Monday, December 5, 2016 - 7:30pm

Don’t Mourn, Organize!

The gig economy has been called the future of work, but it’s really just plain 19th-century-style exploitative capitalism dressed up in techie garb, harkening back to ye auld days before the labor movement won things like the eight-hour work day, the right to unionize, pensions, health care benefits, workers’ compensation, unemployment benefits and job security.

Companies like Uber, Lyft, Taskrabbit and Handy are taking advantage of the 2008 recession that pushed workers off payrolls and into a precarious job market where there is less work to go around and wages aren’t close to what they used to...

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 7:00pm

Are we alone? Depends who you ask! We all have over 100 trillion microbes living in and on our body, so we’re never really alone.

The microbiome, which represents the population of all the microbes - bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses - that live on and inside the human body, is important in human health and disease. New discoveries about the microbiome are revolutionizing how we see the world around and within us.

In this interdisciplinary long table discussion, we will focus on the collection of microorganisms – troublesome invaders, benign guests, and essential collaborators – that live in and on all of us. We will explore how this realignment of friend and foe changes the very way we think about the world. Our invited guests from diverse disciplines...

Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 7:30pm

Art, poetry, hip-hop, song, spoken word, dance, music.

Featured speakers and artists include Amina Baraka, Dahoud Andre, Collective Flow, Pam Africa and Sekou Odinga among others.

For further information call 718-512-5008.

"The Just Struggles of the People of the World Support Each Other."

Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 6:00pm

Plus Surprise Guest

“I don't believe in people just hoping. We work for what we want.” —Aung San Suu Kyi

Comedians Victoria Hoffman and Jaboukie Young-White
Music by electronic duo Champagne and Chablis
PLUS!!! A super special surprise guest!!!

Inclusively curated, multimedia comedy variety show, featuring music, comedy, video, sketches and a storytelling competition!

AMAZING food and drinks - so come with your belly empty :)
$10 cash at the door

p.s. Enjoy highlights from our last two rad-tacular shows: November and October !

Monday, December 12, 2016 - 7:00pm

December Celebration!

Every December it is our pleasure and honor to celebrate the season with our favorite NYRSF Readings family -- Delia Sherman and Ellen Kushner

Delia Sherman writes stories and novels for younger readers and adults. Her short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, and in the Small Beer Press collection Young Woman in a Garden. Her most recent novels for younger readers are The Freedom Maze, which won the 2012 Mythopoeic and Andre Norton Awards, and The Evil Wizard Smallbone. She has worked as a contributing editor for Tor Books and has co-edited several...

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 7:00pm

All Welcome!

Open Community Meeting—All welcome!

Join with friends and neighbors for an open discussion:
 What new challenges do we face?
How can we build a strong political movement to defend the members of our communities?
How can we advance our goals of peace and social justice?

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Telephone 718-624-5921


Saturday, January 7, 2017 - 11:00am

New Offering

January 7, 14, 21
3 sessions
The German Ideology

January 28 to March 25
9 sessions
Grundrisse, Session A

Perhaps the most curious and least understood aspect of Marx’s work is his method of analysis. Marx viewed all his economic laws as tendencies and it is hard to deny that those tendencies are becoming more and more the realities of today’s capitalism. However, to understand our society we need to do more than reading and accepting his concepts, we must critically analyze them and look for the way of thinking that produced them. It is with this goal in my mind...

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 7:30pm

A presentation and discussion with editor Theodore Hamm

A collection of speeches by Frederick Douglass in Brooklyn, New York

This new volume to be published January 3, 2017, compiles original source material illustrating the complex relationship between Frederick Douglass and the city of Brooklyn. Most prominent are his speeches at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Plymouth Church, and other leading Brooklyn institutions. Whether discussing the politics of the Civil War or recounting his relationships with Abraham Lincoln and John Brown, Douglass’ towering voice sounds anything but dated. An introductory...

Monday, January 23, 2017 - 7:30pm

14 week class

The reading focuses on the struggle to build a united and disciplined revolutionary party in the Germany after the defeats of the Spartacist and then the radical union uprisings in 1919. By 1921, it was clear that the Bolshevik revolution had not sparked successful socialist revolutions in the rest of Europe. The communists of Germany now struggled to reconnect with the German working class and rebuild a revolutionary movement in the Weimar Republic, a society that was, on the one hand, striving to return to normalcy and, on the other hand, slipped easily and often into economic and political chaos. They...

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 7:30pm

10-week session

Organized by Ibrahim Diallo of the Indigenous People’s History and Literature Group

Once you allow yourself to identify with the people in a story, then you might begin to see yourself in that story even if on the surface it’s far removed from your situation. … this is one great thing that literature can do – it can make us identify with situations and people far away. If it does that, it’s a miracle.     –Chinua Achebe

With the reading of novels by Ousmane Sembene (Senegal), Tayeb Salih (Sudan), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (...

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 7:30pm

Biological science is simultaneously the hegemonic narrative for understanding the living world in industrial societies and the basis for potential technological transformations of the biosphere and our own species. The 20th century notion of the gene as the primary determinant of living systems has supported rampant privatization of food production and medical and natural resources. With the increasing precision of gene alteration by the CRISPR DNA editing technique, genetic determinism is now generating proposals for ecological engineering and eugenicist manipulation of future humans. This talk will report on...

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 7:30pm

10 Session Reading and Discussion Group

An inspiring struggle has united Native Americans across many tribes and countries against the Dakota Access Pipeline, in defense of water and life and for territorial sovereignty. Land grabs for massive energy and extractive projects are calling forth resistance from indigenous peoples and their allies across the Americas. This study group will use materials from the #StandingRockSyllabus and other readings to deepen our understanding of ecological imperialism, settler colonialism, and indigenous resistance. We will also critically examine the varied approaches that Marxists have taken toward these...

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 7:30pm

An author presentation & discussion 

Call centers have become synonymous with low-paid and high stress work, dictatorial supervisors and terrifyingly precarious job contracts. However, rarely do we have access to the experience of workers in this context. For Working the Phones, Jamie Woodcock spent time working undercover in a UK call center in order to provide insights into the daily experiences of call center workers, and to understand and analyze methods of control and resistance that exist within the highly regulated environment. Call center work has become emblematic of the shift towards...

Friday, February 17, 2017 - 6:00pm

14 Week Session

This course will focus on two early works by Marx and one by Marx and Engels. The works by Marx are his doctoral dissertation of 1841 on ancient Greek atomistic theory and his Critique of Hegel’s “Philosophy of Right” from 1843. The work by Marx and Engels is The Holy Family, or Critique of Critical Critique of 1844.

These works by Marx and by Marx and Engels are too little studied nowadays, but play a fundamental role in the development of Marx's thought, especially when see from the perspective of his break from Hegel and the Young Hegelians. We will be particularly interested in the influence...

Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 11:00am

Core studies

10 sessions
The Grundrisse, Session B

Perhaps the most curious and least understood aspect of Marx’s work is his method of analysis. Marx viewed all his economic laws as tendencies and it is hard to deny that those tendencies are becoming more and more the realities of today’s capitalism. However, to understand our society we need to do more than reading and accepting his concepts, we must critically analyze them and look for the way of thinking that produced them. It is with this goal in my mind that we should embark on a journey through the long and complex sentences of The German Ideology...