Indy Blog

The Indypendent will continue its 15thanniversary year celebrations this Tuesday evening (Nov. 17) with a house party at a supporter’s home near the NYU campus.  Historian Blanche Wiesen Cook, philosopher Linda Martín Alcoff and award-winning independent photojournalist Antrim Caskey will on hand as special guests.

This past Sunday night brought with it a small blip on the political radar that, if you weren’t looking closely, you might have missed altogether.

With the rallying cry “El Barrio is not for sale! It is to be loved and defended!", East Harlem residents kicked off a protest today in the heart of El Barrio at the corner of East 116th St. and Lexington Avenue. They demonstrated against what they are calling “Mayor De Blasio’s luxury housing plan” and the displacements it will cause in this low-income community. Eighty-year-old Puerto Rican Sonia Villes, a lifelong resident of El Barrio, said, “This rezoning plan will tear our community apart and destroy the beautiful culture that makes El Barrio so unique.” Ms.

Workers in B&H’s two Brooklyn warehouses voted overwhelmingly today for union representation with the United Steelworkers, in an election administered by the National Labor Relations Board. The vote comes on the heels of a weeks-long anti-union campaign waged by B&H management, with workers alleging daily threats, harassment, and intimidation in the workplace. Lawyers for the union have filed multiple charges with the NLRB, alleging B&H engaged in unlawful anti-union activity during the course of the campaign.

Thousands of people gathered in Manhattan on Saturday, October 24 for #RiseUpOctober, a national day of action against police brutality, murder and mass incarceration. Families of those killed by police across the nation traveled to New York for the event, which began with a rally in Washington Square Park where the families — along with notable figures Carl Dix, Chris Hedges, Cornell West and Quentin Tarantino — took to the stage and then to the streets to tell the stories and demand justice for those murdered at the hands of police.

The word socialism is in the air these days.  It gets the most hits on the Merriam Webster Dictionary website.  Even though he is running in the Democratic Party, Bernie Sanders calls himself a socialist.


After one of his three majority victories, Pierre Elliott Trudeau quoted a line from New Hampshire poet Robert Frost’s Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening:


"I have promises to keep / And miles to go before I sleep."

According to classical political theory, human beings enter into a social contract and renounce their right to exercising unlimited violence in order not to fall prey to the violence of others. In Thomas Hobbes’s vision of the Leviathan, they invest the sovereign with that right, so as to be better protected from arbitrary force in a hostile “dog eat dog” world. Only in this manner do the emerging political subjects leave the state of nature behind them and enter the realm of civil society.

It is great to see the cultural landmarks of the Bronx, such as the street jazz great Maxine Sullivan lived on, be officially recognized by the New York City Council. And great to see the incredible musical legacy of the Bronx honored by programs like the Bronx Music Heritage Center of WHEDCo.

Thanks to cell phone cameras and social media, the epidemic of police violence against people of color has never been more visible, or debated, in American life. On Thursday night, Ideal Glass will screen Every Mother’s Son, an Emmy-nominated documentary film that profiles three mothers whose son’s were killed by the NYPD and who find themselves united to seek justice and transform their grief into an opportunity for profound social change.