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Governor Snyder Announces State Take Over of Motor City.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder today announced that he will appoint an emergency financial manager to the city of Detroit during a meeting in the Maccabees Building on the campus of Wayne State University Friday March 1, 2013. During a town hall style meeting filled with community and business leaders, students, clergy and members of the […]


“ARBEIT MACHT FREI” Graffiti Artist Comes Forward in Facebook Post

The mysterious author of the “ARBEIT MACHT FREI” graffiti installation at the Packard Plant in Detroit has come forward. An artist named Penny Gaff , alleging to be the author of the work issued this response at 11:03 Tuesday February, 19 in the comments of my post on Facebook of a Detroit Free Press article about the infamous […]


35,000 March on White House, Demand Obama Block Keystone XL Pipeline

Billed as the largest climate rally in history by 350.org and the Sierra Club who both sponsored the event, tens of thousands marched on the White House in Washington DC to demand that president Obama not approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. Michael Brune, the director of the Sierra Club told the crowd, “Obama holds in his hand […]


German Slogan Used Above Former Nazi Concentration Camps Appears in Detroit

The German phrase “Arbeit Macht Frei,” or “Work Sets You Free” in English, which once greeted prisoners at the entrance to Nazi concentration camps in Europe during World War II, mysteriously appeared in the windows of the walkway spanning East Grand Boulevard at the ruins of the long-abandoned Packard Automotive Plant in Detroit sometime in […]


First Nations ‘Idle No More’ gather in Detroit

Supporters of Idle No More held a round dance and prayers at Hart Plaza on the banks of the Detroit river January 20, 2013, “To bring awareness of the need of community and environmental healing”. The group assembled in honor and support of Chief Theresa Spence, Attawapiskat, who is in her 40th day of a […]


Detroiters Protest Keystone XL Pipeline at Chase Building

Members of Occupy Detroit and opponents of the Keystone XL Pipeline protest outside the Chase building in Downtown Detroit, Michigan Monday January 7, 2013 during a national call by Occupy Denver for a day of solidarity actions to raise awareness and mobilize in support of the Tar Sands Blockade in Texas. Organizers said J.P Morgan […]


Detroit Area Woman Faces Jail for Vegetable Garden

This story is from July 2011. Julie Bass, of Oak Park, Michigan planted a vegetable garden in her front yard to replace the grass that once covered it back in the spring of 2011. The Bass family planted the garden after maintenance to their septic line left the area bare. Instead of putting an expensive […]


Groups Protest Gov. Rick Snyder at MSU Graduating Ceremony

Supporters of the newly formed group We Are Michigan, assembled outside the Michigan State University Breslin Center to congratulate graduating students as they headed for their graduation ceremony Saturday December 15, 2012. Members of the group also say they showed up to protest the policies of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder who gave the commencement speech […]


Protest Against Right-to-Work at Michigan State Capitol

Union supporters and labor groups gathered in and around the Michigan state capitol building Dec 6, 2012 to speak out against right-to-work legislation that was being rushed through the lame duck session of the legislature. A large group of supporters gathered outside the senate chamber doors and a few pushed by a security guard toward […]


Black Friday Protest at Walmart – Dearborn, Mi

A coalition of labor groups made it into the Walmart Superstore in Dearborn Michigan today as part of nationwide anti-Walmart Black Friday protests across the country.


Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects to be demolished with $6.5 million federal grant.

  During a press conference November 15, 2012 at the historic Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects in Detroit, the city’s mayor Dave Bing, announced  that the federal government has agreed to contribute $6.5 million to help tear down the deserted projects, just northeast of the city’s downtown. Built to provide affordable housing for the city’s residents in the late […]


Detroit Water Workers on Strike

Workers feel that the city, management and Mayor Dave Bing have sold them out in favor of privatization and a no-bid $48 million contract with consultants to cut 81% of the Department’s jobs. DETROIT – Approximately 40 union workers from the American Federation of State and County Municipal Employees union (AFSCME) Local 207 walked off their […]


Second Day of Historic Strike for Chicago Teachers.

The Chicago public schools strike went into a second day Sept. 11,2012, after the Chicago Teacher’s Union and the city’s school board failed to reach an agreement on a new contract. Here are some images from today.


Injured GM Colombia worker brings hunger strike to GM headquarters in Detroit.

Jorge Parra, former GM worker from Colombia now on hunger strike, along with members of Witness For Peace, student unions and worker’s groups, met members of the press in Hart Plaza near General Motor’s World Headquarters Wednesday, Sept. 5th, 2012. Parra, who arrived in Detroit on Sept. 5th, is here in an attempt to restart […]


War Veterans March Against NATO – Give Back Service Medals.

Veterans from the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq lead a march of thousands against NATO in Chicago – May 20, 2012 The main day of protest had arrived. People from across the country came in busses to Chicago’s Grant Park where the start of the main march and protest against NATO was being staged. There, at […]


American Museum of Natural History

An afternoon visit to this wonderful and mysterious gem in New York City The Akeley Hall of African Mammals. An Easter Island Moai statue. The Star of India, at 563 carats, is the largest and most famous star sapphire in the world (at top). The Spitzer Hall of Human Origins. Gemsbock Antelope exhibit, The Akeley Hall […]


Protesters to General Electric: Pay Your Fair Share!

An estimated crowd of 2,000 protesters march against General Electric in Detroit. Groups from Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Toledo and Michigan showed up in force to protest General Electric at their annual shareholder meeting Wednesday April 25th, 2012. Protesters are angry that the nation’s largest conglomerate pays no tax and in fact received tax credits last year. Activists assembled […]


Trying to Save the Detroit Day School for the Deaf

Organizers bring awareness to school’s possible closure No one can really put their finger on why the Emergency Financial Manager for Detroit Public Schools Roy Roberts wants to shut down the Detroit Day School for the Deaf. It receives most of its funding from the federal government, with very little coming from the city and […]


Detroiters Rally for Justice & Peace

More than 1,000 supporters turn out at Hart Plaza in support of Trayvon Martin, his family and against crime. A coalition of Detroit’s Civil Rights, labor, clergy and community leaders held “Justice & Peace Rally” Monday March 26, 2012. The rally was for justice in the case of Trayvon Martin 17,  a black teen who was […]


The 2010 WFDF World Ultimate Club Championships

PRAGUE, Czech Republic – It was pure happenstance that I ended up shooting the WUCC here this week and I am sure glad – what a cool and inspiring sport. For the next week I will be following the Mental Toss Flycoons, the third-seeded Ultimate team from Montana, as they make their way through the […]


Strongman Competition

KUTNA HORA, Czech Republic – Participants in the Czech Republic Strongman competition demonstrate their strength during a competition in the Sedlec district by pulling semi trucks and lifting weights. Next to the site where the oldest monastery of the Cistercians in Bohemia was established in Sedlec in 1142, each of the participants pulled a semi […]


International Falconry Competition

Archive photo posting OPOCNO, Czech Republic – It was October 1994 and the annual International Falconry Competition was again taking place in this historic small town. I was fortunate to be able photograph this beautiful and ancient form of hunting for the English-language newspaper Prognosis. Along with the paper’s reporter and translator, I walked kilometers […]