Category Archives: 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

 

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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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Atlantis ADAPT

Atlantis ADAPT

 

On the eve of the GOP’s last gasp attempt to repeal Obamacare (and replace it with…well, who knows what they were going to replace it with.  If they replaced it, at all.), protestors from Atlantis ADAPT gathered outside Gardner’s office to demand he “kill the bill, don’t kill us.”

 

Sarah Metsch from Atlantis ADAPT leading the march around Senator Gardner’s office protesting his callous disregard for people with disabilities.

Tay Anderson imploring more folks to come down and support Atlantis ADAPT.

I see a million of these moments in the midst of the Resistance.  People experiencing joy and connection and love in the midst of a struggle that is life and death for some people.  These brave souls give me hope.

Lauren’s tattoo distilled the point of the Resistance for me.

That look you get when you can’t quite believe what Senator Cory Gardner tells you.

It’s gotten to the point the only way to see Senator Gardner is to pay him. I don’t think he was enticed by what was offered. He’s used to the $100k paydays from the Koch brothers.

Getting ready to march around Gardner’s office.  

Sarah Metsch from Atlantis ADAPT protesting outside Gardner’s office.

This.

Jose Torres-Vega, on the left, being interviewed by Progress Now’s Manuel Lopez del Rio.

The guy on the left was one of two counter-protestors. All I could discern from his comments was that he was upset his premiums had gone up under the ACA. He is the embodiment of white privilege. He is complaining about his situation to people who are facing life and death situations. And somehow it’s all about him.

This lady was gently and almost quietly playing and singing. I love these souls who make the world a softer, kinder place.

 

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Denver Health Care Rally

Denver Health Care Rally

 

Denver showed up yesterday at the state capitol to rally to save our health care.

 

I have photographed almost a hundred events like this, and I have yet to encounter the mythical paid protestor.  No.  What I do see are amazing, intelligent, compassionate human beings.  What I have yet to see is Senator Cory Gardner.  I’m not sure he actually exists.

Thanks to the people like Reverend Tyler who have been fighting for justice in this country for years.

Folks protesting the proposed repeal of Obamacare.

This.

Rev Tyler firing up the crowd.

Senator Michael Bennett made a surprise appearance…

…our other senator was seen hiding in the bushes.

I love the juxtaposition of Senator Bennett speaking with the “Where’s Cory?” sign in the foreground.

The crowd reacting to Senator Bennett.

A doctor sharing his take on the proposed repeal of Obamacare.

Planned Parenthood representing.

 

I always meet the best people at these events.

Exactly.

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