Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 3:00pm

Poetry & Jazz Benefit for WBAI

Resist Blitzkrieg: first 100 daze of boss tweet / $cammany haul

Celebrate National Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month.

Raymond Nat Turner poetry

Zigi Lowenberg poetry

Lee Odom saxaphones

Angelica Sanchez piano

Ken Filliano bass

Lou Grassi drums

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 6:00pm

Part 1 of 2

Towards a revolutionary transformation

Why Capitalism Must Go to Save the Earth
Capitalism is the problem and creating a new society is both possible and essential.

With Fred Magdoff —the first of two events featuring authors of new book Creating an Ecological Society, which assesses how capitalism is destabilizing Earth’s climate and envisions a society that is genuinely democratic, equitable, and ecologically sustainable. 

Fred Magdoff is Professor Emeritus of Plant and Soil Science at the University of Vermont. Among his recent...

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 7:00pm

A Serial Box Variety Pack featuring Matthew Cody, Joel Derfner, Max Gladstone, Ellen Kushner, Lindsay Smith, Michael Swanwic

Come meet the writers bringing genre to the forefront of digital publishing! Serial Box is a publisher of serialized fiction in text and audio with currently five ongoing series. As with television, their serials are collaboratively written by author teams. Representatives from several of these "Writers' Rooms" will join us to read from their projects. With stories touching upon Urban Fantasy, Mannerpunk, Magical Espionage, and Young Adult Science Fiction, the evening will be a diverse showcase of one of today's most exciting publishing platforms.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 7:30pm

May 2, a reading and discussion of Marat/Sade. Watch the film if you have the opportunity
May 9 and 16, RD Laing, counter-psychiatric / anti-psychiatria. The Politics of Experience and more. A presentation and discussion with Michael Pelias on May 9.
May 23 and 30. Paris. May, 1968. These talks will investigate the events May 68 in France through an analysis of the writings of Daniel Cohn-Bendit, one of the most important and interesting of its leaders, as well as the experiences of rank and file militants interviewed by Mitch Abidor for his forthcoming oral history, May Made Me.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 10:00am

Join WBAI "Talk Back" hosts John McDonagh and Corey Kilgannon and special guests as they celebrate the new book by Malachy McCourt who shows us how to live life to its fullest, how to grow old without acting old, and how to die without regret. This will be the first time their show has been broadcast in front of a live audience at The Commons.

During the course of his life, Malachy McCourt practically invented the single's bar; was a pioneer in talk ...

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 7:30pm

The Commons is delighted to welcome thinkolio to our space. These are the folks who bring you “interdisciplinary learning with the best professors.” We are especially pleased that they are launching their presence here with a controversial topic.

This night’s presentation and discussion will be led by Bennett Capers, Stanley A. August Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School. His academic interests include the relationship between race, gender, and criminal justice, and he is a prolific writer on these topics.

“Sounding the alarm about technology, policing, and privacy has become an almost daily occurrence. We are told that the government’s use of technology as a surveillance tool is an “insidious assault on our freedom.” That it is “nearly impossible to live today...

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 7:00pm
Created by NY Writers Coalition in 2003, the Writing Aloud Reading Series unites NYWC’s community of writers and activists with some of the nation’s most prominent literary figures to share prose, poetry, and other writings in some of New York City’s most inspiring spaces. This year, NYWC’s monthly series calls The Brooklyn Commons home — complete with a new way to write aloud! Here’s how it works:
  • Get a writing prompt from our special guest writer, poet Ramya Ramana!
  • WRITE.
  • Hit the mic (if you want to). Feel free to just sit back and listen too!

PLUS! Don't forget to bring the young writer in your life and register them for NYWC's 2017 Fort Greene Summer Youth Program.. This event is free and...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 7:00pm

Internal development for external empowerment. The goal of this class is to welcome new people, especially women, into the internal martial arts community, supporting them to begin a personal practice that will give them access to the full range of training benefits. Both men and women are welcome to attend. No prior martial arts experience is necessary.

The curriculum is drawn from Ba Gua Zhang, a sophisticated method of internal martial arts training. Ba Gua not only teaches effective self-defense skills, but also activates limitless potential for self-discovery and self-expression. Its intricately interwoven and organically complete methodology combines martial training with Daoist circle walking meditation, internal alchemy and other life nourishing practices to create...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 7:00pm

Join Katie Halper and Gabe Pacheco for provocative political discussion and comedy.  Special guests to be announced.
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Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 7:00pm holds its monthly meetings at Brooklyn Commons on the second Thursday of each month. We are an affiliate of the international organization, which is devoted to halting the production of greenhouse gasses and promoting a just transition to a green economy. The Brooklyn chapter focuses on local actions we all can take to address the climate crisis.

All are welcome!

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 7:00pm


Join us for a night of folk music in support of Hudson Riverkeeper.
The concert features emerging folk songwriters Joshua Garcia, Rachael Kilgour,Kirsten Maxwell, Belle-Skinner, Kate Copeland, and Jeremy Aaron.
Hosted by Greenwich Village Showcase...

