On January 27, 2017 the president of the U.S. issued an order effectively banning all Muslims from seven specific countries from entering the United States. The next day, January 28, 2017 targeted people were removed from airplanes that were in flight when the ban was announced and detained. Thousands demonstrated at airports around the country and lawyers by the hundreds showed up to help and represent those who were detained and prevented from entering the U.S. Within days federal judges around the country issued injunctions to stop the detentions and to halt enforcement of the order. As of today an appeals court has refused to stay the injunction. Within days all of those detained were released.
Demonstrations continued the next day and tens of thousands of people in cities and towns around the country and around the world rallied and marched that weekend, forcing the government to modify the order to allow legal residents (Green Card holders) to enter the country even before the injunctions issued. As of today, February 5, demonstrations, rallies and marches in support of the refugees and immigrants are still ongoing.
These photos are from a rally in support of immigrants and refugees at Battery Park City on Sunday January 29, 2017.
the last roses usually bloom at the end of October or the beginning of November where I live. Because of an extraordinarily warm summer this beauty began to bloom at the end of November, a month later than usual. I took it inside before the first frost so that it could bloom fully and remind me during cold December days of late spring when the first roses bloom
The American Cancer Fund is dedicated to the education, support and empowerment of those diagnosed with Cancer by organizing and clarifying information. Each December it hosts a 5k run with Santa, called Run Santa Run. I had the privilege of photographing the run this year.
The American Cancer Fund® (ACF) is an organization dedicated to the education, support and empowerment of those diagnosed with Cancer by organizing and clarifying information. It’s mission is to provide free clear, independent information and research to enable patients and their families to make smarter choices for Cancer treatment with an emphasis on dignity, functionality and cure. It holds several fund raising events during the year. This year it held a 5k run at Liberty State Park in Jersey City New Jersey within sight of the New Yorks City skyline and th Statute of Liberty. These are some of the photos.
In January 2016 I went to Nicaragua as part of a delegation of PeaceWorks, a non-profit organization that works with communities throughout Nicaragua. Visit the website at http://peaceworks.org/ We visited Cusmapa where PeaceWorks works with a women’s collective that makes crafts from pine needles and with various agricultural projects dedicated to organic and natural farming; Palacagúina where we work with local farming communities, and where we climbed a mountain; Las Peñitas where we relaxed on the beach after a week in the mountains, and where we help fund a project that harvests eggs of sea turtles and returns them to the sea as they hatch; El Porvenir, a coffee growing cooperative on a remote mountain, (best coffee I’ve ever had) where we funded a medical clinic; Las Pipitas which works with developmentally disabled children; Inhijambia, which works with street children in Managua, the capital and Axayactl, a women’s empowerment group fighting violence against women and promoting women’s economic development and social justice. Theses are some of the people we met along the way.
For more pictures see slideshow below: