My Ancestors in Egypt in front of the Sphinx and Great Pyramid

This photo of my great great grandparents in front of the Sphinx and Great Pyramid is a favorite image.

I did not take this photo. The woman on the donkey and the man on the camel wearing the white hat are my great great grandparents. I never knew them but this photo of them in front of the Sphinx and Great Pyramid has always been one of my favorite images. One day I will visit Egypt to recreate this iconic scene.

Ancestors in front of the Sphinx and Great Pyramid

Occupy Oakland General Strike Radical

Protesting social injustice, widespread financial mismanagement and corporate greed

On November 2, 2011 Occupy Oakland initiated a General Strike to protest social injustice, widespread financial mismanagement and corporate greed. “We Are the 99%”

Boots Riley at Occupy Oakland General Strike

Boots Riley speaks to the masses at the Port of Oakland during the Occupy Oakland General Strike.

Boots Riley speaks to the masses at the Port of Oakland during the Occupy Oakland General Strike on November 2, 2011.

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Hillary Clinton’s Speech to the UN on LGBT Rights

Hillary Clinton: “So in that spirit, I want to talk about the difficult and important issues we must address together to reach a global consensus that recognizes the human rights of LGBT citizens everywhere.”

Hillary Clinton speaks to UN about LGBT Rights on Dec.6, 2011Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton — Remarks in Recognition of International Human Rights Day December 6, 2011 Palais des Nations Geneva, Switzerland

“So in that spirit, I want to talk about the difficult and important issues we must address together to reach a global consensus that recognizes the human rights of LGBT citizens everywhere.”

The first issue goes to the heart of the matter. Some have suggested that gay rights and human rights are separate and distinct; but, in fact, they are one and the same. Now, of course, 60 years ago, the governments that drafted and passed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights were not thinking about how it applied to the LGBT community. They also weren’t thinking about how it applied to indigenous people or children or people with disabilities or other marginalized groups. Yet in the past 60 years, we have come to recognize that members of these groups are entitled to the full measure of dignity and rights, because, like all people, they share a common humanity.”

“This recognition did not occur all at once. It evolved over time. And as it did, we understood that we were honoring rights that people always had, rather than creating new or special rights for them. Like being a woman, like being a racial, religious, tribal, or ethnic minority, being LGBT does not make you less human. And that is why gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.”

Occupy Cal Strike UC Berkeley March

Occupy Cal Strike UC Berkeley Protest March on November 15, 2011

These photos were taken during the Occupy Cal Strike UC Berkeley Protest March on November 15, 2011.

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KQED: This Week in Northern California Video of Occupy Cal Protests

Occupy Cal and Occupy Oakland protesters converge on the UC Berkeley campus at Sproul Plaza.
Interviews with Yvette Felancra and Berkeley City Council member Chris Worthington were conducted by Spencer Michels. Videography by Harry Betancourt.