March Against Monsanto – NYC

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Last Saturday, approximately 750 people participated in the March Against Monsanto in New York City. In the US, marches were planned in 47 states altogether, as well as in 52 different countries.

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View more of my photos on The Real News Network here: March Against Monsanto Brings Hundreds into New York Streets

Veterans Arrested While Honoring Fallen Soldiers

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On the 12 year anniversary of the war in Afghanistan, 12 veterans and several supporters were arrested for staying in the NYC Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza after the 10pm closing time because they were still reading off the names of fallen soldiers and victims of war:

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View more of my photos here on The Real News Network: Veterans Arrested at NYC Memorial to Mark 12 Years of War in Afghanistan

Staten Island – 1/26/13

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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.

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

Occupy Faith Demands Alternative Housing for Sandy Victims

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Today, Occupy Faith 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. Info from the press release:

Without the housing alternatives that the mayor ought to have provided by now many victims have had no choice but to stay in their devastated and mold-infested homes. As a result many are getting terribly sick from these conditions. The lack of housing coupled with the misinformation of the dangers of living with mold are putting these vulnerable communities at greater risk than necessary.

Click here to find the full press release.

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Jenna Says:

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“Fuck you, Hurricane Sandy.”
For doing this:

Rockaways – 21 Days After Sandy

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Today I went to the Rockaways in NYC for the second time since hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast. The last time I went out there, I was with my friends from Occupy Astoria, and was helping them deliver a bunch of supplies out there. This time around I was able to spend more time capturing the widespread destruction, and the volunteer services set up in the area. I realized that the Rockaways is the hardest hit area I’ve been to so far – from the major flood damage to much of the peninsula, to the homes that burned down in Breezy Point (which I posted about a few days ago), to the outright destruction of many of the homes on the coastline. Check out my photos from today, and click here to find out how you can help with the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

Breezy Point in Ruins

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Breezy Point, Queens. November 13th, 2012.

I finally made it out to Breezy Point on Tuesday, which was 15 days after hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast. Although I had seen many photos of the area where over 100 homes burned down from downed power lines and gas leaks, I was unable to grasp the massive devastation until I was standing amidst the ashes and charred metal, and breathing in the air that smelled strongly of burned materials. One can only describe the scene as post-apocalyptic, with blocks of homes now in shambles, and only a few chimneys still standing amongst the rubble:

As I was taking photos of the homes that burned down in Breezy Point, a lady approached me and we started chatting. She ended up telling me that if I walked just down the beach from that area, I would come across multiple homes that were also destroyed during the hurricane. She said that the media has been so focused on the homes that burned down, that many people don’t realize how much destruction there also was in the rest of Breezy Point. I decided to head down that way, and was amazed at what I saw.
Other than the homes that had burned down, this was the most devastation I have seen yet. Many homes had completely collapsed. Others were pushed off of their foundations and shoved up against other homes. I have seen some of this in other areas, but not on as large of a scale as this:

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

Cleaning up in New Dorp – 13 Days After Sandy

A young boy looks on as a skid loader clears debris off of the road.

Last Tuesday, two friends and I came across New Dorp, a neighborhood in Staten Island that was hit hard by hurricane Sandy. Several homes were completely destroyed and left in ruins, and many others received major flood damage. As I was walking through the streets, I couldn’t help but think that the area looked like a war zone. It was heartbreaking to see the residents starting to clean out their homes, as many of them lost basically everything they owned. Although, it was extremely heartwarming to learn that the Brooklyn-based Hallowed Sons motorcycle club had come in the day after the storm, and has been taking care of this neighborhood ever since. You can read more about that story here.

Since then, I have returned to New Dorp almost every day in order to follow the progress they’re making while cleaning up and salvaging what they can. The first couple of days I was there, garbage piled higher than me lined the streets, making them completely impassable. Now the sanitation workers have been picking up this garbage on a regular basis, although so many people are throwing their damaged belongings out that it’s impossible to keep up with it. I saw three Con Ed workers in the neighborhood this afternoon, and tonight I noticed that the street lamps on just one street are now lit up. Although the rest of the area is still without power, it’s nice to see that some progress is being made.

Below are some photos I took in New Dorp today:

A young boy looks on as a skid loader clears debris off of the road.

A camp set up by the Hallowed Sons motorcycle club.

A restaurant that was destroyed during hurricane Sandy. As I stuck my head in through one of the broken windows to get this shot, the building reeked of spoiled food.

“4 sale as is, slight water damage.”

A sign posted at a donation center in New Dorp. It says: “The measure of a man is not what he does when the sun is shining, but what he does during and after the storm…” – H.D. Thoreau

There was one street that has street lamps on tonight, so it looks as though there’s at least some progress being made as far as getting power turned back on.

It’s going to take a lot of work to get this neighborhood cleaned up after hurricane Sandy.

A couple of volunteers who came from out-of-state.

Where the garbage is being put at the end of Cedar Grove Ave.

A large tree that fell onto a home.

The Hallowed Sons motorcycle club.

Coney Island – 11 Days After Sandy

As I walked along the beach in Sea Gate, Coney Island today, I couldn't help but think how post-apocalyptic it looked with debris everywhere and chunks of homes missing. Although I've been to areas that were hit much harder, this place definitely has the most eerie feel to it.

Tonight, I honestly don’t know what to write. Different place. More devastation. More suffering. Many still without power and running water. I’m speechless.

Check out my photos below. If it breaks your heart, then go to OccupySandy.org to find out how you can help with the hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

As I walked along the beach in Sea Gate, Coney Island today, I couldn’t help but think how post-apocalyptic it looked with debris everywhere and chunks of homes missing. Although I’ve been to areas that were hit much harder, this place definitely has the most eerie feel to it.

A sign on a school in Coney Island that is still closed after hurricane Sandy.

A tattered American flag flying next to a home that was destroyed in Sea Gate, Coney Island.

I ran into a couple of Occupy Sandy volunteers who were serving hot soup out of the trunk of their car on Surf Avenue.

A car stuck in a pile of sand that was washed ashore in Coney Island during hurricane Sandy.

A swing set that is now surrounded by debris.

A bike that was swallowed up by the sand.

Homes destroyed.

This is all that was left of one home in Sea Gate, Coney Island.

Standing on the beach in Sea Gate, Coney Island tonight, watching the sun setting over the ocean, as homes stood in ruins behind me. It was an oddly beautiful scene amongst so much destruction.

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