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Tenant advocates denounced Governor Andrew Cuomo’s ties to real-estate interests while participating in a sit-in outside his office on Wednesday. Scores of protestors were arrested alongside almost a dozen lawmakers demanding a repeal of deregulation laws that have devastated New York City’s affordable housing.

Never mind the chaos in Albany over the federal corruption charges against Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, there are some New York lawmakers getting arrested for a good cause.

The seemingly endless construction of luxury apartments is one of the most visually conspicuous signs of New York City’s declining affordability, but there are more insidious threats to city residents of modest means. Since the 1980s, hundreds of thousands of rent stabilized apartments have been deregulated and converted to market rate.

The fourth annual Workers Unite! Film Festival kicked off May 7 in New York City, and features 45 films, ranging from a six-minute short to a number of documentary features, focused on workers’ struggles and the labor justice movement. The cinematographic “salute to global labor solidarity” will have showings at Cinema Village, Anthology Film Archives, 1199SEIU and other locations around the city.

"The fascist madman cannot be made innocuous if [...] he is not tracked down in oneself; if we are not conversant with the social institutions that hatch him daily.”
-- Wilhelm Reich

In March 2012, the Park Slope Food Coop held a packed (and probably stacked) membership meeting that rejected by a vote of 1005 to 653 a proposal to hold a coop-wide referendum on whether to boycott all Israeli products. This past Tuesday April 28, discussion of a narrower proposal was on the agenda – boycotting Sodastream, the popular water carbonation system manufactured in the Occupied West Bank.

One day when I looked out from the pulpit, it was as if seeing for the very first time, like I’d been cured of blindness. I saw clearly those in the congregation who never put anything in the offering basket and those who give the same meager amount every time. That motherfucker over there didn’t put anything in, that one too, that one over there too. They just come in to warm the pews, meet their friends, and go home happy. I know people got problems but damn this not a social club. Besides, if everyone were to do it all the time my family will end up in the streets.

The “rough ride” is a common tactic used by US police. It is real, incredibly dangerous, and totally illegal. The New York Times just wrote an article about it, but didn’t explain much about what it really is, so I’ll share a personal story.

A group of Bronx students confronted New York City schools chancellor Carmen Fariña at a public forum on Wednesday for allowing the Department of Education to violate civil rights laws by not providing equal access to sports for students of color.

The Water Diviner
Directed by Russell Crowe
Warner Brothers, 2015

We have a movie, and we have a firestorm. Let’s start with the movie.

The Water Diviner, Australian actor Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, recounts the based-on-a-true-story journey of a bereaved Australian farmer searching in Turkey for his lost sons in the aftermath of World War I. Taken on its own terms, the film’s epic account of war and undying love has moments of greatness, sadly marred by a romantic subplot as implausible as it is unnecessary.