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Photographed Occupy the Farms Garden at Justin Herman plaza in SF

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After an GMO/MONSANTO protest in San Francisco a group called Occupy the Farm tore up grass and began their own garden in Justin Herman Plaza. The group collectively removed the sod, grated/tilled the dirt and planted dozens of new Kale plants. SF Police and the Park Rangers looked on and monitored their action. The next day the garden is still there.

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Briefly photographed “No XL Keystone Pipeline protest

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Yesterday I checked out a No on XL protest. Firstly I don’t know what XL meant. I think it has something to do with a pipeline. Secondly, I was not treated very well while photographing that protest. Thirdly I still don’t know what all the signs meant.
But if you look at the photos you can see that I cover all angles when it comes to photographing the full scope of the event.

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Still no texting into 911 and 311 Call in systems

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I often photograph large events where large amounts of people usually attend.
I have witnessed many shootings.
But when I tried calling 911 at those events it was literally impossible to get through, either because the 911 call-in system here in SF puts people on hold, and were busy, or there were not enough cell phone towers to support cell phone users etc. Also there are not enough pay phones on the streets.
My point: it is about time the Federal government dish out the money that would enable every 911 call-in system to be able to take or receive text messages. And additionally make it so operators can track where those text messages originate from.
I would also like to add, that phoning in large crowds is tough because of the noise.
I attended a party in the Castro one year called Pink Night. At that event there was a shooting. I witnessed that shooting and nearly got shot myself, but when I tried calling 911 I was put on hold, so I eventually had to hang up and because SF has spotty cell phone coverage( was using AT&T) the call back never occurred.
Below are pics of what a shooting scene looks like. The only reason police arrived because they luckily were nearby, and heard the shots themselves. The shooter was never captured and one person had died.

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Boston Bombing, Arming Police or Training Photogs?

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I’m not into the whole police state thing, but in the name of safety, what would you prefer your police to be armed with? Whistles and walkie talkies or multiple round grenade launchers?
Photos by Dina Boyer.
SFPD came armed with their weapons for an Occupy Protest.
Also I think it’s about time the Feds train citizen photographers to watch out for possible terrorists at large events. It is also now obvious that bomb sniffing dogs are useless.

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My humanitarian-like coverage of the Same Sex Marriage Debacle in San Francisco

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Back in 2008, I took notice when then San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom made public his intention of allowing gay couples to be legally married in the City. But so did all the people, institutions, churches, and other various miscellaneous entities who chose to oppose.
First I would like to make it clear, I don’t care about marriage, I didn’t like being married when I was, and I am in no way ever getting married again. But living in San Francisco you have a tendency to live next door and are friends with people, who have been affected either negatively or positively by same-sex marriage.

In the same year then Mayor Gavin Newsom allowed same-sex marriage, a ban on same-sex marriage  was elected by the people and placed on the California Constitution.  I immediately noticed the inequality and started doing my thing, which was to show the actions that took place in San Francisco over the ban on same-sex marriage, and create videos and take pictures of those effected by that ban.
I must now make this clear: I don’t think that gay or lesbian people should be denied their rights. My picture stories, videos, article and news posts have gotten thousands of hits. I will post the links of the coverage I created and produced for gay or lesbian folks who want to be able to marry legally in the United States and namely California.

Links here, http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-555488
http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-743653

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-479135

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-447741

http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/02/07/18706839.php

Coyote Killing Contest Must be Stopped.

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I had the pleasure of photographing Coyotes in an urban park during the summer of 2012, and additionally I had the pleasure of photographing young Coyote pups growing up. Here is a photo set, http://www.flickr.com/photos/rebelgirl/sets/72157629918572669/
It is my opinion they are amazing animals that deserve protection and admiration, and should not be the victims of a shooting contest. Which leads me to this:

Coyote Drive 2013 is on. That means hundreds of Coyotes can be killed during this contest in the name of managing “coyote populations in the Big Valley area.”

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This is what the hunters will be shooting.

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By shooting the adults hunter’s may leave pups without their parents.

 

The Pit River Rod and Gun Club has planned a Coyote killing contest in Modoc County California on February 8-10th. The link to their contest page is here http://www.adinsupply.com/coyote%20drive.htm
It is common knowledge that hunters rarely can tell the difference between a wolf and a Coyote and it is common knowledge that OR-7 aka Journey has been roaming the areas in Northern California. Journey is that lone wolf that has been a media sensation. And even though California Governor Jerry Brown has signed AB2402, which requires that the California Fish and Game use “ecosystem based management” and the best available science in the stewardship of California’s wildlife,” this contest is going to happen.

