Comprehensive List of Everything That Ever Was, and Is: A Radical Resource Guide to NYC

Comprehensive List of Everything That Ever Was, and Is:

Art and Music

ABC No Rio

One of the last few active signifiers of the radical roots of the LES…you know, before that hotel up on Ludlow went up. But it’s best not to romanticize the past or to get into the discussion of the causes of gentrification (or to talk about gentrification and the LES. Ever. Again). But anyway, a space that has a computer lab, a ‘zine library, a darkroom and a silk-screening lab. Hosts punk shows, poetry readings, and art exhibitions. Is the space out of which Books Through Bars and Food Not Bombs operates.

156 Rivington St. between Suffolk and Clinton Streets (After a 26 year battle with the city ABC finally acquired the rights to the building this year.)

Anthology Film Archives

Anthology Film Archives is an international center for the preservation, study, and exhibition of film and video with a particular focus on American independent and avant-garde cinema and its precursors found in classic European, Soviet and Japanese film.

32 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10003 USA
Telephone: (212) 505-5181
Fax: (212) 477-2714

Art for Change

Based in El Barrio of East Harlem, Art for Change engages individuals and communities in the production of art programs and performances creating a forum for information exchange while inspiring reflection, discussion, and action, resulting in social change.

The AfC office is located at:

Art for Change

131 East 101st, Suite #1

New York, NY 10029

Tel: 212.348.7044


The Brecht Forum

The Brecht Forum offers a wide-ranging program of classes, public lectures and seminars, art exhibitions, performances, popular education workshops, and language classes.

451 West Street

(212) 242-4201

Carlitos Café y Galería

1701 Lexington Ave (bet 106-107st)

New York, NY 10029

tel: 212.534.7168

The Empty Vessel Project

A Salvaged WWII rescue boat in the Gowanus canal! Hosts work parties, movie nights, seminars, concerts, dinners, and workshops.


“The DUMBA Queer Performing Arts collective, is the oldest and largest live in non-profit arts collective in the Brooklyn NY, solely devoted to the contemporary art practices of the queer community”. Typical events include contemporary art exhibitions, live music shows, performance art, benefit dinners, movie screenings, political/activist meetings etc.

57 Jay Street, Brooklyn

718 858 4886

Rooftop Films

Rooftop Films is a non-profit film festival and production collective that supports, creates, promotes, and shows daring short films worldwide and in a weekly summer rooftop film festival. Rooftop Films is more than a film festival; above all, we are a community. We are a collective collaboration between filmmakers and festivals, between audience members and artists, between venues and neighborhoods. Our goal is to create a vibrant independent filmmaking community that bridges cultural boundaries. At Rooftop Films, we bring the underground outdoors.
232 Third Street, Studio E103

Brooklyn, NY 11215

(718) 417-7362

New Mindspace

Newmindspace is interactive public art, creative cultural interventions and urban bliss dissemination based in New York and Toronto. We also organize custom events.


Nuyorican Poets Cafe

The mission of the Cafe is to create a multi-cultural venue that both nurtures artists and exhibits a variety of artistic works. Without limitation, we are dedicated to providing a stage for the arts with access for the widest public. The Cafe's purpose has always been to provide a stage for the artists traditionally under-represented in the mainstream media and culture; promoting their work while building an audience and providing an ongoing support system for them as they grow. Our organization provides cultural programming to the whole of our community.
236 East 3rd Street

 New York, NY 10009

The Living Theater
“To call into question, who we are to each other, in the social environment of the theater… To move from the theater to the street.” 

and from the street to the theater.” Hosts performances, theater workshops.
Toyshop Collective
“Artists transforming the physical and social structure of their environment.” The art collective Swoon is associated with.

Visual Resistance

‘We aim to explore the spaces where art and activism interact and help develop a visual language for political action.’ Most recently, the group organized a benefit gallery show for Daniel McGowan. I think they are also responsible for the ghost bike memorials put up for fallen cyclists as well.

Nonsense List

‘A discriminating resource for independent art, weird events, strange happenings, unique parties, and senseless culture in New York City.’

Bikes –

Black Label Bike Club

Not scotch, tall bikes.


Times Up!

A self-described “not-for-profit New York City-based direct-action environmental group that uses events and educational programs to promote a more sustainable, less toxic city.” Really, its primary focus is bicycling (got sued by the city for promoting Critical Mass, nonetheless). Check the website or stop by their space to pick up a calendar for a comprehensive list of events (rides, bike maintenance nights, movie screenings, parties, barbeques, etc).

49 E. Houston St., between Mott and Mulberry (though this maybe changing in the near future as the building may or may not be going up on the housing market).

Critical Mass


Last Friday of every month

Union Sq North, 7pm

(for the saga that has been the Manhattan Critical Mass after the RNC, read the back entries of


Second Friday of every month. 7pm.

Has two meeting places: Grand Army Plaza and the Brooklyn Side of the Williamsburg Bridge

NY Bike Messenger Association. The website is a great resourse for anyone riding a bike in nyc.

Good internet resource of bike happenings in NYC.

Recycle A Bicycle

an innovative, fun youth training and environmental education initiative that has taken root in New York City public schools and respected after-school youth programs.” They also run two shops that sell used bikes, and have basic mechanic training in their DUMBO location.

DUMBO (Main Office): 718-858-2972; 55 Washington Street, Brooklyn.

East Village: 212-475-1655; 75 Avenue C.

Transportation Alternatives

Has been round since 1973, working to encourage ‘bicycling, walking and public transit as alternatives to automobile use, and reduce automobile use and its attendant environmental and social harms.’ The website is a great resource within itself, including maps, crash statistics, cycling tips, bridge tips and bike shop listings.


127 West 26th Street, Suite 1002.

Books –

Bluestockings Books

An incredibly well organized and staffed (regular hours! What?!) radical bookstore (with a strong feminist lean) & cafe. Hosts events (mostly readings and discussions) almost every single day. Check website or stop by the store for a full list.

172 Allen Street between Stanton and Rivington

MayDay Books

An anarchist bookshop (I think the only one in NYC that identifies as being explicitly anarchist) that rose out of the ashes of Blackout Books. Overall, I find it to be a bit cheaper than Bluestockings but also; less organized (you’ll have more luck stopping by in the afternoon).

155 1st Ave. Located in the Theater for the New City (which created a weird, and often tense dynamic when I volunteered here a while ago, and is probably still a problem. By the way, volunteering here or at Bluestockings is a great way to meet likeminded people, if you are just getting into the city).

Housing Works Books

New and used books and volunteer café. Has a small music section as well. Proceeds go towards housing and medical services for those living with HIV.

126 Crosby Street

Vox Pop

Vox Pop is a coffee-house, a bookstore and a publishing company.’ Often hosts events as well (event listing available at the store and on the website). Apparently, there is a nice selection of microbrews on tap? ($14 Pitchers, $12 64 oz. (!) Growlers to Go)

1022 Cortelyou Rd.

718 940 2084

Education –

Brooklyn Free School

Radical free school with a curriculum put together by the students. No grades or tests.

(917) 715-7157

City Lore

City Lore was founded in 1986 to produce programs and publications that convey the richness of New York City‘s cultural heritage. Increasingly our many efforts embrace national audiences as well. (

The New Space

The New School for Pluralistic Anti-Capitalist Education (New SPACE) is a new anti-capitalist educational project dedicated to developing and advancing ideas for liberatory social change. Together with the new movements for global justice, we believe that “another world is possible” — a world free from the domination of capital and free for the flowering of human powers and talents.

1 (800) 377-6183

The New SPACE, P.O. Box 19,

Planetarium Station, NY 10024


A collective of radical educators. Has open events about the militarization, standardized testing in NYC public schools and the criminalization of youth.

Libertad School Collective

“an autonomous group of revolutionary dreamers striving to create social change through educational direct action: artistic projects, film screenings, group projects, shows, skill shares, study groups, workshops, and whatever else inspires us!”!.html

Food –


Freegans are people who employ alternative strategies for living based on limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources. Freegans embrace community, generosity, social concern, freedom, cooperation, and sharing in opposition to a society based on materialism, moral apathy, competition, conformity, and greed.

Food Not Bombs

Vegan food in Tompkins Sq. Park,

Friday and Sunday 3.30 pm.

Food is prepared at ABC No Rio after 1pm, Friday and Sunday.


community-building meals, 1st & 3rd Sundays of every month.

hosted by The Toyshop Collective and the In Our Hearts Collective at

338 Flushing, at Classon, Brooklyn

Just Food

“Just Food is a non-profit organization that works to develop a just and sustainable food system in the New York City region.” NYC CSAs.


Gardens and Parks –

More Gardens

‘The More Gardens! Coalition is a group of community people, gardeners, and environmental and social justice activists who promote the development and preservation of community gardens.’ From what I gather, most of their work is done up in the Bronx. Meetings every 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 7 pm

At 376 E162nd Street between Melrose and Courtland

Call 917 518 9987 to confirm

Green Guerillas

Has been around since 1973 and works with communities to create, maintain, and preserve community gardens. With the real estate situation in NYC, I am guessing they are doing much more preserving than creating these days.

214 W. 29th St. 5th Floor
(212) 402-1121

Edith Garden

Free computer classes, workshops and food. Not sure on how active this place remains though. More Gardens would probably know.

836 Elton Ave, the Bronx

LES Park

Compost, greenhouse, grey water system, solar energy area.

1st street and avenue A, Manhattan

Nuevo Cabo Rojo

The 4th reincarnation of the Cabo Rojo garden.

162nd and Cortland avenue, the Bronx

East 6th Street Garden

Has an amazing towering structure made out of wood scraps, children’s toys and other fun stuff.

E 6th and Avenue B, Manhattan.

East 9th Street Garden

Has a pretty fence and beautiful decorations made out of soda cans. Across the street from a shiny police precinct, and in close proximity to C-Squat (which is by definition a co-op actually).

East 9th street and Avenue C

Health Resources

StreetWorks NYC

Food, showers, counseling, needle exchange, medical & legal services for homeless youth (13-24).

33 Essex St between Hester and Grand.


Dispossessed Network

An anarchist collective helping homeless (by choice and otherwise) youth gain access to social services in NYC.

voice box: URBAN NOMAD (872-266-6623)
(Please leave a message and a way to contact you back)

The Door

Provides prenatal care and health education, mental health counseling, legal services, GED, ESL, computer classes, tutoring and homework help, college preparation and computer classes, career development services and training, job placement, daily meals, arts, sports and recreational activities for people ages 12-21.


555 Broome St btwn Varick and 6th

The Icarus Project

An alternative support network for those struggling with bipolar disorder. “We believe that when we learn to take care of ourselves, the intertwined threads of madness and creativity can be tools of inspiration and hope in a repressed and damaged world.” Meeting are held every Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the 6th Street Community Center at 638 6th st between Avenues B and C.

MANY – Medical Activists of New York

Can help with referrals to activist friendly health care professionals in the event of on-going illness or injury. Also I am not sure whether or not ‘activist friendly’ means cheap. They may or may not still be doing street medic training.


New York Council for Nonviolent Communication (

NYC AIDS Housing Network

A membership organization comprised and led by low-income people living with HIV/AIDS working in a unique coalition with nonprofit housing providers and AIDS service organizations.

80A 4th Ave, Brooklyn.


NYC STD Clinics

A list of clinics operated by the Dep’t of Health that do free and confidenitial STD screening.

Planned Parenthood

Brooklyn 44 Court Street (between Remsen and Joralemon Streets)
(FREE pregnancy tests available Tuesday – Friday (except not on the first Wednesday of the month from
1:30 pm onward); Walk-ins welcome for emergency contraception Tuesday – Friday.

Manhattan26 Bleecker Street (at Mott Street)

(FREE pregnancy tests available Tuesday – Saturday, 12:30 – 4 PM (except not on the first Tuesday of the month from 1:30 pm onward); Walk-ins welcome for emergency contraception Monday – Saturday.

Bronx349 East 149th Street at Courtlandt Avenue.

(FREE pregnancy tests available Tuesday – Saturday (except not on the last Wednesday of the month from 8 AM to 1:30 PM); Walk-ins welcome for emergency contraception Monday – Saturday.

Storm NYC

A medical collective that used to offer two hour half and safety trainings for street medics. Not sure if they are still active though.


Yoga For the People

Yoga is meant to help strengthen and stretch your arms and legs, not cost you one!” Sliding scale yoga classes.

12 Saint Marks Place, 2 nd Floor ~ 2-R

917.573.YOGA (9642)

Legal –

People’s Law Collective

An NYC anarchist legal collective. Provides advice and legal support.

CANT TRACK DOWN INFO. Is this still active?

National Lawyers Guild

“Through its members–lawyers, law students, jailhouse lawyers and legal workers united in chapters and committees–the Guild works locally, nationally and internationally as an effective political and social force in the service of the people.” Largest organization of its kind in the US. The website itself is a pretty good resource.

212 679-5100

Prisoner Support –

Books Through Bars

“an all-volunteer project which sends free books and reading material to prisoners nationwide.”

Meets every Sunday from 5:00 to 8:00pm and Tuesday from 7:00 to 9:00 pm

at ABC No Rio, 2nd floor.

Critical Resistance

A nationwide group working against the Prison Industrial Complex.

The NY Chapter holds open Political Education meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Call 718-398-2825 for more info.

National Jericho Movement

A group working towards winning amnesty and freedom for these political prisoners.


Different things you may want to get involved with


Anarchist People of Color, NYC Chapter. Not sure on the activity level, no website, there is a listserv.

Estacion Libre

“Estación Libre was formed January 1, 1998, in recognition of the political importance for People of Color to see and understand the principles and strategies of the Zapatista movement while contributing to international solidarity. Since 1998, Estación Libre has conduced 16 delegations in Chiapas.”

Fur Free NYC


In Our Hearts Collective

Hosts monthly community dinners, dumpster tours, and other events, former organizers of the Brooklyn Free Store (RIP).


NYC branch of the IWW. Mostly focused on the Starbucks campaign currently. There are active meetings every few weeks, contact for more info, or stop by Mayday and ask about it.


MAMA is a grassroots collective of radical mothers and kids. MAMA’s members include working-for-pay mamas, stay at home mamas, mamas of color, poor mamas, mamas looking for work, former teen mamas, mamas that have used government assistance, mamas who unschool, mamas whose kids are in public school, single mamas, queer women, partnered mamas, and girls and women who aren’t mamas.”


New York Metro Alliance of Anarchists. A budding loose network of anarchists in NYC. I think there is a plan for an anarchist bookfair in the works. There are General Assemblies every two months, and more frequently meeting local & working groups as well. – future website of the Brooklyn local.

Queer Fist

Born after during the RNC, the organization tackles a ‘variety of causes, such as police brutality, public space, radical visibility, trans identity, and doin’ it! We also engage social issues around queer sexualities and queer genders seeking to undermine the assimilation of the LGBT community into conservative consumerist culture.’ (the website seems pretty inactive)

Workers Solidarity Alliance

Syndicalist Group. “Workers Solidarity Alliance is an anti-capitalist, anti-authoritarian organization of activists who believe that working people can build a new society and a better world based on the principles of solidarity and self-management.”

212-979 8353

NYC and Activist Recourses

Bombs and Shields

Stories of resistance. Heavy on the environmental stuff, with a general anarchist lean.


Not NYC specific, but is a good anarchist resource, including the anarchist FAQ.

NY Independent Media Center

NYC Craigslist

End all resource of everything. From apartments, to legal employment, to bikes, to sex work.


NYProtest listserv



Subway information. In the maps section you can imput an address and it will tell you how to get there.

Paper Tiger

Through the production and distribution of our public access series, media literacy/video production workshops, community screenings and grassroots advocacy PTTV works to challenge and expose the corporate control of mainstream media.”

(212) 420-9045

Radical Reference

‘Radical Reference is a collective of volunteer library workers who believe in social justice and equality. We support activist communities, progressive organizations, and independent journalists by providing professional research support, education and access to information.’ Started as a response to the RNC, has an actively meeting NYC chapter.

Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

At New York University‘s Bobst library on the 10th floor, this archives houses probably the largest collection of radical American history in the country! Amazing collection of anarchist, socialist, communist, feminist, black, native, and labor movement histories.

70 Washington Square South, 10th Floor



October 6, 2006 at 6:07 pm 1 comment

The Charismatic Moment of the GF has Passed


The flyer from the infamous GF town hall meeting with Dean Lee in 2004

The Charismatic Moment of the GF has passed.”

-Dean Lee

Do YOU agree with this?

Would you like to ask him what he meant?

Come hear Dean Lee answer questions about his “new progressive vision” for the GF.

-What that means for us, our education, and the controversial new faculty hiring procedures

-Find out details about the $10 million grant from the corporately funded Starr foundation.

-Ask questions about our building move out of 65 5th Ave, and what that will mean for concrete concerns such as study space, computer rooms and our crowded classrooms.

Did you not know about these things? Find out what Dean Lee’s plan is to increase transparency so we will know what is happening WHEN it is happening.

Ask anything you want to ask! This is our opportunity to be heard.

October 6, 2006 at 4:33 pm Leave a comment

How Race is Lived at the New School


The backpage of an old Canon issue, when the Graduate Students of Color Network fought for more classes on race and ethnicity at the New School

October 6, 2006 at 4:23 pm Leave a comment

Gender Studies?


This flyer comes from an old Canon issue, when students were advocating for Gender Studies at the GF.

October 6, 2006 at 4:19 pm Leave a comment

Stealing Your Education at Columbia: A User’s Guide to a Free Education in New York City

Stealing Your Education at Columbia:

A User’s Guide to a Free Education in New York City





You don’t need go to a university to get an education. In fact, it may not even be worth your time. Universities are corporations that sell stale, cut-rate ideas at a swindler’s price. They dress up the shabby, broken-down old ideas they sling by glossing them up with a thick layer of “prestige.” But a shitty car with a new coat of paint is still a shitty car. They’ve become so good at convincing us that their product is necessary that people eagerly line up to drive their lemons (and are thrilled for the opportunity.)

Some people will say, however, that universities are actually packed with radical professors spouting revolutionary new ideas. Granted, there are some smart professors with interesting things to say, and it’s worth your time to get whatever useful information you can out of them (which is why this pamphlet exists.) But don’t be fooled by these so-called “radical” academics. If they’re so radical, why do they spend all of their time writing books and sitting in their offices? Writing and reading and sitting around should support radical activity, not substitute for it. “Radical” professors, like all professors, are just intellectual bureaucrats without the courage to pursue a radical course of action, no matter what their ideas may be. Like all professionals, they’ve sacrificed their humanness for the supposed perks (more like curses) of a middle-class life. Approach them with caution.


Power, Privilege, and Prejudice


Universities, especially Ivy League schools like Columbia, are elitist institutions steeped in exclusivity. They are traditionally places that foster white privilege, male superiority complexes, and ardent Euro-centrism, among other prejudices. Nowhere is this more obvious than in their admissions policies. Students who are admitted to Columbia have generally gone to private schools, had SAT tutors, been advised on their applications by trained college counselors, and received innumerable other advantages showered on the children of the upper class and the very lucky. Clearly, this is completely fucked up. Education should be free and accessible to everybody, not the exclusive property of any class, caste, or selected group.

The obvious solution is to take it. Reformist movements have made significant progress in prying open the doors to higher education to a broader group, but the basic elements of elitism remain. Education is still a commodity that is bought and sold, or, if you’re lucky, given as charity. Neither option is truly acceptable. Education—the process wherein human beings interact constructively to create greater understanding—should not be owned by anyone, whether they chose to give it away to a select few or not. With this in mind, the term “stealing” takes on a new meaning. The world rightfully belongs to all of us and it is for all of us to use as we desire. When a few jerks declare that they have a monopoly on a particular type of human interaction, such as education, you should keep two things in mind: 1) they’re lying, you can do whatever they claim to own without their stamp of approval and probably better than they can, and 2) they have as much a right to make such a claim as you do (which is to say, none), they just have a bigger army than you do. To “steal” your education is just to take what rightfully belongs to you anyway.

Naturally, there is a hierarchy of power and privilege when it comes to stealing too. Expensively dressed white kids can get away with things that other people can’t. This guide is designed for everyone, but some people will find it easier to pull off some things than others. No one should have a problem sitting in on classes, otherwise this guide would be useless. But stealing from the bookstore and other schemes I describe will be more complicated depending on the privileges you may or may not enjoy based on your appearance. Unfortunately, African American and Latino people, and dark-skinned people in general, draw a great deal more attention from campus security guards (almost all of whom are themselves African American and Latino, see how fucking insidious racism is?) Although, again, this should pose no problem for attending classes, it may force you to think more creatively about other things.

One of the advantages of stealing your education in a group is that you can share resources amongst yourselves. White people or other folks who attracts less negative attention can use their privilege to the advantage of their group by stealing items for communal use and can take on the burdens of interacting with security guards and other authority figures. Negative prejudices can also be used to collective advantage. For instance, knowing that the bookstore security guard usually follows African American customers around can create opportunities for a group to work together at the same time, with some members distracting security while the others steal needed items to share later.

Stealing your education is taking direct action against educational injustice. By forcibly democratizing something a few people have stolen from the rest of us and doled out at their leisure (reflecting their prejudices in the process), you are chipping away at their grip on power. And if you think we can do better than what we’ve got now, the more people chipping away the better.

How to Use This Guide


You may decide that all you want to do is go to the odd lecture here and there and do nothing else. And that would be fine. You might learn something interesting and no harm would come of it. But I suggest that you be the proactive go-getter that you are (which is why you picked up this pamphlet) and make the most of this opportunity.

Stealing an education can be an empowering experience if you make it work for you. Instead of just attending random lectures by yourself (and receiving your education passively), find some other people who are interested in doing the same thing and form a study group. As Fanny Lou Hamer said, “The only lesson to be learned from our movement is that three people is better than no people.” Find the courses or lectures that interest you and make a curriculum together. Then, after you’ve decided which classes you want to attend, set aside some time when you can all get together to talk about what you’ve read and heard about.

Many college classes have mandatory “discussion sections” which are usually led by disaffected, bored teaching assistants and filled with unmotivated, bratty students. And they’ve all been forced to read the same thing, whether they are interested in it or not. Unlike these sad creatures, you and your co-thieves may decide that you don’t want to read the book assigned that week, maybe you want to take your conversation in a totally different direction, or maybe you’re all too busy with other things to meet that week. See, you’re stealing back your freedom too! When you start taking control over your own education it stops being a boring obligation that you’ve got to psych yourself up for. A stolen education is something you do on your own terms: as much or as little as you want, within your own parameters, at your own pace, and with people you feel comfortable with.

Stealing your education collectively provides numerous major bonuses. Talking to other excited, motivated people helps you gain perspective, forces you to defend your own thoughts, and usually leads to new ideas you never would have thought up on your own. Studies have shown that people only retain 10% of the information they hear in a lecture. Don’t just passively accept what you hear; instead, use it as a jumping off point to have your own discussions, wherever they take you.

Oftentimes, study groups become the platforms that other things are built on. Sometimes, in the course of conversations, people decide that something needs to be done, and then they go out and do that something together! In this fashion, study groups can become a space where inspiring, radical ideas are born and carried out with the help of willing accomplices. You’ve already stolen your education together. What else could you do together? What else is out there that’s worth stealing, remaking, destroying, or subverting? After all, if the only thing you do is read, it doesn’t matter if you’re reading Frantz Fanon or People magazine. Either way you’re still sitting on your ass.

If this whole scheme doesn’t sound too complicated, it’s because it’s not. All you need is yourself, a desire to educate yourself, and other people with the same desire. Add a university with open lectures (such as Columbia), a public library (to get course books or other books you may become interested in reading), and some creativity. Mix with a little game-planning and serve. Congratulations! You’ve just formed a study group and started getting an education for free! You’re already smarter than the kids who are paying for someone else to do it for them!

