Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Families Belong Together II

Many voices, many posters, many protesters, 
standing strong with those whose voices are usually silenced 
by those who use their political power to dominate.  

Families Belong Together, June 30, 2018


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.


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Blooming Rochester

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 !

Monday, April 2, 2018

March for Our Lives, March 24, 2018

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; 
VOTE; 
Kids Shouldn't Fear School; 
Enough-Support Gun Control; 
MOMS DEMAND ACTION; 
Protest brings Change-Change brings Progress; 
VOTE; 
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; 
Disarm Hate; 
Black Lives Matter; 
VOTE; 
End White Supremacy; 
Only Thing Easier to Buy than a Gun, is a GOP Candidate; 
Arms are for Caring, Not Killing; 
VOTE
 

Facebook posting: 
"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. 

Every kid in this country now goes to school wondering if this day might be their last. We live in fear." Hosted by March For Our Lives - Atlanta and Georgia Alliance for Social Justice


Sunday, February 18, 2018

Marching in Rochester

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.