Monday, March 27, 2017 - 7:30pm

The Civil War and the Making of the American Working Class

Mark A. Lause will provide an overview of his widely acclaimed book Free Labor: The Civil War and the Making of the American Working Class (2016) and discuss his current project on the origins of American socialism, taking up little-known aspects of the emergence of a class-struggle perspective on the American left.  He will consider why those dimensions have thus far received little attention from historians and socialists.

Mark A. Lause is a professor of history at the University of...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 7:00pm
Join us for a video screening and discussion with Matt Peterson and Malek Rasamny of The Native and the Refugee, along with Jehad Abusalim. They will present some of their videos produced in partnership with resistance communities on American Indian reservations in the United States and Palestinian refugee camps in the Middle East.
Jehad Abusalim was born in Morocco and grew up in Deir al-Balah City in the Gaza Strip. While a student at Al-Azhar University, he worked with a number of civil society organizations. From 2010-13 he was a researcher, analyst, and coordinator at PalThink for Strategic Studies, a local Palestinian think tank. He also worked with the Birzeit Center for Development Studies, Save Youth Future Society, the Palestinian Center for...
Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 7:00pm

It is no small honor for us that we can host a jubilee for one of speculative fiction's most important writers  -- one with whom we have had a long, happy association, both personal and professional.  Chip Delany was one of the very first readers at this series some 25+ years ago and has been a correspondent to our NYRSF magazine throughout its existence. 


Samuel R. Delany's contributions to science fiction -- nay, to literature and culture -- are incalculable.  He has been a role model to a great many people; a highly-esteemed critic and teacher; a writer whose fiction will be studied long after we're all forgotten; and simply a wonderful, loving human being.

On the occasion of Chip's 75th birthday, join us as we examine one of his great...

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 6:00pm

Join friends and neighbors for an informal social get-together to keep up the momentum and learn what local organizations including Brooklyn for Peace are planning as we mobilize to oppose the Trump agenda.   As it's the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's speech "Beyond Vietnam" at Riverside Church, we'll read and reflect on this historic and important speech as well as hear some good music and relax together. 

Food and drink will be available for purchase at the Café. Check out the invitation on Facebook

All are welcome!
Free admission, but please e-mail...

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 7:00pm

The Fixers Collective is a social experiment in improvisational fixing and aggressive asset recovery. Bring in any item that isn't working, is broken, needs mending or repair and together we will attempt to restore it so that it functions again.

2nd Floor in the Library.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 7:00pm

Societal perspectives on sex & gender and the role of science in shaping these views

In this three-part series, we aim to discuss a wide range of intersecting topics that add to the complex societal hurdles around gender identity including the history of religious and cultural perspectives around sex, the role of science in shaping views on gender identity, and the intersection of psychology, religion, and social pressures. Ultimately, we conduct this discussion, looking back and to the present, with open curiosity regarding the role of science in leveraging cultural change.

Take a seat at the table and be prepared to take participate in this three-part conversation redefining sex & gender.

Part 2....

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 7:30pm

Book Launch and discussion

A book-launch and discussion 

Capitalists’ permanent pressure on the working and living conditions of the popular classes guarantees an equally permanent demand for social protections. Curiously enough, around the same time capitalists turned from class compromise to an all-out offensive against Western European welfare states, until then the showcase of social democratic success, popular classes in a number of post-colonial and post-communist countries turned to social democracy. Though the 1990s are usually seen as nothing but an age of neoliberal globalization, it is more accurate to say that the same...

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 7:00pm
Lee Odom/ Chris Forbes
Lee Odom-Reeds
Chris Forbes-Piano
Bill Cole/ Larry Roland/Ras Moshe Burnett
Bill Cole-Didgeridoo, Sona,Hojok,Piri,Nagaswarm
Friday, April 7, 2017 - 7:00pm

Featuring poet Elisabet Velasquez and Benefitting the Yarn Mission (Ferguson, MO, Chapter)*

This is an event for WOMEN (CIS and TRANS) only.

* The Yarn Mission uses yarn to promote Action and Change to eradicate racism, sexism, and other systems of oppression. The Yarn Mission exists within a larger struggle. This is a struggle for life and liberty for Black folks. This struggle is inclusive of ALL contained within these marginalized groups, because we know that not all people in marginalized groups are marginalized equally. Visit

To sign up to RESERVE childcare, call Elspeth Meyer at 718-783-8141.

Sponsored by Resistance in Brooklyn...

Monday, April 10, 2017 - 7:30pm

Eco Crisis Series

A presentation and discussion with activist-scholar Anitra Nelson, whose forthcoming book from Pluto Press argues for smaller homes with shared spaces and facilities

Houses and apartments in countries like Australia and the US grew larger in the 20th century as household sizes shrank. Not only does this make housing less environmentally sustainable but contributes to the housing affordability crisis. The US mortgage fiasco triggered the Global Financial Crisis and many countries have experienced fluctuating or skyrocketing house prices since. Meanwhile, the withdrawal of state support for social and...

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 7:00pm

Katie Halper and Gabe Pacheco talk to special guest Matt Karp, a historian and the author This Vast Southern Empire: Slaveholders at the Helm of American Foreign Policy. Matt's writing appears in The Nation and Jacobin and his latest piece was on Frederick Douglass was shared by Jesse Jackson on Twitter! 
Thursday, April 13, 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!

Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 10:00am

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.

This month we will have a shared homily so people will have the opportunity to express their thoughts on the readings or recent happenings.

Gather at 9:30 for Mass at 10 AM. Sistership and fellowship will follow at the café.
For more information go to ...

Monday, April 17, 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.
  • WRITE.
  • Hit the mic (if you want to). Feel free to just sit back and listen too!

This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome to write and share in this safe space.




Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 6:00pm

Six Session Series

John Paul Sartre was one of the most important radical intellectuals of the 20th century yet he is largely forgotten or ignored by most Marxists and others on “the left.” This, despite the fact that as a philosopher, playwright, novelist, essayist and political activist Sartre’s primary concerns surrounded questions of individual freedom, choice and action (in his early career) and the relationship between individual freedom and collective good (in his later career) and developing a method for understanding history, the structure of class struggle and the fate of mass movements and popular revolt. Ronald Hayman, one of Sartre’...

Thursday, April 20, 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, April 20, 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...

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 7:30pm

50 Years Since Summer of Love

As the fiftieth anniversary of the Summer of Love floods the media with debates and celebrations of music, political movements, “flower power,” “acid rock,” and “hippies”; The Explosion of Deferred Dreams offers a critical re-examination of the interwoven political and musical happenings in San Francisco in the Sixties. Author, musician, and native San Franciscan Mat Callahan explores the dynamic links between the Black Panthers and Sly and the Family Stone, the United Farm Workers and Santana, the Indian Occupation of Alcatraz and the San Francisco Mime Troupe, and the New Left and the counterculture....

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 7:30pm

9 Session Class

Organized with the Indigenous People’s History and Literature Group

“Real misfortune is not just a matter of being hungry and thirsty; it is a matter of knowing that there are people who want you to be hungry and thirsty.”Ousmane Sembène 

During this term we will begin with Egypt with Mahfouz, visit West Africa with Chris Abani then travel south to South Africa with Zakes Mda then conclude in June with NoViolet Bulawayo in Zimbabwe.  Again we examine four different areas of Africa as the peoples there emerge first...