The key is to be flexible. Don’t just do the same thing the rest of the students do except without paying. Don’t force yourself to read a boring book just because it’s assigned, and don’t sit through a boring lecture just because it’s scheduled. Customize your education. Mix and match lectures to construct your own syllabus. Allow yourself to read books you discover that sound interesting. Spend hours debating big ideas with your friends, and then write down your thoughts when you’re feeling inspired. That’s what I’m doing right now. This sure as hell wasn’t assigned for any class!

Self-education can lead to amazing surges of creativity that you never thought you could have. Just trust your instincts and set off in whatever direction your mind takes you. Who knows what’ll happen next?


Planning Your Education


As mentioned earlier, attending university classes is a purely optional aspect of self-education. However, classes can be a valuable information resource that may help you find things you want to pursue on your own. Since you won’t be getting a degree (and, really, who the fuck cares about that? If you really ask yourself that question, you’ll probably think of some people you don’t really like anyway, people whose expectations of you have little to do with what you really want for yourself), it’s entirely up to you to decide when you’ve “finished” your university education. A good rule of thumb is to only do something as long as you find it useful. Don’t feel obligated to meet any abstract goals. If you decide you’ve found something better to do, go do it.

If you decide that university classes would be useful for you, the first thing to do is to find that classes that interest you. This is done relatively easily. The easiest way is to go to the admissions office in 213 Low Library (this is the giant domed structure in the center of campus, on 116th St. between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave, the office is on the left after you walk in the front door) and pick up a course catalogue, which is free. While you’re there you can also go on a campus tour, which is also free, and will help you figure out where things are. Tours are at 11AM and 3PM Monday through Friday except on holidays. If you need any more info call the Visitors Center at (212) 854-4900.

If you’ve got a computer you can also find classes on the Columbia website. From the Columbia homepage (, click on “Academic Programs” on the table on the left of the screen. There you’ll find a list of all of the different programs offered by Columbia, undergraduate and graduate programs. Explore these to find out about programs you may be interested in. To most efficiently explore the courses offered by the university, click on the link titled “Directory of Classes” on the right of the screen ( There you can find classes by subject, department, or keyword. Explore to your heart’s content.

When you click on a course that interests you, it’ll tell you when it is, what room it’s in, who the instructor is, and how many people are registered for it. Obviously, these are the vital stats. The words “Day/time” will be followed by something like “MW 10:35am-11:50am.” “MW” means the class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays. “TR” means the class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Usually only introductory language classes meet on Fridays.

Once you’ve found a class that interests you, it’s time to get the syllabus. Some classes (usually big classes) have their own websites, which you might find on this page too, and they’ll probably have all the information you’ll need there. Most will not. To get a syllabus online, your best bet is to go to the website of the department that the course is in. There should be something that says “courses” on the department website, and oftentimes the syllabus will be posted online with the course names.

If you don’t have a computer, you can get a syllabus a couple of different ways. The first option is to go to the department office and ask the secretary for it. Have the course number, instructor, and course title ready; they should have it on file, even if the course isn’t being offered that semester (a handy tip: if you find a course that interests you but it’s not being offered when you want to take it, you can get the syllabus and read the books on your own or with your friends.) Another option is to attend the first day of class and get it then; professors almost always hand out the syllabus on the first day of a class. If you can’t make it to the first day, just show up later on and ask one of the other students if you can copy theirs, or ask the professor if you can have a new copy (unless this will attract undue attention to yourself.)

So now you’ve got the syllabi for all the classes you’re interested in. These will be your roadmap to the classes you want to attend. Go to all of them or none of them, it’s up to you. But first, here are something important things to keep in mind about attending Columbia classes.


Getting into Columbia Classes


It’s relatively easy to go to most classes without being a registered student. In most large lecture classes (any class with over 100 people in it), the students are completely anonymous to the professor and absolutely no one will notice if you start showing up or come and go as you please. However, it is highly recommended that you do your best to avoid drawing attention to yourself. Causing disruptions, dressing or smelling outlandishly, reading the newspaper during a lecture, and other attention-getting activities will all work against you. Almost all classes at Columbia have middle-aged and elderly people in them, so you’re presence will not raise any eyebrows. I’d also recommend not speaking in class if you can avoid it. If you just sit there taking notes or listening, it is extremely unlikely that anyone will take notice.

There are quite a few professors at Columbia that will not care and may even encourage you to attend their class regardless of your registration status (there is a list of amenable professors and recommended classes at the end of this pamphlet.) Professors generally love it when students go to their office hours, and you should take advantage of this option too if you feel comfortable (office hours are generally listed on the syllabus or announced in class.) This can be a good way to develop a friendship with a professor which may lead to a more lasting intellectual bond than mere class attendance. Superstar professors and obvious jerks probably will not devote much time to you and may be less excited about your educational approach, so be cautious about who you approach. The same goes for other students. Some of them may think you’re awesome for stealing your education and want to help you out, others may be obnoxious spoiled brats that will try to turn you in. Again, it’s best to feel out the situation as thoroughly as possible and then be sufficiently cautious.

In medium-sized classes (30-100 people), it is likely that during the first class or two the professor will try to take attendance to figure out how many people who are registered for the class have actually shown up. You can usually just sit there without saying anything and not draw any interest, but more attentive professors will ask if you’ve registered. Their primary concern is with how many students they will have to grade and how many discussion sections they will need to create (since classes are given a limited number of teaching assistants.) If you are forced to speak, the best thing to say is, “I’m just sitting in, I’m not taking this for credit” which will almost certainly be fine with them as long as they think you are a student and there is not a shortage of classroom space. This will nullify both of their major concerns. If they don’t want you in the class after you’ve said that, it’s probably best to move on, unless you think you can convince the professor some other way (like meeting with them after class or at their office hours.) To avoid scrutiny entirely, simply skip the first couple of classes.

In a small class (less than 30 people), you’re options are more limited. You will probably be asked by the professor at some point what your deal is. It probably makes sense to get to a small class early on the first day and ask the professor if it’s okay for you to sit-in on the class without taking it for credit. If you tell them that you’re really interested in the class but there is some reason why you can’t take it (like you have a very heavy course load, or something similar; be imaginative but reasonable with your excuses), they will probably be okay with you sitting-in. Sitting-in on very small classes, like seminars, can be tricky though. Some seminars have competitive processes for admission and the professors probably won’t let you sit-in. It is certainly worth asking though. Many seminars are simply unpopular and the professor may be delighted to have another student. This will make it harder to explain why you’re not registered, unless you just show up to one particular class session you want to attend, in which case you should get to class early and introduce yourself to the professor. Explain that you weren’t able to take the full course, but you really didn’t want to miss this one class. They’ll probably be fine with you attending as long as you don’t make yourself a nuisance. Regularly attending a seminar without registering will be harder to explain, but if you strike up a conversation with the professor and they take a liking to you, they probably won’t care, even if you tell them the truth. Who knows, they may even respect you for it.

In all classes, be respectful of the professor and unobtrusive to the other students. Walking into classes late, especially small classes, is a great way to draw an entire room’s attention to yourself. Talking to other students, making frequent comments, or generally screwing around will have the same effect. Remember, the goal is to avoid detection. Behave accordingly.

Don’t take any of the tests or hand in any of the assignments. Tests and homework are stupid to begin with, but it would be a doubly bad idea in this situation. If you want feedback on your work, ask someone whose opinion you trust to go over it with you. Or better yet, develop mutually beneficial collaborative relationships with your co-thieves.


Food, Books, and Other Necessities


Columbia is an expensive place to get a degree and the services at the school and in the neighborhood have been tailored accordingly. The area is almost entirely owned by Columbia, which gentrified it in the 1950s and 1960s by forcibly evicting all of the working class African American and Latino tenants in the neighborhood and moved in a bunch of upscale, yuppie businesses. Consequently, everything in the area caters to the upper-middle class and their children. Services provided by the university itself, such as the bookstore and the cafes, are similarly priced. Fortunately for you, there are ways around this problem.

