Science March

Science March – Denver

 

Awesome to spend the day with people who believe in science. And I’m glad I live in a progressive city where we care more about science than who uses which restroom.   It’s still mind boggling to me that we have to march for facts.  But whatever it takes to help save our planet.

 

Local meteorologist Mike Nelson making the case for climate change.

Local meteorologist Mike Nelson making the case for climate change.

I had never seen America the Beautiful in sign language before. Poetry in motion.

I had never seen America the Beautiful in sign language before. Poetry in motion.

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Science March going past the Denver City and County Building.

Science March going past the Denver City and County Building.

This.

This.

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Tay anderson leading the science March. Tay is the youngest person to run for the Denver School Board.

Tay Anderson leading the Science March in Denver. Tay is the youngest person to run for the Denver School Board.  

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Yay Sierra Club!

Yay Sierra Club!  

Science Marchers gathered at the Colorado Capitol listening to speakers.

Science Marchers gathered at the Colorado Capitol listening to speakers.

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The speaker extolling the virtues of solar energy.

The speaker extolling the virtues of solar energy.  I haven’t seen an estimate of the crowd size at the Denver Science March but I’m guessing 15 – 18k.

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Trump Tax March

Trump Tax March

Donald Trump promised to release his taxes. He has still not honored that promise. Concerned citizens in Denver, and in cities all over this country came together to hold rallies to remind him of his promise. It was a peaceful rally, filled with people who have the expectation that the president should keep his word. Not a paid protestor in sight.

 

 

Turns out that a lot of people in Denver would like Trump to keep his pledge to release his taxes.

Turns out a lot of people in Denver would like Trump to keep his pledge to release his taxes.

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Lots of creative ways of asking the same thing: release your taxes, Trump!

Lots of creative ways of asking the same thing: release your taxes, Trump!

You think?!

You think?!

This. This exactly. It is so easy for people who are in the favored demographic that isn't subject to search and frisk, to be okay with procedure. Oh, and release your taxes, Trump.

This. This exactly. It is so easy for people who are in the favored demographic that isn’t subject to search and frisk, to be okay with procedure. Oh, and release your taxes, Trump.

I spoke to this brave young woman who said, "I'm basically ensuring my own deportation by being here." But she cares about this country enough to speak out.

I spoke to this brave young woman who said, “I’m basically ensuring my own deportation by being here.” But she cares about this country enough to speak out.

Well, Russia?

Well, Russia?

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I personally would be flying that flag upside down.

I personally would be flying that flag upside down.

Tay Anderson brought the house down. Next to President Obama, I haven't heard a candidate for elected office give a more rousing speech. Oh, and he's eighteen and running a seat on the Denver School Board. If I was in District 4, I'd vote for him.

Tay Anderson brought the house down. Next to President Obama, I haven’t heard a candidate for elected office give a more rousing speech. Oh, and he’s eighteen and running a seat on the Denver School Board. If I was in District Four, I’d vote for him.

My wife was so motivated by his speech, she introduced herself afterwards and volunteered to work on his campaign.

My wife was so motivated by his speech, she introduced herself afterwards and volunteered to work on his campaign.

The fired up crowd.

The fired up crowd.

Marching through Denver after the rally at Civic Center Park.

Marching through Denver after the rally at Civic Center Park.

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I'm heartened by all the powerful women I've met since the fascist was elected president.

I’m heartened by all the powerful women I’ve met since the fascist was elected president.

 

Posted in Documentary

Syria Vigil

Syria Vigil

 

Last night I photographed the vigil to commemorate the victims of the gas attack in Syria.

Amal Kassir, activist and poet, was the featured speaker.  I first met her when I photographed the protest at Denver International Airport against Trump’s first travel ban.   This twenty-year-old was leading that important protest.  Do yourself a favor and listen to this incredible human being at Amal Kassir Ted Talk

 

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Amal Kassir addressing the folks gathered for the vigil to commemorate those killed in the gas attack in Syria.

Amal Kassir addressing the vigil to commemorate those killed in the gas attack in Syria.  Amal lost eleven family members in a bombing by the Syrian government last week.

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My friend Tiffany and her daughter. “I don’t understand why they did this to them momma.”

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In the midst of sorrow, I'm always struck by the smiles and the laughter...the humanity.

In the midst of sorrow, I’m always struck by the smiles and the laughter…the humanity.

On a beautiful spring night in Denver, a small group of people stopped and prayed for lives lost horribly.

On a beautiful spring night in Denver, a small group of people stopped and prayed for lives lost horribly.

Posted in Documentary, Humanitarian

Honoring the Sacred

Honoring the Sacred

Red Rocks has been one the most stunning concert venues in the country for years.  But it’s been a sacred place to Native Americans for hundreds of years before that.   I photographed a ceremony last Saturday that honored the sacred place that Red Rocks is to Native Americans.

I’m almost always a photographer first when I shoot an event, even when I’m very much aligned with the cause. But Saturday evening I was welcomed into the ceremony, and while I was still in photographer mode, I was also blessed to be a part of a beautiful ceremony.

Many thanks to Robert Cross and Chanté Okic Ouye Wiya and Osvaldo for creating a powerful ceremony.

 

Marchers, led by Lakota elder Robert Cross, walk from the town of Morrison to Red Rocks amphitheater.

Marchers, led by Lakota elder Robert Cross, walk from the town of Morrison to Red Rocks amphitheater.

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Despite the climb and the heat and the killer pace, the kids loved it…

 

Despite the climb and the heat and the killer pace, the kids loved it...

…until a human roadblock forced a short break. : )

Robert Cross framed by two monks that happened to be up at the amphitheater doing the tourist thing.

Robert Cross framed by two monks that happened to be up at the amphitheater doing the tourist thing.

Keeping an eye on things.

Keeping an eye on things.

Robert teaching.

Robert teaching.

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I love the diversity in this photo. Lakota, Muslim, monks, a white dude and a dog.

The children were very much a part of the honoring.

The children were very much a part of the honoring.

Robert welcoming a group of monks to the ceremony.

Robert welcoming a group of monks to the ceremony…

And a Muslim couple who were at Red Rocks doing the tourist thing but stayed for the ceremony.

…and a Muslim couple who were at Red Rocks doing the tourist thing but stayed for the ceremony.

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Easy to see why Native Americans found Red Rocks a spiritual place.

Easy to see why Native Americans found Red Rocks a spiritual place.

Robert watching as everyone exchanges greetings and hugs under a beautiful moonlit sky.

Robert watching as everyone exchanges greetings and hugs under a beautiful moonlit sky.

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Posted in Documentary, Humanitarian