In Photos: Amazon Union Rally, Trans Day of Visibility, Peace in Iran Protest

This is a weekly roundup article featuring photographs documenting the local community, social issues that affect them, and the public ways they make their voice heard. These events were held within the week of March 28th – April 3rd, 2021.



This week I documented a solidarity rally organized by The Congress of Essential Workers. This demonstration was outside the JFK8 Amazon Fulfillment Center in Staten Island, the same facility that fired Chris Smalls, just over a year ago in March 2020, after he spoke out against the improper Covid-19 precautions this Amazon facility failed to provide.


On Wednesday, March 31st, I documented a community event in Washington Square Park, New York City on the National Trans Day of Visibility. This event was organized by the Stonewall Protests organizers. Although it was a rainy day, it did not put a damper on the event. There was free food for the community, speeches and dancing, and an award ceremony.


In Englewood Cliffs, home to Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, a demonstration was held outside his home on Saturday, April 3rd, 2021. This was in response to the hawkish response to the Biden Administration working on diplomacy with Iran, rejoining the agreement former President Trump took the U.S. out of. The protest was organized by Code Pink, a women-led grassroots organization that is currently fighting to end U.S. wars and arrive at the final destination of peace. Speeches were given, chants were shouted, and signs were held peacefully outside Sen. Menendez’s house which he did not appear to be inside of.




Activist and organizer Chris Smalls delivers a speech to a crowd of protesters outside JFK8, an Amazon Fulfillment Center in Staten Island, providing information on the horrible conditions that the workers deal with inside the facility on Tuesday, March 30th, 2021. The rally stood in Solidarity with the Bessemer, Alabama Amazon workers who are fighting to unionize. (Photo/Julian Leshay)



Protesters outside JFK8, an Amazon Fulfillment Center, stand in solidarity with the Bessemer, Alabama Amazon workers fighting to unionize while holding signs provided by the organization ‘Workers Assembly Against Racism’ on Tuesday, March 30th, 2021. (Photo/Julian Leshay)



Christina Brown (Left), sister to Poushawn Brown, and Gabrielle Brown (Right), daughter of Poushawn Brown, hold memorial signs of their deceased family member who suddenly died after working at Amazon fighting their improper Covid-19 precautions on Tuesday, March 30th, 2021. (Photo/Julian Leshay)



A crowd of protesters gathers outside JFK8, an Amazon Fulfillment Center in Staten Island, to stand in Solidarity with the Bessemer, Alabama Amazon workers fighting to unionize on Tuesday, March 30th, 2021. (Photo/Julian Leshay)



Queen Jean, a community activist, organizer, and black trans woman, delivers a powerful speech in Washington Square Park during the National Trans Day of Visibility event on Wednesday, March 31st, 2021. (Photo/Julian Leshay)



One of many Transgender Day Of Visibility Awards that were given out to Transgender recipients in Washington Square Park during the National Trans Day of Visibility event on Wednesday, March 31st, 2021. (Photo/Julian Leshay)



A mass of people gather, some dancing and some handing out free food, celebrating the National Trans Day of Visibility during a constant rainstorm in Washington Square Park on Wednesday, March 31st, 2021. (Photo/Julian Leshay)



A candle and picture frame memorial lays in Washington Square Park honoring the lives of Transgender humans that had their lives taken away this year in 2021. This photograph was taken during a National Trans Day of Visibility event on Wednesday, March 31st, 2021.

(Photo/Julian Leshay)



The crowd of protesters and the Code Pink organization pose for a photograph with their protest signs and large banners outside Democratic Senator Bob Menednez’s house to protest his decisions on actively fighting the Biden Administration on diplomacy with Iran in Englewood Cliffs, NJ on Saturday, April 3rd, 2020. (Photo/Julian Leshay)



Jane Califf, resident of Bloomfield, NJ, marches to Democratic Senator Bob Menendez's house to protest his decisions on actively fighting the Biden Administration on diplomacy with Iran in Englewood Cliffs, NJ on Saturday, April 3rd, 2020. (Photo/Julian Leshay)



Madea Benjamin, the co-founder of Code Pink, holds a protest sign saying “Lift Sanctions On Iran” reflected in a small mirror on a “Haft-sin” table that is traditionally on display during Nowruz, the Iranian New Year. This photograph was taken outside Democratic Senator Bob Menendez’s house to protest his decisions on actively fighting the Biden Administration on diplomacy with Iran in Englewood Cliffs, NJ on Saturday, April 3rd, 2020. (Photo/Julian Leshay)



Members of the Code Pink, a women-led human rights organization, pose for a photograph covering their faces with cutouts of Democratic Senator Bob Menendez’s face outside his house in Englewood Cliffs, NJ on Saturday, April 3rd, 2021. (Photo/Julian Leshay)



Two protesters marching with a “VeteransForPeace” flag past a Englewood Cliffs’ police vehicle to Democratic Senator Bob Menendez's house to protest his decisions on actively fighting the Biden Administration on diplomacy with Iran in Englewood Cliffs, NJ on Saturday, April 3rd, 2020. (Photo/Julian Leshay)



Jane Califf, a resident of Bloomfield, NJ, writes a message to Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez in purple chalk outside his house in Englewood Cliffs, NJ on Saturday, April 3rd, 2021. (Photo/Julian Leshay)





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