Food can be obtained from a variety of locations on and around campus. Café 212 is a small deli-type place located in the front part of Lerner Hall (the student center.) They have many different kinds of sandwiches, salads, fruit bowls, smoothies, sodas, and other such items. These are all located in two large refrigerators on your right when you enter from the front. All of these items are easily stolen. The line to pay often stretches far behind the refrigerators themselves and out of sight of the cashiers. It is exceedingly simple to take what you want and simply walk out without being noticed. If the line is shorter and there are fewer people walking around, it is advisable to take whatever you want (most of the sandwiches fit perfectly into a large jacket pocket or slip easily into a book bag), and then get in line to pay. Buy an orange or a banana (50 cents each) and you can easily walk out with a few pockets full of loot. Be aware that there is a camera in the Café and keep your eyes on the staff, but in general no one is watching nor do they care much either way.

Just as useful and not even illegal to take are the free condiments. To your left as you walk in is a large stand with thermoses of free milk, cream, and soy milk, boxes of sugar, salt, and pepper, and unlimited napkins, stirrers, and straws, among other items. Go ahead, stock your kitchen.

Another good spot very similar to Café 212 is the Uris Deli located on the first floor of the Business School (the hideously modern building located behind Low Library.) Although laid out a little less favorably than 212, Uris is almost always busy with many people coming and going. This makes it much easier to slide an energy bar or smoothie into your pocket or bag even if you have to buy the occasional banana to avoid detection.

Slightly trickier but potentially more bountiful is the student dining hall. Located on the first floor of John Jay (one of the freshman dorms), the dining hall is stocked with unlimited supplies of mediocre food. In addition to the prepared food, the dining hall usually has lots of readily available peanut butter, jelly, bagels, bread, lettuce, cereal, soy and dairy milks, coffee, fruits, various deserts, utensils, plates, and trays. Meals are served everyday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for brunch and 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for dinner.

The hard part is getting in. Pretty much the only reliable way to get into the dining hall is to stand by the entrance during a busy mealtime and ask someone to swipe you in with one of their guest meals. You can tell them you forgot your card in your dorm and you’re too lazy to go get it or whatever excuse you like, but the key is to appear normal and unthreatening. Remember, these are probably freshmen you’re talking to and they tend to be timid and easily frightened. It’ll probably take you a few tries before someone says yes, but once you’re in you’re good to go. Bring a large backpack and plenty of containers because you’ll want to load up for the week. It is best to do this as inconspicuously as possible; dining hall management is pretty uptight about students leaving with food.

For a full list of dining locations on campus, helpful maps, and other relevant food info, check:

There are plenty of other free food sources in the neighborhood. The Garden of Eden supermarket on Broadway between 108th and 107th is a prime New York dumpstering location. They make their money selling immaculate, very expensive food, so that means a lot of edible things get thrown out. The “trash” gets taken out everyday at 9:00 and left on the curb. There are a number of other upscale supermarkets in the neighborhood with similar set-ups, including Gristedes (Broadway and 110th), D’Agostino’s (also Broadway and 110th), and Morton Williams (Broadway and 115th). Needless to say, all of them are chains that exploit the shit out of their workers and charge absurd prices, so feel free to take whatever you like. The employees are generally demoralized and getting out with a few items is usually easy. Keep your eye on the security guard.

Books are also obtainable without the use of money. The Columbia Bookstore, which stocks many of the text books, is owned by Barnes and Noble and is thus fair game. It has the standard corporate set-up: lots of cameras with no one watching them (most of them are pointed at the employees anyway), completely disinterested employees, and minimal security. The store has one security guard that always wears a suit and almost always stands next to the alarm thingy you have pass through when you’re leaving. 9 times out of 10 he’ll wave you through if you set off the alarm. Most of the books will not set off the alarm at the door, but almost all of the computer and electronic items will. A great way to walk out with a bunch of free books is to buy the cheapest Ethernet cable they sell. The Ethernet cables always sets off the alarm, much to irritation of the staff, and you will get waved right though without a bag search.

The best time to visit the bookstore is at the beginning of the semester, especially in the fall. It is invariably packed with anxious students and their parents and the alarm goes off incessantly. Use the chaos to your advantage.

Many of course books, especially in the humanities, are ordered from Labyrinth Books on 112th St. Labyrinth is a fabulous independent bookstore, easily the best academic bookstore in the city, and in direct competition with the corporate chains. Stealing from there would be a mortal sin. Almost all of the books at Labyrinth are available from the New York Public Library (, to find books, so stealing is completely unnecessary anyway. If anything, Labyrinth is the place to shell out for those one or two books you really want to own.


The Rest is Up to You


So now you’re going to classes, reading books, and discussing ideas with your group of like-minded companions, all for free. Where you want to take this and what you hope to accomplish is entirely up to you. Good luck.

But allow me to propose some questions to help you figure out where to go from here. There is not one right answer to any of these questions. Find the one that is right for you, that comes from your own experience and use it as a guide to move forward with your education:

Why does education cost money in the first place? Who benefits and who misses out when people have to pay for education? What opportunities are lost when people have to pay for education?

Who decides what gets taught in classrooms? What gets ignored at most universities? What gets included? What qualifies something to be taught in a university classroom?

Who gets to become a professor or an administrator? How are professor and administrators different from the people who, say, clean the classrooms or work in other parts of the university?

What do you really want to learn? What do you want to teach? What’s useful to you? How? Why?

What makes you want to learn in the first place? How do you learn best? Under what circumstances? In what kinds of interactions? With who? What can you do to create those conditions more often?

What else can you get without paying for it? What are things that you need that you have to pay for? What would happen if you started taking those things? Who else needs those things too? Can you take the things you need together?

What’s stopping you from taking them now? Are there ways to get around the things? Should people be allowed to stop you from getting the things you need? What would happen if there was nothing to stop you?

What would happen if everybody stole their education, like you and your friends? What would happen if they didn’t just steal their education?

What if they stole everything?

October 6, 2006 at 4:14 pm 1 comment

Calling all feminists, equality-lovers, transfeminists, stereotype-breakers, role haters, and/or gender-fuckers!

Moxie, the feminist organization of the New School, wants new members
(of all genders) to help plan events, play, and envision a campus (and
a world) without sexism and gender constraints! We have diverse views
on what feminism is and are open to your interpretation.

In the past, we’ve hosted our twice-annual film festival, Moxie Masturbation Month, the Vagina Monologues, a DIY Women’s Gyno Health event, and we’ve hula-hooped with OPEN.

This semester, we are continuing to knit blankets for kids in foster homes who come from families with domestic violence; host women-centered, freestyling ciphers with the amazing Toni Blackman and the Institute for Urban Education; and we are planning our first-ever Women Teaching Women Media Conference and are looking for people to run skillshares, organize workshops, or just help out in planning.

Come hang out and help make us who we are!

Campus Resources
What You Need to Know about The New School
NS Provides
Health & Body
Moxie Ladies’ Recommendations…
NS Provides
Know Your Body: Medical Care in NYC
How To Join
Founding Sisters
Current Leadership
Goodies & Fun
Places to Indulge
Change the World

Know Your Representatives (Senate, House)

Campus Resources


What You Need to Know about The New School


Your School, Your Rights.

Important facts to know about NSU


Policy and Conduct

In the student handbook the term Residence Hall means “any building, room, facility or premises owned and/or operated by New School for use as a dormitory…” While resident means (20)


  1. Why is this important? Because: “NSU reserves the right WITHOUT A SEARCH WARRANGE”
  2. Also, “requires students to comply with any instruction”


Sexual Harassment is possible in any community and althought we all hope to not have to deal with it anywhere, especially in our community which ideally should be a safe space, it is still important to know NS’s policy on it. NS uses the Federual Equal Employment Opportunity Comission’s guidelines for sexual harassment for their faculty, however, because sexual harassment is strictly prohibited by the unicersity they are applied to the community as a whole. “”



NS Provides


What you Get (Mental & Physical Health Services)


NS provides these services FREE OF CHARGE:

Are covered, however your extensive/acute wor- observations, and aid will be added to your account as a student.


While attending NS many people have no idea about the services that are available to them, many of which free of charge thanks to someone’s hard earned pennies. These free or accessible amenities are also things one should know about ot get them through the upcoming year a little less stressed.

Besides the Uni automatically adds these fees to your account, so don’t feel bad. Instead let them help you feel good!


