Queens author and political organization will teach Astoria kids the value of activism

Photo courtesy of Adena Dershowitz

On May 19, the author of “Women Who March” in partnership with the Sister District Project is hosting an afternoon of activism for “young children and their grown-ups” in Astoria.

The event begins at 1:30 p.m. at Q.E.D. Astoria, a performance and creative learning space located at 27-16 23rd Ave. Local author Adena Raub Dershowitz will launch her children’s book “Women Who March,” an illustrated story that details her participation in the 2017 Women’s March and the equal rights activism that fueled the marches around the world.

According to Dershowitz, the purpose of the book is to spark conversations between children and parents. All royalties from sales of the book, both from this event and throughout the month of May, will go toward the Sister District Project. In subsequent months, the royalties from book sales will go toward different organizations or candidates committed to advancing equal rights.

Photo courtesy of Adena Dershowitz
Photo courtesy of Adena Dershowitz

Joining Dershowitz at the event are representatives from Sister District NY 12-13-14, a local offshoot of the Sister District Project. The group is a national grassroots organization whose goal is to ensure that all Americans have equal representation in the country, and that the government works for all people.

According to the Sister District Project website, volunteers are organized into teams based on where they live,  and this energy is “sistered” (paired) with swing districts across the country to support strategic state races that matter.

Their goals are to flip Republican-held state chambers, hold fragile Democratic majorities in state chambers and to make blue inroads in badly gerrymandered states.

The representatives from Sister District NY 12-13-14 will be publicizing their important work of grassroots support for Democratic candidates across the country. The group is one of three teams in New York, which covers Queens, parts of the Bronx and much of Manhattan. Their work includes postcarding, phone- and text-banking, canvassing and fundraising. 

After an author-lead book reading, attendees will be able to participate in activism-themed children activities. Admission to the event is free, but food, beverages and copies of “Women Who March” will be on sale.

For more information on the event, click here.

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