Rally To Preserve Affordable Care

by Thomas Altfather Good
Rally To Preserve Affordable Care (1)
Caitlin Dekker of The National Advocates for Pregnant Women stands vigil outside Rep. Donovan’s office.
(Photo: Thomas Altfather Good/Union Writer)
 
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — December 20, 2016. On Tuesday four dozen activists braved the cold to stand outside Rep. Dan Donovan’s (R, CD 11) New Dorp office — urging the congressman to oppose any attempt (by Trump) to repeal the Affordable Care Act, aka ‘Obamacare’.
 
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A member of Make The Road New York stands vigil outside Rep. Donovan’s office.
(Photo: Thomas Altfather Good/Union Writer)
 
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Andre Segarra, business agent for CWA Local 1102.
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Organizer Teresa Caliari negotiates with the NYPD
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Teresa Caliari leads protesters in chants.
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A member of Make The Road NY says, “No Quiten EL Seguro De Mi Familia”
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The rally got good media coverage, including NBC, home of the Celebrity Apprentice.
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Love Trumps Hate

by Thomas Altfather Good
Love Trumps Hate
Delfina Vannucci puts forth the proposition that Love Trumps Hate.
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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – November 12, 2016 — Over 80 community members of all races, ethnicities and political views rallied today at Borough Hall, calling on America’s political leaders to renounce hate and bigotry, starting with President-elect Donald Trump whose presidential campaign was based on inciting intolerance and inflaming racial tensions.
 
Locale: Borough Hall, Staten Island, New York City.
 
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March for Peace and Accountability

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Pictured: a member of Staten Island Against Racism and Police Brutality.
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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — July 9, 2016. A hundred organizers, activists, and NYPD officers marched through the Island’s North Shore Saturday night. In the wake of the police shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La. and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minn – and the sniper shooting of 12 police officers in Dallas – activists were calling for an end to all of the senseless killing and demanding accountability from the NYPD.
 
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Pictured: Assistant Chief Edward Delatorre talks with event organizer Bobby Digi of Occupy The Block.
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Pictured: John McBeth, president of Occupy The Block, addressing marchers.
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Pictured: Assistant Chief Edward Delatorre walks with two young women – showing the girls photos of his granddaughter.
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Pictured: Assistant Chief Edward Delatorre walks with two young women – leading the march for Peace and Accountability.
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Pictured: veteran photojournalist Bill Lyons (Staten Island Advance) photographing the march.
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Pictured: Assistant Chief Edward Delatorre speaking to two young marchers.
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Pictured: Ed Josey, president of the Staten Island chapter of the NAACP, speaking at the rally after the march.
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Pictured: retired police officer Judge Ronald Gregg speaking at the rally.
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Pictured: Immigrant rights activist Gonzalo Mercado speaking at the rally.
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Pictured: poet Tariq Zaid performing at the rally.
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Pictured: Out of the mouths of babes…
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Pictured: human rights activist Hesham el-Meligi speaking at the rally.
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Pictured: Tanisha Franks of Mothers Against Senseless Killing speaking at the rally.
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Pictured: Ralph Vogel, director of the Staten Island Pride Center, speaking at the rally.
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Pictured: Assistant Chief Edward Delatorre, Deputy Inspector Robert (Bobby) Bocchino, commanding officer of the 120 PCT, and a member of Mothers Against Senseless Killing.
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Pictured: Community activist Eric Mapp speaking at the rally.
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Pictured: young Democrat leader Dominick DeRubbio speaking at the rally.
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CWA 1102 Has ‘Breakfast On The Line’

by Thomas Altfather Good
On The Picket Line (1)
Members of Local 1102 picketing outside the Verizon yard in Staten Island’s Rosebank section. (Photo: Thomas Altfather Good / Union Writer)
 
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — May 26, 2016. Striking Verizon workers from CWA Local 1102 held a “Breakfast On The Line” event today: as some of the members prepared food others greeted scabs driving into the Verizon yard in Rosebank.

