“System Change, Not Climate Change”

“System Change, Not Climate Change”
(Protest NYC, September 21, 2014)
by Thomas Altfather Good

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The Labor Contingent’s House Band




Larry Goldbetter, president of the National Writers Union (NWU – UAW Local 1981),
being interviewed by NY1




New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) Contingent




A young UAW supporter – with his dad




Chris Shelton, vice president, Communication Workers of America (CWA), District 1




Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, RN, president of the New York State Nurses Association




Hector Figueroa, president, SEIU 32BJ




A Teamster (DSNY worker) – and his son




Transit Workers Union (TWU), Local 100 Surface Vice President JP Patafio




The UAW Contingent – on the move

As the affluence of society depends increasingly on the uninterrupted production and consumption of waste, gadgets, planned obsolescence, and means of destruction, the individuals have to be adapted to these requirements in more than the traditional ways.

Mass democracy … not only permits the people (up to a point) to chose their own masters and to participate (up to a point) in the government which governs them — it also allows the masters to disappear behind the technological veil of the productive and destructive apparatus which they control, and it conceals the human (and material) costs of the benefits and comforts which it bestows upon those who collaborate. The people, efficiently manipulated and organized, are free; ignorance and impotence, introjected heteronomy is the price of their freedom.

[ … ]

As the production of wasteful and destructive goods is discontinued (a stage which would mean the end of capitalism in all its forms) — the somatic and mental mutilations inflicted on man by this production may be undone. In other words, the shaping of the environment, the transformation of nature, may be propelled by the liberated rather than the repressed Life Instincts, and aggression would be subjected to their demands.

— Herbert Marcuse (Eros And Civilization)




ISKCON adherents (colloquially: “Hare Krishnas”) dancing and chanting




“Uprose!”




Moms marching for the environment




“Vote the Environment!”




NYPD and marchers…




Children – the point of the exercise?




“Our Future, Our Choice”




Greed – the root cause of Climate Change




Students from UMaine




From Seattle to Central Park




Michiganders marching against fracking – in NYC


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“We Will Not Go Back”

“We Will Not Go Back” — Thousands Protest Death Of Eric Garner by Roy Murphy




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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Arkham Asylum … Revisited







A close-up of the “Arkham Asylum” faux gate, erected on the grounds of Bayley Seton Hospital’s
rear parking lot (the hospital is located in the Clifton section of Staten Island). The gate was
erected by location crews working on the “Gotham” television series.






The “Arkham Asylum” faux gate, erected on the grounds of Bayley Seton Hospital’s
rear parking lot (the hospital is located in the Clifton section of Staten Island). The gate was
erected by location crews working on the “Gotham” television series.






A side view of the “Arkham Asylum” faux gate, erected on the grounds of Bayley Seton Hospital’s
rear parking lot (the hospital is located in the Clifton section of Staten Island). The gate was
erected by location crews working on the “Gotham” television series.






An NYPD No Parking sign, placed on the grounds of Bayley Seton Hospital (the hospital is located in
the Clifton section of Staten Island) in preparation for an August 7 film shoot by crews working on
the “Gotham” television series.



Locale: Gotham City’s Arkham Asylum (Bayley Seton Hospital, Clifton, Staten Island).

Equipment: Canon T3, Canon 18~55mm “kit” lens


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Another Death In The Forgotten Borough




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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