Some old film images I shot in Washington, protesting against the Vietnam War back in 1971.
Some more from the vaults. These are some film shots taken at the big anti-Viet Nam War demonstration in Washington DC in April, 1971.
Went to another Walk with the Wind concert by the Shakespeare statue on the Mall the day before Columbus Day (now celebrated by my company as Indigenous Peoples’ Day). As it began, a protest march arrived next door at the Christopher Columbus statue (which I admit, I’d never really noticed before) .
Some people refer to the area north of 96th Street on the West Side and its denizens as Upper Schlepistan, because of all the alte kackers kicking around up there. Last weekend we joined them for an anti-racist protest featuring a chime after we chanted each of the names of approximately 175 victims of police or vigilante violence or murder.
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This was 2 weeks ago, at the end of the march I already posted about, from 135th Street.
This one’s actually from a few weeks ago…
Last Saturday we joined a larger, longer march from 135th Street and St Nicholas Avenue across 135th Street and down Malcolm X Blvd, twisting a little bit to wind up at Frederick Douglass Circle. At the opening rally we heard spine-chilling stories from a couple of mothers of their experiences: one had called for help for her sick son only to see the responding police kill him; another was the mother of one of the Central Park Five who was incarcerated at 15 for 7 years for the rape of the Central Park jogger and was released as a registered sex offender. The horrors her family endured for decades before the actual perpetrator came forward are unimaginable. (Click any image to see them all enlarged.)
Along the route up Frederick Douglass Blvd on Friday groups of people watched, cheered, put up their fists and took pictures.
Friday we joined a march for white allies to learn to be better allies, led by professor La’Tesha Sampson from the Frederick Douglass statue at 110th Street up to the Harriet Tubman statue on 121st Street in Harlem
We’ve been following @justiceforgeorgenyc on Instagram, which notifies us of all the rallies going on every day. This is a nightly vigil by the Upper East Side grouping at Carl Shurz Park which sometimes marches to Gracie Mansion (but didn’t the evening we were there).
In mid-October Act Up, an HIV/AIDS activist organization, were demonstrating for the abolition of ICE, the US’s now notorious Immigration enforcement (or would it be more accurate to say their enforcement of non-immigration?) for the abuses inflicted upon would be immigrants with HIV.
Charitable organizations protesting a move by Governor Andrew Cuomo which will cut their funding
I went down to cover this protest outside the Citibank building in Long Island City, first to discover they were, incongruously, protesting NATO and the G8; next to discover it was a film and not a demo at all.