood of unwanted Zoom guests, the link to the Zoom call will be provided to attendees after registering. 

Profs & Pints Online: Understanding Racial Capitalism
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2020 AT 7 PM EST
Join Professor Taiwo as he offers answers to these questions based on a long line of neglected Black political thought. His talk will cite a host of prominent Black thinkers and span the disciplines, drawing from political science, sociology, Black Studies, and geography.

Beyond Abolition
Sunday, November 29th 10am-4pm
There will be workshops that encourages everyone to break the barriers of imagination in order to visualize what the world should look like after abolition is achieved. What will replace the systems you want to abolish?

Active Bystander Skills for Interrupting Racism
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2020 AT 6:30 PM EST – 8:30 PM EST
Attacks on people of color, especially Black and Asian Americans, are spiking. We all can take action to interrupt verbal and physical hate and we all have concerns that can prevent us from getting involved. Skills are the antidote to those concerns. Join us to learn how to assess a situation and choose a response to reduce harm to the person targeted while keeping yourself safe. Fee is $20, $35, or $50. Please contact us if you can’t afford $20 or if you can give more than $50.

Social Justice

It’s Your Story, You Should Tell It
Wednesday, November 18, 6:00 PM

Are you ready to step into your power? In Part II of our Leadership Academy, we will help you to tell your story in a dynamic and clear way that can help you reflect on how you arrived at this current moment, as well as energize and inspire an audience. We will also give you tools for self-reflection and healing, since filling your own cup is an essential part of being able to help others.

Talking About Microaggressions – DC Reads 2020
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2020 AT 7 PM EST
Inspired by Good Talk, Philip Espe (DC Public Library) will lead a discussion with Lupita Aquino (Lupita Reads), poet Regie Cabico (Capturing Fire) and Ashleigh Coran (Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery) about how these experiences shape our lives and ways to address them as they’re happening.We want you to join our conversation live! Be a part of the conversation by commenting during our live-streamed conversation on YouTube Live or Facebook Live.

Writing for Social Justice
Sunday, November 22, 1:00-2:00 PM

Dr. Maha Hilal, JMC Co-Director will lead a workshop designed to give participants guidance and tips on how to write op-eds and articles on social justice issues, most notably Islamophobia.

Home for the holidays: Difficult conversations with family
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2020 AT 6:30 PM EST – 8:30 PM EST
Do you dread facing your relatives? Do conversations about the election or racism end badly, or are you bracing for comments about things like your sexuality or your weight? Join us to learn how to prepare yourself for spending time with difficult relatives (and others), the 5 basic elements of boundary-setting, how to bring the temperature down when someone is escalated, and more!


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