Frankenstorm in Manhattan

A street in Manhattan somewhere is missing its stop sign.

Below are some photos I took in NYC during hurricane Sandy, and the day after the storm, and here are some links to find out how you can help:

How To Help New York City After Hurricane Sandy
StatenIsland.recovers.org
LowerEastSide.recovers.org
Astoria.recovers.org

West Side Highway, near Church St turned into a river, complete with rapids.

A lock on a ferry entrance in Manhattan.

A crane that’s starting to come down in NYC at 57th Street between 6th and 7th Avenue.

Water rushing over my feet in Battery Park. The water came in so quickly. When we first got to this spot, it wasn’t coming over the ledge at all, but within 10 minutes, it was completely covering my feet.

Lady standing on a downed tree near Central Park

Looking across the NY Harbor towards New Jersey

Joggers on FDR Drive, which was closed to vehicle traffic.

Sandbags in lower Manhattan.

Pedestrians walking around large debris that had fallen off of a building near Columbus Circle.

Battery Park flooding. This photo was taken about 15 minutes after we arrived at this spot, and when we first got there, it wasn’t flooding at all.

Here are photos from the day after the storm:

A street in Manhattan somewhere is missing its stop sign.

People in line to fill buckets with water out of a water bubbler near Cherry St and Market St in the Lower East side of Manhattan. The residents in the buildings in that area do not have running water. They also do not have power. Check out this website if you would like to help them out: https://lowereastside.recovers.org/

Lower Manhattan is in the dark because of the power outages. The only lights in this photo are from cars driving down Broadway Ave.

Huge tree down in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

Debris strewn across a street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan after the area flooded from Hurricane Sandy.

Water pumping out of a flooded basement in the Lower East Side of Manhattan today. Residents in the area are without power and running water.

Looking through the window of a store on Avenue C in Manhattan that had flooded from Hurricane Sandy. There was still some standing water on the floor, and boxes of food were all over the floor from when the water was higher

Debris on the road in lower Manhattan that had been swept up by flood water the night before.

Closed sign on a store in lower Manhattan.

A car crushed by a tree in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

Lower Manhattan is dark, yet the NYSE is brightly lit, after hospitals were evacuated because their generators ran out.

Pretty ironic photo – Looking through the window of a store that was flooded on the Lower East Side of Manhattan during hurricane Sandy. A wet shirt is hanging over letters that spell out “dry.”

Most shops were closed today in lower Manhattan due to storm damage and power outages. But, some businesses brought their much needed items out to the sidewalks to sell to people, such as batteries, flashlights, and candles.

Police tape littered the ground all over Manhattan. It was put up before the storm in some places in an attempt to keep people out of flood zones.

Debris on the road in lower Manhattan that had been swept up by flood water the night before.

Pumping water out of a basement in lower Manhattan.

Beautiful sky the day after the storm.

NYC – Shutdown

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NYC transit is shutdown as Hurricane Sandy approaches the city:

Enemies of the State March

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My photos from the “Enemies of the State: Solidarity for Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, 14 Anonymous activists, and All Political Prisoners” march in NYC last night:

Occupy Goldman Sachs

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The last two nights, a group of activists have been sleeping on the sidewalk outside of 15 Central Park West in NYC, which is where Lloyd Blankfein, the CEO of Goldman Sachs, lives. We’re hoping to draw attention to the atrocities Goldman Sachs has committed. Stay updated on further actions through the Facebook page: Occupy Goldman Sachs.

#globalNOISE – Chicago

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Below are some photos I took on Chicago’s #globalNOISE march.




Why I Won’t Be Voting in the Presidential Election

Recently, some people have been condemning me for my decision to not vote in the presidential election. I feel like many of these people don’t even somewhat understand why I have made that decision, and are making assumptions. So, I will attempt to explain it further in hopes of helping those people understand, and hopefully respect my decision, even if they don’t agree with it.

Well, first of all, I am not a Republican or a Democrat. It’s not my fault that we have a two-party system, and that neither of the two parties even somewhat represent my views. Of course, my views are closer to that of the democratic party, but still, not close enough. I refuse to look past my views, opinions, morals, and values to vote for somebody who doesn’t even come close to representing them.

Second of all, in my opinion, the presidential election is fictitious. Both parties are bought by corporations, and I believe our votes are, too… In other words – your vote doesn’t count. They will elect whoever they want. It’s been proven that it is possible to flip the votes, but they’re doing a good job at making sure the general population either doesn’t know this, or at least making sure they don’t believe it.

Thirdly, I believe that voting in the presidential election is only making things worse. It keeps more people pacified and unwilling to do anything to actually create change. They – the evil corporations and the politicians who are bought by them - want you to vote so you feel like you have a voice, but in the end, they’re going to do what they want anyways. And I feel like by voting for the “lesser of two evils”, I would just be playing their game, and giving them more power. Real change will not happen while people continue voting for either of the two evils.

Instead, we need to resist the system and take away their power by not voting in the presidential election. It’s obvious that with the way the system is currently set up, we can’t rely on any president to be a voice for the people, so we need to take it upon ourselves to make sure our voices are heard. But, not voting, or voting third party is not enough. We also need to take action – organize, mobilize, occupy, strike, takeover. Women didn’t gain the right to vote by voting, did they?*

*Just as a quick side note,  I had somebody bring up a good point about the women who did try to vote, and were arrested for it. My point was that they didn’t make the change AT the ballot box. They did it by resisting the status quo, which included going TO the ballot box as a form of civil disobedience.

I wrote a similar post to this a few months ago, but my views have changed quite a bit since then. You can read the older post here.

Solidarity Sing Along – 10/10/12

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Photos I took today during the Solidarity Sing Along at the Wisconsin State Capitol. The sing along has been going on every weekday from noon to 1pm since March 2011.

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