Posted by TAG - September 13, 2014 | News

Cuomo placards discarded by UAW workers
Photo: Roy Murphy / NLN

NEW YORK — September 9, 2014. Several thousand workers marched up Fifth Avenue to Central Park for the annual Labor Day parade in New York on September 6, 2014. They were observing a city tradition more than 125 years old.

Teamsters, transit workers, teachers and actors were headed up by politicians, few of whom show their support for workers at any other time.

Frank Hickey, Tim Sheard, Yusef Salaam and president Larry Goldbetter
marching with the National Writers Union banner
Photo: Roy Murphy / NLN

Governor Andrew Cuomo was at the head of the Transport Workers union. According to the New York Times, his staff physically blocked his Democratic Primary challenger Zephyr Teachout from meeting him.

Unlike their Transport Workers Union counterparts, UAW workers were less inclined to be a vehicle for Mr. Cuomo’s re-election effort. Dozens of Cuomo placards lay discarded on the sidewalk behind the UAW contingent, remaining on the pavement after the march stepped off. Some UAW members commented that they know “whose pocket Cuomo is in” and whose interests he really serves.

The UAW band at work
Photo: Roy Murphy / NLN

The march called for the support of organized labor, and celebrated its victories. As Joe Rivierzo of Local 360 said, “We’re the people … that brought you the weekend, the eight-hour day, overtime, healthcare, disability insurance, worker’s compensation.”

Posted by TAG - September 2, 2014 | News


Protestors at Cadman Plaza march to the Brooklyn Bridge
(Photo: Roy Murphy / NWU)

NEW YORK — More than 700 people marched across the Brooklyn Bridge on August 20, 2014 to protest the slaughter of Palestinians by Israel in Gaza. The message of the march was to promote the boycott of Israel, divestment from its investments and sanctions against the country.

The marchers were young and old, ethnically diverse, with a solid contingent of orthodox Jews there in support. Many speakers said they were not there for race, religion or ethnicity, but to protest the inhumane treatment of the Palestinians who are trapped by the Israeli blockade of Gaza.


A contingent of orthodox Jews were among the protesters
(Photo: Roy Murphy / NWU)

The march came when Israel resumed its six-week offensive in Gaza after a 10-day cease-fire.


The ‘Beautiful Surprise’
(Photo: Roy Murphy / NWU)

The visual theme of the march was the red, white, and green Palestinian flag waved by many of the marchers. They were given a tremendous boost as they were marching across the bridge when a giant banner was unfurled from the Manhattan Bridge just across the water. The banner was a Palestinian flag, about 100 x 40 feet in size, with the words “Gaza in our hearts Boycott, Divest, Sanction” printed on it.

“It was a beautiful surprise,” said one of the organizers of the march.

Police raced to the bridge, and after fluttering in the breeze for about 20 minutes the flag was dragged back up into the bridge. Police have not found who was responsible for the “beautiful surprise.”


July 24, 2014 Protest (NYC)
(Photo: Bud Korozter / NLN)

The Brooklyn Bridge march was one in a series of demonstrations against the military actions of Israel. On August 9 several hundred demonstrators marched from Columbus Circle to the United Nations headquarters. On August 1, hundreds of pro-Palestinian demonstrators rallied in Times Square after a 72-hour cease-fire broke down in Gaza.

And on July 24 hundreds of protesters, including many Jews holding signs saying “Boycott Israeli Apartheid” and “New York Jews Say: Not in Our Name,” marched through lower Manhattan demanding an end to American support for Israel’s operation in Gaza.


Gaza, August 3, 2014
(Photo: Anne Paq / Active Stills)

My favorite sign read:
Warsaw Ghetto 1943
Gaza Ghetto 2014
Palestine Will Win


May, 1943, Warsaw Ghetto, Occupied Poland
(Photo: Jürgen Stroop Report to Heinrich Himmler)

The Brooklyn Bridge march was organized by Occupy Faith NYC


July 31, 2014: March to the Israeli Consulate, NYC
(Photo: Michael Nigro / Flickr)


Protesters at the “We Won’t Go Back” march on Staten Island
(Photo: Thomas Altfather Good)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — August 23, 2014. The Reverend Al Sharpton led a crowd of three to four thousand in Staten Island on Saturday, marching in protest at the death of Eric Garner. Garner died when New York City police applied a chokehold on him on July 17.

