Photographing the LAUSD Teacher Protest

LAUSD Teachers Protest (1/29/2009)

Downtown Los Angeles — When I heard from LAist that there would be a huge protest in Downtown LA, I decided to photograph the event. (Chris Lin joined my photojournalism endeavors, too.)

We joined the growing crowd at the LAUSD headquarters before streets were starting to get blocked off. Around 3:30pm, it got packed out. Finally, the bullhorn-equipped leaders led the crowd from the back of a flatbed truck, surrounded by huge speakers powered by a generator.

A sea of red moved down 4th street. Chanting, signs and music blared as the crowd moved toward Pershing Square. (I also saw a fellow Flickr photographer, Luke Gattuso.)

As we got closer, we saw that a huge crowd already formed. A stage was set, a row of news vans were parked, helicopters were hovering, and police/safety officials were everywhere.

Leslie Miller from ABC7 Eyewitness News was at the entrance of Pershing Square. I think they were having camera issues, plus one person was harassing her a bit.

I made my way through the crowd, trying to capture a few more photos before we took off. There were some stands mocking Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger with pamphlets and forms to fill out. A lot of people were seated on steps and benches, looking tired and fed up.

We didn’t stay for too long at Pershing Square. I simply wanted to capture the massive crowd.

I hope something positive came from this.

View my photos from this event at Flickr

Update 1/30/2009 — If you were taking photos at this protest and you’re on Flickr, you can share them in the UTLA Flickr group. Otherwise, e-mail your best ones directly to UTLA. (via UTLA.net)

Photos of a No on Prop 8 peaceful protest

Prop 8 peaceful protest (305/366)
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Public Counsel[1. Yes, I work there. We oppose Prop 8.] and API Equality (LA) were having a peaceful protest on Wilshire and Normandie in Los Angeles in the late afternoon of Halloween.

After I finished at work, I lingered with the demonstrators to take some photos before going to the subway.

The majority of my coworkers had already left since they were out there for an hour. But, lots of people from API Equality LA were still there. So, I started snapping.

Prop 8 peaceful protest
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I wanted to capture the enthusiasm and energy of these protesters. I think I did pretty well.

People passing by made a few glances but didn’t exchange any words. There were several security guards on bicycles, watching and making sure nothing got nasty. Lots of cars, vans and trucks honked as they drove by.

One of the people in charge gathered everyone around so I could take a group photo. I didn’t get a chance to identify myself until he thanked me for taking photos. I gave him my business card, took a few more photos, then headed home.

Prop 8 peaceful protest
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Trying to abide by one of the rules of photojournalism[2. Or something like that.], I didn’t modify any of these photos[3. Except for slight cropping.].

*** You may view the photos at this Flickr photoset. API Equality LA also loved the photos, so I allowed them to display the photos on their website.