Participants in the Global Day of Action AIDS march and rally set out from Washington Square Park on the way to Sixth Ave in New York City, circa 2000. ROBERT ROSAMILIO / NY DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE VIA GETTY IMAGES

While many in the U.S. have breathed an understandable sigh of relief as COVID cases sharply decline across the country, cases have continued to climb across much of the world where the number of available vaccines ranges from few to none. And after President Joe Biden came out in support of waiving intellectual property protections for coronavirus vaccines, the pharmaceutical industry began furiously lobbying governments in Germany, Japan, and elsewhere to maintain the patents that block other companies and labs from increasing the global vaccine supply.

The global fight for affordable COVID vaccines is becoming one of the defining issues…


Sue Brisk (Indypendent)

Seventy-five people rallied in front of the Queens Criminal Courthouse on Monday, May 3 to demand that Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz drop all charges against Prakash Churaman, whose overturned 2018 murder conviction has spurred growing questions about the extent of police, prosecutorial and judicial misconduct across the borough.

Churaman was sent to Rikers Island prison at the age of 15 on the charge of taking part in a home invasion that resulted in the murder of his friend Taquane Clark. The primary evidence? …


An interview with Hadas Thier about A People’s Guide to Capitalism

A UPS worker delivers packages on the Upper West Side on March 12, 2021, in New York City. NOAM GALAI / GETTY IMAGES
A UPS worker delivers packages on the Upper West Side on March 12, 2021, in New York City. NOAM GALAI / GETTY IMAGES
A UPS worker delivers packages on the Upper West Side in New York City. Noam Galai/Getty Images

The pandemic has upended ideas about economic ideology almost as much as it has upended the economy itself. There has been a massive shift of wealth toward billionaires and corporate giants like Amazon, at the expense of workers suffering the most sudden and severe wave of unemployment and impoverishment since the Great Depression. But there has also been paradigm-shifting federal stimulus legislation that has massively (if temporarily) expanded unemployment insurance and anti-poverty funding. Meanwhile, debates continue to rage about the risk of a fourth COVID wave coming from states’…


Chris Kleponis/Sipa USA

When a mob sporting Confederate flags and QAnon signs heeds the President’s call to rampage the Capitol in the name of an absurd conspiracy theory, it’s obvious we’ve got some serious problems. But it’s already becoming almost equally clear that mainstream liberalism is incapable of recognizing what those problems actually are. So let’s clarify.

The problem isn’t that there was a failed coup. It’s that there was a successful demonstration of far right impunity.

Panic that there is a serious plot to stop the peaceful transfer of power from Donald Trump Biden is misguided. …


An Interview with Bronx Nurse and Health Care Activist Sean Petty

Sean Petty is a pediatric emergency room nurse at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx and the southern regional director for the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA).

In a March interview with The Indypendent’s Danny Katch, he predicted that the coming coronavirus spike would overwhelm a public hospital system that had been decimated by budget cuts and closures. …


For all of the catastrophic low points of Donald Trump’s time in office — praising murderous Nazis in Charlottesville, happily tossing paper towel rolls in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, promoting bleach injection as COVID protection — the most unbearable aspect off his presidency on a daily basis has been his unending assault on our ability to have a sustained thought.

Like a car alarm blaring day and night, Trump’s alternating sirens of fear and hate, ignorance and cruelty — broadcast across all of our screens and intruding into almost every conversation with family and friends — has made it impossible to…


Assuming he doesn’t chicken out, Donald Trump will take part in his second 2020 presidential debate tonight. His opponents will be Joe Biden, his own record, the notion of truth, and any sense of decency.

The good news is that the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) has introduced a new rule stating that each candidate’s microphone will be muted during his opponent’s initial two-minute statement for each of the six segments of the debate. So, we’ll hopefully only be subjected to Trump’s abusive routine for 78 minutes instead of the full 90.

It’s impossible to predict what will happen —…


Last night was a national humiliation. By that I don’t mean a humiliation for the nation, which has been a clown show since W stole the 2000 election. I mean a humiliation for every single person who resides inside its cruel borders.

Trump always humiliates himself, as do his supporters for cheering on his buffoonery. Joe Biden and Chris Wallace were pathetically dominated by a half-wit bully, after having four entire years to prepare for that exact scenario. But so were the rest of us by proxy (whether or not we support Biden).

Millions of us watching powerlessly as Trump…


“THE NINE most terrifying words in the English language are ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”

Ronald Reagan made this joke at a 1986 press conference and it has since become a cherished chestnut in conservative circles. It’s kind of sad for Republicans that they find this weak one-liner witty and it’s fully tragic for society that they genuinely think it’s a statement of profound wisdom.

Today, we are in desperate need of the kind of help that only government can provide: unemployment relief, a national system of COVID testing and tracing, centralized public health information and…


Since our studio was taken over last year by a private equity firm jointly run by Exxon Mobil, the Saudi royal family, and a mysterious multi-billionaire who always appears in shadows named Lucifer Frackwell, we at Big Energy Pictures have been eager to demonstrate that our change in ownership will not impact our our continuing commitment to bold and independent storytelling. That’s why we’re proud to announce our release of four movies this summer about climate change, each of which has been just barely tweaked by our new corporate overlords.

Unfortunately, the coronavirus lockdown hit just as we were set…

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