To find out more about what is available, please check out

Allergy Injections (provided you have the serum)

Birth Control Pills

Morning After Pill (and advice)

Dental Referral Services

HIV/AIDS Referral Services

SAFE Sex/Sexuality Counseling

Health Edu

Student Crisis Counseling

Gynecological Examinations and Routine services

Counseling services with licensed and experience health professionals.



Harassment, however, is not limited to sexual harassment, in which case as a feminist, feminist in the making, or plain old person, should know their rights and also as a student of the NS regardless of sexual or gender identitu it is important – Discrimintary Harassment. (Define)


*There are many more rights, policies and guidelines one should know as a student, including how to deal with conduct and harassment, the free exchange of ideas, and so on. If oyu would like to learn more about these things check out




Health & Body


Moxie Ladies’ Recommendations…


College tends to be hard on people’s body health. For many people it is a big change with lots of pressure. (And living in NYC * that it’s really hard!) When thinking about this guide some people suggested “mind/body/spirit”, I personally thought about Vegan food and stripping. What I realized is it is really up to each of us to decide our bodies are important and need taking care of whether that be image disorders, sex issues, healthy eating, pumping iron—whatever! Here are some specifics that I know help other Moxistas:

· Lots of good healthy Vegan food! Also potlucks, naked dinner parties, and free food at school events

· Free yoga, dance for credit, shaking booty for life, hula-hooping, biking, discounted iron pumping

· Friend support, getting naked for feminist money (, deep breathing, daily naps, on our backs

· Hot Pants DIY Gynecology, Our Bodies, Ourselves, The Keeper, Bloodsisters, Burlesque

Ok, so there is my body rant. Talk to any of us about specific questions and let us know if you want to run a body-related Moxie event.


PS: You have a sexy ass.


Women’s Health Hotline: 212-230-1111


NS Provides


While attending NS many people have no idea about the services that are available to them, many of which free of charge thanks to someone’s hard earned pennies. These free or accessible amenities are also things one should know about ot get them through the upcoming year a little less stressed.

Besides the Uni automatically adds these fees to your account, so don’t feel bad. Instead let them help you feel good!


To find out more about what is available, please check out

Allergy Injections (provided you have the serum)

Birth Control Pills

Morning After Pill (and advice)

Dental Referral Services

HIV/AIDS Referral Services

SAFE Sex/Sexuality Counseling

Health Edu

Student Crisis Counseling

Gynecological Examinations and Routine services

Counseling services with licensed and experience health professionals.




Keeping Yourself Save! 10 Tips

By Susan Bartelstone, Safetyologist™


  1. Avoid Problems. Use common sense and learn what actions and behaviors make you vulnerable to crime by collecting and studying safety information from as many sources as you can find.
  2. Early warning avoids problems. Be relaxed but aware of your surroundings. Practice ‘people-reading’ and ALWAYS listen to your instincts. Take action immediately if you sense danger.
  3. Don’t look like a ‘good’ victim. Adopt a confident, ‘non-victim’ manner (head up, shoulders back, a brisk firm walk, and a casual alertness) that will deter – defense problems.
  4. Be Mentally prepared. Identify at least 5 safety problems in your personal life—ie, coming home late at night, riding the subways, frequent business travel, a burglar breaking into your home when you are there. Formulate a safety plan for such problems and rehearse so you can act quickly and safely if something should happen.
  5. Defuse confrontations. Respond with a ‘non-victim’ attitude and act assertively. Don’t beg, plead, cry, or argue. Make eye contact unless the person is high, drunk, acting crazy, or enraged. Practice assertive verbal phrases that can be used to stall for time and/or set up an opportunity to take action.
  6. Yelling is a good deterrent. Don’t hesitate to draw attention to yourself or make a scene if you are in a dangerous situation. Attackers are often scared away by noise. Yelling also turns fear into anger.
  7. Use strategy if you are trapped. Keep a defensive spray lice Mace or a small fire extinguisher by your bed or in your car, at work, or wherever you feel vulnerable. Try to take the assailant by surprise.
  8. Fight to win. If you have no other choice but to fight, strike at the most vulnerable targets—eyes, ears, nose, throat, groin, knees, shin, instep. These targets take the lease amount of strength or ability to hurt. Get angry, yell, and fight as — as you can.
  9. Use common objects as weapons. Many weapons can be found in the environment.



Know Your Body: Medical Care in NYC



Know Your Body!


Get tested, in NYC everyone should know their status!


Completely free clinic! Get tested for everything from herpes to HIV/AIDS. Get results same day and everyone is super friendly!


NY Department of Health

(Be there early!)

(Call day before to make sure it’s open!)


Gay Men’s Health Center

Testings and counseling totally free!

PS: You don’t have to be gay or even a man to go here!


Planned Parenthood NYC

Great place… testing, birth control and pregnancy testing! FREE.








How To Join


Moxie welcomes all feminists and feminists-in-training, from all divisions of The New School. If you are curious about finding out more about us, come to one of our open monthly meetings!


To make it official (and we do need official members!), send an email to We will send you an invite to your Yahoo Group,



Founding Sisters

MOXIE’s Core Members…


Taryn is a recent lang graduate who is a walking new york college grad cliche’. she lives in brooklyn, drinks on mondays and likes to play on friendster. she slings sex toys and teaches workshops at the awesome establishment toys in babeland instead of looking for a “job-job” in her “craft”, television production. taryn likes swearing and has a real special affinity for nerds, which is great because moxie is full of both.


Allison bear

5th year lang senior, ex-parsons student, flying trapeze instructor, acrobat. likes to wear overalls and eat ice cream. hopes there comes a day when she can stand on one hand for a whole minute.


Ashley Miller, Ashley, otherwise known as Smash or Asslee. Lang Alum, New School employee. Consumes large quantities of tofu and dreams of big muscles. She hasn’t read a damn thing since graduating except trashy lesbian novellas. She listens to talk radio more than to music and prefers board games over bar scenes. Although she has no idea what she will do next, when

she grows up she wants to teach young girls how to fix cars, stick it to the man, knit ties, shake their ass, kick ass, and kill a street

harrasser with their baby toe. The end.




the craziest hula hooper you’ll ever meet…once caught a hoop and started it spinning immeadiately from a rooftop in the village. legs of spring rolls from cheap chinese food joints, stomach of salt and vinegar chips, hair of Velveeta mac and a heart of…..ballantines 40 oz., of course. full of late night giggles, the perfect one for snuggles and reading when it is snowing. throws the best mother fuckin parties at school…..and must have the most talented tongue at school seeing as everybody just keeps comin back for more eRiN.


Mona Weiner, founder of Moxie, graduated from Lang in 2003. She currently teaches early education and finds ways to sneak feminism in as much as possible, be it by placing “Happy to be Nappy” on the bookshelf or by changing to lyrics in “Wheels On The Bus” to include “parents” rather than “mommies.” She is in the process of applying to graduate schools for social work. Mona grew up in New York City but now lives in Williamsburg with her girlfriend Jaime, also a Lang alum. Mona was one of the main organizers of Ladyfest East 2002, which she is still in recovery from. In her spare time, she knits, skateboards, writes about her sordid past, obsesses over “Queer as Folk,” and is creating a photography collective.


Jeana Marie

You can take the girl out of the south…but you can’t take the south out of the girl. education/dance concentration at Lang. wears pearls and obnoxious/fabulous lingerie with reckless abandon. cooks a mean sweet potato pie. strives to teach girls and young women about feminism, safe sex and masturbation. loves herstory, dessert, super spicy food, and burlesque. secret passions include 70s soul music like earth, wind and fire, stilettos heels, rollerskating, booty/harlem shakin, love makin and fierce positive social change.



I am a lang graduate, law school bound, fixed gear riding, book devouring, bad spanish speaking, kick yer ass if i have to feminist. I bake the best vegan cinnamon rolls and have conversations on deconstructing gender roles at the same time. I am tired of explaining that feminism is good for everybody. It is. When ya’ll gonna wise up?



Shante’ is Lang Senior double concentrating in psychology and writing. She is a bad skateboarding, ear stretching, lip gauging, meat eating, music junkie, hooping (not basketball), book reader with wanderlust and poet tendencies. Also a sneaker obessed, mesh hat wearer with smelly tunnels. When she’s not modifying the body or possibly falling on it she wants to save the world one disenfranchized community at a time and has a top*secret 12 year revolution plan.


Current Leadership





Shen was raised by baby boomers to only listen to authority when it has a point—not when it’s just throwing its weight around. She came to Lang to study creative writing and ended up embroiled in Moxie, the music program, and Seminar Fellows. To keep up momentum, she sticks to her allergen-free diet (gluten, soy, egg), and reads a mixture of intricate scifi/fantasy and trashy romance novels. She is your CyberMistress and you shall bow before her and lavish praise upon this fabulous website! Savvy?





Goodies & Fun


Rainy day? Try some of MOXIE’s Favorites to Spice up

your Life…



House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende

Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt

Susie Bright’s Sexual State Of theUnion

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

Little Birds, Anis Nin

all about love, bellhooks

Life of Pi

Anything by Gabriel Garcia Marquez or Michelle Tea

The Red Tent



The Openings of Misty Beethoven

Edward Scissorhands

Chasing Amy


Soylent Green







Keep loving, keep fighting by hope [New Orleans]

Rocket Queen [New Orleans],

America? by Travis [Gainesville],

Greenzine by Cristy [Miami/New Orleans],

I’m johnny and I don’t give a f**k by Andy [Vancouver]




Favorite Quotes:

“Life Shrinks or Expands in Proportion to One’s Courage”

Anais Nin

“Too much of a good thing can be wonderful” Mae West

“We’re all born naked, the rest is drag” RuPaul

“Give me liberty or give me death” Patrick Henry

(still relevant eh?)


Places to Indulge


Toys in Babeland

Everyone’s favorite feminist run sex shop.


And don’t forget… there are GOODWILLS in NYC!

And remember, Salvation Army doesn’t care for queers!




There are tons of Indy/small bookshops just look around

PS lots of public libraries, too.

Many of these stores are small/independent and have a generous selection of feminist texts along with other political


Bluestockings Books (activist resource center) Used to be feminist, now activist, but still a great space for hanging out. Amazing political sections and you can hold/attend events there!


St. Mark’s Books (good radical selection)

Good hangout space, no pressure.


Strand Books (Largest used book store in world)

Good for browsing, hard for finding specifics.


Forbidden Planet (comics)

Any secret comic dorks?


Housing Works Used Book Café (cool space)


NOTE: Our NSU store is Barnes & Noble but lots of the time you can find the books at small places with some effort. Also encourage professors to use other locations. Ann Snitow once took us on Blue Stockings/Toys in Babeland Tour to buy our books!


If you get off the L at Bedford/Lorimer, lots of little bookstores.


Liberation Books (black struggles/political)


Clovis Press (Zines, lefty books, etc)


Soft Skull Press (radical independent publisher)


Revolution Books (communist)



FREE (pg 10)


In New York anyone can easily be convinced that everything is expensive all the time, but if you look around and read between the letters and lines you will find those little treasures no one explicitly tells you is free.


We’ve taken the time to make your search that much easier. Enjoy!



American Numismatic Society


Artists Space

Greene St


National Museum of the American Indian


Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Tuesday & Saturday Free until noon


Asia Society

Fridays, 6-9pm


Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conversation Park

Wednesday (Pay what you wish day)


Metropolitan Museum of Art


Brooklyn Museum of Art


So now you know a few free ones you should know which are suggested donation, meaning you pay what you wish when you wish and if they hassle you please feel NO QUALMS in reminding them it is a suggested donation


The Cloisters


American Museum of Natural History



Now that you’ve had your fun, you may want some exercise, so how do you get a workout in NY for free?



Critical Mass the last Friday of every month



NY Road Runners site could help you find a local running club


Need a Gym?

Most fitness centers in NY (especially the “big guys”) will let you have at least a free 7 day gym membership as a trial period. You may like them, you may not, but you got to try it out.



Union Square is home to many skateboarders, rollerbladers, and bmx bikers. You could make friends and learn a new trick. There’s always need for feminism in male-dominated sports!




Change the World


Know Your Representatives (Senate, House)


# of women in NYC, # owning businesses, # earning minimum wage. (US Conference of Mayors)

*list Mayor & Governor


NOW NYC Branch

Center for Reproductive Rights


Lesbian & Gay Law Association of Greater NY

Legal Momentum


Know Who’s On Your Side

Feminism isn’t restricted to marches and DIY events. Feminism should be present in our laws and policies as well. Make it your business to know what a politician’s agenda is about. Vote for people who protect women’s rights and let those who try to erode the gains made over the past 50 years know that you won’t take it.


Register to vote at the County Board of Elections


Apathy is lame… you can vote, so you should.


-A great source to look up your local politician and check out their stance on issues that are important to you. Look at how they actually voted and find out how to contact them.



Brooklyn Women’s Shelter

A shelter supporting homeless, mentally ill women. Give a helping hand to someone who needs it.


Women’s Prison Association and Hopper Home.

Services include halfway house for ex-offenders, GED training program for high school drop-outs and young offenders. Help tutor someone so they can get their GED.


Green Guerrillas

Dedicated to community gardening and environmentalism through the beautification of NYC. Make this city a little greener.



The American Association for AID Research is a pioneer organization leading the way in AIDS research. Always an important subject to be a part of.


Victims for Victims

Peer support organization for victims of violent crimes. Most violent crimes are committed against women. Help council another peer.





October 6, 2006 at 4:12 pm Leave a comment

Why I Spoke Up – Jean Sara Rohe’s Graduation Speech

When I was selected as a student speaker for the

School commencement about two months ago I had no idea that I’d end up on CNN and in Maureen Dowd’s column in the New York Times, among other places, when it was all over. One day after the big event I’m still reeling from all the media attention and emails from professors, students, and other supporters from all over the country, so forgive me if my writing is a little scattered.In my speech yesterday I had hoped to talk about social responsibility in a time of war, but in much more oblique terms. I wanted to speak about communication, and how I have found that one of my strongest and most enjoyable methods of communication is music. I wanted to talk about the
New York City public school preschoolers with whom I work each week and how they’ve been empowered through music, how they’ve been able to learn linguistic and social skills by singing together. I wanted to talk about my grandfather, who, despite the fact that he has Alzheimer’s disease and cannot remember even my name, still knows all the songs he sang in his youth. I wanted to talk about music as a powerful tool for peace. I wanted to encourage everyone to identify his or her talents and to always use them for the greater good.
Unfortunately, a certain not-so-dynamic duo of “centrist” politicians foiled my standard graduation speech and forced me to act. Until just the day before commencement I really hadn’t understood the gravity of the situation. I suppose I should tell the story. On Thursday I attended two graduation ceremonies for my two degrees, one at the New School Jazz Program and one at
College at the

School. The Lang graduation was a pretty raucous affair, owing mostly to the dissenting voices of Elijah Miller, a student award recipient, and Mark Larrimore, a religious studies professor and our keynote speaker. Through the cheers at that event I got a sense of just how widespread the student outrage was. Forgive me now if I seem out of touch with my student body, but as a double degree student who had spent the last month in hibernation working on her recital and her thesis, in addition to working with the preschoolers, I hadn’t done anything else for weeks. At some point that day I was introduced to Irene, a student who was involved in organizing pins and armbands for students to wear during commencement the next day. We figured out a way to get me and the other student speaker armbands before the event. This same day all of us in the platform party got an email from the event organizer letting us know that certain media representatives would be in attendance, among them Fox news and National Public Radio. The situation seemed pretty serious.When I got home Thursday night after a rehearsal, I decided I needed to at least insert a line in my speech about the armbands. And I would’ve left it there, had the other student speaker, Christina Antonakis-Wallace, not reminded me in a telephone conversation that night that I should read John McCain’s speech from his other two speaking engagements which was conveniently posted on his website. Of course! I had to do my research. I checked the schedule for the ceremony and realized that I would be speaking just before the senator got his award. And that’s when the idea for a preemptive strike began to brew in my little stressed-out brain. What if I tore McCain’s speech apart before he even opened his mouth? After reading his speech a couple of times I picked out a few particularly loathsome sections–and believe it or not, none of these actually came from the extensive section where he defends his position on the war in Iraq–and I began planning an attack against him using his own words.At two in the morning when my boyfriend came home I hadn’t even started writing yet. I was in a terrible state of anxiety. What if it didn’t work? Didn’t my earlier speech make my position clear enough? I told him my new idea. “Jean, you have to do it. You’ll kick yourself later if you don’t.” “But it’s two in the morning. There’s no way it’s going to be any good.” “Jean, do it. You’ll have nothing to regret.”So in the wee hours of the morning I set out to revise my speech, re-saving it as “mccain speech subversive.doc”. And at three o’clock in the morning I woke up my other roommate as I practiced reading it in our living room. She wasn’t upset. “Sounds like you’re running for president,” she told me. We all agreed that I had no choice. It was the only thing I could do at the commencement. And so, tingling with nerves, I tried to go to sleep.The morning of the event I shared my speech over the phone with my mother who predictably enough, cried. She gave me her words of encouragement. And moments later, in the driving rain, I set off alone for

