Quince at the Capitol

Brave young women speaking out against SB4.

Cristina Tzintzun and I conceived of the idea on the East side over lunch while prepping for a town hall.  She, along with her amazing team and volunteers with Jolt Texas , took the idea and made it into a national conversation covered by a number of news outlets.  I showed up to photograph the event and help accompany a group of the young girls after their performance and speeches in front of the Capitol to different offices of Legislators offering them a tissue flower for their opposition to the racist law or a copy of an excerpt of The New Colossus poem that is displayed on the Statue of Liberty.  

 

From the ACLU website:  SB4 is a Texas law that forces local governments and law enforcement agencies to do the work of federal immigration officers. It punishes local officials who choose to prioritize their communities’ safety over the anti-immigrant agenda of politicians, diverts precious local resources away from communities to serve the needs of the federal government, corrodes public trust in law enforcement, and drives victims and witnesses of crime into the shadows, making everyone less safe. Sheriffs and police chiefs across the state strongly advised the legislature not to pass this awful law. Governor Abbott signed SB4 on May 7, 2017.

You can see some of my photos on display at the Mexic-Arte Museum exhibit Fotografia y Nuevo Medios, running through end of May 2018.  They will then be added to the permanent collection.