Monday, February 27, 2017

Socialism


I've noticed that persons representing the Socialist Alternative organization have showed up at several of the anti-Trump rallies around D.C. I took the trouble to look them up online and agree with many of their ideas, although I disagree with their estimation that "big businesses" are always and everywhere a bad thing. 

I frankly rather appreciate some big businesses, especially the ones that give evidence of possessing a social conscience. In fact, I would go so far as to say we ought to encourage big businesses to become more socially engaged rather to simply disparage them.  

Heck! Apple is a big business and it's greatest fault is that it produced the product that I use every day to maintain this blog. Microsoft is a big business and I use it's word processor more than I use my toothbrush. Google is a big business. . . Well, you get the idea. 

So I don't agree that big businesses are in and of themselves a problem. There are some big businesses that do a tremendous amount of good. We just need to better regulate the ones that don't.


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Speakers


Speakers at the Not My President's Day Rally included Lee Carter (above), a candidate for the Virginia State House of Delegates (50th District), and Native American activist, Gray Michael Parson (below).

Saturday, February 25, 2017

No!


I totally support this young lady's opposition to many of the Trump administration's "fascist" policies. Before you can say yes to something, you almost certainly have to say no to something else. Yes, I support humanitarian values, but what exactly are those values? Once we're rid of Trump and his troop of misfits, who will we elect to represent us both at the local and national levels? 

Fortunately, I know I'm not alone in this opinion. Others, too, are already looking to what we call our mid-term elections here in the United States in 2020 when a number of key congressional positions will be determined. And as I'll show you here, there were a few candidates for those seats present at the rally. The great question everyone must be asking themselves at this point is do these candidates represent the way forward for our country and the world?

Update
Rally for the Affordable Care Act
Lafayette Square, H St. and 17th St. NW
Washington, D.C.
Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have called for nationwide rallies in support of the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. Join us on Saturday, February 25, to do just that. Send a message that taking healthcare away from millions of Americans is NOT OK! 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Setup



Camera crews and organizers setting up for Monday's rally. One of the organizers below being interviewed by our local ABC affiliate.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Not My President's Day Rally



Maybe you heard about the Not My President's Day rallies held yesterday in cities all across the United States. Here in D.C., ours started at Dupont Circle. You can see some folks in the photo below arriving. Looks like they may have taken one of the Red Line trains and emerged from the Dupont Circle station. 

"The park within the circle is maintained by the National Park Service. The central fountain designed by Daniel Chester French provides seating, and long, curved benches around the central area were installed in 1964. The park within the circle is a gathering place for those wishing to play chess on the permanent stone chessboards. Tom Murphy, a homeless championship chess player, is a resident. The park has also been the location of political rallies, such as those supporting gay rights and those protesting the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund." ~ Wikipedia


Monday, February 20, 2017

The Houses of Parliament


Ah, now back to the sanity of the National Gallery of Art.

Claude Monet, "The Houses of Parliament, Sunset", 1903, oil on canvas at the National Gallery of Art.

UPDATE: #NotMyPresidentsDay rally this afternoon from 2-4 p.m. at Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C.!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

D.C. Police



These people certainly have been busy and will remain busy for days and weeks to come protecting protesters as well as helping to maintain law and order.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Impeachment?



"Because impeachment and conviction of officials involves an overturning of the normal Constitutional procedures by which individuals achieve high office (election, ratification, or appointment) and because it generally requires a supermajority, it is usually only reserved for those deemed to have committed serious abuses of their office. In the United States, for example, impeachment at the Federal level is reserved for those who may have committed "high crimes and misdemeanors". Several Federal officials, including two Presidents (Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, who were both acquitted) and several judges, have been impeached over the course of US history. US President Richard Nixon resigned before Watergate scandal impeachment proceedings could begin." ~ Wikipedia

Given the rules for impeachment, I figure it's much more likely that Trump will be forced to resign before the 2018 mid-term elections. After the mid-term elections. . . who knows? As a lawyer friend of mine likes to say, "stay tuned". :-)


Friday, February 17, 2017

Marching



After gathering at the White House to protest the President's executive order. . .




the crowd began marching toward the Trump Hotel (below right) and finally to the Capitol.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Executive Order



Are you ready for a brief break from all the lovely art works at the National Gallery? No? Well, I can't say I blame you. I find solace these days in the art galleries around the Capitol city. All the same, I feel it my duty to share these photos of the demonstration that erupted next to the White House shortly after the President's executive order was issued banning persons from seven countries from entering the United States. Having read that a protest was in progress, I naturally jumped on my bike (faster than public transit!) and was there within half an hour. I would have been there faster had I not run into a couple of road blocks set up by the United States Secret Service to protect those inside the White House.

