In honor of Women’s History Month, March’s Unlikely Allies event will highlight the unique role women play in tackling environmental issues. In addition to an amazing panel discussion, the event will feature an artistic performance and a networking session sponsored by Stella Artois. Unlikely Allies is also in partnership with OpenIDEO DC, who will facilitate a short, interactive, exercise to help panelists and attendees understand how to use design thinking methodology to solve social challenges. Space is limited, so get your tickets today.
On May 17th from 6:30-9pm, the Washington Peace Center will host the 12th Annual Activist Awards Grassroots Gala with a special theme of keep fighting DC! We will celebrate DC activists' hard work, resistance, and victories in the face of escalating oppression.
We will have performances, free food, and a room full of inspiring activists and our movement family. Please join us!
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.
Invisible Knapsack is hosting it's first improv comedy show at Potter's House, and it's free!!!
Invisible Knapsack makes people laugh while also speaking to truths about the most pressing social justice issues of our time. A subversive improv comedy show named for Peggy McIntosh’s seminal article unpacking the daily effects of white privilege, Invisible Knapsack aims to unpack, examine, and scramble the harmful “isms” and power paradigms that exist in life and on stage.
You’re invited to a film screening and discussion of "What Happened Miss Simone?" about the life and legend Nina Simone, a singer, pianist, and revolutionary human rights activist labeled the "High Priestess of Soul" and respected throughout the African world.
Light refreshments will be provided.
This event is organized by Pan-African Community Action
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Come for the second annual BRAVE Summit and celebrate what it means to be BRAVE and combat the pervasive media coverage and replacing it with the truth, our truth. This year's theme? 2017: The Recognition of the Black Woman.
Speakers include: Co-founder of DC Black Lives Matter Erika Totten, Campaign Zero's Johnetta Elzie, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, For Harriet Founder Kimberly Foster, founder of #OscarsSoWhite April Reign and granddaughter of one of the "Hidden Figures," Miriam "Duchess" Harris.
Join the Black Swan Academy for a night honoriong youth and our community.
Stay tuned for announcements or performers, award recipients and special guest.
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Hosted by: Positive Force DC
How do folks support and protect their communities and the marginalized people within them against the rising tide of hatred? Come on in to plan and strategize. Bring your friends and ideas!
This group will be meeting in the choir room at Saint Stephen.
Snacks will be provided!
The DisruptJ20 crew has seen and heard a need to pull local groups together to coordinate during this time of widespread resistance to deepen our connections and amplify each other’s work. They are organizing a monthly spokes council for DC-area organizations and affinity groups to come together and share what they’re organizing around, what their needs are, and to ask questions of each other.
Hosted by: LiL SoSo Productions
Black Magic Woman is a new series designed to highlight, celebrate and inform the public on the variety of ways Black women create, uplift and restore their communities and society at large.
Join us to protest President Trump when he attends the White House Correspondents Dinner. This is NOT a protest of the dinner itself -- instead it's an opportunity to show the President that people don't approve of his administration and policies on one of the few occasions he has left the White House.
Hosted by Resist DC.
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Join Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS) for their annual fundraiser to celebrate all of their work to build safe public spaces for everyone. In just the past year, they trained 26 Safe Bars, facilitated over 40 workshops, hired Nona, launched ReThinking Masculinity, and so much more.
Come to Room & Board on April 27th at 6:30pm for the party of the year. From booze and food to music to rooftop views to a silent auction, there’s something for everyone. You won’t want to miss this.
"Ava DuVernay, director of the Martin Luther King drama SELMA, has made a fiercely radical documentary for Netflix in sympathy with the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement. Her film argues that America’s INCARCERATION of black men is a phenomenon with its roots in SLAVERY, and that the resemblances are not minor or ironic echoes but symptoms of the same STRUCTURAL cause.
-- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
>>Note: movie starts at 7:15 sharp!<<
Calling all bike babes: This race is for you and about you.
For the past 4(?) years, DC has held all-women alleycat races in March to celebrate women's history month. Following in that tradition, Rolling Resistance will be a chance for Women/Trans/Femme (WTF) people to explore dc on their bicycles, compete for prizes, and have a great time.
(cis)Male Allies: Volunteer to host a checkpoint or help out day of the race!
Momentum Dance Theatre presents Extreme Vetting: artists' response to the climate of fear and anxiety generated by theTrump administration. Using song, dance, music, spoken word and humor, artists from diverse backgrounds and perspectives share their experiences, react to the current political atmosphere and offer ways we can all stand together. Don't worry--there will be jokes! There will be a Q&A discussion after the performances. Admission of $20 includes wine, cheese and fruit. ALL proceeds benefit the ACLU.
Come to an interfaith prayer service on the eve of the Native Nations March on Washington. The service will feature clergy and lay leaders from the Episcopal Church and various denominations and faiths, Native American leaders from throughout the country, and residents of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota.
The DC Coalition for Theatre and Social Justice Winter Workshop Series continues. Join coalitoin co-director Mimsi Janis for Intro to Image Theatre. In Image Theater, the body is used to create images that help participants explore power relations and group solutions to concrete problems. In this workshop participants will play a range of Image Theatre games. Wear clothes that are comfortable and allow for freedom of movement. No experience necessary, all levels welcome.
The DC Coalition for Theatre & Social Justice Winter Workshop Series continues. Join coalition co-founder Annalisa Dias for an interactive session that introduces the variety of techniques of theatre of the oppressed, focusing most time on game play and Forum Theatre format. Some time will be spent on theory, but most time will be spent actively playing games and building short Forum Theatre scenes. Best suited to those who have never experienced theatre of the oppressed games.
The DC Coalition for Theatre & Social Justice Winter Workshop Series continues. Join Obie award winning playwright, actor, and teaching artist Nilaja Sun in advance of her upcoming solo show PIKE ST. at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Participants will engage in writing exercises designed to teach a variety of playwriting techniques, and encourage them to find their own artistic voice.
The Emerge Project invites you to join in celebrating and cultivating the ingenuity of Black people in South Africa and Brazil. Their project goals are exciting and ambitious, and they can't do it without you! Come be a part of this movement and help them get to lift-off. More information here.
AN OUTRAGE is a new short documentary film about lynching in the American South. Filmed on-location at lynching sites in six states and bolstered by the memories and perspectives of descendants, community activists, and scholars, this unusual historical documentary seeks to educate even as it serves as a hub for action to remember and reflect upon a long-hidden past. The film's premiere will take place on March 11th at 4:00pm at the National Museum of American History as part of the History Film Forum.
Does your organization need help direct its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success.
This introductory class will provide you the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan, including tips on:
Making your case for support
Diversifying your organization’s fundraising base
Creating a plan of action
Start thinking about your organization’s fundraising strategies!
A White House chef knows the Chief Executive in ways few others do, and many have served not only as cooks but as confidants and informal policy advisors. In his second book, Miller, the executive director of the Colorado Council of Churches, winner of a James Beard Award for Soul Food, and former special assistant to President Clinton, profiles the largely African American kitchen staffs who have worked for presidents from the nation’s beginning.
Busboys and Poets and the Humanities Council of Washington DC presents Humanitini: The Creative Economy and the DC Cultural Plan. John Howkins coined the term “creative economy” to identify the intersection of arts and humanities entrepreneurship, government policy, and private foundation support. The creative economy defines how a community sees itself. The DC Council’s recent foray into shaping the local creative economy – the DC Cultural Plan – may shape the District’s identity for years to come.