Idle No More Global Day of Action – NYC

IMG_5929
IMG_5968

Doing a round dance at the Idle No More action outside of the UN Headquarters in NYC tonight.

IMG_5975 2

IMG_5979 2

IMG_5934

IMG_5929

IMG_5917

IMG_5912

A plain-clothed officer is pointing to areas we could go to after telling us we couldn't stand on the sidewalk right outside of the UN. We ended up moving across the street to continue our protest.

A plain-clothed officer is pointing to areas we could go to after telling us we couldn’t stand on the sidewalk right outside of the UN. We ended up moving across the street to continue our protest.

IMG_5897

Outside of the Canadian Consulate in NYC, before we went to the UN Headquarters.

Outside of the Canadian Consulate in NYC, before we went to the UN Headquarters.

IMG_5839

Heartbreak.

IMG_0919

So many heartbreaking experiences. So much suffering, so much devastation, so much injustice. These faces will be forever etched in my memory. They’ll haunt my dreams. The cracks in my heart will eventually heal, but they’ll be replaced with scars. I’m on track to be void of all emotion by the time I’m 25.

Staten Island – 1/26/13

IMG_5708

Photos from Hurricane Sandy aftermath in Staten Island yesterday. Almost three months have passed since the hurricane, yet many people are will not getting the help they need, and some are still without heat, running water, and/or electricity.

IMG_5596

IMG_5598

IMG_5600

IMG_5603

IMG_5616

IMG_5619

IMG_5662

IMG_5671

IMG_5686

IMG_5700

IMG_5708

IMG_5755

IMG_5762

IMG_5787

Click here to find out how you can help with Hurricane Sandy relief.

On the Picket Line with Striking NYC School Bus Drivers

IMG_5587

On the picket line with the striking NYC school bus drivers today. “The city wants to cut transportation costs and has put bus contracts with private bus companies up for bid. The union is criticizing lack of employee protections, fearing senior drivers may lose their jobs to cheaper, less experienced labor once contracts expire in June.”

IMG_5587

IMG_5565 2

IMG_5566 2

IMG_5568

IMG_5569

IMG_5571

IMG_5555

IMG_5577

IMG_5578

IMG_5584

IMG_5585

IMG_5589

A Look Back on Hurricane Sandy

November 5th, 2012: My friend Giles taking a photo of a home that was destroyed in New Dorp Beach, Staten Island.

I have spent the last three months photographing Hurricane Sandy aftermath as much as I can. Below I posted one photo from each day I went out to cover it:

October 28th, 2012: A deserted subway station in Harlem after the subway system was shutdown.

October 28th, 2012: A deserted subway station in Harlem after the subway system was shutdown.

October 29th, 2012: Water rushing over my feet in Batter Park during the hurricane.

October 29th, 2012: Water rushing over my feet in Battery Park during the hurricane.

October 30th, 2012: Looking through the window of a store on Avenue C in Manhattan that had flooded during the hurricane.

October 30th, 2012: Looking through the window of a store on Avenue C in Manhattan that had flooded during the hurricane.

October 31st, 2012: Water coming out of a fire hydrant in Chinatown. Residents in the area who were without running water had been using it to fill up buckets of water.

October 31st, 2012: Water coming out of a fire hydrant in Chinatown. Residents in the area who were without running water had been using it to fill up buckets of water.

November 1st, 2012: A lone street vendor on a dark block in lower Manhattan.

November 1st, 2012: A lone street vendor on a dark block in lower Manhattan.

November 2nd, 2012: The National Guard stationed in Chinatown, NYC, where they were giving out food and water to residents in the area.

November 2nd, 2012: The National Guard stationed in Chinatown, NYC, where they were giving out food and water to residents in the area.

