Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Justice Stephen Breyer

I had the recent opportunity to photograph Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Stephan Breyer on assignment for the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Shakespeare's Birthday party 2016

The Folger Shakespeare Library celebrated the Bard's birthday in grand style again this year.

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death.

Interestingly, both his birthday and date of passing are April 23rd.

Thanks to Garland Scott and the merry crew at the Folger for the opportunity to document the day.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Immigration rights rally, Supreme Court

While on assignment on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, I encountered a large group of protesters demonstrating for the rights and dignity of immigrants in front of the Supreme Court.

As the child and grandchild of immigrants, and a resident of a large and wonderfully diverse community, this issue has deep personal resonance.

The Court was beginning to hear arguments regarding President Obama's policies regarding immigration.

I hope that wisdom and fairness - and a river of human kindness - flows out from the Court.

We shall see.

OUDC | Class 22 retreat with Peter Edelman and Joe from Mario's

Class 22 of Operation Understanding DC met with Peter Edelman and other veterans involved in the civil rights struggles of the 1960's as part of their recent spring retreat.

As as part of their day, they visited Mario's Pizza on Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, Virginia. Mario's had been the site of anti-black and anti-Semitic demonstrations by George Lincoln Rockwell and the American Nazi Party in the early 1960's. Long-time Mario's employee and Arlington icon, Joe, came out to speak to the students. The incident had occurred a bit prior to his employment at Mario's (he's been there 49 years), but he said that some cooks at the time came out with big kitchen knives and had run Rockwell and crew off the premises. It was a treat to hear him speak, especially about how well the family that owns the restaurant has treated him and his coworker Lefty as valued family since day one. Living history - and such a genuine nice guy.

Peter Edelman

Peter Edelman

Joe of Mario's

George Lincoln Rockwell of the American Nazi Party protesting at Mario's Pizza in Arlington, VA. Early 1960's.