Monday, May 15, 2017 - 6:00pm

These young writers radiate talent. It's a fun and moving evening. Please join us.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 7:00pm

Learn about worker coops and listen to an economic update from Professor Rick Wolff. Find out how you can get involved in the movement for worker-directed enterprises.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 7:30pm

The New York chapter of National Women's Liberation ( meets the third Thursday of every month in the Cafe at The Commons from 7:30 to 9:30pm. We meet to get at the root of our oppression as women and to strategize how to put the male chauvinist system on the run again. Join us! National Women’s Liberation is perhaps best known for our role in the successful 10-year struggle to get Morning-After Pill contraception over the counter. More recently we are responsible for relaunching the 1969 Redstockings sticker "This Oppresses Women" for slapping on sexist ads. We believe that change comes about from the actions of everyday people—not politicians, the courts, lobbyists, or the media. We also believe that the leadership and participation of women of color is critical...

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 1:30pm
Aa person who is affected by mental health, both professionally and personally, I feel it is important to carve out spaces within the world in which those...
Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 6:00pm

The Ecoiogy Series

Our ability to address urgent threats to our existence like climate change and nuclear weapons is hampered and undermined by questionable assumptions about "human nature" that underlie much political thought and action. In the book Revolutionary Mothering, an anthology by Alexis Pauline Gumbs, China Martens, Mai’a Williams, and Loretta J. Ross, women of color start from the interdependence of the child and the mothering person to propose a very different perspective on human experience and the interface between individuals and institutions. Mothering and revolution are messy – there are no pat formulas or...

Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 10:00pm

Are you a former Catholic, a Roaming Catholic, curious about the Roman Catholic Tradition, tired of the Catholic right? Want to know where the Roman Catholic left is? Feeling rejected by the Roman Catholic Church? All are welcome to an inclusive community celebrating an inclusive Roman Catholic Mass. The only requirement is an open heart.

Rev. Gabriella Velardi Ward, a Roman Catholic Woman Priest and pastor of St Praxedis Catholic Community, will be the celebrant.

Gather at 9:30 for Mass at 10 AM. Sistership and fellowship will follow at the café.
For more information go to or call 646-515-7402.

Monday, May 22, 2017 - 7:30pm

Postscript: 1924-1933

The German Revolution: False Hope or Missed Chance?
Postscript, 1924-1933

In November 1923, with the Weimar Republic reeling from the French occupation of the Rhineland and the destruction of its economy by the Great Inflation, the Communist Party of Germany failed in its third attempt since 1919 to lead a workers revolution. Over the next nine years, while the German Left became more bitterly divided than ever, the extreme nationalist and revanchist element in Germany was coalescing around a new mass party, the Nazis, who found increasing numbers of powerful supporters in the army and...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 7:30pm

Community Roundtable

Friends of the MEP and the Left community at large are invited to discuss the meaning and signficance of fascism and how to recognize it and struggle against it in world politics today. We hope to debate questions such as: What is the nature of fascism in relation to nationalism/racism, misogyny, social/community dissolution? Is or is not the Trump phenomenon an example or at least a precursor of fascism in the USA? Are there important political movements in other countries that could be called fascist? Is the social psychology of fascism the same today as it was in the 20th century? Are theAre there other...

Friday, May 26, 2017 - 6:30pm
With Bob Brown (All-African Peoples Revolutionary Party-GX)
Johanna Fernandez  (Campaign to Bring Mumia Home)
Matt Meyer (War Resisters International)
Brittany Williams (Million Hoodies Movement)
Free admission by RSVP only.
Seating is limited. Event will be Livestreamed.
Sponsored by the AJ Muste Memorial Institute and the AAPRP-GC
Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 10:00am
This country is on a precipice. Much of the ruling class is moving rightward at an accelerated pace, yet society is moving to the left. Class awareness is becoming increasingly heightened, and socialism, once a dreaded bugaboo, is now a credible part of our political discourse.  "Resistance" has become a rallying cry.
Monday, June 5, 2017 - 6:00pm

Five Week Session

by Frederick Engels

Everywhere barbarous indifference, hard egotism on one hand, and nameless misery on the other, everywhere social warfare, every... house in a state of siege, everywhere reciprocal plundering under the protection of the law, and all so shameless, so openly avowed that one shrinks before the consequences of our social state as they manifest themselves here undisguised, and can only wonder that the whole crazy fabric still hangs together.

This sounds like a description of our contemporary moment, when so many communities around the globe are reeling from the havoc...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 6:00pm

A six-week reading group

We will read and discuss the just-published book by Fred Magdoff and Chris Williams, Creating an Ecological Society: Toward a Revolutionary Transformation. Sickened by the contamination of water, air, and the Earth itself, more and more people are coming to realize that it is capitalism that is, quite literally, killing us - and indeed, degrading the Earth’s very ability to support all forms of life. The authors identify the root causes of the global environmental crisis in capitalism’s imperative to make profits at all costs and expand without end. They lay out a program for building a...