• Meet & Greet + discussion and planning. First Thurs. every other month.

    Learn more about modern-day slavery on our website: FightSlaveryNow.Org Meetup time is 7:00 PM Welcome new members... Complimentary beverage! Meet the regulars and add your two cents. We really value input from members old and new. We can't make significant progress without your vocal support. Agenda: Discussion to organize a clothing drive to benefit survivors of abuse. Ways to use holidays to educate about the connections between chocolate producers and slavery. Presentation venues?

  • Sex Is Not Work: A Talk by Chris Muller of Restore, 1/27

    Sunday, January 27,[masked]:30 pm - 1:30 pm Plymouth Church Sanctuary 57 Orange Street Brooklyn, New York Remove the chains of oppression and the yoke of injustice, and let the oppressed go free. - Isaiah 58:6 The topic of legalizing sex work has become more prominent in recent years. But what are the outcomes when sex work is legalized? Who does it protect, and who does it hurt? Join Plymouth Church’s anti-trafficking ministry, The New Abolitionists, and Restore NYC for a discussion of the debate, and learn how you can support local trafficking survivors. Chris Muller, Restore’s Director of Training and External Affairs, will lead the evidence-based presentation. Free and open to the public. Registrants can bring named guests REGISTER: http://www.plymouthchurch.org/newabolitionists Historic Plymouth Church: Plymouth Church has a long and storied history of fighting slavery and racial discrimination and injustice in America. The 21 men and women who founded the church in Brooklyn Heights in 1847 called as their first pastor Henry Ward Beecher, thus beginning the most prominent ministry in the second half of 19th century America. Beecher's powerful preaching and outspoken opposition to slavery filled the pews to overflowing. For over 170 years Plymouth’s congregation has been a participant in America’s struggle for racial equality and human rights. Abraham Lincoln worshiped here twice in 1860, brought to New York by members of the congregation to launch his first presidential campaign. Plymouth was a stop on the Underground Railroad, called the Grand Central Depot for the numbers of enslaved Americans who sheltered in our basement on their way to freedom. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King preached here in 1963 delivering a sermon titled “The American Dream,” which presaged the thoughts and concepts embodied in his most famous “I have a Dream” speech later that year.

  • Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America's Soul: Discussion w/ the author

    Author Andrew Delbanco speaking on his new historical study The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America's Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War In 1850, Congress passed the notorious Fugitive Slave Act, a law which required that runaway slaves be forcibly returned to the slave owner from any state in the country. Andrew Delbanco digs deep into this history in his acclaimed new book. He shows that fugitive slaves -- although a relatively small number, only about 1000 reached the North each year -- had an out-sized transformative effect on the political and moral state of America, contributing profoundly to the struggle to end slavery, culminating in the Civil War. And Delbanco points to the lessons for today, when refugees fleeing murderous violence in other countries are held in jails or detention camps awaiting deportation. "... [A] beautifully researched work of scholarship and one of the best examinations of the bleak, complex, macabre world of American slavery that I've read.... And if that weren't enough, Andrew Delbanco makes us aware of how the past is painfully present today in our social, racial, and political dilemmas that 'rhyme' with those of our nineteenth-century predecessors. This is a work every American needs to read." -- Charles R. Johnson, National Book-Award winning author of Middle Passage "Delbanco traces how the compromises of the Constitution, along with the long history of compromise in the century that followed, tried to paper over a violent reality, disguising a moral issue as a technical one. But the slaves who ran away... were persistent reminders of the truth." --Jennifer Szalai, New York Times Andrew Delbanco is the Alexander Hamilton Professor of American Studies at Columbia University. He is the author of many notable books, he was named "America's Best Social Critic" by Time Magazine, and in 2012 he won the National Humanities Medal. Suggested donation $5-10 for Revolution Books Educational Fund Humanity needs revolution Revolution needs Revolution Books Revolution Books needs you.

  • Sixth Annual Anti-Human Trafficking Conference, 1/18

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    Numbers and Narratives: Inclusive Human Trafficking Research Womankind is hosting its sixth annual anti-human trafficking conference. We will discuss what inclusivity means in human trafficking research and determine its importance in both anti-human trafficking service provision as well as for the communities we serve. Join us as we explore this topic and strive to understand ways in which we can makes sense of the numbers and narratives we consume on a daily basis. RVVP via EVENTBRITE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/numbers-and-narratives-inclusive-human-trafficking-research-tickets-52998017497 Conference panelists: Aya Tasaki – Manager, Policy and Advocacy (Womankind) Dr. Meredith Dank – Research Professor (John Jay College of Criminal Justice) Jessica Peñaranda – Director of Movement Building (Urban Justice Center) Dr. Amanda M Stylianou – Associate Vice President, Quality & Program Development (Safe Horizon) Note: The conference is FREE but an RSVP IS REQUIRED. Translators may be available. For language availability or other questions, please reach us at [masked]. Fri, January 18,[masked]:30 AM – 4:00 PM Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church 7 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019

  • 'TRICKED', Sex Trafficking documentary (free screening), 1/8

    Church of the Ascension Parish Hall

    Tricked: The Documentary is a 2013 American documentary film directed by John-Keith Wasson and Jane Wells. It documents human sex trafficking, and its presence within the United States. Tuesday January 8,[masked]pm CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION PARISH HALL 12 West 11th Street Admission free: donations appreciated Special Guest: NYPD Sgt. GREGORY GRAVES will speak and lead a post screening discussion. The film follows people impacted by sex trafficking across the United States: from the young women and their families who share stories of abuse and manipulation to the “johns” who pay for the sex and the pimps responsible for instigating the illegal business. It was produced by 3 Generations and distributed by First Run Features in Canada and the United States. In addition to the various people interviewed in this documentary, the film follows law enforcement agencies and their efforts to crack down on this illegal enterprise, such as Sgt. Dan Steele of the Denver vice squad. The film is meant not only to educate people on trafficking, but to help them understand and spot the scouting and manipulating techniques commonly used by traffickers. 3 Generations Films, First Run Features, Written, Produced, and Directed by JOHN-KEITH WASSON and JANE WELLS. (2013, 75min) ASCENSION OUTREACH FILM SERIES [masked]

  • Meet & Greet + discussion and planning. First Thurs. every other month.

