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On September 12, the NYC Light Brigade and the Illuminator crew lit up the Brooklyn Bridge in anticipation of this Sunday's People's Climate March — check out the scene in the video. We also hear from Frederick, a Light Brigade participant and Barbados native. "The rising ocean currents, it could be disastrous," he said. "How could I not be involved?"

The People’s Climate March is shaping up to be the largest demonstration in New York in recent years. More than 1,000 organizations are stepping up to make this event a huge success. Here at The Indypendent, we’re doing our part too. 

Canoers from SeaChange 2014, activists from Veterans For Peace, and inflatable art creators Tools for Action launched a 30-foot inflatable bomb over the Hudson River in Garrison, NY, across from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Lettering on the side of the blimp read "U.S.

For the first time since the national fast food workers’ movement for living wages and union recognition began in November 2012, workers escalated their protests on Thursday to acts of civil disobedience. Police arrested 36 workers for stopping traffic outside two Midtown McDonald’s locations. 

Editor’s Note: On August 30, activists with Mare Liberum and 350.org began a two-week voyage down the Hudson River from Troy, N.Y. to New York City. They are traveling in boats made of paper mache and are slated to arrive in the city on September 13 in advance of the People’s Climate March. As their two-week journey unfolds, they will stop in 13 towns along a 160-mile path to lift up stories of community resistance to proposed fossil fuel infrastructure and efforts to build local resilience in the face of climate change.

The recently noisy streets of Ferguson got a rest Monday, as the family of Michael Brown finally laid him to rest. And for a time, perhaps, demonstrations will give way to reflection. But one among those who protested will remain in the spotlight through the coming days and weeks: the reverend Al Sharpton.

Editor’s Note: Can Zephyr Teachout topple incumbent New York governor Andrew Cuomo in the Sept. 9 Democratic Party primary? The conventional wisdom says it’s impossible; that she’s too little known, too underfinanced and too far to the left of Cuomo. In this August 18 letter to supporters, Teachout’s campaign manager Mike Boland makes a case for why Teachout just might pull off one of the biggest upsets in U.S. political history.

Let's consider for a moment the honey bee and its anticipated replacement, the RoboBee. Let's pay a visit to the frankenbee's parents, Monsanto and DARPA.

When 15-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir left his home in Florida to begin a six-week summer vacation in Palestine, he expected to visit some of the region’s holy sites and spend time with his family, who he had not seen in 11 years. When he left, Abu Khdeir was the center of an international incident after video of his brutal beating and arrest by Israeli police was posted on the Internet. The incident happened a day after his cousin, 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir, was kidnapped by Israelis and taken to the woods outside Jerusalem where he was beaten and burned alive.

FERGUSON, Missouri–Thousands filled the streets of Ferguson Saturday to protest the police killing of African-American youth Michael Brown, Jr., Aug. 9 and the harsh police response to subsequent demonstrations. After a week of police using tear gas, flash grenades, and rubber bullets against angry community protests, today’s rally and march, which included supporters from around the country, was nonviolent but spirited.