Friday, October 21, 2011


As protests and occupations around the country and around the world have continued to grow there has been a remarkable turnout of artists, activists, and community leaders in the tiny state of Vermont. Even in cities as small as Burlington; the anger, passion, energy and is palpable.

Sarah Lee Guthrie leads the crowd in a rousing rendition of "This Land is Your Land" the song her grand-father Woody Guthrie wrote over 70 years ago.

With the oldest demonstrator being well into their 90's and the youngest chant leader being no older than 10 or 11, the self-proclaimed movement of the 99 percent lived up to its name as it held its first General Assembly on 10/16/11 and subsequently marched en masse through the streets of Burlington for the 2nd day in a row. This is what democracy looks like.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

In The Classroom

The following series of photographs document a teacher named Mary Kelley. She is a teacher at a private elementary/high school in Central Vermont for students whose behavior has prevented them from participating in a typical classroom setting in the public school system.

The often difficult and unsung work of teaching children is made exponentially more difficult by a chronic lack of resources, long hours, and rising expenses of books and classroom materials (many of which are paid for out of Ms. Kelley's own pocket). All this in addition to teaching every subject for ages groups ranging from Kindergarten to 6th Grade. Physical confrontations and violent student outbursts are not uncommon in Ms Kelley's classroom as she carefully balances academics and learning with essential acts of compassion and kindness for students whose lives are often on the edge of spinning wildly out of control.

Mary Kelley holding the keys to her classroom.

Ms. Kelley's Classroom

Mary Kelley

The elementary section of Ms. Kelley's school is located in the lower level of the building. It is often cold, dark, and plagued by moldy carpeting and insulation.

In a random act of defiance in class, a 10 year old student crumpled his homework, a halloween themed word search game.

Mary shows the photographer a pair 5lb weights that were thrown at her head the day before.

A chair remains overturned after a student became physically aggressive.

The "break room" where students are permitted go when they need time to be alone. Though spacious, the room is mostly empty to prevent further damage.

Ms. Kelley looks over her classroom after a difficult day.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Wall St Solidarity

In the response to the ongoing protest and occupation at Wall St. in New York, many people around the country are beginning to rally in solidarity for those who continue to camp out in Manhattan. These photographs from Burlington, Vermont are from among the first of these rallies in solidarity. Protesters, demonstrators, and community organizers have vowed to continue holding rallies for solidarity as long as there continue to be occupiers confronting corporations and banks on Wall St.

The fight against an unjust, unfair, and inhumane system continues every Sunday in City Hall Park in Burlington as well as on Wall St and around the world.

If you want to add your voice to the clarion call for REFUSAL to participate any longer in subjugation of the people by banks and corporations check out Burlington's Facebook page and prepare to get moving.