Wednesday, August 23, 2017
The Upstander
Cube

New York Artists Wade Into Shakespeare in the Park Censorship Row

Artists in New York held an ‘Ides of June’ rally at the Cube in Astor Place yesterday to protect freedom of expression. The protest follows the decision by Bank of America and Delta Airlines to withdraw funding from New York’s Public [...]

June 16, 2017 Grassroots, News
muslims

I Can’t Decide Whether the Counter-Protest Is The Best Or The Worst Thing About The Resistance

On Saturday June 10, 400 demonstrators gathered in Manhattan to counter-protest a rally being held by a right-wing group who say Sharia is incompatible with Western democracy. The anti-Sharia protests were organized by ACT for America, the largest anti-Muslim group [...]

June 13, 2017 Opinion
Universal healthcare

From Dream To Reality: Single-Payer Healthcare in New York Is Within Reach

It’s an idea whose time has come. In fact it’s an idea whose time came a long, long time ago across much of the western world. That idea is single-payer healthcare: a system that provides universal, free-at-the-point-of-need care where the [...]

June 5, 2017 Opinion
New York State Senate

New York’s Rogue Senators Show Up Democrat’s Shortcomings

Unless you are an avid follower of New York politics, you might not have heard of the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) until very recently. In fact, it has only been since the inauguration of Donald Trump in January this year that a spotlight [...]

June 4, 2017 Opinion
Brad Hoylman

New York State Senator Hoylman: It Will Take a Woman to Fix Albany

Brad Hoylman, New York state senator for the 27th district, has commended the work of local activist groups that have formed in New York in the wake of Donald Trump’s election. The state senator, whose district encompasses a broad swathe of Manhattan, [...]

June 3, 2017 Democratic Party, Grassroots, News
Long Island City

The Long Island City Moms Spearheading The Resistance

The ringleaders of the resistance often come from unexpected quarters. Take the example of the founders of the Long Island City (LIC) Coalition, a community group committed to opposing the Trump administration and achieving political change at the local level. [...]

May 30, 2017 Grassroots, News
Angad Singh

Vice Journalist On American Identity and Standing Up

Angad Singh is an American. Like all Americans, he’s a lot of other things too. He’s a video journalist at VICE, a Southerner, an activist, and a Sikh. “People call me a Sikh-American. That’s my religious background: I’m a Sikh. [...]

May 22, 2017 Opinion
Activists flip off Trump Tower

As Trump’s Impeachment Looms, The Resistance Finally Hits Its Stride

In the wake of the dismissal of FBI Director James Comey, the resistance has changed: it’s found its groove. Comey was fired by President Donald Trump on Tuesday, several days after Comey reportedly asked the Justice Department for more funding [...]

May 13, 2017 Opinion
Chechnya Protest

Grassroots Activists Demand Chechnya Action From UN

Grassroots activists held a rally at the United Nations Headquarters in New York last weekend to demand an investigation into the mass murder of gay men in Chechyna. The group gathered at Ralph Bunche Park on First Avenue to put pressure on [...]

May 9, 2017 Grassroots, LGBTQ, News
Black Lives Matter Vigil

Black Lives Matter NY Holds a Vigil for Jordan Edwards, Alton Sterling

Black Lives Matter of Greater New York held a candlelight vigil at Union Square this weekend to pay tribute to Jordon Edwards and Alton Sterling, who were both fatally shot by police. Activists gathered to demand justice for Edwards and [...]

May 8, 2017 Grassroots, Human Rights, News