Know about an antiracist organization, online party, talk, crafts, cooking class, concert or other virtual event we should list? Submit it to us here or tweet tips to @niftynyc.

Help Fight for Justice & Dismantle Systems of White Supremacy

Register to vote & apply for an absentee ballot for the June 23 NYC election ASAP

Run for Something – donate, volunteer or run for office yourself
“Since launching in January 2017, Run for Something has recruited 50,000+ young people across all 50 states who want to run for local office. We provide a safety net for new and exciting progressive candidates — at all stages of their journey — to help them run efficient, grassroots & voter-contact driven campaigns and not feel alone in the process.”

Communities United for Police Reform – donate, attend a rally & contact elected representatives (Safer NY Act, repeal 50-A)
“Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) is an unprecedented campaign that is working to end discriminatory policing in New York. We are advancing policies that protect the safety and rights of all New Yorkers to create true community safety. We are in the courts fighting to hold police accountable for violating New Yorkers’ constitutional rights. We are training communities to know their rights and to observe and document police abuse. We engage in strategic direct action, organizing and civic engagement to build the power of communities most impacted by abusive policing. And we are in Albany and at City Hall demanding law and policy changes that advance police accountability to improve safety for communities.”

COVID BAIL OUT NYC – donate & volunteer
“The COVID-19 virus is spreading faster in NYC jails than anywhere in the world. Help us post bail for medically vulnerable people held in New York City jails and provide comprehensive post-release support, such as shelter and food, for these individuals.”

Brooklyn Community Bail Fund – donate & contact elected representatives
“Our fight to dismantle the prison industrial complex includes freeing immigrants from the horrific conditions of ICE detention, working to end pretrial detention in New York, and strategically paying bail in cases where we believe it will have maximum impact toward systems change.”

Brooklyn Movement Center – donate & become a member
“We build power and pursue self-determination in Bedford-Stuyvesant & Crown Heights by nurturing local leadership, waging campaigns and winning concrete improvements in people’s lives. Through our intersectional organizing, BMC centers a full range of issues and Black identity that define a whole community.”

The Liberty Fund – donate
“You can help fix a broken piece of NYC’s criminal justice system. Your donation will help The Liberty Fund adapt to sweeping criminal justice reform in New York with a proactive and practical response through our Charitable Bail Program and our ROR (Released On Recognizance) Program, both of which provide voluntary, person-centered, pretrial case management support.”

The Bronx Community Relief Effort – donate
“The Bronx Community Relief Effort was born in the South Bronx immediately after the Coronavirus hit New York City. The Effort aims to raise $10 million to support effective, on-the-ground operations that are focused on meeting the most essential needs of the Bronx community. This includes filling gaps in public financing and broader grant programs. Donations collected are distributed in real-time within the community to those in critical need.”

Black Lives Matter – donate & participate in local actions
“Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.”

Color of Change – donate & participate in online & in-person actions
“We design campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back, and champion solutions that move us all forward. Until justice is real.”

National Police Accountability Project (National Lawyers Guild) – donate
“NPAP was created as a non-profit to protect the human and civil rights of individuals in their encounters with law enforcement and detention facility personnel. The central mission of NPAP is to promote the accountability of law enforcement officers and their employers for violations of the Constitution and the laws of the United States.”

National Bail Out – donate
“A Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers and activists building a community-based movement to support our folks and end systems of pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration. We are people who have been impacted by cages — either by being in them ourselves or witnessing our families and loved ones be encaged. We are queer, trans, young, elder, and immigrant.”

Unicorn Riot – donate
“We have worked tirelessly to build a platform that focuses on primary source reporting and on-the-ground coverage. Our reporters go where the story is unfolding to bring you the voices of real people alongside crucial context and facts.”

For Freedoms – donate
“Through non-partisan nationwide programming, we use art as a vehicle for participation to deepen public discussions on civic issues and core values. We are a hub for artists, arts partners, and citizens who want to be more engaged in public life.”

Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn – donate & volunteer to teach art classes when they reopen
“Historic Weeksville became one of the largest free black communities of pre-Civil War America partly because it was a safe haven for Black people from white terror and dehumanization…. It was a place where people came together with a sense of shared responsibility and purpose, which compelled their involvement in the ongoing efforts for justice and equity that were prevalent at that time, including the abolition and black convention movements, voting rights campaigns and the Freedmen’s schools.”