“Support NYPD — Stop Police Brutality”
(Photo: Thomas Altfather Good)

Sharpton appeared with Garner’s widow, Esaw. Other relatives of people killed by New York City police, present at the march, included Kadiatou Diallo, whose son Amadou, an unarmed Guinean immigrant, was fatally shot by police outside of his Bronx apartment in 1999, and Constance Malcolm, the mother of Ramarley Graham, an unarmed 18-year-old pursued and shot in his own bathroom in the Bronx by a New York City police officer in 2012.

Gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout with National Writers Union president Larry Goldbetter
(Photo: Thomas Altfather Good)

Supporters included Zephyr Teachout, a Fordham University law professor who is running against Governor Andrew Cuomo in the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary, former Governor David Paterson, and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito at the Garner march
(Photo: Thomas Altfather Good)

Protesters shouted slogans including, “Hands up don’t shoot,” a chant that originated in Ferguson in protests against the police shooting of Michael Brown, and “I can’t breathe,” Garner’s last words.

“I Can’t Breathe” — Eric Garner’s last words
(Photo: Thomas Altfather Good)

A grand jury will meet next month to determine whether anyone should be criminally charged in Garner’s death. The city’s medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.

“Hands Up, Don’t Shoot…”
(Photo: Thomas Altfather Good)

The United Federation of Teachers and 1199 SEIU, a healthcare workers union, co-sponsored the march, along with the National Action Network and the NAACP. There were no incidents or arrests.

Labor was well represented in the march
(Pictured: UAW members Scott Sommer, Joel Schlemowitz, and George Albro)
(Photo: Thomas Altfather Good)

Part of the NAACP contingent
(Photo: Thomas Altfather Good)

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — July 19, 2014. Photo: Reverend Al Sharpton (of the National Action Network) with Esaw Garner, widow of Eric Garner, at a protest held on Saturday, in the Staten Island neighborhood where Mr. Garner died while in police custody.

Eric Garner died on Thursday, July 17, while being pinned to the ground by police during an arrest – a video shot by a friend of Garner’s shows the man being choked and crying out, “I can’t breathe” several times before he stopped moving or speaking. The Saturday rally and march was attended by hundreds of Staten Islanders. Police blocked traffic on Victory Boulevard and Bay Street, in the busy Tompkinsville section of the Island, to allow the large procession to march from the Mt. Sinai church rally site to the 120 Precinct.

Two of the officers who arrested Mr. Garner are being investigated by the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau – for using a chokehold on the victim.

Below: New York City Public Advocate Letitia James at the Garner protest.

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — May 3, 2014. Mount Manresa was a Jesuit retreat on Staten Island. Recently the property was sold to Savo Brothers, a construction firm that intends to build 250 townhouses on the site. To do this Savo hired what the Staten Island Advance called “tree trimmers” to come in and knock down one of the few remaining old growth forests in New York City, displacing wildlife in the process. In response a group of Islanders formed a community-based organization to educate the public and to appeal to elected officials to intervene — the stated goal being to convert the property into a park, a public space and wildlife sanctuary. On Saturday, May 3, 2014, the organzation held a “Take Back Staten Island” march to bring attention to the ongoing “development” and to curb what organizers see as overdevelopment on New York City’s once-green borough.

Before the march started, NYC Public Advocate Letitia James met with the marchers.

See for more information about the effort to save Mount Manresa, including details on how to get involved, upcoming events, and where to sign online petitions.

Letitia James (r) with members of the Save Mount Manresa organization.
(Photo: Thomas Altfather Good / TAG Photography)

Letitia James (r) with members of the Save Mount Manresa organization.
(Photo: Thomas Altfather Good / TAG Photography)

Letitia James (l) with members of the Save Mount Manresa organization.
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Letitia James (r) with members of the Save Mount Manresa organization.
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Members and supporters of the Save Mount Manresa organization marching in Staten Island.
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Posted by TAG - January 28, 2014 | News

Pete Seeger at the South Street Seaport, 1984
(Photo: Thomas Altfather Good / NLN)

From Pete Seeger (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014) at the South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan, circa Spring, 1984. Shot on ektachrome (400) using a Pentax ME Super, 50mm f/2 SMC. Scanned on an Epson Perfection V300 in February, 2011.


A protester and a predator square off
(Photo: Bud Korotzer / NLN)


NEW YORK — December 18, 2013. The killing of Yemeni wedding goers by U.S. military personnel is a tragic example of unrestricted drone warfare’s fatal dialectic: “collateral damage” as an inevitable byproduct of “near certainty” in targeting alleged terrorists — for remote control assassination.

