103rd Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

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Yesterday in New York City, people commemorated the 103rd anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire where 146 workers died after a fire broke out. They had been locked in from the outside by the owners, so many people were unable to escape. It was mostly young immigrant woman who died.

At the commemoration, a fire ladder was raised to the same height that a ladder was raised on the day of the fire, which was not high enough to reach the workers trapped on the top floors. People then read off the names of the 146 workers who died in the fire, and a fireman rang a bell for each death. Flowers were also laid on the ground in front of where the factory was.

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March for 15 – Brooklyn, NY

Yesterday, workers in cities across the US held protests to demand the minimum wage be raised to $15 an hour. Below is my video from the march in Brooklyn, NY:

March for 15 – Brooklyn, NY from Jenna Pope on Vimeo.

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

May Day 2013 – NYC

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In the morning, the TWU Young Workers took to the streets of NYC to visit the offices of union busters and companies that TWU members have contract disputed with:

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In the early afternoon, anti-capitalist protestors marched from Tompkins Square to Union Square, and there were several arrests:

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In the evening, there was a large, permitted march from Union Square to City Hall that thousands of union members and activists attended:

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Flood the Courtroom – Stop NDAA

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Today, the the 2nd circuit court of appeals heard oral arguments in the lawsuit against section 1021 of the NDAA. The courtroom and overflow room were both full, and others gathered outside to protest the NDAA. Click here for more info.

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Idle No More Global Day of Action – NYC

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

On the Picket Line with Striking NYC School Bus Drivers

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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.”

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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.

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