Like a lot of folks I was dumbfounded by the results of the Election. I was terrified and angry and thinking about what's next, how can I help? What can be done? I've never been much of a activist but I am a strong supporter of equality. For the last 8 years I have been confident in our leadership so it was easy to let it ride. Obviously things took a quick turn on November 8th 2016. After the election I participated in the Women's March in San Francisco and was impressed by the number of people that had come out despite some miserable weather. I was proud to see so many people taking action. I've only lived in San Francisco for a little while and this is the first major event I have experienced as a Bay Area Californian. The next protest I went to was at SFO in response to the Muslim ban. I didn't bring a proper camera and was regretting it as I moved through the crowd and experienced the amazingly diverse group that organized and focused on helping each other do this thing. It was very moving and I kinda lost it a few times. I feel strongly about equality of all kinds and I work at being thoughtful about how I can affect my community positively. At that protest at SFO I realized that photography might be my best tool to contribute to the activism that is happening now and will happen in the future. I decided to make photos that focus on the individuals that are out there fighting. I'm trying to emphasize the diversity of Northern California and also make a document that I hope will be interesting in the future. It's my thinking that people who are mad or scared of various groups don't have much direct or personal interaction with people of these groups and I would like to think that looking at individuals can help. But most importantly, I want these images to inspire other people to get out there and continue to fight and continue to persuade people to be compassionate.
A big thank you to The Fader who supported the making of this project and published the work. I'm ever grateful to The Fader for encouraging the pursuit of this project and sharing it with their audience. Here is a link to the story.
I'm fighting changes that would affect my life in a negative way. I kinda thought my hell-raising days were over back in the '70s, but I guess not. Here I am again.
[I'm protecting] my sisters around the world, their right to the same human rights that we enjoy here.
As a young Brown teenager coming from an urban community I am resisting the inequalities that my community has faced. Things like white supremacy to racism to xenophobia to racial profiling. It's just discrimination based on our skin and how we speak and how we look.
I am protecting the vulnerable dreams that most of still have. The little sparkle of hope that some of us still have inside of us, from those that are already been here for a lot of time, already saw a lot of stuff and just little by little given up, but there's always that little drop of hope inside of you.
As a queer person of color who has always been marginalized, I think it is important to stand up and give a face and voice to folks who are being discriminated in similar ways. I think representation is a huge factor, which influences folks to stand up for what is right and to think outside of the norms that have been put upon us as people living in the land of opportunity, free will, dreams.
I'm resisting white supremacy and cishetero-patriarchy, resisting violence against trans people and specifically trans women and femmes of color. We've had seven trans women murdered so far this year and probably more.
I'm resisting Donald Trump and his whole apparatus of oppression. I'm protecting the social gains we've been able to achieve since the 1960s.
I'm just trying to resist the "them versus us" mentality and the denigration of empathy between people.
I'm resisting the legitimacy of this presidency and administration. I'm resisting everything that has happened since his inauguration to potentially destroy this democracy.
[I'm] protecting the right to come out here and speak and protest and the right for others to be here and have a safe place. This country has been that for many people but not for all people.
I'm resisting all the hate that has come about through the Trump campaign. He provided a license for hatred to manifest in this country. Hatred on so many different levels... hatred against women, hatred against people of color, hatred against the immigrants. Hatred against the environment.
As a queer black woman in America, I am resisting multiple threats to my intersectional identity and all of my friends and family who are also under attack under this new regime. I'm resisting privatization in the public schools. As a graduate student UC Berkeley, I feel that our education system could potentially crumble under this administration unless we resist. I am resisting mass deportation and incarceration. I am resisting anti-blackness, Islamophobia. I am resisting transphobia and the erosion of women's rights as well as queer rights. I am resisting the lack of hope that I think has come with this administration and the election.
I am protecting home first. That's heavy to unpack, but home being my community, the spaces that I occupy, the people that I love, chosen and kin family, so I am actively protecting the things that I cherish.