15 April 2010

Amnesty Annual General Meeting in New Orleans

On April 9-11, Amnesty International USA held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in New Orleans. Complete with a jazz-band led march to City Hall for a rally and a party at the Hard Rock Cafe, it was an amazing and inspiring weekend. A few photo highlights follow here...

Above: Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, activist and co-founder of the a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock, speaks to a crowd gathered at City Hall.

Above: On the march to City Hall.

Above: A second line street marching band leads the conference participants down Canal Street to City Hall for the rally.

An Amnesty International appreciation party was thrown the last night at the Hard Rock Cafe.

Above: John Imanene, center, was lead investigator for the Kenyan National Commission on Human Rights of extra-judicial killings and forced disappearances in Kenya. He shares a laugh at the AGM with Rick Roth of Cambridge, MA (at right) and Ann Corbett of Washington, DC (at left).

03 April 2010

Census, Counting the Homeless

I randomly stumbled across a U.S. Census Crew Leader (while photographing a completely different assignment) in an abandoned warehouse area, who was looking for homeless people to count in the census. Impressive, considering how far out of his way he went to search these vacant sites. For once the federal government is overly thorough in something besides taxes!