Politics and Government

This is a collection of images depicting political activity by citizens and politicians in North Carolina starting in December 2016.

May and June, 2018

I was asked to serve as a documentarian for the North Carolina Poor People's Campaign-A National Call for Moral Revival. Protest rallies and civil disobedience direct actions were staged for six weeks in May and June at the North Carolina General Assembly. Here is a selection of the photographs that were provided to the Poor People's Campaign.

September 23, 2017

The “Save Our Health Care: This is an Emergency” rally that took place on the morning of Saturday, September 23 outside the office of Senator Thom Tillis in Raleigh, NC. The event was organized by Tuesdays with Tillis.

September 22, 2017

Meeting of the North Carolina Historical Commission in Raleigh on Friday, September 23. Security was tight as the normally quiet meeting dealt with the issue of Confederate monuments at the State Capitol. The Historical Commission delayed a decision on possible removal of the statues until the April meeting.

August 28, 2017

The NC House and Senate were voting on the third readings of redistricting plans for North Carolina. After the bills passed the House and Senate, the bills crossed over for committee review and voting by the other legislative body later that week.

August 13, 2017

The Chatham County Vigil for Peace, hosted by Chatham County Indivisible at the Historic Courthouse in Pittsboro on Sunday afternoon, 8/13/17. It was a small but enthusiastic turnout in solidarity with Charlottesville. Somewhat ironically, the gathering was at the base of the monument that honors Confederate soldiers from Chatham County, NC. My favorite is the one of the little guy with red marker still on his hands from making his sign.

August 4, 2017

NC House Select Committee on Redistricting

April 22, 2017

The March for Science, Raleigh NC.

April 15, 2017

Protest in Raleigh primarily concerned with Trump's refusal to reveal his tax returns.

February 22, 2017

IndivisiblesNC mock town hall meeting in Cary with pictures of NC Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis.

February 11, 2017

Historic Thousands on Jones St. (HK on J) march sponsored by NAACP and more than 200 coalition partners.

February 8, 2017

I went to the NC Legislature primarily for the senate confirmation hearing for former NC Representative Larry Hall that was tangled up in political and legal issues between Governor Cooper and the Republican Legislature. Mr. Hall was selected by the Governor to serve on his cabinet as head of the Department of Military and Veteran Affairs. The hearing was blocked by court order and Mr. Hall did not attend.

After that I shot a few miscellaneous features around the legislative building and then went to the afternoon session of the NC House.

December 15, 2016

During a special session in December 2016, the Republican dominated Legislature quickly passed HB 17 which was written to reduce the number of political appointments that could be made by incoming Democratic Governor Cooper from 1,500 to 425.

The daylong political theater culminated in the gallery in the House being cleared when protests erupted as a result of the vote. Those who refused to leave the gallery were arrested and removed in hand cuffs.