    Learn more about modern-day slavery on our website: FightSlaveryNow.Org Meetup time is 7:00 PM Welcome new members... Complimentary beverage! Meet the regulars and add your two cents. We really value input from members old and new. We can't make significant progress without your vocal support. Agenda: Discussion to organize a clothing drive to benefit survivors of abuse. Ways to use holidays to educate about the connections between chocolate producers and slavery. Presentation venues?

  • Meet & Greet + discussion and planning. First Thurs. every other month.

    (Note: this Meetup is a reschedule of last week which was canceled.) Learn more about modern-day slavery on our website: FightSlaveryNow.Org Meetup time is 7:00 PM Welcome new members... Complimentary beverage! Meet the regulars and add your two cents. We really value input from members old and new. We can't make significant progress without your vocal support. Agenda: Discussion to organize a clothing drive to benefit survivors of abuse. Ways to use holidays to educate about the connections between chocolate producers and slavery. Presentation venues?

  • History Makers: Frederick Douglass and Fugitive Slaves: A Conversation, 11/26

    History Makers: Frederick Douglass and Fugitive Slaves: David Blight in Conversation with Andrew Delbanco RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bank-of-america-presents-history-makers-frederick-douglass-fugitive-slaves-tickets-49056316764? Yale historian and author of 'Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom', David Blight sits down with Columbia University’s Andrew Delbanco, author of 'The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America's Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War'. Join these celebrated thinkers for a conversation about abolition and a pivotal era in American history. Monday, November 26 Doors: 6:00 pm Event: 6:30 pm $5 General Admission / Free for Members For questions about this event or other inquiries, contact our Visitor Services desk at[masked], ext. 250. Related: What America Owes Frederick Douglass, NY Times, 11/06/18: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/05/opinion/what-america-owes-frederick-douglass.html

  • "Dancing Through Gardens" - An Art Film Screening w/ the Director, 11/15

    Free and open to the public, but valid ID is required. Doors open: 7pm. Film start: 7.30 pm In presence of the filmmakers Oxana Chi & Layla Zami. Director Statement: A unique dancing HERstory produced by the artist duo Oxana Chi & Layla Zami. This thought-provoking and breath-taking movie is writing the missing pages of history books... It stands for all the other biographies of women whose art and culture strongly contributed to the culture we know today, but who have been forgotten or have not been officially acknowledged yet. "Dancing Through Gardens" embraces the flexible standpoint of contemporary dance to stretch connections between remembering the past and moving towards the future. https://pratt.campuslabs.com/engage/event/2871311 A moving and inspiring tale about women's struggle and survival through the power of dance. In the 1920s/30s, Chinese-Jewish-Russian dancer and muse Tatjana Barbakoff inspired the whole European dance and visual art scene. Today, she is revived on stage and on screen by artist Oxana Chi, an icon of the contemporary Berlin off-scene. The film dives into the fascinating biography of legendary Tatjana Barbakoff... and reveals its connections to the 21st century story of Oxana Chi. An epic documentary with unseen archival footage, inspiring fiction scenes, electrifying music and breathtaking dance moments, playing in France, Indonesia and Germany. An urgently needed new perspective on the links between past and present topics of migration, equal rights, and empowerment through art. Pizza, light snacks and refreshments will be provided. OXANA CHI is an award-winning filmmaker, performing artist and curator. Born in Germany, she is based in NYC since 2015 and was a[masked] Artist-in-Residence at Abrons Arts Center. She has won many prizes and grants including Berlin City Council for the Arts, Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah, LGBT Fonds Elledorado, Gerda-Weiler-Stiftung für feministische Forschung and Fonds Darstellender Künste. Together with Dr. Zami she has performed, presented and screened work at international venues, festivals, and universities such as NYU Tisch School, Rutgers University, University of Toronto, Bielefeld University, Humboldt-University Berlin, Technical University Berlin, New Delhi NCUI Auditorium and Convention Centre. For this movie, Oxana Chi received the Gold Award "Filmmaker of Inspiration" (DOSHIMA 2016) and has been crowned as Ambassador of Peace by the Indonesian government and royal family. www.oxanachi.de Dr. LAYLA ZAMI is an artist and scholar working with video, music, photo, and words. She holds a PhD from Humboldt-University Berlin and an M.A. from the Paris School of International Affairs Sciences Po. Former Visiting Research Scholar at Columbia University, she received several awards including a Fellowship from the German Federal Ministry of Education Talents Program, and the French Prize "Envie d'Agir" for Dancing Through Gardens, and the Stiftung Zurückgeben Award for Jewish Women in Arts and Sciences. Layla Zami is a[masked] Visiting Scholar at Pratt Institute, with research, teaching and advising duties in the Department of Humanities and Media Studies. She also serves as Board Member and Assistant Producer at the International Human Rights Art Festival in New York City. www.laylazami.net Interview w/ the Director, Layla Zami, about the film: http://ac4.ei.columbia.edu/2016/04/08/interview-with-layla-zami-visiting-research-scholar-at-columbias-institute-for-research-on-women-gender-and-sexuality/ About Tatjana Barbakoff: https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/Barbakoff-Tatjana