Garden. The entire afternoon leading up to my speech I imagined that everyone who saw me knew what I was up to. I felt like an infiltrator. I wanted to go home and I was sick to my stomach. But when I heard an organizer on her walkie-talkie speaking nervously with another coordinator about the students outside who had leaflets and armbands, I knew that I would have my supporters. Later, John McCain arrived in the green room, and with the encouragement of Laurie Anderson, another honoree, Christina and I introduced ourselves to him. I almost wanted to warn the guy that I was about to make him look like an idiot so that he would at least have a fighting chance and an extra moment to change his speech to save himself. But he didn’t even make eye contact when we shook hands, so I figured I didn’t owe him anything.The rest is a blur. I didn’t have a high school graduation, so I was kind of looking forward to the whole ceremony of it, but all I remember is suddenly being in a robe, walking down the aisle of the MSG Theater to the cheers of my friends (who, incidentally, had no idea what to expect) and then I was on stage staring out at thousands of people and trying not to vomit. Eventually I spoke, and everyone loved it. And McCain spoke and we all had a bit of déjà vu. Then some other people spoke and I tried to pay attention but I couldn’t stop gawking at the protesters in the audience. And just before the end of the ceremony Bob Kerrey asked if I wanted to walk out with McCain. I said that would be OK. Kerrey led me over to him as the recessional music began, and I took McCain’s arm. “I’m sorry, man,” I told him, “I just had to do it.” He mumbled something about it being alright, but I think he probably would’ve rather not had me there. It really wasn’t his fault that he got invited into a pit of very well-educated vipers, and it really wasn’t my fault that I did what I had to do in the situation. Had he been speaking at something other than our graduation, or had he spoken about almost anything other than his life and his position on the Iraq War and
Darfur it might have been OK. But what did he expect? Campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination at the

School is like trying to catch fish in a swimming pool. It was just totally out of place. Many thanks go to the people in the audience who managed to capture with a few yelled and widely-quoted phrases, just exactly what was going on there.I suppose I’ve written enough already, none of which has been particularly journalistic. But I do feel that I need to respond to a couple of things that have been floating around in the news. It’s been noted in several columns that anti-McCain sentiment coming from the left may actually help him to garner support from the conservatives by giving him the opportunity to paint us as extremist liberals, so we should all keep our mouths shut. I say we need some “extremist liberals” if we’re ever going to get our democracy back. Others have said that he’s a moderate at heart and that we should let him continue pandering to the religious right so he can get the vote. Once he gets into office he’ll show his true colors and be the centrist he always was. I don’t buy that. People who truly care about human beings don’t vote for an unjust war, among other things, simply as a political maneuver. Enough said.More importantly, I feel obligated to respond to one thing that McCain told the New York Times. “I feel sorry for people living in a dull world where they can’t listen to the views of others,” he said. This is just preposterous. Yes, McCain was undoubtedly shouted-out and heckled by people who were not politely absorbing his words so as to consider them fully from every angle. But what did he expect? We could’ve all printed out his speech and chanted it with him in chorus. Did he think that no one knew exactly what he was about to say? And it was precisely because we listen to the views of others, and because, as I said in my speech, we don’t fear them, that we as a school were able to mount such a thorough and intelligent opposition to his presence. Ignorant, closed-minded people would not have been able to do what we did. We chose to be in
New York for our years of higher education for the very reason that we would be challenged to listen to opposing viewpoints each and every day and to deal with that challenge in a nonviolent manner. We’ve gotten very good at listening to the views of others and learning how to also make our views heard, even when we don’t have the power of national political office and the media on our side.
I think we must remember that as big as this moment may seem to me today and perhaps to other supporters who are reading this article, this is a very small victory in a time when democracy is swiftly eroding under the pressure of the right wing in this country. We all have much work to do, and for the most part the media do not represent us, the small people who don’t hold any special titles but who feel the weight of our government’s actions on our backs each and every day. I never expected to get the opportunity to speak the way I did yesterday, but I’m so glad that I did. I hope that other people found strength in my act of protest and will one day find themselves in my position, drawing out their own bravery to speak truth.

Here’s my commencement speech:If all the world were peaceful now and forever more, Peaceful at the surface and peaceful at the core,All the joy within my heart would be so free to soar,And we’re living on a living planet, circling a living star.Don’t know where we’re going but I know we’re going far.We can change the universe by being who we are,And we’re living on a living planet, circling a living star. Welcome everyone on this beautiful afternoon to the commencement ceremony for the

School class of 2006. That was an excerpt of a song I learned as a child called “Living Planet” by Jay Mankita. I chose to begin my address this way because, as always, but especially now, we are living in a time of violence, of war, of injustice. I am thinking of our brothers and sisters in Iraq, in Darfur, in Sri Lanka, in Mogadishu, in Israel/Palestine, right here in the
U.S., and many, many other places around the world. And my deepest wish on this day–on all days–is for peace, justice, and true freedom for all people. The song says, “We can change the universe by being who we are,” and I believe that it really is just that simple. Right now, I’m going to be who I am and digress from my previously prepared remarks. I am disappointed that I have to abandon the things I had wanted to speak about, but I feel that it is absolutely necessary to acknowledge the fact that this ceremony has become something other than the celebratory gathering that it was intended to be due to all the media attention surrounding John Mc Cain’s presence here today, and the student and faculty outrage generated by his invitation to speak here. The senator does not reflect the ideals upon which this university was founded. Not only this, but his invitation was a top-down decision that did not take into account the desires and interests of the student body on an occasion that is supposed to honor us above all, and to commemorate our achievements. What is interesting and bizarre about this whole situation is that Senator Mc Cain has stated that he will be giving the same speech at all three universities where he has been invited to speak recently, of which ours is the last; those being Jerry Falwell’s
University, and finally here at the

School. For this reason I have unusual foresight concerning the themes of his address today. Based on the speech he gave at the other institutions, Senator Mc Cain will tell us today that dissent and disagreement are our “civic and moral obligation” in times of crisis. I consider this a time of crisis and I feel obligated to speak. Senator Mc Cain will also tell us about his cocky self-assuredness in his youth, which prevented him from hearing the ideas of others. In so doing, he will imply that those of us who are young are too naïve to have valid opinions and open ears. I am young, and although I don’t profess to possess the wisdom that time affords us, I do know that preemptive war is dangerous and wrong, that George Bush’s agenda in
Iraq is not worth the many lives lost. And I know that despite all the havoc that my country has wrought overseas in my name, Osama bin Laden still has not been found, nor have those weapons of mass destruction. Finally, Senator Mc Cain will tell us that we, those of us who are Americans, “have nothing to fear from each other.” I agree strongly with this, but I take it one step further. We have nothing to fear from anyone on this living planet. Fear is the greatest impediment to the achievement of peace. We have nothing to fear from people who are different from us, from people who live in other countries, even from the people who run our government–and this we should have learned from our educations here. We can speak truth to power, we can allow our humanity always to come before our nationality, we can refuse to let fear invade our lives and to goad us on to destroy the lives of others. These words I speak do not reflect the arrogance of a young strong-headed woman, but belong to a line of great progressive thought, a history in which the founders of this institution play an important part. I speak today, even through my nervousness, out of a need to honor those voices that came before me, and I hope that we graduates can all strive to do the same.

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