Dead Bird and Butterfly

Dead Bird and Butterfly. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend

I held this bird in my hands after it crashed into a glass door. I knew it was going to die because it had blood in its mouth following the impact. I held it through the process and at the moment of death it became extremely alert, opened its eyes wide and jumped out of my hands. Taking that metaphoric leap became literal at that moment. I placed it in the leaves with a butterfly who seemed to be partially alive. I didn’t want the bird to be alone.

Dead Bird and Butterfly. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend

Hillary Clinton’s Speech to the UN on LGBT Rights

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 Oakland Claims New Encampment

A march through Oakland on November 19, 2011 culminated in the Occupy protesters claiming a new encampment at Fox Square Park in Uptown Oakland.

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Peace Attack
Truck blasting music showcases Trespassing sign ripped down when protesters tore down the fences surrounding the vacant lot at Fox Square Park in Oakland.

People Are Too Big To Fail
Occupiers tear down fences in vacant lot adjacent to Fox Square Park in Oakland.

Occupy Oakland

Occupy Tulsa Stands With Occupy Oakland

This Space is Already Occupied
Residents in the Uptown Oakland neighborhood came out to protest the occupation and encampment.

Police lined up in front of the fence at Fox Square Park lot

Occupy Cal Strike UC Berkeley March

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.

Occupy Cal Strike at Sproul Plaza

These photos were taken during the Occupy Cal STRIKE at Sproul Plaza at UC Berkeley on November 15, 2011.

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OccupyCal STRIKE at Sproul Plaza

Sproul Plaza - Occupy Action - Occupy Cal

Sproul Plaza Rally at UC Berkeley - Free Speech

Speaker before the march at Occupy Cal Strike at Sproul Plaza

Unjust Capitalist Brutality sign at Sproul Plaza during OccupyCal Strike

The Dream Lives On at Sproul Plaza during the Occupy Cal Strike

Occupy Cal Sproul Hall - Jack Kornfield and Wes Nisker

Occupy Cal Strike rally at Sproul Plaza

Occupy Cal Sproul Hall

Mario Savio Memorial Lecture by Robert Reich, a UC Berkeley public policy professor and former U.S. Secretary of Labor. November 15, 2011.

Mario Savio December 2, 1964 at Sproul Hall, UC Berkeley