solidarity photography

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For the 1501th post of this blog, a few pictures from the Women’s March on Paris I took part in yesterday, in solidarity with the Women’s Marches in the USA and all around the world to protest against Trump’s accession to the American presidency.

Apparently, I was one of the only persons holding a bilingual poster which made an explicit statement about state transphobia - and it makes me even prouder to have been there so that trans people are not forgotten in the conversation ;)

All pictures were taken by my beloved wife @airshippirateandmouse ^^

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AFRICAN AMERICANS AT STANDING ROCK CELEBRATE SOLIDARITY

Solidarity is one of the most powerful tools with what people of color and marginalized communities have to fight the oppression we face. In solidarity, all struggles are worth fighting for, all progress is shared, and all resources are made towards the attainment of freedom. 

The #NoDAPL movement has seen its share of struggles, but recently, a major step forward has been made, as the US Army Engineer Corps and President Barack Obama have halted the construction of the pipeline. This movement was spearheaded by the brave Natives whom it would immediately impact, but a hefty showing of Black supporters were also present. 

photo by Avery White

Annette Lemieux’s Left Right Left Right consists of thirty photographs of raised fists—ten different images, each printed three times—nailed to wooden poles like poster placards. Some of the fists belong to famous political and cultural figures, including Martin Luther King Jr., Richard Nixon, and Jane Fonda. Others are anonymous: the fist of a sailor, a preacher, a concertgoer at Woodstock. Together they suggest the united front of a political demonstration whose cause remains unspecified. Taken out of context, the individual fists could be raised in celebration, anger, or solidarity.

Annette Lemieux (b. 1957), Left Right Left Right, 1995. Photo lithographs and pine poles, dimensions variable. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Print Committee 2001.176a–dd

Puerto Rico esta de luto. Cobra vida la protesta ante el lente fotográfico. Part.2 

This picture symbolizes Puerto Rico in mourning with the current economic crisis, the implementation of a Fiscal Board, the fumigation of our island with  Insecticide Naled, the murders that occur daily, racism that still exists, the lack of jobs, just to mention some …and we are also mourning for all of our Black brothers & sisters in the USA that have been unjustly killed by the police. #BlackLivesMatter

Fluctuat Nec Mergitur

Où fait-il bon même au coeur de l’orage
Où fait-il clair même au coeur de la nuit
L’air est alcool et le malheur courage
Carreaux cassés l’espoir encore y luit
Et les chansons montent des murs détruits

Jamais éteint renaissant de la braise
Perpétuel brûlot de la patrie
Du Point-du-Jour jusqu’au Père-Lachaise
Ce doux rosier au mois d’août refleuri
Gens de partout c’est le sang de Paris

Rien n’a l’éclat de Paris dans la poudre
Rien n’est si pur que son front d’insurgé
Rien n’est ni fort ni le feu ni la foudre
Que mon Paris défiant les dangers
Rien n’est si beau que ce Paris que j’ai

Rien ne m’a fait jamais battre le coeur
Rien ne m’a fait ainsi rire et pleurer
Comme ce cri de mon peuple vainqueur
Rien n’est si grand qu’un linceul déchiré
Paris Paris soi-même libéré

Paris, Louis Aragon, 1944


My picture, not my words. 

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House Sparrow–”Restore…,Annandale, Virginia, November 7, 2016

my voice for me.

This very day take out your spell for me……                                                      May it be beautiful before me….”                                                                            (The Beauty Way….part of a chanted healing ceremonial poem)