Where to even begin? For many of us, the current administration gives us at least one reason every day to be angry, frightened, sad, or speechless. Whether it is the blatant and provable lies coming out of the White House, the "travel ban" which was a thinly disguised (and unconstitutional) endorsement of Islamophobia, or the apparent unfamiliarity with the purpose of the judiciary, I'm left shaking my head most days. And this is just what we've seen since January 20th. Before then, we had a Presidential candidate whose real estate company was twice sued by the Justice Department for race discrimination, and whose candidacy was supported by the KKK. He had been recorded bragging about sexually assaulting women. His rallies incited hatred and violence against minorities. He picked a running mate who supported using federal funds to "cure" gay kids of their gayness.
It's important to remember that none of this is normal. It's not normal to install a white supremacist as your Chief Strategist. It is not normal to call unfavorable coverage "fake news." It is not normal to antagonize our allies. It is not normal to call the media the enemy of the American people as if you have never heard of the First Amendment. It is not normal to discuss matters of grave international security in an open air restaurant.
And that brings me to the pictures below. Those who oppose the administration's actions and agenda have not been silent. The great thing about our country is that they don't have to be. I decided that I wanted to document as many of the rallies, protests and demonstrations that I could. On the one hand, it's good to be in the company of like-minded individuals who won't be silent as the administration plays fast and loose with the constitution and democratic norms. On the other, I wanted to create a record of these events and shine a light on them. Capturing these moments, it has been striking to see people of all ages, races, faiths, genders and nationalities gather for one common purpose. The suggestion that they are paid protesters is laughable, but I can understand the need to deligitimize such a powerful movement. It is inspiring to see so many individuals taking advantage of their democratic freedoms.
Below are some of my favorite photographs from the past month. For the full gallery, click here.