My Photo Book is Now Available to Pre-order!

Photo taken in Taksim Square, Istanbul on June 11th, 2013.
Photo taken in Taksim Square, Istanbul on June 11th, 2013.

Photo taken in Taksim Square, Istanbul on June 11th, 2013.

I am currently working on a photo book, and it is now available for pre-order through Indiegogo.com. The book will include images from the 2011 Wisconsin Uprising, Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Gezi, the 2012 RNC and DNC, the 2012 NATO protest in Chicago, Occupy 1-year anniversaries in NYC, Chicago, and DC, Occupy Sandy (Hurricane Sandy aftermath/recovery), the Enbridge pipeline blockade in Northern Minnesota, the 3-day March for Education Justice in Chicago, the Forward on Climate Rally in DC, and others.

Please contribute towards the crowd funding campaign in order to make this book a reality, and please share with your friends!

Contribute/pre-order here!

The Solidarity Arrest-A-Long

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The Solidarity Sing Along has been happening at the Wisconsin State Capitol every week day since March 2011, but last week, Capitol Police began declaring it an unlawful assembly and have been arresting participants and even have been threatening tourists with arrest who are just observing. So far, 121 citations and 6 misdemeanors have been issued since arrests began on July 24th. Click here to help these freedom-fighters with legal fees. These photos are from August 1st, when 23 citations were issued throughout the sing along:

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Photos: Three Days of #OccupyGezi

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My photos from Gezi Park and Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, June 5th-7th. Click here for more info on the protests in Turkey.

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Click here if you wish to support my work.

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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As a crowd-funded activist/photographer, continuing my work depends upon people like you donating to help me with living costs. Click here to donate, or click here if you wish to purchase one of my prints.

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.

Staten Island – 34 Days After Sandy

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I have been following the cleanup of New Dorp Beach, Staten Island since about a week after Hurricane Sandy hit. I’ve seen this neighborhood transform since then. First there was piles of trash in the streets – people’s belongings that were ruined from the flooding – so much that you could barely walk down the street. The first piles of trash were cleaned up within a few days thanks to the hardworking department of sanitation workers and volunteers who came to help. Then people had time to sit back and assess the damage to their homes… after which many, if not most of them, began to gut their homes. Carpet, dry wall, insulation, everything is now being torn out of these homes due to flood damage and mold. Although power has been restored to the neighborhood and the street lights are back on, the homes now have to be inspected before power will be turned on to them, so many are still without power, heat, and hot water.

Many homes look like the one in this photo – just sitting there, missing portions of their walls, no furniture or personal belongings, and sections of dry wall torn out with other sections still in tact. What I’m getting at is that although there has been tons of cleanup done so far, this is just the beginning. New Dorp Beach, and many other neighborhoods hit hard by Sandy, will be cleaning up for months, if not years to come.

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Below is a photo of one of the first homes I went into after hurricane Sandy. It was on a chilly day, and as Giles Clarke and I walked by, these kind folks invited us in to warm up by their wood burning stove. We graciously accepted their offer. These people who had lost everything on their first floor worked to get their wood stove up-and-running again, and then shared the warmth with us. Today, I returned to visit them and, yet again, warmed up by their fire. The kindness of the residents of New Dorp Beach, many of whom have lost basically everything, continues to inspire me.

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And this is Eddie from New Dorp Beach. His home received major flood damage during hurricane Sandy when the water rose up 8 feet. Although FEMA reported that his neighbors received 8 feet of flooding, the inspector that came to his house reported that he only had 4 inches. The FEMA inspector also reported that he did not have any vehicles, even though there was a van and a motorcycle in his driveway, both of which no longer work because of the flood damage. He spoke out against this obvious discrimination, and now FEMA said they will be sending in another inspector to look at his home.

He had originally gone to a shelter for one night after the hurricane, but was disgusted by the conditions there, and instead choose to put blankets on the floor and sleep in his mold-covered home. In order to stay warm, he was using a wood burning stove, which caused his home to catch fire just a few days ago. This is just one story from one resident in New Dorp Beach, where many, many people are still extremely devastated after hurricane Sandy.

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A family put a Christmas tree in a park on Cedar Grove Ave in New Dorp Beach. The sign next to is says, “Here stands our tree of hope. Our symbol of resolve and strength to breathe life back into our community once again. These ornaments represent each family member’s life line. Lets stand together as a community….. The Alvarez Family, Marc, Debbie, Jack, Dylan. Merry Christmas ♥”

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I also spent time in Midland Beach, Staten Island, and below are photos from there:

Mold growing in a home due to flooding.

Mold growing in a home due to flooding.

A home that is being gutted from flood damage.

A home that is being gutted from flood damage.

Two homes once stood here, but were recently demolished due to damage caused by hurricane Sandy.

Two homes once stood here, but were recently demolished due to damage caused by hurricane Sandy.

Trash on the curb.

Trash on the curb.

This is the community hub at 489 Midland Ave in Staten Island that the city is threatening to shut down. I spoke to someone working at the hub that said they had been told to shut down the past two days, but they refused to, so they’re still there. Please call in to ask that the Mayor’s office not evict much-needed community hubs – Public Advocate’s office: (212) 669-7250 9am-5pm.
Find more info here: http://occupywallst.org/article/mayors-office-threatens-imminent-eviction-247-comm/

Occupy Sandy volunteers being trained before heading out to help with cleanup.

Occupy Sandy volunteers being trained before heading out to help with cleanup.

Tools for cleanup at the Occupy Sandy Relief NYC hub on Olympia Blvd in Midland Beach.

Tools for cleanup at the Occupy Sandy Relief NYC hub on Olympia Blvd in Midland Beach.

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

Jenna Says:

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

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.

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.

Photos from Palermo’s Strike

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I’ve spent the last two weeks getting pictures of the Palermo’s strike and running the social media (Facebook and Twitter) for them. Here’s a few of the pictures I’ve captured:

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