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February 2024

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Brooklyn Org Author Talk: “At the Feet of the Elders” by Darius M. Brown

Zoom
12:00 PM–1:00 PM EST

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February 1-4

Local Issues & Insights From Our 2023 Neighborhood Listening Tour

Thursday, February 1 at 12-1pm
Online
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Gain insight into what we learned over the course of our 2023 Listening Tour, which made stops in Carroll Gardens/Gowanus, Crown Heights North, East Flatbush/Wingate, Kensington, Midwood, Red Hook, and more. Join us for a discussion about what community members from each neighborhood identified as opportunities for Brooklyn Org to meet their greatest needs with resources.

Curbside Compost Educator Training

Friday, February 2 | 8:30-3:30pm
Brooklyn Law School
250 Joralemon Street Brooklyn, NY 11201
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To support newly enrolled Brooklyn and Queens schools, GrowNYC and NYCPS’s Office of Energy & Sustainability are hosting an in-person training at Brooklyn Law School. Attendees will meet their school’s assigned Education & Engagement Lead and participate in a curbside composting informational session; workshops on educational tools to engage students, develop student leadership, and streamline waste management communication in your school; and an action Planning Session

Soggy City: Flooding in NYC

Friday, February 2 | 6:30pm
Hunter College
68th Street and Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10065
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Join NYC H2O for a presentation by Eric Sanderson, the best-selling author of Mannahatta. Once upon a time, where water went was streams and wetlands. With climate change, those ecosystems (“Blue Zones”) are coming back. Come learn about the some 20% of the city that was wet, is wet, and will be wet again and how we respond with common sense and compassion to reimagine the future of our soggy city.

A Discussion on Art’s Intersectionality with History and Social Justice

Saturday, February 3 | 5-6pm
Brooklyn Museum of Art
200 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, NY 11238

How does art intersect with history and social justice? Listen in on a conversation between artist Leroy Campbell and special guests, brought to you by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office. To RSVP, email CommunityAffairs@BrooklynDA.org.

Revolutionary (E)motions / Niyoosha Ahmadikhoo

Sunday, February 4 | 11am-2pm
51 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201
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Revolutionary (E)motions will be a four-sunday-long safe castle to process grown-up dissents through interactive kinetic exercises aka acting techniques developed by various theatre educators such as Lacques Lecoq, Michael Chekhov, Richard Schechner, and more. Revolutionary (E)motions is a cross-pedagogical physical theatre approach to processing socioexistential effects through embodied ephemeral ensemble practices.

Film and Conversation: The Right to Read

The Billie Holiday Theatre 1368 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11216
7:00 PM– EST

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February 5-11

Housing Work Troupe Performance

Wednesday, February 7 | 6-7:30pm
Housing Works Bookstore
126 Crosby St New York, NY 10012
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Housing Works Troupe’s newest show questions the role of the individual in institutions of power. How do loopholes in the system or personal bias affect the service you receive? This performance includes two forum scenes: one that highlights the challenges of dealing with landlords and lawyers when faced with housing displacement, and one that addresses the effects of bias that can be held by social service workers.

Brooklyn Org Nonprofit Leader Salon (February)

Thursday, February 8 | 8:30-10:00am
Brooklyn Org’s Office: 1000 Dean Street, Suite 307, Brooklyn, NY 11238
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Please join us for our new Nonprofit Leader Salons! These free, low-stakes (but high-connection) breakfasts are designed to bring local nonprofit leaders together in one room to discuss the issues most top of mind for you. The session on February 8th is for Executive Directors/CEOs with budgets over $2 million. These events will be in-person, so please RSVP as space will be limited.

Brooklyn Org Presents: The Right to Read  Film Screening and Discussion

Thursday, February 8 | 7-9:30pm
Billie Holiday Theatre1368 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11216
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Brooklyn Org invites you to a screening of The Right to Read, in partnership with Bed Stuy Early Childhood Development Center, READ 718, and Brooklyn Book Bodega. The Right to Read shares the stories of an NAACP activist, a teacher, and two American families who fight to provide our youngest generation with the most foundational indicator of life-long success: the ability to read.

A reception will be held in the theater lobby from 7-7:30pm. NYC’s Deputy Chancellor of Early Childhood Education Dr. Kara Ahmed, Ed.D. will provide welcoming remarks before the screening, and the event will conclude with a conversation between Brooklyn Org’s President & CEO Dr. Jocelynne Rainey, educators, and local parents.

CBH Talk | The Legacy of The East, Brooklyn’s Center of Black Self-Determination

Thursday, February 8 | 7-8:30pm
128 Pierrepont Street Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Join the Center for Brooklyn History for an evening of short film excerpts of the documentary The Sun Rises in The East, by filmmakers Cynthia Gordy Giwa and Tayo Giwa. The film chronicles the birth, rise, and legacy of The East. The screening will be followed by a discussion that lift up the history of this extraordinary institution, its lasting impact, and the community-building that continues in the spirit of The East, as Central Brooklyn faces runaway gentrification.

Brooklyn Org Application Clinic: How to Apply for Funding From BKO

Friday, February 9 | 9-10am
Zoom
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Brooklyn Org is proud to invest in work that puts Brooklyn’s people, neighborhoods, and communities first — and as part of our new strategic plan, we are excited to launch a more inclusive racial justice grantmaking process. Join us for this webinar to review our new application process, learn more about our grantmaking program, and have a chance to ask our team questions as part of a Q&A.

The Art of Black War: Solo Art Exhibition

Friday, February 9 | 6-9:30pm
Crown Heights Cafe
764 Franklin Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Crown Heights Cafe is proud to celebrate Black History Month with an art exhibition feature Watson Mere and curated by Teddy Reeves. To learn more, visit Crown Heights Cafe’s Instagram at @crownheightscafe.

The Let Us Breathe Forum: Building Toward Black Liberation

Friday-Saturday, February 9-10 | 10am-6pm
Midtown East (Location provided upon registration)
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Join North Star Fund, Let Us Breathe Fund grantee partners, community organizers, and resource mobilizers from across the region for the Let Us Breathe Forum: Building Toward Black Liberation. Deepen relationships and build a shared analysis of the challenges and opportunities facing Black movements in New York State. Participants will work together to strengthen investment in Black-led organizing and explore how we can transform the way philanthropy operates to support movement building.

Revolutionary (E)motions / Niyoosha Ahmadikhoo

Sunday, February 11 | 11am-2pm
51 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201
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Revolutionary (E)motions will be a four-sunday-long safe castle to process grown-up dissents through interactive kinetic exercises aka acting techniques developed by various theatre educators such as Lacques Lecoq, Michael Chekhov, Richard Schechner, and more. Revolutionary (E)motions is a cross-pedagogical physical theatre approach to processing socioexistential effects through embodied ephemeral ensemble practices.

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Brooklyn Org Nonprofit Leader Salon (February)

Brooklyn Org's Office: 1000 Dean Street, Suite 307, Brooklyn, NY 11238
8:30 AM–10:00 AM EST

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February 12-18

Be the Beat Hands-Only CPR Training with the Morris Heights Health Center

Tuesday, February 13 | 3:00-5:00pm
Morris Heights Health Center, 1095 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11226
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Join the Morris Heights Health Center for a FREE in-person event in collaboration with the American Heart Association! Learn how to save lives with this hands-only CPR training. Discover the power of your hands in cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Gain the knowledge and confidence to respond effectively in emergency situations. Expert instructors will guide you through the step-by-step techniques of hands-only CPR. Don’t miss this opportunity to become a lifesaver! Sign up now and be prepared to Be the Beat! This training is available for adults and children.

History and Legacy of the Center for Black Literature: An Online Exhibition

Thursday, February 15 | 6:30-8pm
Medgar Evers College
Edison O. Jackson Auditorium
1638 Bedford Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11225
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Discover the stories, voices, and literary works that have shaped the Black literary landscape. Immerse yourself in a captivating exhibition that showcases the remarkable contributions of Black authors, poets, and intellectuals throughout history. Email info@centerforblackliterature.org for virtual Zoom link.

New Neighbors Partnership: Community Potluck Dinner

Wednesday, February 14 | 4:30-7:45pm
St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church
157 Montague Street Brooklyn, NY 11201

Join us in welcoming local refugee families into our community by sharing a meal! Our new neighbors will cook the main part of a meal, attendees will contribute side dishes, and we will all share in learning and listening to each other’s stories. RSVP by signing up on The Service Collective Website or email grace@newneighborspartnership.org.

