Social Causes

SF holds Peace Love & Understanding Rally against Racism

August 26, 2017 – Thousands of residents from the Bay area and beyond attended the City of San Francisco’s “Peace, Love, & Understanding” Rally this past weekend.  The event, organized in response to a planned event by the group calling itself “Patriot for Prayer”, was a show of unity aimed at countering the violence that has occurred over the past few weeks.

The crowd, young & old, expressed themselves through dance, art, fashion and performances.  Many from the LGBTQ community marched to Civic Center Plaza as the Castro District held its own rally protesting hate, racism, and intolerance.

All in all it was a beautiful thing to see so many races, ethnicities, and genders attending the event.  The Bay area truly represented what diverse really means. We witness the event and were able to capture some images from the event.

With such a show of force by city officials, law enforcement and ultimately the large turnout by counter-protesters, the Patriot Prayer rally was canceled at the last minute due to “security concerns” and their belief that they are being mislabeled as racists.  We won’t comment on that one.

We attended the event and thought of sharing some images from the rally.  Enjoy.

 

 

 

Women’s March DTLA Jan 21st, 2017

On Saturday morning, the day after the inauguration, my friend had asked me to document the women’s march with her.  We gathered at her apartment early that morning to prepare for the day ahead.  She had made coffee and had a spread of pastries, fruit and hard boiled eggs.   More and more people showed up, new faces, old faces, familiar faces; we all had the same purpose.  We jumped in an art bus that had been painted all black and spoke of what it meant to march that day.  What a privilege it was to be able to walk freely and speak for those who could not be there. We were going to march for what we believed in.  We were standing up for ourselves collectively against oppression, against the scary thought that all our progress as a nation would be reverted to a time before any of us had any say.

As an immigrant and woman, it scares me to think that a visibly divided nation has been repressed and has propagated so much resentment to the unknown — to their neighbor.   We gather in communities of similar thought exchanging information and ideas, but are unable to connect with the rest of the country; perhaps we are in a progressive bubble living in California?  How could the other half of the country be so scared of people that live and breathe in the same space?   My purpose as a woman that day, as a human, was to stand up for what I believed in.  We marched for women, for immigrants, LGBTQ, Black lives, for our children and our future children…   It was awe inspiring to arrive in downtown later that morning to streets full of people with the same collective emotion.  We were driven by fear, hope, the need to speak out our dissent; but really, we were driven by joy. We were 750,000 people walking alongside each other in peace.

We embodied everything that this country represents in its beauty through diversity. Some unaware of the gravity of the future…  What I felt being there was pure joy witnessing all the creativity and effort that everyone expressed while being there in order to communicate to our new leader.  What affected me the most was seeing the children not understanding the gravity of what we were marching for, but just interpreting the energy that surrounded them as joy.  Their faces were proud and full of hope.   That is what I marched for. If necessary, I will march again to have my voice heard to protect our future. I will be there for our future generations.  We as a people have been ignited.  We will not be left on the side submissive and complacent while being stripped of everything that everyone before us has and is still fighting so hard for: Equality.

 

Ghanian Boy’s Meme Raises Thousands For South African Village

Cameraman Carlos Cortes, a film maker and  travelled to Ghana in 2015 to make a documentary about Solomon Adufah, an artist returning to his home country from the US.

The picture of Jake, then four, was one of hundreds taken by Cortes while Adufah taught art and creative studies to the children.

In a recent interview with the BBC “I just caught Jake in the moment of his teaching,” Cortes, of Chicago, told the BBC. “He definitely has a pensive look on his face.

The intensity of the picture caused it to go viral after Cortes posted it to his Facebook page, with memes of the little boy causing it get even more traction and ultimately led to a crowdfunding campaign that ended up benefiting a village in South Africa, with over $2,000 pledged to-date.