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  • April at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe: Rock ‘n’ Roll, Comedy, Octopus, Poetry, 2nd Downtown Lit Fest

    April at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe: Rock ‘n’ Roll, Comedy, Octopus, Poetry, 2nd Downtown Lit Fest

    These final days of March and all of April are jam-packed with nerdery, parties, and more at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. First, mark your calendar for April 11, when we’ll kick off the second annual Downtown Literary Festival with an opening happy hour. The festival itself will be Sunday, April 13; details are coming very, very soon to downtownliteraryfestival.org. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered before then: a pun competition, a self-pub primer, rocking out, comedy, food writing, octopus facts, poetry, an awkward (is there any other kind?) middle school dance, and more. Every day is a literary festival here at HWBC.

    Posted on March 25, 2014 at 4:10 pm

  • REGISTER FOR National HIV Is Not A Crime Conference, 6/2-6/5

    REGISTER FOR National HIV Is Not A Crime Conference, 6/2-6/5

    From our allies at C2EA

    REGISTRATION / SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN:

    NATIONAL HIV IS NOT A CRIME CONFERENCE

    June 2–5, 2014 at Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa

    Register now! Click Here.

    HIV, LGBT, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE GROUPS UNITE TO END HIV CRIMINALIZATION

    GRINNELL, IA, March 14, 2014 — Registration is open for the first-ever national HIV is Not a Crime conference convened to unite and train advocates living with HIV and allies from across the country in the effort to end the criminalization of people with HIV. The gathering will be held from June 2nd to 5th, 2014, …

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    Posted on March 24, 2014 at 5:22 pm

  • VIDEO of NYC Nigerian Consulate Rally & CALL TO SUPPORT HOUSING WORKS ASYLUM PROJECT

    VIDEO of NYC Nigerian Consulate Rally & CALL TO SUPPORT HOUSING WORKS ASYLUM PROJECT

    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 …

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    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 6:10 pm

  • Reducing Poverty: How Medicaid Does More Than Just Improve Access to Healthcare in Cities

    Reducing Poverty: How Medicaid Does More Than Just Improve Access to Healthcare in Cities

    Via C2EA, By Nazihah Siddiqui for Chicago Policy Review

    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 …

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    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 5:36 pm

  • Want to win a $100 Gift Card? + Best of Spring Continues

    Want to win a $100 Gift Card? + Best of Spring Continues

    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.

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    Posted on March 12, 2014 at 10:26 am

  • Spring at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe: Tournament of Books, Slaughterhouse 90210, Punderdome

    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, …

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    Posted on March 11, 2014 at 5:56 pm

  • 9 LGBT & HIV Activists Arrested Protesting at NYC Nigerian Consulate

    9 LGBT & HIV Activists Arrested Protesting at NYC Nigerian Consulate

    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

  • ACTION ALERT: NYC, Friday, 3/7/14, 11am, NIGERIAN GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION

    ACTION ALERT: NYC, Friday, 3/7/14, 11am, NIGERIAN GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION

    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 …

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    Posted on February 28, 2014 at 12:43 pm

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