Body Politic

Upcoming Events


BODY HEAL: a workshop and panel on trauma + healing
Apr
7
2:00 PM14:00

BODY HEAL: a workshop and panel on trauma + healing

Join Body Politic for a workshop and panel discussion on trauma and healing. We'll begin with a trauma-informed movement class, to move and form connection with our bodies in a safe space where individual space is respected. This movement workshop is open to everyone - beginners are welcome!

After the workshop, we will break for a short intermission with refreshments, where attendees will have the chance to mingle and chat with each other. After the snack break, we'll reconvene for a panel discussion on trauma and healing. We'll hear from experts in the psychiatric field, writers, activists, and wellness practitioners. While much of the discussion will focus on sexual trauma and recovery, our panelists will be offering insight into healing practices that can be applied to a variety of experiences. We will also explore the connections between "wellness," movement, and healing.

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BODY LOVE: a workshop and panel on the intersection of sexuality and movement
Feb
23
3:00 PM15:00

BODY LOVE: a workshop and panel on the intersection of sexuality and movement

Join us for a workshop and panel discussion on the intersection of sexuality and movement. We’ll begin with an introduction to kink workshop, led by cyclist, dominatrix, and mental health warrior Kristina Rodriguez. This workshop is open to everyone - especially folks who are new to kink or have never attended a kink workshop before.

After the workshop, we’ll hear from an amazing panel of activists, writers, and wellness professionals on the intersection of movement and sexuality. We’ll be exploring pole and burlesque as fitness and performance art, and talking about how we can develop greater self love from a better understanding of our bodies.

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January book club: HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES
Jan
27
2:00 PM14:00

January book club: HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES

Join us for a guided discussion on Her Body and Other Parties, by Carmen Maria Machado at New Women Space. To receive updates about our book club, sign up here. For more info on our book club, email bookclub@bodypoliticnyc.com, or see our website. If you plan to attend this meeting, please consider supporting New Women Space here!

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January meet-up: ice skating! CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
Jan
20
1:00 PM13:00

January meet-up: ice skating! CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

Join us for an afternoon of ice-skating at Riverbank State Park (accessible via the 1 train to 145th street) - all experience levels are welcome! $5 for admission, $6 for skate rental. As with all of our meet-ups, no ticket purchase is required in advance, and attendees are responsible for individual costs of admission.

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BODY TALK: a night of queer feminist storytelling on beauty and wellness
Nov
16
5:30 PM17:30

BODY TALK: a night of queer feminist storytelling on beauty and wellness

Body Politic x The Phluid Project present BODY TALK: a night of queer feminist storytelling on beauty and wellness. If you attended our BODY TALK event in June, you know this is not an event to miss! We’ll be hearing queer feminist perspectives on beauty, skincare, and the beauty industry from an amazing group of storytellers - stay tuned for our lineup announcement.

Join us for an open bar, DJ, and a variety of stories on November 16 from 5:30-8PM at The Phluid Project. We’ll be shopping, drinking, and listening to music from 5:30 on. Storytelling will begin at 6:30PM. No tickets are needed for this event, as it is open admission, but we highly encourage attendees to consider making a donation, so we can keep Body Politic events free and donation-based!

Our speakers include…
Arabelle Sicardi is a queer, Asian American beauty writer with bylines in NYMAG, ELLE, ALLURE, teen VOGUE, Real Life, Hazlitt, and more. They’re the former beauty editor at BuzzFeed and a longtime writer for ROOKIE. They write about the relationship between beauty, power, resilience and identity. 

Dana Suchow is an award-winning international speaker, educator, activist, and an expert in the field of body image and eating disorder prevention. She works as a speaker of all school levels, teaching children about body love, empowerment, and self-acceptance. She founded #MyBodyStory, an ongoing storytelling series to uplift girls and women’s voices, and co-founded The Ripple, a non-profit nationwide activists collective focused on helping women take action in their communities. 

Jenny Greenstein is a NYC-based personal stylist, and founder of Your Soul Style: a platform where style meets mindfulness. Through the vehicle of personal style, she supports individuals as they navigate self-expression through the many transitions of life. She strongly believes that authentic, confident style emerges from within, and we owe it to ourselves to live in that empowered space. Jenny resides in NYC with her wife Dina, and their 3-year old daughter Vida. Stay connected with her via Instagram or visit her website www.yoursoulstyle.com to learn more.

Njambi Morgan is a storyteller, model and spoken word artist. She reps Kenya, Flatbush and London. Her art reflects her personal experiences as well as her journey to loving and fully accepting herself. When she is not writing you can catch her dancing to Soca and Afro Beat or indulging in some good food.