By now, I'm sure you've read that the ban has been temporarily rolled back and that there have been other more limited court actions that have stymied the President's plans. You need to know that opposition to the order has been both vigorous and tireless. More protests are planned as in the forth coming Tax March, the March for Science AND the Climate March. I plan to cover as many of them as I can while at the same time making a living. :-)


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Mountains at Coullioure


André Durain, "Mountains at Coullioure", 1905, oil on canvas at the National Gallery of Art.

André Derain was a French artist, painter, sculptor and co-founder of Fauvism with Henri Matisse.

"Fauvism is the style of les Fauves (French for "the wild beasts"), a loose group of early twentieth-century modern artists whose works emphasized painterly qualities and strong color over the representational or realistic values retained by Impressionism." ~ Wikipedia

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Woman in a Striped Dress



Édouard Vuillard, "Woman in a Striped Dress", 1895, oil on canvas, at the National Gallery of Art.

Jean-Édouard Vuillard was a French painter and printmaker associated with the Nabis, a group of Post-Impressionist avant-garde artists who set the pace for fine arts and graphic arts in France in the 1890s. ~ Wikipedia

P.S. Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Head of a Woman



Amedeo Modigliani, "Head of a Woman", 1910/11, limestone at the National Gallery of Art

"Amedeo Clemente Modigliani was an Italian Jewish painter and sculptor who worked mainly in France. He is known for portraits and nudes in a modern style characterized by elongation of faces and figures." ~ Wikipedia

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Regatta at Cowes


Photo bombed at the National Gallery of Art (above). Raoul Dufy's "Regatta at Cowes", 1934, oil on linen.


An unobstructed view of "Regatta at Cowes".

"Raoul Dufy was a French Fauvist painter, brother of Jean Dufy. He developed a colorful, decorative style that became fashionable for designs of ceramics and textiles, as well as decorative schemes for public buildings." ~ Wikipedia

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Cacao



I'm feeling the need to take a short break from politics and to return to the U. S. Botanic Garden even though I shot some pictures of the march against Trump's immigration ban just two weeks after the inauguration. I'll maybe get to those in a few days. But for now, some of you may remember that I had paid a return visit to the Garden after the holidays were over. 




What I didn't get a chance to share with you before the Women's March was this wonderful moment when a staff member at the Garden introduced this young girl to the cacao tree and how chocolate is made.


Friday, February 10, 2017

The Wrap


Linda Sarsour (below) is a Palestinian-American activist and executive director of the Arab American Association of New York. She was one of the speakers at the Women's March.




Well, that's a wrap--a truly historic event. Did it change anything? Obviously not. Trump's still president and he appears to be pressing ahead with his agenda regardless. But I do think it conveyed the unmistakable message that his opposition has not fallen asleep. The proof of the March's effectiveness, as the March's leaders said, will be how it did or did not motivate people to become more politically engaged.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Emergencies



With that many people crammed into such a small space (approx. 146 acres), you knew there were going to be medical emergencies. And, sure enough, an ambulance had to make its way through the crowd with the help of D.C. police.




Also, members of the National Guard were kept busy helping to reunite people who had become separated from each other. I watched this fellow, for instance, find a young boy who had been separated from his family. He lifted the young man into the cab of his truck and then posted a sign indicating to the family where he could be found.


Sunday, February 5, 2017

The Tribe



I was very pleased yesterday to learn that a federal judge in Washington State has rolled back Trump's executive order on immigration, at least for the time being. I was also encouraged to read about the many creative ways people are finding to fight back. May their tribe increase and their creativity never cease until this president is either reigned in or removed from office.


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Sea of Signs




Once in a while, between speakers addressing the crowd, some rabble rouser would scream, "Show us your signs!" and immediately people would thrust so many signs in the air that you almost lost sight of the people below. It was an amazing scene and I could only think of how bare the store shelves must have appeared last week in office and art supply stores all across the U.S. and beyond, especially considering the millions of persons who showed up at sister marches around the world. I loved the Netflix sign, by the way. :-)