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White Supremacy

White Supremacy

 

I photographed the March Against White Supremacy at the Colorado State Capitol on Saturday. There was a guy there heckling the speakers. He’d driven up from the Springs to hold a sign, “It’s okay to be white”.

I didn’t take a photo of him with his sign. I probably should have but it’s just not that interesting to me anymore: the privileged seeing themselves as the persecuted. What does interest me, and inspire me, are people like Rudolph Rudy Gonzales, the director of Servicios de La Raza. I spoke with Rudy for a few minutes at the rally. He compliments me on my photography. This is hard for me to take in in the context of the moment. I mean, here I am, new to the Resistance, and here’s someone who has been fighting for his community forever. And he’s thanking me. It’s humbling.

Marchers gathered against White Supremacy as the Colorado State Capitol.

Rudy Gonzalez urging voters to support Joe Salazar for CO Attorney General.

Molly KillsEnemy speaking to the marchers. Mad respect for her and all she did in support of Standing Rock.

We need to tear that statue down or remove the name of John Chivington from it. It is a fuck you to every Native American that this mass murderer is honored on the steps of the state capitol. And, yes, I know it’s in the context of the Civil War. But he murdered hundreds of men, women and children.

This.

Marchers headed down the 16th Street Mall in Denver.

Marching down the 16th Street Mall in Denver.

Tay Anderson addressing the marchers at the Colorado State Capitol.

 

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Say Their Names

Say Their Names

 

In the midst of the insanity that is this country, I keep meeting the most beautiful souls. I met one last week while I was shooting the “Say Their Names: Why We Kneel Rally/Vigil/SilentMarch” rally on Saturday.

“What about Black on Black crime?” a guy shouts out in response to protestors chanting, ‘Black Lives Matter.” He keeps repeating that as he walks alongside the marchers in the opposite direction. He seemingly disappears after he hits the end of the line.

He reappears ten minutes later as we enter the amphitheater at Civic Center Park. The protestors aren’t chanting anything at this point, but he is still shouting his refrain. I’ve seen a hundred of these trolls so I know better than to engage. Or not. He walks by, a few feet from me, still stuck on his mantra. I say, “Dude, it’s about the same as White on White crime. Which is about the same as Asian on Asian crime…” He mutters and walks on.

A young man I’d noticed earlier during the protest approaches me. “What did you say to him?” I recount our exchange, and I mutter something about him being an ignorant racist. He says, “I just want to know why he thinks what he thinks.” No judgement, just a genuine curiosity to learn more. And upbeat about it. I’m like, ‘Good luck with that.” He heads after the guy.

I see him return about ten minutes later, as the protest is breaking up, and ask how it went. He explains he had a nice talk with him. Turns out his life has been hard and he’d just gotten out of jail. He had no idea that the march was commemorating people killed by the police. He explained to him that several of the people marching had lost a child to a police shooting. He had no idea. He asked him to apologize to them for him. He thanked him for the sentiment but tells him that’s up to him to do. They part amicably.

We talk for a bit more about photography and the state of this country. Turns out he’s a reporter with Metro State’s paper. I can’t help but think he’s probably a great reporter.

I ask him if I can make a photo. He agrees. I take a few quick photos. We start walking off in opposite directions, he turns and says, “Stay in your heart.”

I normally have a visceral reaction to unsolicited advice. Not this time. This feels more like a prayer or a blessing. Thank you, Mimi. I’ll try.

Posted in Documentary, Humanitarian

Handmaids

Handmaids

Thursday afternoon a hundred Handmaids (inspired by Margaret Atwood’s prescient book) greeted VP Pence as he arrived at the DTC Marriott. The Handmaids were visually and metaphorically powerful, and it was incredible to be able to photograph the protest. But I was most struck by the quiet fierceness of these women.

I read Margaret Atwood’s book when it first came out in 1985.  I was shaken when I turned the last page.  I never thought we would be entering the world she imagined with such transparent maneuvering.  #Resist

Thank you to the Indivisible warriors who created this protest.  If you’re looking for a no drama Indivisible group in Colorado, Indivisible Front Range Resistance is my Indivisible family.

5280 Magazine had the best coverage of the protest.  And some cool photos : )

 

Handmaids walking from the Lightrail station to the Marriott where VP Pence was holding a fundraiser.

Handmaids marching across the bridge to the confront VP Pence.

I love her intensity.
This photo is a reminder to me of the gift that people give to me when they allow me to photograph them.

Her expression makes this photo for me.

Nothing more patriotic than protest.

Pertinent reminder for the president.

This.

Handmaids gathered outside the Marriott as VP Pence arrives.

Protestors greeting the VP as he arrives to raise money for his nefarious causes.

The Denver PD and protestors were both equally well behaved.

Cardboard Cory has mostly replaced actual Senator Gardner as an advocate for CO voters.

I couldn’t agree more with the sentiment on her sign.

 

 

 

 

Posted in Documentary, Humanitarian

DACA

DACA

 

Yesterday morning students in the Denver metro area walked out of class in support of their DACA friends.

I have started and stopped writing this post a dozen times. Each attempt has turned into an angry rant. It’s infuriating that any caring human being could defend rescinding DACA. Mostly, it’s just heartbreaking. Imagine that the only country you have known, tells you to start “arranging your departure.”. Every single person I know who is a DACA recipient is a courageous, intelligent, thoughtful human being. They are everything the president is not. It’s heartbreaking that these children and young adults, who have lived most of their lives in this country, face being deported to a place most don’t even know.

Senator Cory Gardner came out in support of the Dream Act. His silence before yesterday afternoon is telling as far as where his heart lies. But his co-sponsoring of the Dream Act demonstrates that all those call, emails, and faxes to his office worked. Keep calling! Demand that the Dream Act get a clean vote. Tying it to the border wall is not tenable or humane. Keep calling both your Dem and GOP reps. The failure to pass immigration reform is a bipartisan debacle. Not excusing that turd in the White House, but Dems have repeatedly failed to step up and get this done. While you’re at it, call Bernie Sanders and let him know he can make amends for voting against immigration reform in 2007. Thank you.

My DACA and undocumented friends and immigration attorney friends, please let me know if I can help with my photography. An immigration attorney friend told me that having family photos does impact immigration judges in their decision. I’m willing to travel anywhere in Colorado, Northern NM and Wyoming to do this. No charge.

If you’re looking for a way to tangibly help DACA and undocumented Americans, please consider donating to the Rocky Mountain Immigration Advocacy Network (RMIAN). They are an incredible organization.

East High School students marching in support of DACA recipients.

Thousands gathered at Aurora campus in support of DACA recipients.

I love this.

This.

Victor Galvan firing up the crowd

 

Posted in Documentary, Humanitarian