November 3rd, 2012: A rose and a note left on a car in Staten Island that belonged to a woman who abandoned the car after it was overtaken by flood water during Hurricane Sandy. She had her two sons with her - 2 and 4 years old - and they were ripped from her arms by the rising water and drowned. The note says: "As a mother of two babies, my heart goes out to you and your family. Your angle babies are watching over you. - Christina and the SI Urban Park Rangers"

November 3rd, 2012: A rose and a note left on a car in Staten Island that belonged to a woman who abandoned the car after it was overtaken by flood water during Hurricane Sandy. She had her two sons with her – 2 and 4 years old – and they were ripped from her arms by the rising water and drowned. The note says: “As a mother of two babies, my heart goes out to you and your family. Your angle babies are watching over you. – Christina and the SI Urban Park Rangers”

November 4th, 2012: Some Occupy Wall Street medics knocked on this lady's door in a little neighborhood of bungalows in the Rockaways that had been hit hard by the flooding. They were seeing if she was alright, and she told them that she tried to get into a shelter, but was turned away after they told her they couldn't take her, her husband, and their two young children. As we were about to leave, a man from Mayor Bloomberg's office also stopped by the neighborhood, and actually mentioned he had seen many occupy folks out helping. My friend Adrian told him about this lady who was trying to get into a shelter, brought him to her home, and when we left he was making phone calls to try to get her and her family into a shelter. She gave both Adrian and I a huge hug before we left.

November 4th, 2012: Some Occupy Wall Street medics knocked on this lady’s door in a little neighborhood of bungalows in the Rockaways that had been hit hard by the flooding. They were seeing if she was alright, and she told them that she tried to get into a shelter, but was turned away after they told her they couldn’t take her, her husband, and their two young children. As we were about to leave, a man from Mayor Bloomberg’s office also stopped by the neighborhood, and actually mentioned he had seen many occupy folks out helping. My friend Adrian told him about this lady who was trying to get into a shelter, brought him to her home, and when we left he was making phone calls to try to get her and her family into a shelter. She gave both Adrian and I a huge hug before we left.

November 5th, 2012: My friend Giles taking a photo of a home that was destroyed in New Dorp Beach, Staten Island.

November 5th, 2012: My friend Giles taking a photo of a home that was destroyed in New Dorp Beach, Staten Island.

November 6th, 2012: The Hallowed Songs motorcycle club from Brooklyn responded in New Dorp Beach, and provided food, clothing, shelter, and supplies for the residents there.

November 6th, 2012: The Hallowed Sons motorcycle club from Brooklyn responded in New Dorp Beach, and provided food, clothing, shelter, and supplies for the residents there.

November 8th, 2012: "Hi, I'm Pastor Joseph, and this used to be my house." Pictured in the background is the top level of what used to be his house on Kissam Ave in Staten Island. The foundation of his house was behind me as I was taking this photo.

November 8th, 2012: “Hi, I’m Pastor Joseph, and this used to be my house.” Pictured in the background is the top level of what used to be his house on Kissam Ave in Staten Island. The foundation of his house was behind me as I was taking this photo.

November 9th, 2012: Homes damaged along the beach in Sea Gate, Coney Island.

November 9th, 2012: Homes damaged along the beach in Sea Gate, Coney Island.

November 10th, 2012: Volunteers working hard at the Occupy Sandy distribution hub at the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew in Brooklyn.

November 10th, 2012: Volunteers working hard at the Occupy Sandy distribution hub at the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew in Brooklyn.

November 11th, 2012: A young boy looks on as a skid loader clears debris off of the road in New Dorp Beach, Staten Island.

November 11th, 2012: A young boy looks on as a skid loader clears debris off of the road in New Dorp Beach, Staten Island.

November 12th, 2012: Destroyed homes on Bay Shore Drive in Toms River, NJ.

November 12th, 2012: Destroyed homes on Bay Shore Drive in Toms River, NJ.

November 13th, 2012: Breezy Point, Queens, where over 100 homes burned down during the hurricane due to downed power lines and gas leaks.

November 13th, 2012: Breezy Point, Queens, where over 100 homes burned down during the hurricane due to downed power lines and gas leaks.

November 15th, 2012: This New Dorp Beach resident told me he put his Christmas tree out in his yard in hopes of cheering up the kids in this neighborhood that was hard-hit by hurricane Sandy.

November 15th, 2012: This New Dorp Beach resident told me he put his Christmas tree out in his yard in hopes of cheering up the kids in this neighborhood that was hard-hit by hurricane Sandy.

November 17th, 2012: Banners at an Occupy Sandy distribution hub at the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew in Brooklyn.

November 17th, 2012: At the Occupy Sandy distribution hub at the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew in Brooklyn.

November 18th, 2012: Piles of sand and debris in Long Beach, NY.

November 18th, 2012: Piles of sand and debris in Long Beach, NY.

