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

 

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Charlottesville

Charlottesville

 

A few of my fave photos from the anti-racist march in Denver in response to the racist attacks of peaceful protestors in Charlottesville.

Lots of somber and depressing thoughts bouncing around in my head about the events in Charlottesville, and the president’s seeming endorsement of those crimes. But what I’m really feeling as I look through these photos is an immense amount of gratitude for all the incredible people I’ve met since we elected that fascist. I’d list you all but I’d forget someone. I just want to say I see you and I love you.

Several thousand gathered to peacefully rally in support of Charlottesville.

Rev. Dr Timothy Tyler firing up the crowd.

Activist and Denver School Board candidate Tay Anderson.

Marching down Colfax Ave in Denver.

Into the storm.

This.

Torrential downpour did not deter the marchers!

A moment of silence.

 

 

 

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One Thousand Ministers March

One Thousand Ministers March for Justice

My heart was blown open by the love and kindness and the fierce resolve that I witnessed at the One Thousand Ministers March for Justice.   And getting to experience all this in the company of one of the heroes of the Resistance? I’ll treasure that one for a long time.  Thank you, Rev. Tyler.

The One Thousand Ministers March for Justice came on the 54th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech.  We marched in the wake of the insanity of a president who seemingly condoned the racist actions of the nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville.  His disgusting comments about “not destroying our heritage” and “erasing history” and “Bad behavior on many sides. Many sides”. His rhetoric since he started his campaign has normalized and given permission to the racist cockroaches to come out into the light of day.  We’re so far past the dog whistles of the GOP of old and full steaming ahead into fascism and blatant racism.  And yet into this environment, marchers, many who have been fighting for equality since they marched with Martin Luther King Jr. and have to be exhausted by the insanity, prayerfully and peacefully marched for a better America.

I experienced at least a dozen moments of the beauty of humanity during the day. Here’s just one. As the march approached it’s destination at the Justice Department, I raced towards a planter that would give me some elevation for what I thought would be a cool image of the entire march. I saw a photographer clamber up, but still room for one more. But just as I got there, another photographer vaulted up. No plan B, so I just shrugged. The last photographer up, forgoing what I knew was a cool shot, reached down to pull me up.  The other photographer joined in, hoisting me up.  In the running world, this would be the equivalent of stopping your race to help a runner who fell in front of you. Namaste.

 

One of my fave photos of the day. The One Thousand Ministers March for Justice marching past the Washington Monument.

The prayer breakfast at the historic Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington DC. The faith and resolve of people like this lady praying that morning, are a great reminder to me that I’m in this for as long as it takes.

Rev. Dr. Timothy Tyler at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington DC.

I watched this man as he prayed during the pre-march gathering at the MLK memorial. After a few minutes he was overcome with emotion. I’m always touched when I’m allowed to witness these moments of connection.

The dancers before the speakers were amazing.

I’ll march and protest until this perfect child has the same opportunities as my granddaughter.

An incredibly peaceful and prayerful gathering..

One of the heroes of the Resistance, Rev. Dr. Timothy Tyler.

Marching down Constitution Avenue in Washington DC.

These are the moments I live for as a photographer.

Arriving at the Justice Department.

The Rev. Al Sharpton.

Rev. Dr. Timothy Tyler.

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III greeting Rev. Dr. Timothy Tyler.

That look you get when you’ve been in the fight all your life…and the country is headed backwards.

The Rev. Martin Luther King III. Incredible to meet MLK’s son.

Rev. Al Sharpton, the organizer of the One Thousand Ministers for Justice march.

The Rev. Martin Luther King III taking a moment before speaking.

 

This thirteen year old young man was quite the speaker.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson.  Being around him for a bit and photographing him, I was struck by his humility and thoughtfulness.

The marchers responding to Rev. Jackson.

The love for Rev. Jackson was palpable.

This.

Rev. Dr. Timothy Tyler.

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson speaking. It was awesome to meet him after he spoke.

We shall overcome.

 

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Denver Peace Rally

Denver Peace Rally

As I photograph more and more rallies and protests and marches, I am struck by the thoughtful, kind, and diverse group of people I meet. I am not just photographing the Resistance. I’m also here as a witness. And as I looked around yesterday, I was struck by how many people I was photographing that I love. It’s a gift to see each one of you.  Thank you for showing up again and again.  Thank you for resisting.  You blow my heart open.

 

I still haven’t seen the elusive paid protestor. I keep hearing about him. But, after photographing almost a hundred of these, from Standing Rock to dozens of protests in Denver, I haven’t seen one yet. I’ll keep you posted. What I do see are amazing, kind, thoughtful folks who care deeply about humanity.

 

Denver shows up in support of peace.

“This is not a black thing! This is not a white thing! This is a HUMAN thing!” –Rev. Dr. Timothy Tyler.

Rev. Dr. Timothy Tyler speaking truth.

A huge thank you to Queen Phoenix for creating this powerful event.

Yes.

Thank you to the Colorado State Patrol for their professional presence at the rally. But here’s a plea for a little diversity in the CSP. I’m sure they exist, but a non-white CSP officer appears to be almost as elusive as the mythical paid protestor.

I almost blanche when I see these disgusting words. But I think it’s important to keep reminding the world what a vile, disgusting person the president is, condemned by his own words.  But what makes this photo for me is the woman in the middle and her expression looking right at me.  I wonder what she’s thinking.

Folk singers through a peace sign.

I will keep protesting and fighting and photographing until this beautiful, perfect child has the same advantages as my granddaughter. Doing anything else feels like betrayal.

Rev. Dr. Timothy Tyler during a quiet moment.

Poet.

The awesome warriors of Indivisible.

Mad respect for Jeanette Vizguerra. One of my heroes.

Peace.

Tay Anderson firing up the crowd. Tay showed up after getting out of the hospital that morning. Fierce.

The crowd responding to Tay.

The crowd of young people responding to Tay mocking the recent behavior of that turd in the White House.

Poet Arian Noorzai.

This.

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