This site focuses on photographs of the environment——be it the agricultural environment of people and produce at farmers' markets; the community environment of architecture or landscapes; the social environment like a child's wonder of the world.
Thousands gathered in Lower Manhattan to protest the President's immigration policy of separating children from their parents when they are caught crossing the border between Mexico and the United States. Among the protesters was a story teller who read from children's books that celebrate immigrants and their contributions to our country's history - like We Came to America by Faith Ringgold, Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say.
I taught English to recent immigrants and saw how hard they worked in order to provide a better life for their children. May we as individuals and citizens of the United States, never forget what was written in the Declaration of Independence, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." A fitting acknowledgement on this day, July 4, 2018.
Highland Park in Rochester is filled with flowers right now. This is also the week of its famous Lilac Festival. The park is filled with flowers as well as food trucks serving blooming onions, french fries, elk jerky, roasted turkey legs, sushi, cotton candy, kettle korn, tacos, poutine, crepes, spring rolls, fried dough, kabobs, pizza, wraps, bbq, bacon dogs, deep-fried oreos, stuffed grape leaves, ice cream - a fast food feast with foods from around the world !
MARCH FOR OUR LIVES, organized by the young whose lives are most affected by gun violence in schools, on streets and in neighborhoods, drew more than 30,000 protesters in Atlanta, Georgia, to support them. I joined the march to photograph and protest, walk with my daughter-in-law and grandson who participated in his first protest march.
A "sea of posters" expressed why we marched:
Books not Bullets; Arms are for Hugging;
Kids Shouldn't Fear School;
Enough-Support Gun Control;
MOMS DEMAND ACTION;
Protest brings Change-Change brings Progress;
Actually Guns Do Kill People;
MARCH FOR OUR LIVES;
My Fear isn't Finals, Guns Are;
Why are Guns more Important than Our Kids?
NOT ONE MORE;
Black Lives Matter;
End White Supremacy;
Only Thing Easier to Buy than a Gun, is a GOP Candidate;
Arms are for Caring, Not Killing;
"On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Atlanta, GA to demand that their lives and safety become a priority. The collective voices of the March For Our Lives movement will be heard.
School safety is not a political issue. There cannot be two sides to doing everything in our power to ensure the lives and futures of children who are at risk of dying
when they should be learning, playing, and growing.
The mission and focus of March For Our Lives is to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues. No special interest group, no political agenda is more critical than timely passage of legislation to effectively address the gun violence issues that are rampant in our country.
Since the inauguration of the current president of the United States, many in the community are outraged. They are pooling their resources to express stands against racism, against bigotry, against hate, against fracking. They are supporting immigration, health care, education, science, women's rights, voting. Protesters are young and old, from all ethnic backgrounds, supporting one another against the powerful and heavily funded political machine in office. These are some of the photographs taken during the past year - during the Education March, the Science March, the Women's March II, the United Community Response: Race to End Racism.
Rochester Public Market - 2018 celebratesA New Look; still the great vendors, produce, shoppers and food! In July a new Winter Shed was opened. It replaces the one dating from the 1970s. The new enclosed shed updates all the facilitates like new bathrooms, electrical, lighting and an increased footprint which expands the vendors' stalls and wider aisles for shoppers.
Here is January - vendors selling ingredients to make a satisfying, nourishing meal from locally made pasta, locally made bread, olive oil, onions, home grown pears, apples, parsley, carrots onions.
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