3 can't-miss community events in New York City this week

Looking to get out into the community this week?

From a progressive panel on the power of local advocacy to a free book-weaving class for children, there's plenty to do when it comes to community and cultural events coming up in New York City this week. Read on for a rundown.

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The (New) Urban Resistance: Progressives Go Local

Tonight: Learn about the power of local advocacy and activism in politics at the Brooklyn Historical Society. The progressive panel will feature:
  • Juan Gonzalez, co-host of Democracy Now! and a former NY Daily News columnist.
  • Brad Lander, an NYC councilmember.
  • Yaritza Mendez, civil rights and immigration supervisor at Make the Road New York.
  • Helen Gym, a Philadelphia City councilperson.

When: Monday, June 25, 6:30-8 p.m.

Where: Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St.

Admission: $5

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Death and Dying in the LGBTQ Community

Consider the difficulties, disparities and rituals surrounding death and dying in the LGBTQ community. The admission-free panel at Green-Wood Cemetery will explore a wide range of topics, including historic precedents -- including same-sex tombs found in ancient Egypt, the AIDS epidemic's impact on the rise of alternative bereavement, the creation of non-traditional families and vital end-of-life related planning materials.

The session's featured panelists:
  • Death educator Amy Cunningham.
  • Trust and estate attorney Michael Bond, Esq.
  • Funeral celebrant Donna Henes.
  • Teresa Theophano, assistant director of care management services at SAGE, the advocacy group for LGBTQ elders.

When: Tuesday, June 26, 7-8:30 p.m.

Where: Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th St., Brooklyn

Admission: Free

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Weaving Paper Artist Books

Children of all ages are invited to a free, hands-on session crafting simple books using ancient weaving techniques. Participants will join Esther K. Smith -- the author and designer behind "How to Make Books," "Making Books with Kids" and other book arts titles -- to learn how to recycle, reuse and up-cycle everyday items to create woven book covers.

When: Saturday, June 30, 2-3:30 p.m.

Where: Bard Graduate Center, 18 W. 86th St., Upper West Side

Admission: Free

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