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Name: Seth
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I'm a semi-professional photographer and political activist. I've decided to convert my journal into a place to post images that assist me to make political and environmental statements thus combining my love for photography with expression related to public policy matters. I hope you enjoy!

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Topless protest tied with equality struggle



A sunny mid-day topless protest at Springfield Missouri’s Park Central square was more than you’d expect. In the absence of mainstream press, protestors nevertheless had a message to express with more than the symbolism of their civil disobedience.



Previous topless protests in Springfield involving protestors with covered nipples were legal under city code so the city approved a new ordinance that blocked additional portions of the female breast. With the help of the ACLU, a recent court injunction blocked enforcement of the new ordinance. With the second ordinance blocked, there was a fair amount of confusion among protestors as to whether the first ordinance was still enforceable. After all the free speech and the equal protection clauses of the 1st and 14th Amendments appropriately applied supersede city code. A respectful Springfield police officer arrived to express his view that the previous code was enforceable requiring female but not male protestors to cover their nipples. Many protestors complied, two female protestors did not and the police did not intercede. As protestors began to share their stories an additional officer arrived to observe in the background, to keep a peace that was never in jeopardy.





One by one protestors shared their story about their experiences with gender-based differential treatment and sexual abuse. They connected the city code (that presumably still allowed the female breast to be exposed for performances for adult entertainment) with a system that treats women differently, treats them as sexual objects to be covered, and sends a message to men that they are to be treated accordingly. One protestor recalled being kicked out of class by a male teacher because her bra strap was visible. If he can’t trust himself with a visible bra strap she speculated, maybe he shouldn’t be working with children. Several protestors painted the phrase “still not asking for it” on their chests to challenge the view that rape is a result of a failure of female victims to cover their bodies verses the direct criminal action of the rapist. Jessica Lawson, lead organizer of the local campaign stated in an email that “laws that prohibit one gender from having the same rights as another gender set us back, as a nation as a whole.” Jessica summarized the purpose of the protest was to: “Normalizing the breast, not sexualizing it.” She also explained that gender-based differential treatment can create a culture that contributes to sexual violence. Research conducted by the WHO (2012) may lend support to this contention. Among societal factors increasing the rate of violence were "gender-inequitable social norms" and "lack of women’s civil rights."

Many protestors made the point that the female breast serves a functional purpose of breast feeding and that given the benefits to the health of an infant it ought to be encouraged. One protestor described being faced with sitting on a bathroom toilet to prevent others from being offended by the sight of breastfeeding. Others believed that covering their babies made them uncomfortable or interfered with bonding.

Our citizens almost universally express support for the troops that volunteer to defend our liberties. Defending liberty may be more productive if we also set out to respect it's application. A protest is protected speech. It has a message and an audience. During this protest that audience expanded as the protest moved from the square to the streets.



Observers and passersby expressed support for the protestors at times and men and women cheered. Others watched with apparent amusement or surprise. Most of the men who attended covered their nipples in solidarity. Some found it necessary to remind the public about obvious aspects of the definition of equality.



Others suggested alternative solutions.



The men and women who took to the streets last Sunday were doing what journalist Amy Goodman once advised: “Go where the silence is and say something.” That's what I was trying to do. I didn't have their experiences but I listened. I hope you will too.
Posted by usregimechange | Wed Aug 31, 2016, 01:54 AM (1 replies)

Posting images

I've been doing some photojournalism and I'm adding to an article I'm writing. I'm wondering if I need to resize the images and if so what dimensions. ty
Posted by usregimechange | Tue Aug 30, 2016, 11:56 PM (1 replies)

Who caused the Benghazi Attack (pie graph illustration)

I made this graph to illustrate who was responsible for the attack in Benghazi.



Anyone who thinks 9/11 or Benghazi was an inside job, might make the rest of us wonder who's side you're on.
Posted by usregimechange | Tue Aug 23, 2016, 09:36 PM (6 replies)

A Neglected National Treasure

I'm a long time member of DU and have decided to combine my photography with political and environmental activism. Comments on my images and causes are always appreciated. Please check out my journal where you'll see additional posts like this in the coming weeks.



The Grand Falls area in Joplin is a neglected national treasure. It is the largest continuously flowing waterfall in Missouri surrounded by chert glades. What are chert glades?

There are different types of glades each typified by the underlying rock on which they have formed; granite glades, limestone, shale, sandstone, dolomite and chert glades can all be found in Missouri, however chert glades are by far the most unique. Usually found on south and west facing open, rocky hillsides, glades are very dry places with thin soils and are Missouri's own deserts... Chert glades are a globally unique habitat found primarily in Southwest Missouri, in the Wildcat Park area of Joplin. There are approximately 60 acres of this habitat left; 27 acres are within Wildcat Park.
http://wildcatglades.audubon.org/conservation/what-chert-glade


A short distance upstream from the Grand Falls the area is well cared for. The Missouri Department of Conservation and the City of Joplin have partnered with Audubon Missouri to help maintain a park area with trails, a nature center, and park amenities. But a short distance downstream you'll find a gorgeous waterfall where there is no parking, no trash cans, and not even a sign. The area is public but you wouldn't know it.