Parent-Child Relationship Association: Lunar New Year Event

Saturday, February 17 | 11am-2pm
Leif Ericson Park (9th Ave 67th St)
Contact pcrelationship@gmail.com to learn more

Join Parent-Child Relationship Association for their annual Lunar New Year Event! This celebration will take place outdoors at Leif Ericson Park with fun for all ages, including arts & crafts, games, family portraits, calligraphy, and much more!

Oui Market’s 2024 Lunar New Year Market at Lazy Suzy Cafe

Saturday, February 17 | 11am-6pm
Lazy Suzy Cafe & Shop
703 Hart Street Brooklyn, NY 11221
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Join Lazy Suzy Cafe & Shop for a festive Lunar New Year Market event featuring a wide variety of traditional foods, handmade crafts, arts & prints, and stylish accessories by AAPI local vendors. Join a free raffle giveaway for a chance to win exciting prizes!

Weeksville Watch Nights: The Black Radical Tradition

Saturday, February 17 | 12pm
Weeksville Heritage Center
158 Buffalo Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11213
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In honor of Black History Month, Weeksville Heritage Center will be screening Conversations: The Black Radical Tradition, a documentary that features first-hand accounts from legendary figures of resistance, exploring the facets of the Black Radical Tradition, including Pan-Africanism, Marxism, and faith-based approaches.

Weeksville Watch Nights: I Heard It Through The Grapevine

Saturday, February 17 | 5pm
Weeksville Heritage Center
158 Buffalo Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11213
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In honor of Black History Month, Alfreda’s Cinema and Weeksville Heritage Center proudly present the powerful documentary drama, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.” Join us for an evening as we dive into James Baldwin’s travels from New York to the South & reflect on what it means to be in a “post” civil rights era.

Revolutionary (E)motions / Niyoosha Ahmadikhoo

Sunday, February 18 | 11am-2pm
51 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201
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Revolutionary (E)motions will be a four-sunday-long safe castle to process grown-up dissents through interactive kinetic exercises aka acting techniques developed by various theatre educators such as Lacques Lecoq, Michael Chekhov, Richard Schechner, and more. Revolutionary (E)motions is a cross-pedagogical physical theatre approach to processing socioexistential effects through embodied ephemeral ensemble practices.

February 19-25

Nonprofit Help Desk: Poking the Status Quo

Tuesday, February 20 | 12-1pm
Online
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In this humorous and interactive session, participants will share their most outdated practices, help identify others, and explore ways to spur change through communication with leadership, creative thought processes, and strategic planning.

Brooklyn Community Pride Center Film Screening Series: Black Boi Majik by Lyrik London

Thursday, February 22 | 5:45pm-7:45pm
Brooklyn Pride Center – Crown Heights
1561 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
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Each film screening showcases a short film that highlights Black and Queer identity and stories. All participants will engage with ideas and concepts based around the Black and Queer experience. Each film will be concluded with a group discussion/debrief. Free refreshments will be served.

Brooklyn Org Author Talk: “At the Feet of the Elders” by Darius M. Brown

Friday, February 23 | 12-1pm
Zoom
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Brooklyn Org invites you to a special Black History Month Virtual Book Club event! We’ll be joined by author Darius M. Brown to discuss his book, “At the Feet of the Elders: A Journey into a Lowcountry Family History.” To learn more, visit atthefeetoftheelders.com.

Storytime with Worldwide Buddies: The Little Explorer’s Words

Saturday, February 24 | 11-11:30am
Books are Magic Montague
122 Montague Street Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Join Books Are Magic for a storytime with Worldwide Buddies founder Evi Triantafyllides, reading from her newest book, The Little Explorer’s Words! Worldwide Buddies is a children’s startup that creates picture books and toys that celebrate diversity, on a mission to raise accepting, open-minded littles.

Black Quiztory

Saturday, February 24 | 6-10pm
Weeksville Heritage Center
158 Buffalo Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11213
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Think you know Black history? Then come test your skills at the first annual Weeksville Black Quiztory!

Join us and compete for the title of Weeksville Black Quiztory champion. Questions will cover Black history from 1526 to the present. All ages are welcome and the only requirement is a phone or other mobile device. Prizes will be awarded to the top three contestants.

