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Heather Reilly rushes up, out of breath, waving a selfie with Jeremy Corbyn on her phone. The 25-year-old lawyer got the snap as Corbyn did the rounds of the stands in the exhibition hall on day two of the Labour Party conference on the Liverpool docks.

"I see the effects of the bedroom tax and cuts to welfare every day — it breaks my heart," she says. "Jeremy is the only politician who represents the end of austerity, that’s what’s so exciting about him."

The U.S. government has paid more than a million dollars to the family of an Italian aid worker killed in a CIA drone strike in Pakistan last year — the first confirmed example of the U.S. paying relatives of a drone strike victim.

An Italian government document outlining the agreement between the U.S. and the family says the payment is a “donation in the memory of Mr Giovanni Lo Porto.”

Rideshare drivers appreciate the scheduling flexibility the job affords them. Turns out they also wouldn’t mind a living wage, health care or a pension from the multibillion dollar corporations they work for either — not to mention a union.

San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kapaernick has galvanized a nationwide movement since he first refused to stand for the national anthem as a protest against racial injustice in the United States. But what if instead of protesting our current national anthem with all its militaristic, blindly patriotic overtones, we had a different one? An anthem you could punch your fist into the air with pride.

Want to learn the basics of journalism but aren’t sure where to start? The Indypendent will host a community reporting workshop Saturday September 24 from 1-5 pm at the Brooklyn Commons at 388 Atlantic Ave.

We will use writing exercises, small and large-group discussions and role playing to explore topics such as lede writing, how to conduct an interview and how to research an article. We still have some spaces available. To RSVP, please email contact@indypendent.org.

Editor's Note: Six candidates are running in today's Democratic primary in the 65th Assembly District in Lower Manhattan to fill the seat that was held by Sheldon Silver for almost 40 years before he was convicted on multiple felony corruption charges. In this first-person piece, a longtime Lower East Side resident explains why she supports Gigi Li, the former board chair of Community Board 3 which encompasses Chinatown, the Lower East Side and the East Village.

Editor's Note: Six candidates are running in today's Democratic primary in the 65th Assembly District in Lower Manhattan to fill the seat that was held by Sheldon Silver for almost 40 years before he was convicted on multiple felony corruption charges. In this first-person piece, Stuyvesant High School student Justin Chae explains why he spent his summer volunteering for one of those candidates, Paul Newell.

It was in the elevator of a Spring Street building where I began to question what I was doing with my life this summer.

The Left was at the height of its influence in the United States during the 1930s and 40s. It was an era that saw the rise of the New Deal, massive public works programs, millions of workers joining industrial unions for the first time and a wartime alliance with the Soviet Union to crush Nazi Germany. In the halls of Congress, no voice from the Left rang out more loudly during that era than that of Vito Marcantonio.

The career of the typical National Football League player is short. Football is a violent game that takes a brutal toll on the bodies of those who play it, particularly at the professional level.

The American version of democracy focuses on elections and candidates. As the venerable left intellectual Noam Chomsky observed in June, “Citizenship means every four years you put a mark somewhere and you go home and let other guys run the world.