Sunday, April 22, 2012

Student Strike at BHS

On the morning of Thursday, April 19th, a group of English Language Learner (ELL) students from Sub-Saharan Africa went on strike to protest rampant racism, discriminatory discipline, and the "Outlier Policy" of evaluating standardized test scores. They organized themselves and made their own decisions. In the process, they shattered the silence hanging over the great shame of the Green Mountain State: institutional racism in Chittenden County schools. Here are the photographs.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Occupy Union Square

A recent sojourn to New York led me, once again, into the realm of Occupy Wall St and Union Square. No major events to grab the headlines this time around, however, the images I've returned with will hopefully illuminate yet another facet of the Occupy movement.

A member of the "Burqa Bloc", an affinity group that believes in thwarting the objectification and hypersexualization of women via traditional islamic dress

An Occupy medic questions police about their decision to "stop and frisk" an unarmed black youth who happened to be walking past the occupation.
The police responded "He doesn't deserve an apology for us doing our job."

Occupiers engage in a fierce pillow-fight to let off some steam

Two occupiers engage in a small "kiss-in" to show their "passionate anger" at the NYPD; attracting the attention of a Japanese television crew