The first 100 days of the Trump administration ended on April 29, 2017.During the hundred days there were marches and protests almost daily in communities in the Untied States and around the world protesting the new administration’s policies that are designed to roll back 80 years of progress of human and economic rights in this country. Some protests like the Womens’ March, the opposition to Trump’s attempts to curtail immigration into the country by Muslim’s from certain countries,the march in support of Muslims in New York City,the march in Washington D.C. in support of existing policies seeking to end human made climate change drew hundreds of thousands of people.
There were almost daily smaller demonstrations and town halls around the country that drew many ordinary citizens, some of whom never before were involved in the political process, who wanted to make their views publicly known to their congress people and other government officials. It was democracy at its finest.
For more signs see the slideshow below:
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 Women’s March in New York City attracted 400,000 people by official estimates. People of all ages and genders and ethnicities were there. It was wonderful to see so many young girls learning to be activists
Free to breathe is a fundraising and research organization whose mission and vision is to Double lung cancer survival by 2022 by focusing on Funding research with the greatest potential to save lives; increasing the number of lung cancer patients participating in clinical trials;and building and empowering the lung cancer community. To help achieve its goals Free to Breathe holds fundraising events around the country. On October 2, 2016 it held a 5k walk/run in Succassana New Jersey.
I was privleged to photograph the opening reception of an exhibit called “Envisioning Election and Politics in 2016” at the Puffin Cultural Forum in Teaneck New Jersey. The two photographs below do not represent the main theme of the exhibit or all the artists shown. They only depict one artist, Michael D’Antuono and one speaker, the poet Toney Jackson, and one current running through this period in our history.
This man fled his country because of political persecution. He was granted political asylum in the United States. He wanted me to take him to see the Statue of Liberty before he moved on to another part of the country to stay with relatives
This is the informal border crossing between Mexico and Guatemala near Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico. People cross from Guatemala to Mexico to buy inexpensive products because of favorable exchange rates They then return to Guatemala. This trade is condoned by both countries and even though there are checkpoints nearby neither country has an interest in stopping this traffic.
It is only when people fleeing from Guatemala to Mexico move inland that they are stopped at Mexico checkpoints and detained or sent back home. This process of inland checkpoints and detention is known as the “vertical border.” It is designed to prevent migration to the United States long before the migrants reach the northern border of Mexico.