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On Friday night I attended a panel discussion put on by the Young Democratic Socialists of America and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung as part of YDSA’s national conference about how to fight back against Trump. Speakers included one person fom National Nurses United, one from People with Bernie, and one from Black Lives Matter who was also identified as a Bernie delegate last summer.

On Valentines Day, approximately 50 activists, politicians and members of community organizations from Manhattan’s Lower East Side neighborhood gathered on the steps of City Hall to call on Mayor Bill de Blasio to save their beloved landmark community space CHARAS El Bohio.

Community members and District leaders held a press conference asking de Blasio “to be our Valentine,” as activists stood behind with myriad heart-shaped protest signs.

Outside Columbia’s Lerner Hall on Monday evening, around 50 Palestine solidarity activists protested a speech from the far-right politician and Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon.

Danon’s appearance was organized by the campus Zionist group Students Supporting Israel (SSI) and cosponsored by the Columbia Law Israel Organization, and billed as a chance for students to hear about “Israel’s accomplishments, position and struggles with the UN and international community.”

One hundred coordinated work stoppages are expected to take place across the United States on Friday, Feb. 17. The strikes, planned through a loose federation of labor groups and individual activists organized under the banner Strike4Democracy, are the latest salvo of grassroots activism opposing President Trump’s agenda.

According to a press release provided to The Indypendent, the Strike4Democracy’s immediate demands are as follows:

The Indypendent spoke with novelist and social critic Francine Prose this week. Amid airport protests against the president’s executive order that barred U.S. entry to travelers from seven majority-Muslim nations, Prose penned an op-ed in the U.K. Guardian on Jan. 30 calling for a general strike against the Trump administration. It has since been shared on social media over 120,000 times.

Six people were arrested last night in Phoenix, Arizona amid protests that saw  hundreds of demonstrators temporarily block Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) vans from taking community members away.

If the past year in politics has proved anything, it is these two contradicting facts: the Democrats are a feckless, failing party that cannot live up to our needs; and the Democrats are in many ways, for the time being, the only game in town.

Amid national outrage over possible foreign interference in the 2016 election and President Donald Trump's own lies about so-called voter fraud, House Republicans on Tuesday quietly advanced two bills that "could profoundly impact the way we administer and finance national elections," watchdogs are warning.

Ohad Naharin’s career began, perhaps forebodingly, in the Israel Defense Forces.

According to The New York Times, “[Naharin] spent his early years on a kibbutz; later, when an ankle injury made him ineligible for combat in the Israeli army, he joined an army entertainment group.”

The Batsheva Dance Company, based in Tel Aviv and of which Naharin is artistic director, is presently on a tour of the US and Canada. The Israeli government-sponsored tour is based on Naharin’s latest piece entitled “Last Work.”