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Members of Local 1102 picketing outside the Verizon yard in Staten Island’s Rosebank section. (Photo: Thomas Altfather Good / Union Writer)

On The Picket Line (3)
Holding the line… (Photo: Thomas Altfather Good / Union Writer)

Dre and Patrick
Andre Segarra (left) and Patrick Youngkin, business agents for Local 1102 (Photo: Thomas Altfather Good / Union Writer)

Breakfast On The Picket Line (1)
Members of Local 1102 preparing a breakfast for their coworkers. Nice! (Photo: Thomas Altfather Good / Union Writer)

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Feeding the troops. (Photo: Thomas Altfather Good / Union Writer)

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Union members set up a grill in a parking lot opposite the Verizon yard. (Photo: Thomas Altfather Good / Union Writer)

Union Til I Die!
“Union Til I Die” (Photo: Thomas Altfather Good / Union Writer)

Verizon Strike Day Of Action

by Thomas Altfather Good
CWA On Strike (1)
 
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — May 5, 2016. A loud and proud group of strikers (CWA and IBEW) and their supporters from a variety of unions and community organizations took part in the Verizon Strike National Day of Action, holding a rally and waving at drivers whizzing by – the locale was the Verizon Wireless sales office near the Staten Island Mall.
 
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CWA on Strike (8) - Patrick Youngkin
 
Above: CWA Local 1102 business agent Patrick Youngkin.
 
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CWA on Strike (10) - UFT Members
 
CWA on Strike (11) - Sam Cocozza
 
Above: CWA Local 1102 vice president Sam Cocozza talks to a reporter.
 
CWA on Strike (12) - Dre Segarra
 
Above: CWA Local 1102 business agent Andre Segarra.
 
CWA on Strike (13) - Steve Lawton
 
Above: CWA Local 1102 president Steve Lawton.
 
CWA on Strike (14) - Sean Rotkowitz
 
Above: UFT district representative Sean Rotkowitz addresses the crowd.
 
CWA on Strike (15) - Janine Materna
 
Above: Civic leader Janine Materna addresses the crowd.
 
CWA on Strike (16) - Janine Materna
 
Above: Civic leader Janine Materna addresses the crowd.
 
CWA on Strike (17) - UFCW Rep.
 
Above: A UFCW union representative addresses the crowd.
 
CWA on Strike (18) - Daniel Cassella
 
Above: Daniel Cassella, president of ATU Local 726, addresses the crowd.
 
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CWA on Strike (20) - NYS PEF Rep.
 
Above: A Public Employees Federation representative addresses the crowd.
 
CWA on Strike (21) - Tom Schcherbenko
 
Above: Retired UFT member Tom Shcherbenko addresses the crowd.
 
CWA on Strike (22) - Belinda Dixon
 
Above: DC 37 member Belinda Dixon addresses the crowd.
 
CWA on Strike (23) - Rich Florentino
 
Above: Community activist Rich Florentino addresses the crowd.
 
CWA on Strike (24) - Maria Vella
 
Above: Community activist Maria Vella addresses the crowd.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Strike!

Strike! (1)

Members of Local 1102 picketing the Verizon office in West Brighton, Staten Island.
(Photo: Thomas Altfather Good / Union Writer)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — April 13, 2016. After ten months of negotiations with Verizon failed to produce a contract 40,000 members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) went on strike this morning.

Strike! (2)

Leaders of Local 1102 picketing the Verizon office in West Brighton, Staten Island. From left to right Andre Segarra, Sam Cocozza, Steve Lawton and Patrick Youngkin.
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Members of Local 1102 picketing the Verizon office in West Brighton, Staten Island.
(Photo: Thomas Altfather Good / Union Writer)

Strike! (4)

Police and Members of CWA Local 1102 gathering outside the Verizon office in West Brighton, Staten Island.
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Strike! (5)

The Verizon yard in Rosebank, Staten Island. The work vans are normally on the road by this time – or parked in marked spots – rather than blocking the entrance.
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Members of CWA Local 1102 picketing the Verizon office in West Brighton, Staten Island.
(Photo: Thomas Altfather Good / Union Writer)

Troublemaker!

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Dump Trump

by Thomas Altfather Good

This shot from September is getting some hits now (on both flickr and DeviantArt). The woman in the foreground is the UAW’s Julie Kushner. Director of Region 9A, Julie is a great leader and fun to march with – and photograph. She is very dynamic! To the right is a guy I’ve marched with many times, my UAW bro Brian Schneck. The locale? Why, Trump Towers of course:

Dump Trump