7-28-2019–A Story To Tell

On Monday, July 22, we embarked on a trip that served as a “sort of trip” and vacation get-away. Doubling into a photography workshop at the Sitka Center where I (and the rest of the class) partook in a couple of hikes, all-the-while photographing the forests of the cascade.

The journey was exhilarating. It is something different to be hiking in the woods, instead of doing the typical photojournalism in the streets of Salem, Ore., and attempting to battle the common stereotypes of not being with a prominent news outlet.

The first day, we checked into a motel at the Ashley Inn and Suites, first introducing myself to the rest of the class. Not much got done the first day but got briefed to the types of things we would cover during the few days of attending the workshop (Monday-Thursday).

For the most part, it was still a fun experience even if it’s something that I can only do once. Being the only young person in the class, I was not really surprised; because most people my age is usually doing to full-time job in order to meet end needs.

On the second to last day, we hiked a trail that is more than a mile long—walking up to the vantage point, while taking photos on the way, and hiking all the way downhill towards the Sitka Center. After we arrived, the amount of pain and exhaustion experienced was overwhelming, and the ability to walk or stand spread throughout every inch of my body.

What I have learned through this experience is something way more important than anything I have in the past—learning about the very aspect of photography and using the time to learn patience. Teaching me to be grateful to the parents who have supported everything I do.

Showing me, whatever I do and wherever I go, there will be people who will always support the work I do even as a young photographer.

Overall, I am most certainly not the best, but my perseverance and motivation are enough to continue what I do. To never give up and try new things. Sure, there are still things that can be improved. Though, looking back, I am proud of the changes that were made.

Thanks for being here and supporting my journey. It’s never a goal to stop what I am doing, but it is to make others proud. I am glad I took this trip because it taught me something about myself that I did not expect to see.

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7-14-2019–Lights4Liberty Salem, Ore.

Lights4Liberty protestors held candles while singing songs for the immigrants in detention camps.

Protestors rallied in aim to shut down the detention camps over concerns of overcrowding and inhumane conditions. Several local groups, especially Causa, Oregon’s Immigrant Rights Organization, held vigils world-wide July 13, 2019.

I’m from Mexico, and I understand the struggle to the immigrant people. I emigrate to the U.S when I was 15 years old. Looking for a better future, looking for the American dream. In my small town in Elastico Mexico, the women don’t have the right to go to a school; only too 6th grade. So, when I finished my 6th grade, my mom said, ‘Well, daughter, we don’t have money to send you to a school and right here there is no jobs for women.” The only jobs for women was cleaning houses or care for the little ones of other people

Loreno Manzo, Community Organizer for Causa
Filmed by Caleb Wolf and edited by Josh Wolf

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Saturday, June 22, the Oregon GOP held a rally in support of the state senator’s walkout and opposition of HB2020–a bill to cap the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Oregon Republican photo-op before the rally on Saturday

The event fell through due to a few radicals who threatened house committee with violence; prompting the state police calling the protesters a “militia group.”

At the event, the protesters were calm and respectful to those who showed up to Protest. Gordon Hieronimus describes the bill as a “cap and trade bill that will force, loggers, in particular, to buy new equipment to meet the DEQ (Oregon Department of Environmental Quality) standards…forcing them to spend money they don’t have to stay in business; that supports a lot of families and communities.”

Another part of the HB2020 that is being voiced against is the emergency clause that the Democrats seem to be putting on every bill they have… By putting the emergency clause on the bill, it stops it from being referred to the people’s vote and that’s wrong. A sub anger that’s going on with what’s happening in the senate right now, is the Republicans don’t have a voice and they’re not being heard, so they walked off (emphasis) the job in a protest  for not being heard, and Kate Brown—the governor—has sent the armed police department after them and is fining them $500 a day. Now I can see in the rules that they operate the senate in that she can send the police out to encourage them to come back, but I have yet to find a spot in any of the rules that allows her to fine them $500 a day… From there, it’s a matter of opinion, the rules and regulations that this is HB2020 are absurd. Because, big companies and corporations are going be able to buy pollution dollars that they can spend to counteract the pollution that they don’t have to curve as opposed to the truck drivers; who have to buy new equipment.

Saturday came and went, and while the protest had a few people to show up, it was still a success in terms of it getting people sparked despite launching off at a bad start. Sunday, protestors of the “Occupy the Senate” rally filled the front of the Capital to watch and make their voices heard.

After prayer and welcoming of the people who came, everyone waited to be let into the building and started singing Star-spangled Banner and God Bless America in Unison.

A representative for Oregon’s Farm Working Union, Martha Sonata, spoke at an event to get the Republican Senators back in office on Tuesday to help people become more aware of the concerns about “a program to help our farmers move into cleaner equipment.” 

Martha Sonata spoke about a program to help farmers move into cleaner and environmentally friendly equipment.

We heard their concerns; they were coming into our capital, saying that this will raise diesel prices for their farms. So, we heard those concerns and said ‘you know what, we will include these programs to help you move into cleaner energy equipment’ and therefore improve the lives of our farmworkers who are on a day-to-day breathing all these diesel on the farms, and it creates a win-win for both the farm workers and farmers.

Governor Brown and other senators working on the bill even came out to congratulate the attendees for showing determination and strength. Throughout both events, both parties were kind and respectful and never showed any signs of any “violent militia” during the duration of the event.


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