…In addition to leafing through sequences of images, and our front row seats, media immersion, and books, we did venture outdoors from time to time.

During the tumultuous times of recent years, we continued our efforts at participating in local and national protests. I contributed my efforts to photographically document numerous events sponsored by Indivisible, League of Women Voters, Planned Parenthood, Women’s March, for issues ranging from voting rights, saving our democracy, March for Our Lives, Moms for Portland, and to a rally honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Following the events of January 6, 2021 it has become even more apparent how important it is for all of us to do what we can, to participate in, and do our part to contribute to our culture and society.

Many of the events I attended were masked and socially distanced, held on a heavily trafficked street with most drivers showing their approval; other rallies were at our state capitol with notable speakers. At these rallies I have been impressed with the dedication of friends, neighbors, youth, and senior citizens, all coming together to standup for Democracy, to demonstrate that we care. We care about one another, our communities, our rich, multi-faceted, diverse culture. Click this link to my Flickr account to view many of these photographs.

Our capitol campus, as traditional as it is, is a place of beauty, symbolizing all we hold dear with the expectation that it is and will be there for each of us. This campus, where people with differing ideas come to debate and form laws that govern our society, is a place to behold in all its traditions, beauty, and our expectations of Democracy.

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