S.H.E WINS Young Women Leadership Program

Saturday, February 24-Saturday, June 1 | 2pm
264 Lexington Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11216
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Join the Mehala Isdadora Miller (MIM) Foundation for the S.H.E WINS Young Women Leadership Program, a transformative Program for young women ready to conquer the world. This in-person 8-week program will be held every other Saturday starting February 24th. Get ready to be inspired, empowered, and equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to become successful leaders in your community. For further info and application form, contact Sharisab@mimgives.org.

Application deadline: Feb 19th

Revolutionary (E)motions / Niyoosha Ahmadikhoo

Sunday, February 25 | 11am-2pm
51 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201
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Revolutionary (E)motions will be a four-sunday-long safe castle to process grown-up dissents through interactive kinetic exercises aka acting techniques developed by various theatre educators such as Lacques Lecoq, Michael Chekhov, Richard Schechner, and more. Revolutionary (E)motions is a cross-pedagogical physical theatre approach to processing socioexistential effects through embodied ephemeral ensemble practices.

February 26-29

Brooklyn Women’s Writing Group

Monday, February 26 | 7-9pm
Nook
45 Irving Avenue #Unit 1 Brooklyn, NY 11237
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The BWWG is a space for members to work on their own projects in a focused, supportive environment, in the company of other writers. The group began in 2017 as an in-person Meetup that gathered every Sunday for drop-in writing sessions at the historic central branch of the Brooklyn Library at Grand Army Plaza. Two drink minimum or food order required. Please tip your baristas & bartenders!

Sign-up required: https://www.meetup.com/bkwomenswritinggroup/

But the Times Are Never Right

Tuesday, February 27 | 6-7pm
Sheepshead Bay Library
2636 E. 14th St. at Ave. ZBrooklyn, NY 11235
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Join the Sheepshead Bay Library for an unforgettable evening featuring the exceptional songwriter and performer from Khabarovsk, Russia, Julia Kiseleva, as she unveils her unique and occasionally unexpected interpretations of beloved songs!

Book Event: Hamilton Nolan with Josh Gondelman

Tuesday, February 27 | 7:30pm
686 Fulton Street Brooklyn, NY 11217
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Reporter Hamilton Nolan will discuss his new book The Hammer, an exploration of the contemporary American labor movement, with Josh Gondelman at Greenlight Bookstore. Nolan has been a labor journalist for more than a decade, and also helped to unionize his own industry. In his new book The Hammer, Nolan offers a timely, in-depth, and vital exploration of the American labor movement and its critical place in our society and politics.

Queer of Color/Trans of Color Conversations: Martin Joseph Ponce

Wednesday, February 28 | 4pm
Online
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CUNY’s Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS) monthly speaker series brings together important and emerging scholars to discuss the burgeoning field of Queer of Color Studies. Scholars will represent a broad range of disciplines from Humanities to Life Sciences, with a keen eye toward issues impacting queer communities of color. The monthly series offers an informal but intellectually charged environment for addressing major works of LGTBQ studies. The aim is to make complex and often abstract ideas engaging for academic and nonacademic readers.

Brooklyn Community Pride Center Film Screening Series: FORBIDDEN by Todrick Hall

Thursday, February 29 | 5:45pm-7:45pm
Brooklyn Pride Center – Crown Heights
1561 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
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Each film screening showcases a short film that highlights Black and Queer identity and stories. All participants will engage with ideas and concepts based around the Black and Queer experience. Each film will be concluded with a group discussion/debrief. Free refreshments will be served.

Brooklyn Poetry Slam

Thursday, February 29 | 7-9pm
Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Pkwy Brooklyn, NY 11238
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Celebrate Brooklyn Poetry Slam’s tenth year! Amplify the voices of Brooklyn at a series of pay-what-you-can slams, presented by poets and cofounders Mahogany L. Browne and DJ Jive Poetic. Come to listen to poets, or arrive early to sign up if you’d like to join the slam (limited availability).

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But the Times Are Never Right
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But the Times Are Never Right

Sheepshead Bay Library (2636 E. 14th St. at Ave. Z Brooklyn, NY 11235)
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Brooklyn Poetry Slam

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