Indy Blog

I have Eduardo Galeano to thank for helping my partner and I fall in love. His books were the subject of our first serious, in-depth conversations. So it is with an especially heavy heart that I’ve been reflecting on Galeano’s legacy, after word came yesterday that the 74-year-old writer had died from cancer.

Brooklyn, New York has undergone a renaissance during the past 20 years, and the accompanying issue of gentrification has been well documented in news reports in recent years. After young professionals snapped up real estate deals and a new culture of hipsters emerged, Brooklyn has become the epicenter for some of the finest restaurants, microbreweries, artisanal donut shops, and countless boutiques in the five boroughs of New York City. Brooklyn has also become the heart for one of the most vibrant and creative… and yes, the hippest folk music scene in the nation.

A few months ago, New York City Council members were doing die-ins in support of Eric Garner and Mike Brown. Now they are calling for 1,000 more cops to be added to the New York Police Department's 35,000-strong police force--and creating political rifts among the liberal establishment, the NYPD and the movement to end Broken Windows policing in New York City.

A newly-formed group of activists are teaming up with Copwatch, an anti-police brutality group that records video of police conduct in their communities, to create “no-cop zones,” and maybe even disarm the police, through the use of direct action.

Underscoring the extent to which Chicago’s April 7 election has taken on national symbolism, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) visited a church on Chicago’s Southeast Side on April 2 to call for a “political revolution” and rally behind mayoral hopeful Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and 10th ward City Council candidate Sue Sadlowski Garza.  

It felt like spring in New York City on Sunday, March 8th, International Women’s Day, the day of a global celebration of women and an evening when the reverberating voices of women everywhere demanding dignity were given our full attention. It was in this spirit that activists crowded into the Maysles Cinema on Malcolm X Boulevard in Harlem for an event convened by Movement for Justice in El Barrio (Movement), to hear these voices from NYC and beyond. 

Editor's Note: Public opposition to building the Port Ambrose liquified natural gas port off the south shore of Long Island has been growing for months. On Wednesday, two federal agencies announced they were stopping the clock on the application process to review the outpouring of concern about the project expressed by both concerned citizens and elected officials from both parties.

Editor's Note: Public opposition to building the Port Ambrose liquified natural gas port off the south shore of Long Island has been growing for months. On Wednesday, two federal agencies announced they were stopping the clock on the application process to review the outpouring of concern about the project expressed by both concerned citizens and elected officials from both parties.

Watkins Glen, NY – In three speedy hearings on Wednesday night in the Town of Reading court, Judge Raymond Berry granted a motion to dismiss all charges “in the interests of justice” brought by 42 Seneca Lake protesters. All had been arrested as part of a sustained civil disobedience campaign at the gates of Crestwood Midstream.

The campaign, We Are Seneca Lake, opposes the expansion of gas storage in abandoned lakeside salt caverns owned by Crestwood. 

Assuming Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016, much of her popular support will be based on her image as an advocate of women’s rights.