Monday, July 30, 2012

Police Brutality in Burlington

On the afternoon of July 29th, Burlington Police opened fire on unarmed civilians with rubber bullets, pepperspray, and other projectiles.  The activists had gathered to protest the New England Governor's Conference and were intent on bringing forward issues such as First Nations Peoples rights, student debt, affordable housing, and anti-dissent laws enacted in the United States as well as Canada.  They came in peace and indignation.  They were met with violence and brutal repression.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Occupy National Gathering (NATGAT) in Philadelphia

On the 4th of July I found myself in Philadelphia photographing the National Gathering of Occupy as they debated and discussed where their future of the movement was and how best to move forward.  Mindful of the approaching one year anniversary of the occupation of Zuccotti Park, occupiers insisted upon transparency and adherence to their values of human rights, anticapitalism, and revolution.

Read the full Vermont Commons article here.


Oakland School Fights Austerity

From the Oakland Unified School District, images of a community fighting to save its school from austerity closure as well as occupying Obama's campaign headquarters.  Then, of course... there's Chalk-u-pie.  Oakland was a remarkable place with remarkable people fighting for their dreams and the dreams of their children.

Read the original Vermont Commons article here.

A brass band arrives in solidarity with "dreamers" that occupied Obama's campaign headquarters

Chalk-u-pie, a tactic begun in New York with sidewalk chalk reaches a new level in Oakland

Parents and community members done yellow shirts for a press conference announcing a people's reopening of Lakeview Elementary School

A young student enthusiastically writes "justis" on the white-board upon re-entering the classroom

 Community member and parent scolds officers of the Oakland Police for their repeated tactic of attempting to enter the campus via its rear entrance, startling parents and children