UNLESS: see below

What you can do:

Write or email the California Department of Fish & Wildlife Director Charlton H. Bonham and the California Fish & Game Commission and urge them to stop this coyote hunt. See contact info. and talking points below.
Sign our petition on Change.org and share this with others.
Attend the California Fish & Game Commission meeting on February 6th and testify during the public comment period (using talking points below).
What: California Fish & Game Commission meeting
When: Wed. Feb. 6th @ 8:30 am (public comment period starts at 8:30 sharp so get there early to fill out a speaker card and find a seat)
Where: Resources Bldg., First Floor Auditorium, 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento

Draft letter here:
Director Charlton H. Bonham
California Department of Fish & Wildlife
1416 Ninth Street, 12th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
director [at] wildlife.ca.gov

California Fish & Game Commission
1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1320
Sacramento, CA 95814
fgc [at] fgc.ca.gov

Dear Director Bonham & Commissioners

My name is ____________________ and I live in _____________________, California. [Include a one-sentence description of your experience with wildlife]

I am writing to strongly oppose California’s sanctioning of wildlife killing contests – in particular the upcoming “Coyote Drive 2013” scheduled for Feb. 8-10 in Adin. Not only are such contest hunts offensive in their wanton waste of wildlife and disregard for the important ecological role coyotes (and other predators) play in maintaining ecosystem health and species diversity but they also pose a significant threat to the recovery of gray wolves in California. This region is where wolf OR-7 (aka “Journey”) has been known to range and while DFW staff have expressed their concerns for the safety of OR-7 (and any other un-collared wolves that may roam the area), this contest hunt continues year after year.

It is time that the Department of Fish and Wildlife conduct a top-to-bottom evaluation of its approach to managing predators in California, including a review of current scientific literature and of proven practices that may be more likely to yield better outcomes for wildlife, other animals and people. Governor Jerry Brown recently signed legislation (AB 2402) requiring the agency to use “ecosystem based management” and the best science in its stewardship of California’s wildlife.

Please do everything in your power to stop this coyote killing contest hunt and use this as an opportunity to move California toward more responsible and ethical wildlife management.

Thank you for taking my concerns into consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

 

 

Source of info http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/567808/72472514ab/1557763851/e5973503c6/

Well’s Fargo Branch Turned Into Homeless Shelter

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Photographed the following local Occupy groups turning a Well’s Fargo Home Loan Branch into a Homeless Shelter and Soup Kitchen.

Occupy Bernal, ACCE-SF, Occupy Direct Action Workgroup, Occupy Action Council of SF, Occupy SF Environmental Justice Workgroup, Community Not Commodity, Occupy Noe, San Francisco Tenants Union, Senior and Disability Action, Manilatown Heritage Foundation, Communities United in Defense of Olmsted.

Indybay.org post here>>>>>http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/11/19/18726007.php

Photographed Palestinain vs Israeli Protest in San Francisco

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Turbulence in the Middle East namely the ongoing battle between Palestine and Israel has hit the cities in the U.S. namely San Francisco. The protest in San Francisco on November 15 2012 at the Israeli consulate on Montgomery Street was loud and got very aggressive toward’s the end when the Palestinian protesters became eager to confront the pro-Israeli protesters who showed up across the street. The Palestinian protesters were very loud and repetitive in their message while the pro-Israeli protesters seemed to belittle and mock the pro-Palestinian protesters.
I was “live on scene at Israeli vs Palestine protest in downtown SF, and couldn’t figure out what side of the police line I was on. It got messy for a second. Tonight while covering that protest it was like a roller coaster. People screaming and hollering, signs everywhere, police with batons, cars speeding-by, workers trying to leave, and the pushing and shoving that often occurs by protesters, and all-the-while trying to make sure I remain objective.

I used my Canon Rebel T3i and that camera is no joke. I worked it hard, and it put-out. Very nice camera.

I posted pics and video on CNN’s iReport site and on Indybay.org. Links below.

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-882180

http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/11/15/18725782.php

Crosses in Lafayette California!

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I recently photographed the Crosses in Lafayette California for the second time. I originally reported on the hillside memorial in 2008. Another link from 2008 is here. http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2007/01/17/18347973.php

I just posted another report on Indybay, and posted one CNN’s iReport site.
And I posted a few pics on Flickr >>>>Crosses in Lafayette<<<<<

Photographed the memorial for Chris Stevens at San Francisco’s City Hall.

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  Photographed the memorial held for slain ambassador Chris Stevens at
San Francisco’s City Hall. I cover a lot of events there, but I rarely enjoy
them because mainstream media and or press are just too obnoxious. Some     photographers situate themselves 4 hours in advance just to get a seat on the media platform. The media platforms are never big enough, and some of those folks are downright mean, but despite the adversity I still manage to get nice shot. I use my experience and saavy and look for alternative vantage points, and I get my pics. I really wish that San Francisco’s City Hall would allow cell companies to install cell phone towers inside the building, so the 3G and 4G networks would be more reliable and speedy.

I posted an iReport on CNN and here is the text I included in that post.

On Tuesday October 16, 2012 San Francisco’s City Hall hosted a memorial service for John Christopher Stevens. He was the US Ambassador to Libya and was killed during an attack on the US Consulate in Libya on September 11, 2012. Chris Stevens died of smoke inhalation.
Chris Stevens was born in Grass Valley California and attended many local colleges in the San Francisco Bay area including the University of Berkeley and the Hastings College of the Law, so having the memorial in San Francisco’s City Hall was the appropriate venue.

The event was attended by many family members, politicians and friends. The U.S Marine Corps Honor Guard held the “posting colors” ceremony and The Star Spangled Banner was sung by the University of California Men’s Glee Club Alumni.
The flag in front of San Francisco City Hall was not flown at half-staff because the Giants flag was raised.

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