November 19th, 2012: Along the beach in the Rockaways, NY.

November 19th, 2012: Along the beach in the Rockaways, NY.

November 21st, 2012: The Occupy Sandy hub at St. Jacobi Church in Brooklyn.

November 21st, 2012: The Occupy Sandy hub at St. Jacobi Church in Brooklyn.

December 2nd, 2012: Volunteers heading out from the Occupy Sandy hub in Staten Island to help with clean-up.

December 2nd, 2012: Volunteers heading out from the Occupy Sandy hub in Staten Island to help with clean-up.

December 4th, 2012:  Occupy Faith NYC and members of the community gathered outside of Mayor Bloomberg's residence to speak out about the lack of resources being used to address the housing issue after hurricane Sandy and the misinformation about the dangers of mold.

December 4th, 2012: Occupy Faith NYC and members of the community gathered outside of Mayor Bloomberg’s residence to speak out about the lack of resources being used to address the housing issue after hurricane Sandy and the misinformation about the dangers of mold.

December 30th, 2012: An Occupy Sandy volunteer working on a home in New Dorp Beach, Staten Island.

December 30th, 2012: An Occupy Sandy volunteer working on a home in New Dorp Beach, Staten Island.

January 7th, 2013: Volunteers hard at work at the Occupy Sandy communications hub in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

January 7th, 2013: Volunteers hard at work at the Occupy Sandy communications hub in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

January 8th, 2013: A home in New Dorp Beach, Staten Island, that has gone untouched since the first day I was there about a week after the hurricane.

January 8th, 2013: A home in New Dorp Beach, Staten Island, that has gone untouched since the first day I was there about a week after the hurricane.

January 12th, 2013: During the Walk A Mile In Our Shoes march in New Dorp Beach, Staten Island.

January 12th, 2013: During the Walk A Mile In Our Shoes march in New Dorp Beach, Staten Island.

January 23rd, 2013: At the community relief hub on Cedar Grove Avenue in New Dorp Beach, Staten Island.

January 23rd, 2013: At the community relief hub on Cedar Grove Avenue in New Dorp Beach, Staten Island.

Click here to find out how you can help with Hurricane Sandy relief.

Candlelight Vigil in Memory of Jyoti Singh Pandey

IMG_3982 2

Tonight there was a candlelight vigil in NYC in memory of Jyoti Singh Pandey, who passed away after being gang-raped and thrown off of a moving bus in India. Atrocious acts such as this one are unacceptable and must not go unpunished. Below are my photos of the vigil:

IMG_3828

IMG_3834

IMG_3844

IMG_3846

IMG_3857

IMG_3862

IMG_3865

IMG_3869

IMG_3876

IMG_3923

IMG_3945

IMG_3972

IMG_3982 2

Walk A Mile In Our Shoes March – Staten Island

IMG_3631

Photos I took during the Walk A Mile In Our Shoes march through New Dorp Beach, Staten Island today:

IMG_3463

IMG_3471

IMG_3494

IMG_3498

IMG_3515

IMG_3533

IMG_3537

IMG_3544

IMG_3631

IMG_3691

Please visit www.OccupySandy.org to find out how you can help with Hurricane Sandy relief.

Idle No More – Border Blockade

IMG_2289

Today I marched with about 1,000 other people across the Seaway International Bridge from the U.S. to Canada as a part of the Idle No More movement in order to block traffic between the two countries. Click here to find out more about Idle No More.

Below are some of my photos:

IMG_2168

IMG_2185

IMG_2224

IMG_2255

IMG_2268

IMG_2289

IMG_2293

IMG_2335

IMG_2353

IMG_2355

IMG_2453

IMG_2604

IMG_2614

IMG_2641

IMG_2659

I do also want to note that US border patrol tried to keep at least three photographers from even going onto the bridge with the Idle No More march today, including myself. We didn’t have to go through customs until we reached the other side of the bridge, but they grabbed us and told us we couldn’t cross the bridge because we’re photographers. I took this photo of border patrol grabbing at another photographer’s camera as they were grabbing at my arm and trying to push me off the bridge. In the end, others with the march surrounded us and told border patrol that we were coming with them, and border patrol finally gave up and let us cross. The sign that’s in the photo says “They carry peace.”

IMG_2127

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 12,256 other followers