In response to the anti-LGBT law signed by Nigerian President Jonathan Goodluck in January 2014, which makes gay marriage and same-sex relationships crimes punishable by up to 14 years in prison, Housing Works worked with The Solidarity Alliance for Human Rights in Nigeria as well as a number of U.S.-based human-rights and LGBT organizations to mount a protest in front of the Nigerian Consulate in New York City. One of multiple events taking place on March 7, 2014, as part of a Nigerian Global Day of Action, the protest was attended by hundreds and nine advocates were arrested for an act of civil disobedience when they blocked the entrance to the Consulate. Other similar demonstrations took place the same day in …
Posted on March 17, 2014 at 6:10 pm
Medicaid is the nation’s largest source of health coverage, providing health insurance for nearly 54 million Americans. While the program is framed as one designed to improve access to healthcare and even improve health, its impact on poverty reduction has not been as well researched. A recent study, however, reveals the significant poverty-reducing effects of Medicaid and finds that in a comparison against other government programs, Medicaid is the third largest anti-poverty program in the United States, behind only the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. These poverty-reducing effects have broad implications for families and individuals in metropolitan areas, where Census figures show that people had …
Posted on March 17, 2014 at 5:36 pm
It’s no secret, we love Instagram. LOVE IT. And we love it even more when our followers share their finds with us. This month, we’re rewarding folks for their visual (and virtual) generosity with up to 5 $100 gift cards in our #thriftandshout contest.
It’s easy to enter:
1. Follow @housingworks on instagram
2. Upload a photograph or a video showing us your best thrifted find
3. Include the hashtag #thriftandshout
We’ll choose our 5 favorites and give them each a gift card to get even more treasures. There’s no purchase necessary to enter. Entries must be received by March 31 to qualify. View the complete rules here.
Posted on March 12, 2014 at 10:26 am
Oh my gosh y’all, it is—or is almost, at least—iced coffee weather. At Housing Works Bookstore Cafe we have some exciting events in store for you as the long, hard winter begins to slowly melt away and you put away your tights and sweaters because someday, someday it won’t be cold anymore. TONIGHT we have a truly superstar line up for Brain Awareness Week, so if you have a brain, you’ll come by. Tomorrow our favorite opportunity to ask a stranger a question, Ask Roulette, is back. Next week we’re celebrating our favorite Tumblr about books and TV, and later this month we’ll be hosting the Tournament of Books live, a discussion of storytelling, and the PUNDERDOME 3000 returns to the bookstore. Plus, …
Posted on March 11, 2014 at 5:56 pm
Nine human-rights and LGBT advocates were arrested today after blocking the entrance to the Consulate General of Nigeria in Midtown Manhattan. This act of civil disobedience was to protest the draconian anti-LGBT law signed by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on January 14, a law that makes gay marriage and same-sex relationships crimes punishable by up to 14 years in prison. The protestors’ demand was simple: to rescind the law and let LGBT Nigerians live their lives free of discrimination and violence.
The action was part of a larger rally attended by nearly 400 protestors, including many Housing Works staff, clients, and volunteers. The demonstration, organized by the Nigerian Solidarity Alliance, brought together nearly a dozen prominent human rights, immigrant, and Read More
Posted on March 7, 2014 at 6:59 pm
Guest blog post by Charles King, President & CEO of Housing Works
A disturbing global trend has emerged in which certain governments have engaged in deliberate actions to restrict the rights of LGBT individuals and, in the worst cases, threaten imprisonment, violence, and other grave penalties. Most notably, the Nigerian and Ugandan governments have introduced bills that criminalize same-sex relationships and prescribe harsh prison sentences. In early 2014, President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria signed into law a bill that criminalizes gay marriage and same-sex relationships and can impose prison sentences on offenders of up to 14 years. An earlier draft of the bill promised the death sentence. In Uganda, a similar law targeting people in same-sex relationships and LGBT-affiliated organizations was signed …
Posted on February 28, 2014 at 12:43 pm
We’re giving you the best that we’ve got, again, at our Best of Spring events beginning this Saturday, March 1 at our Soho Shop. We’ve re-stocked each of our shops with top-quality seasonal designer and vintage merchandise (here’s a sneak peek) all available for a fraction of the retail price. Each shop will be holding clearance sales leading up to their event and will be closed one day prior to set up for the big day.
Want to get in on the action before the rest of the crowd? Become a Housing Works Supporter member and get one hour early access. Advocate level and above get in 30 minutes early. Join today, or become a member at a Housing …
Posted on February 26, 2014 at 9:57 am
We finish up February strong at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe with the final days of Geek Week, and then March is upon us. First up, appropriately: Jo March might be the voice of her generation, or at least a voice of a generation, in the exciting new fast-paced comedic play WOMEN, which introduces HBO’s Girls to Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. We’re proud to be hosting a staged reading on Tuesday; get your tickets now, they’re going fast! DISH is back with a great lineup (and a bonus course!) this month, plus we have fan fiction with Seth Fishman and Téa Obreht, a party for a zine about soup, book groups galore, and more.
Posted on February 25, 2014 at 4:09 pm