Drone assassinations violate international law
(Photo: Bud Korotzer / NLN)

On Wednesday, December 18, activists held a vigil in front of Manhattan’s famous St. Patrick’s Cathedral, mourning 15 Yemeni wedding-goers killed on December 12, 2013 by a US drone strike. The vigil offered passersby a chance to acquire that most dangerous item: uncensored and unmanipulated knowledge.

The timing of the event was in part a response to the recent tragedy in Yemen, and in part a reminder of what Christians celebrate during the busiest shopping period in the corporate liturgical calendar.

The demand: stop the killings
(Photo: Bud Korotzer / NLN)

“St. Patrick’s is chosen for the vigil,” said Nick Mottern, coordinator of, “as a reminder one week before the birth of Jesus Christ of his witness on behalf of poor and outcast people, his message of reconciliation and peace and his challenge to the religious and political establishments of his time. In this spirit, we urge Pope Francis and other religious leaders to condemn drone warfare everywhere in the world.”

(Photo: Bud Korotzer / NLN)

The vigil included a large-scale model of the MQ-9 Reaper drone, the workhorse of US drone assassinations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. Mottern estimates that over 5,000 people have been killed in US drone strikes since they began in 2001.

Remembering the dead: sons, daughters, mothers, fathers…
(Photo: Bud Korotzer / NLN)

Organizations participating in the outreach effort included: the Granny Peace Brigade; Veterans for Peace; the War Resisters League, and; the World Can’t Wait.


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In this general necessity, guilt has no place. One man can give the signal that liquidates hundreds and thousands of people, then declare himself free from all pangs of conscience, and live happily ever after.

Herbert Marcuse


Posted by TAG - December 11, 2013 | News

(Photo courtesy of John Kubinski)

SECAUCUS, N.J. — On Black Friday labor activists visited Walmart stores across the country — not to shop but to protest Walmart’s always low wages and poor treatment of workers.

Protesting the elimination of small businesses
(Photo courtesy of John Kubinski)

In Secaucus, New Jersey, 13 protesters were arrested for taking part in a civil disobedience held to draw attention to the issues. In several states Walmart workers participated in the protests.

Members of Staten Island’s Middle Class Action Project
(Photo courtesy of John Kubinski)

John Kubinski, a UCFW member and organizer with the Staten Island based Middle Class Action Project, was at the Secaucus protest, standing with the Walmart workers. Kubinski was joined by a number of young MCAP members.

Labor organizer John Kubinski (left) at the Black Friday protest
(Photo courtesy of John Kubinski)

“Walmart has made the choice to wage a war on workers, by cutting hours, altering schedules and failing to properly compensate their employees ….that’s their choice. We choose to stand up against their corporate greed and to fight for the working class in this country. That’s our choice,” Kubinski said.

(Photo courtesy of John Kubinski)


War Resisters protesting drone killings.
(Photo: Ed Hedemann / WRL)

NEW YORK — November 24, 2013. The War Resisters League (WRL) have a message for the holiday season: drone manufacturers are making a killing.

On Monday 25 members of the NYC War Resisters League, Granny Peace Brigade, and other groups demonstrated outside the world headquarters of L-3 Communications,Third Avenue and 39 Street. The activists were protesting L-3’s manufacture of electronics for the Predator drones, used by President Obama, the CIA, and the Pentagon to track and kill “insurgents” — men, women, and children — in Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Yemen.

The most infamous of the drone strikes was the Wech Baghtu wedding party airstrike which killed 63 people including 37 Afghan civilians, mostly women and children, and 26 insurgents on November 3, 2008. The group was celebrating a wedding at a housing complex in the village of Wech Baghtu, a Taliban stronghold in the Shah Wali Kot District of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. On November 5, 2008, Afghan President Hamid Karzai demanded that President Barack Obama stop killing civilians.

The War Resisters are calling on Nobel laureate Obama to stop killing, period.

The L-3 project included LED-illuminated signs provided by the Light Brigade and projected messages by The Illuminator art collective. The WRL is well known for its use of creative visuals — one of their posters features the tagline, “More creativity, not war.”


Related: would-be consumers of alcohol must be 21-years-old to buy beer or liquor in New York. Recently the City Council voted to raise the minimum age to buy cigarettes. Yet, 18-year-olds can still enlist in the armed forces — and be deployed to Afghanistan. It would appear that indiscretion can be both youthful — and useful.