Contact the Joplin City Council today and ask them to invest in basic amenities and infrastructure:

http://www.joplinmo.org/index.aspx?nid=141

Taking care of public areas requires investments in time and resources by public officials and the public at large.


Posted by usregimechange | Wed Apr 20, 2016, 09:17 PM (8 replies)

Senate confirms Obama nominee, first Asian-American woman on an federal appeals court


Judge Jacqueline Nguyen, US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Nominated By President Obama, September 22, 2011
46 years old


This afternoon, the U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of federal Judge Jacqueline Nguyen to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Jacqueline Nguyen came to America with her family after the fall of Saigon. They lived for a time in a tent city at Camp Pendleton.

Nguyen worked with her parents cleaning a dental office and helping out in their North Hollywood donut shop. During a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Nguyen said her life experience informed her judicial temperament, telling the committee the experience gave her "an appropriate sense of humility" when she reviews the facts of each case.

"I have an understanding and appreciation of how intimidating the court system can be," she said.
http://www.scpr.org/news/2012/05/07/32326/us-senate-vote-today-nomination-vietnamese-america/


Roll call vote

YEAs 91
NAYs 3 (Lee R-UT, Toomey R-PA, Vitter R-LA)
Not Voting 6
http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00088



Posted by usregimechange | Mon May 7, 2012, 09:56 PM (10 replies)

Senate confirms another Obama female judicial appointee and 4th Circuit Appeals Judge


(Photo credit: Guthrie & Thomas, PLLC)
Stephanie Dawn Thacker, Partner, Guthrie & Thomas PLLC.
Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
46 Years old (Young enough to be a SCOTUS candidate)

  • Participated in the first prosecution in the country under the Violence Against Women Act
  • Awarded the US Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award
  • She would be Obama's 5th appointee on the 4th Circuit



  • Posted by usregimechange | Mon Apr 16, 2012, 10:43 PM (6 replies)

    Questions on the continued dishonest relabeling of the Separation of Church and State

    Because some conservative activists attempt to relabel the Separation of Church and State as the government stopping religious people from being in the "public square," I thought it fitting for the 300th time in my life to remind those I can, since the media continues to fail to do so, that what courts have prevented has nothing to do with blocking citizen's access to the public square.

    "State officials may not compose an official state prayer and require that it be recited in the public schools ..." Engel v. Vitale, 370 U.S. 421 (1962).


    Notice the court did not say people can not compose or recite prayer, it says the State may not. Why is that so difficulty to understand? Or does that repetition of this lie have nothing to do with understanding. Do those that repeat it know that it is false and find it fitting to lie to the American people over and over again? Further why is the media so inept at confronting this lie?
    Posted by usregimechange | Sun Feb 26, 2012, 12:56 PM (2 replies)

    US Senate confirms judicial nominee and first Alaskan woman to serve on the 9th Circuit


    Judge Morgan Christen, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    49 Years Old

    US Senate confirms judicial nominee
    (12-15) 14:01 PST Anchorage, Alaska (AP) --
    The U.S. Senate has confirmed an Alaska Supreme Court justice to fill a vacancy on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

    Senators voted 95-3 Thursday to confirm the nomination of Morgan Christen, who becomes the first Alaska woman to serve on the 9th Circuit.

    U.S. Democratic Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska recommended Christen to President Obama for the opening created by the retirement last year of Judge Andrew Kleinfeld of Fairbanks.

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/12/15/state/n140136S79.DTL#ixzz1geVbYiMg


    U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 112th Congress - 1st Session...
    Question: On the Nomination (Confirmation Morgan Christen, of Alaska, to be U.S. Circuit Judge )
    Vote Number: 231 Vote Date: December 15, 2011, 04:32 PM
    Required For Majority: 1/2 Vote Result: Nomination Confirmed...
    Vote Counts:

    YEAs 95
    NAYs 3 (DeMint, Paul, Vitter)
    Not Voting 2
    http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00231#position




    Posted by usregimechange | Thu Dec 15, 2011, 07:35 PM (6 replies)

    Cuban Judge Adalberto Jordan confirmed by the Senate, 11th Circuit now controlled by Dems


    Adalberto José Jordán, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
    Nominated by President Barack Obama on August 2nd, 2011
    Former Judge, U. S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
    Nominated by William J. Clinton on March 15, 1999
    Adjunct professor, University of Miami School of Law
    First Cuban-born judge to sit on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
    50 Years Old

    After months of Republican obstruction the votes were as follows:
    On Cloture on the Motion to Proceed: 85-11
    On the Cloture Motion: 89-5
    On the Nomination: 94-5

    NAYs ---5
    Blunt (R-MO)
    DeMint (R-SC)
    Lee (R-UT)
    Toomey (R-PA)
    Vitter (R-LA)

    http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/vote_menu_112_2.htm




    Posted by usregimechange | Wed Feb 15, 2012, 10:34 PM (1 replies)
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