Sarah Elizabeth Borst is a full-time intersectional feminist, part-time witch, birth and postpartum doula, photographer, filmmaker, writer, dancer and business owner who lives to raise women and femmes up.Her business, Blood, Bone and Honey, offers visual and energetic services to support women and femmes in their sensuality, sexuality and self-healing. She believes that gender is constructed, there is no gender in the spirit world, Divine Feminine energy is available to all that identify with it and we are the granddaughters of the witches they tried to burn.

Taylor Behnke is a writer, video maker, and digital organizer. Her YouTube storytelling series, It's Radish Time focuses on using story to create social change. She was named a YouTube Creators for Change fellow in 2017, producing a series called How To Organize, enabling her viewers to take action in their communities on issues they care about. She writes video content for her own channel and others, including educational series like How to Vote In Every State and The Federal Court System. Taylor is also a digital strategist for nonprofits and political campaigns, having worked for organizations like Hillary for America and GLAAD.

Alexandra Bolles is a media advocate and digital communications professional. She's received PFLAG Queen's Brenda Howard Memorial Award and the Bisexual Resource Center's Bee Hero Award for her bisexual+ advocacy, including co-founding the annual digital campaign, #BiWeek. Follow Alexandra on Twitter at @anorianb.

Laura Delarato is a writer, video producer, artist, nude art model, body image activist, and sex educator based in Brooklyn, NY . . . she also very aware of how intense that sounds. Her art and essays have been featured on DameSaltyBeautyConRavishlyPeopleAllureNBCLunaLuna MagazineTravel + Leisure, and Revelist — and she can be seen modeling for Blink Fitness, Dia & Co, Target, PlusBKYN and Gwynnie Bee. Her work is deeply planted within body politics, fitness, sex education and plus size representation.

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October book club: AMATEUR
Oct
28
3:00 PM15:00

October book club: AMATEUR

Join us for Body Politic’s first book club meeting on October 28 at 4PM at Book Culture on 112th street in Manhattan! Our October book is Amateur, by Thomas Page McBee, and we’re teaming up with the Trans Boxing Collective for our first meeting + book discussion at the end of the month. Books will be available at Book Culture with a 20% discount - just mention Body Politic! To sign up for the book club, click here. For more information on our book club, click here.

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October meet-up: hike the palisades!
Oct
20
12:00 PM12:00

October meet-up: hike the palisades!

Join Body Politic for a day of hiking you can get to by subway! We’ll meet at the 175th St. A train Station, and walk together across the George Washington Bridge (about a 20 minute leisurely walk). From there, we will enter the Palisades Park region for a 4-5 mile hike, and scenic autumn views!

Interested in learning more about this meet-up? Sign up for our October meet-up mailing list here.

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BODY WORK: a workshop and panel on imagining body inclusivity in wellness
Sep
8
11:00 AM11:00

BODY WORK: a workshop and panel on imagining body inclusivity in wellness

Join Body Politic for BODY WORK, a workshop and panel discussion on imagining body inclusivity in wellness. The day will begin with a 45 minute movement workshop led by "curvy yogi" Angela Dawn. We'll have the chance to stretch and move together in the JCC's outdoor space (weather permitting). After getting our sweat in, we'll sit back and relax with some refreshments and listen to a panel discussion on everything from fat-shaming, to thin allyship, to athletic competition, to democratizing wellness spaces.

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~refreshments included with ticket purchase!

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Body Talk!
Jun
28
7:30 PM19:30

Body Talk!

Join BODY POLITIC for a night of storytelling and queer feminist wellness. The night will begin with a short cocktail reception followed by a lineup of short oral histories from writers, activists, and wellness professionals. Our speakers are feminists, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and queer allies, and we're talking about how wellness intersects with gender, race, sexuality, culture, age, family, and much more.

STORYTELLERS:
Aminatou Sow, writer and podcast host of Call Your Girlfriend
Laura Delaratowriter, creative producer, nude model, body image activist, and sex educator
Lorena Russi, comic and member of Nike's NYC soccer team
Tasnim Ahmed, writer and founder of Journal
Njambi Morgan, poet
Xian Horn, beauty/disability advocate
Cari Sekendur, boxer and designer
Sara R. Radin, writer and mental health advocate
Dom Chatterjee, editor at Rest for Resistance 
Phi Thi Thach, poet, producer, and songwriter

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~wine available with purchase of ticket~

 

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FIGHT BACK! self-defense and physical empowerment in the age of Trump
Apr
30
3:30 PM15:30

FIGHT BACK! self-defense and physical empowerment in the age of Trump

In this fraught political moment, many of us are looking for ways to defend ourselves and feel empowered. This 1.5 hour event will consist of a 45 minute self-defense workshop, led by instructors from POP Gym, followed by a panel discussion with writers, activists, and wellness professionals. You'll learn in the introductory fight skills to keep you feeling safe, and learn tips for physical and mental wellbeing in this difficult political time. 

