June 19 – Pink Sari Gang Documentary

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If women activists are to be successful, it will be from understanding and utilizing the strategies of other successful resistance movements, led by women, both throughout history and in present time. This success must become the lifeblood of our own movements.

The Pink Sari Gang of India, is one such movement. Otherwise known as the Gulabi Gang, this grassroots, 10,000 women-strong, women-led movement in India has developed in response to widespread domestic abuse and other violence against women. These modern day women warriors, wear pink saris, symbolizing strength and arm themselves with bamboo sticks, for weapons. Their fight for social justice on behalf of oppressed and abused women, uses and teaches physical self-defense and empowers women with community outreach efforts in rural India.

Join us for a screening of the documentary revealing their resistance tactics. After the screening we will discuss what we can learn from our sister-warriors in pink saris and how to apply this to sexual violence prevention work in our communities.

Pink Sari Gang Documentary
Friday, June 19, 2015
6-9pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

June 14 – KIDS’ CSB Book Harvest: COMICS EDITION!

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During this particular CSB Harvest, we’ll be featuring the incredible donation we received from DC Comics!

The Word Up CSB (Community Supported Bookshop) is a bookshop member program modeled on neighborhood CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture), which help local farmers sustain their operations. Join current bookstore members for an exclusive first pick of a huge selection of used books during this very special event.

Not a member yet? Basic shares start at $20—and Kids’ shares are $10. Continuing memberships and School Shares also available. For more information, visit our website, or stop in to Word Up to speak to a volunteer.

All DC comics are 50% off cover price!

We will also have some great healthy snacks from Ka-Paow! Veggie Jamz thanks to Armando Batista!

KIDS’ CSB Book Harvest: COMICS EDITION!
Sunday, June 14, 2015
3-5pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

June 6 – Etsy Craft Party

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What is an ETSY Craft Party?
In a nutshell, Craft Party is a celebration of meeting and making, of creativity and community. Every year, people from around the world come together on the same day in locally organized Etsy Craft Parties to create together and inspire each other. It’s a time to meet your neighbors, share a creative skill and party down with your favorite craft supply in hand.
Part of the proceeds will go to Word Up. Fees will be paid through Eventbrite

Etsy Craft Party
Saturday, June 6, 2015
5-8PM
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

June 13 – Bottoms Up! Social Open Mic Showcase

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A Hip Hop showcase hosted by Charlie Uptown. The mission of the open mic is to establish a source of hip hop in Washington Heights and provide a free artistic space for all aspiring artists. Each edition features a guest speaker, who furthers the musical exchange with dialog; this month the discussion will tie in with Word Up’s month-long Amazon Pop-Up.

Bottoms Up! Social Open Mic Showcase
Thursday, June 13, 2015
5-7pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

June 12 – Paper Cuts Reading

Both uptown and downtown zine makers share their latest works at a reading featuring Andria Alefhi, John Affleck, Betsy Housten, and Veronica Liu.
Paper Cuts Reading
Friday, June 12, 2015
7-9pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

June 11 – FACE OUT: DreamYard Project & BronxWrites Presents the UpTown Poets

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To celebrate the release of Hemisphere—in which poet Ellen Hagan investigates the world historical hemispheres of a family legacy from around the globe, moving down to the most intimate hemisphere of im­pending motherhood—poets from the DreamYard Project and BronxWrites gather for a reading. Featuring:

Ellen Hagan
Kamilah Aisha Moon
David Ciminello
Jane LeCroy
Andrew Powell
Susan Buttenwieser
Catrina Ganey
Renée Watson
Ama Codjoe
Cydney Gray

Afterward, there will be a Q&A on poetry and our environments within and without.

FACE OUT: DreamYard Project & BronxWrites Presents the UpTown Poets
Thursday, June 11, 2015
7-9PM
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

June 10 – Intima Presents Life-Writing: An Evening of Readings about Bodies, Illness and Care

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Intima: A journal of Narrative Medicine, presents an evening of poetry, fiction and non-fiction as part of a week-long workshop organized by Columbia University’s Program in Narrative Medicine in conjunction with the American Medical Student Association. Contributors to the Spring 2015 issue will present narratives about illness, bodies and care, and students participating in the workshop are encouraged to bring along their own work to share during an open mike session. This is the fifth event of its kind, providing a forum for authors, students and educators committed to “reading the body” and “resurrecting stories about bodies, illness and care.” We hope you can join us!

For more information about the event, please contact the Editors at editor@theintima.org.

Intima Presents Life-Writing: An Evening of Readings about Bodies, Illness and Care
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
6-8pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY