Wednesday, August 23, 2017
The Upstander

All posts by Alexander Wood

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
New York City Hall

Stop Airbrushing Women From Politics

Though New York may appear a progressive utopia to those far from its shining lights, the politics of the city is littered with examples of dirty-dealing, nepotism, election-fixing, and outright corruption. Worse, for a city that allegedly values equality its [...]

May 3, 2017 Opinion, Women
We The People

How Republics Stand

Democracy works when those in power respond to those without. The American brand may have been put through the wringer of late – and even come under direct attack by a foreign power – but its cogs have kept turning,; [...]

April 18, 2017 Opinion
Hands Off Syria March

Why I Have No Time For Assad Apologists

Hear that? It’s the baying crowd of Assad apologists, screaming invective from beyond the lunatic fringe of civilized political discourse. They pipe up each and every time there’s a new twist in the rotten saga of the Syrian Civil War, [...]

April 12, 2017 Opinion
Rally + Rise

Q&A: ‘Rally + Rise’ Founder On The New Activism

New York-based activist group Rally + Rise stands out in a city crowded with like-minded organizations for its bare bones approach to community organizing. Instead of pummeling would-be volunteers with lengthy call sheets and time-consuming meetings, the group asks New [...]

April 5, 2017 Upstanders
Follow the leader

The Resistance Needs Followers More Than It Needs Leaders

New York City suffers from an embarrassment of talent. If you live here, and come up with a good idea – for a business, a movie, an app – chances are someone has not only already thought of it, but [...]

March 28, 2017 Opinion
HOPE Volunteers

New York Volunteers Bring HOPE To Homeless Population

You see them every day. At the corner of the block. On the subway. Camped out in the park. New York City is host to many, many homeless people, over 62,000 in December 2016 – the most since the Great [...]

March 13, 2017 Upstanders
Tom Perez

Forget the DNC Chair, Liberals Should Focus on Local Politics

The Democratic National Committee has a new leader and the American left a new lodestar in Tom Perez, the Obama-era Secretary of Labor, who was elected party chair in Atlanta on Saturday. His victory in the most fiercely-contested and politically [...]

February 27, 2017 Democratic Party, Opinion
ICE

Anti-ICE Activists Cannot Fall Prey To Fake News

Every action of the Trump administration is refracted through my Facebook feed in a torrent of righteous outrage. I became aware of the notorious travel ban via a host of articles posted onto my timeline, each accompanied by a horrified preface [...]

February 17, 2017 Opinion
Hands shaking

No, Well-Intentioned Allies Are Not A Threat To The Environmental Justice Movement

Elizabeth Yeampierre is a commanding speaker. The executive director of Uprose, Brooklyn’s oldest Puerto Rican community-based organization, and champion of the environmental justice movement, took to the podium at last week’s People’s Climate March meeting and stole the show with [...]

February 7, 2017 Opinion