This event is open to all ages--no experience in fitness or self-defense necessary. We'll be moving around, so participants should wear clothing in which they are comfortable stretching and sweating.

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OUR PANELISTS:

Zan Romanoff is a freelance writer and the author of two young adult novels. Her work has appeared in print or online at The Atlantic, Buzzfeed, Eater, GQ, The LA Times, The New Republic, Racked, and The Washington Post, among other outlets. She lives and writes in Los Angeles. She started boxing in 2017 and has since been called "a total psycho" and "too aggressive for her own good." Her 2017 piece for Healthyish, Why We Learned How to Fight details her experience with self-defense and martial arts. 

Nola Hanson is an trans artist, amateur boxer, and organizer living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Their socially-engaged interdisciplinary practice explores identity and intersectionality through athletics and performance. Nola is the founder of the Trans Boxing Collective, which was formed in 2017. They received their BFA in Painting and Art Criticism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014. Nola is a current MFA candidate in the Art and Social Practice program at Portland State University. 

Rachel Piazza is a passionate advocate for women, a lifelong athlete, and a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist. With over a decade of experience, she helps women ignite and celebrate their power through martial arts. Having earned a Master of Science degree in Women’s & Gender Studies, focusing on women’s leadership, Rachel’s work to empower women continues to be grounded in the latest academic research in the field. Combining her strengths as an athlete and scholar, Rachel developed Feminist Self-Defense, an empowerment-based self-defense curriculum. Her fun yet effective approach has been lauded by leaders in the anti-violence field. Rachel is a highly sought after speaker and thought leader. In addition to her TEDx talk on sexist language, Rachel presents regularly at local and national conferences, as well as organizations and campuses across the country. Her thought leadership on empowering women through martial arts has been featured in numerous publications, including espnW. Rachel’s multi-pronged approach to female empowerment has inspired thousands of women across the nation to embrace their own leadership and strengths.

Kru Natalie “Peaceful Warrior” Fuz (“Kru” is “teacher” in Thai) is the head coach and owner of Chok Sabai Gym. In 1998, she began training in Muay Thai and started competing in the amateur circuit in the Tri-State area and became an important fixture in the New York Muay Thai fight scene, representing and breaking barriers for the (at the time) small female presence. As her decorated fight record accumulated, she was invited to fight internationally, including Thailand, Canada and Europe (see notable fights below), ending her amateur and professional career with more than 30 fights. As much as she loved fighting, Kru Nat always knew she loved teaching and passing on the art of Muay Thai even more. Kru Nat started teaching in 2002, after being certified as instructor by Master “Toddy” Thohsaphon Sitiwatjana, and in 2008 was invited by Master “Cheetah” Chantanao to certify as Kru—becoming the first female Kru in the United States. In 2006, she became the first female fighter to be awarded the O-1 Visa for extraordinary abilities by Homeland Security through which, she became a naturalized US citizen. Her dream to open her own Muay Thai school became a reality in 2009, when she was granted her Green Card and a year later, she opened Chok Sabai Gym in New York City. She hopes to honor the traditional practices of Muay Thai by providing a nurturing environment built on discipline, respect and sportsmanship for both fighters and non-fighters. On any given day of the week, you can find Kru Nat at Chok Sabai Gym training her students, working with her clients, sparring with her fighters or relaxing on her Thai mats. She firmly believes that wellness and good healthy habits are lifelong practices that should encompass life outside the gym and beyond the next fight. With this in mind, she is constantly molding Chok Sabai Gym to not only be a great Muay Thai school, but also a center for wellness—where healthy habits are formed.

Pop Gym is a recently founded organization, looking to bring free/low-cost self-defense skills to folks all around NYC. Our workshops have been described as, “fun”, “holistic” and “empowering”, and for any questions, comments, or inquiries for future workshops for you or your organizations, email us at info@popgym.org. Check our schedule on popgym.org for a workshop near you, or email us to set one up for your group/organization. Normally led by The Monster and The Professor (pictured above), due to a scheduling conflict, they will be sending one of their instructors (Grey, He/They) to speak on their behalf. Grey is a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Tae-Kwon-Do, and has studied Muay Thai, Boxing and BJJ. Grey has helped co-organize and promote self-defense workshops in NYC since 2015.

 

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