The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), Brooklyn – donate & volunteer when they reopen
“MoCADA incites dialogue on pressing social and political issues facing the African Diaspora and fosters a dynamic space for the creation and continuous evolution of culture.”

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manhattan – donate, volunteers may be needed when doors open post-COVID
“The Schomburg Center in Harlem (part of New York Public Library system) is one of the world’s leading cultural institutions devoted to the research, preservation, and exhibition of materials focused on African American, African Diaspora, and African experiences.”

The Africa Center, Manhattan – donate
“The Africa Center is transforming the world’s understanding of Africa, its Diaspora and the role of people of African descent in the world. Serving as the hub for the exchange of ideas around culture, business, and policy related to the continent, and in the spirit of collaboration and engagement with individuals and institutions who share the Center’s values, The Africa Center inspires enthusiasm, and advances thought and action around Africa’s global influence and impact on our collective and shared futures.”

Free & Cheap Online Events This Week

All events are listed in EDT (Eastern/New York) time zone

Sunday, June 7

Daily | Figure out WTF to do with your life & confidently move forward with one-on-one life coaching for offer-what-you-can COVID & Black Lives Matter donations

Daily | Support Nifty NYC & local indie bookstores by browsing our favorite books about NYC

Daily | Free 7-day trial membership to inclusive HealHaus yoga & meditation classes

Through June 7 | New York International Film Festival goes online

Through June 24 | “FEMFEST HOUSTON: Voices of Asia” theatre festival + talks

Through June 7 | “We Are One” festival offers full-length films, shorts & talks from 20 film fests around the globe, including Tribeca & Sundance
Stream free on YT here, COVID relief donations appreciated

Through June 7 | 2020 Brklyn Film Festival online

The BLAC Project: “How to Be an Effective Ally to the Black Community” talk
7-8:30pm | Free, RSVP here

Through June 7 | Free Third Root online yoga & meditation classes for Black community members
Email info [at] thirdroot [dot] org

Alchemist’s Kitchen: How to mobilize money for justice & change
12:30-1:30pm | Free, donations to specified orgs appreciated, RSVP here

Daily | Free access to 3 online OneCommune workshops:
“Unwinding Prejudice: How to Break down Bias & Forge Equality” with social psychologist Evelyn Carter
“Organize a March” with Emi Guereca, Director of Women’s March LA
“Redefining Leadership: Self-Inquiry for Social Action” with Off the Mat, Into the World
Email jeffk [at] onecommune [dot] com for free access

“Art in Crisis” talk with owner of Chez Oskar in Bed-Stuy
11am | Free, RSVP here

ThinkOlio: “Seeing the Subconscious: Mindfulness, Psychology, and the Road to Healing Racism”
7-8:30pm | $10-20 in advance, benefits Black Lives Matter

Pickathon: CAAMP concert
4pm | Stream for free here

92Y: “The Politics of the Pandemic” Dr. Kavita Patel, Dr. Janice Blanchard & James Hohmann talk about how communities of color can be better served during the health crisis
7:30pm | Free, RSVP here

Turnstile Tours: “My Wuhan” talk
4pm | $5 in advance

Fridays-Sundays Through June 28 | Virtual wine education + food pairing
$17.99 through Nifty reader discount link

“What Makes an Artwork Queer? A Queer Virtual Tour of MoMA”
2-3pm | $10 in advance

Through June 13 | The IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair moves online this year | Admission is free here

Through June 14 | BAM: DanceAfrica 2020 Festival & virtual bazaar | Free, see lineup here

Through July 31 | 2020 Edgar Allan Poe Festival | $10 through Nifty reader discount link

Through July 31 | 2020 Radiotheatre LIVE Sci-Fi Festival | $10 through Nifty reader discount link

Through July 31 | 2020 Radiotheatre H.P. Lovecraft Festival | $10 through Nifty reader link

Daily | CreativeMornings talks streaming from around the world

Daily | Metropolitan Opera streams favorites for free & new performances premiere every day at 7:30pm

Daily | Virtual interactive, Broadway-themed murder mystery party | $19 through Nifty reader discount link

Daily | Club Quarantine queer dance parties
4-7pm Saturdays, 9pm midnight all other days | Free, donations appreciated, RSVP here