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“Dear President Obama, it held on as long as it could”

Dear President Obama,

I wanted to explain to you why I did what I did. I’m afraid I had to take your ’08 bumper sticker off my car. Actually, it was starting to fall off. It’s not like I washed my car very often so it didn’t really get disturbed much. Plus I park my car in a garage so it was out of the elements most of the time. But I didn’t want to leave it on looking all shabby like it was. That just felt disrespectful, like flying a tattered U.S. flag. Believe me I know how disrespectful that can be.…

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#PinkOut Day – Supporting Planned Parenthood isn’t just political and it’s not just for liberals & progressives

When we first moved to Dexter, Michigan nine years ago, among other important things like finding a new doctor and a veterinarian for my pets, I needed to find a new hair stylist. I set out to a salon one day that was recommended to me by a person I knew in the area. I was greeted in the lobby by a young women, probably in her early 20s. She was beautiful and very sweet and she gave me a great haircut.

So, just like that, I had my new stylist.

Every time I sat down in her chair and she would immediately ask me a question based on what she remembered from our last visit.…

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[PHOTOS] #BlackLivesMatter protest at Netroots Nation through the eyes of a photographer.


I’m processing the protest. I’m processing the articles written about the protest. I’m processing comments people are leaving about the protest. I’m processing how prevalent racism still is, even in the progressive community. And I’m processing my photographs.

As I go through the hundreds of images I took during the presidential candidate town hall protest at Netroots Nation on Saturday I understand how my reaction to the protest unfolded. It was chaotic event, but the protesters were impressive. They stood strong, they were organized and they were persistent. The crowd was mostly uncomfortable and annoyed, and the candidates showed their true colors.…

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“Joy” – June 26, 2015 (PHOTOS)

The following images were captured at the Braun Court Decision Day celebration in Ann Arbor on June 26, 2015. The celebrants were joined by SCOTUS marriage equality plaintiffs April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse and their Michigan legal team. It was a day of pure joy.

Jayne and April take a break from recording interviews

The poetry that concluded SCOTUS Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion:

No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death.…
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(PHOTOS) President Obama brings #minimumwage populism and campaign-style energy to Ann Arbor

(PHOTOS) President Obama brings #minimumwage populism and campaign-style energy to Ann Arbor

President Obama came to Ann Arbor, Michigan yesterday to promote raising the national minimum wage to $10.10. His speach was full of energy and populism and had the crowd of around 1,400 on their feet and energized for the entire 35 minutes.

Chris and I were there to record it.

Before I came here today, I stopped at Zingerman’s, which is the right thing to do when you’re in Ann Arbor. I stopped for two reasons. The first is the Reuben is killer. So I ordered like the small and it didn’t look that small. So I gave half to Valerie Jarrett, who’s traveling with us.…
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More than just security for your family, a marriage license gives same-sex couples a feeling of legitimacy.

“We are changing the world today.”

“I feel like I can breath now,” Diane VanDorn told me on Sunday after being married to her partner Connie Greer on Saturday at the Washtenaw County Clerk’s office in Ann Arbor. Diane and Connie were one of the first of 300 same-sex couples that were married in Michigan that day.

Diane and Connie, both public school teachers in Ann Arbor, have been together for 17 years. They have four kids, Kaélan, 25, Nora, 8, and twins Hadden and Fletcher, 6, and live in Dexter with the three youngest children.

Diane left late from a conference on Friday night and drove past the Washtenaw County Clerk’s office prepared to get in line just in case one had started to form.…

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PHOTO ESSAY: New York City – An unforgettable day, an unforgettable city

Twelve years ago I was living in St. Louis working for the St. Louis Post Dispatch. I was single with two dogs and a parrot, and spent my free time going to bars and listening to music and watching sporting events with family and friends. I hadn’t even met Chris at that point.

Now, 12 years later I work for myself, live in Michigan, and just cerebrated my 9-year wedding anniversary. In the last 12 years I have gained two step kids, three nieces, a nephew, a brother-in-law, a sister-in-law, and a whole new set of pets. Much has changed over 12 years.…

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The day Detroit went bankrupt: A photographer’s story.

The day Detroit went bankrupt: A photographer’s story.

“Like the phoenix, Detroit WILL rise again” – Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm

I had a meeting yesterday with a client looking for current photographs to reflect their growing business, with its many new employees and in its new location only 10 miles north on Woodward Avenue from downtown Detroit. This client was a good 50-minute drive away from where I live so, rather than making the trip for in for a short meeting, I decided I would spend the rest of the day in Detroit to get some photographs.

Detroit has been in the news a lot lately, as you well know, and it’s been on my mind a lot too.…

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ECLECTAGRAPHIC: Texas hypocrisy

GOPocrisy in its purest form

Busy day in Texas yesterday and Governor Rick Perry's unadulterated hypocrisy was in full display. A larger version suitable for pinning and sharing awaits you after the jump.
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ECLECTAGRAPHIC: Women of Texas will NOT be bullied! #SB5 #TXlege

Ms. Davis Goes to Washington

In honor of Texas Democratic Senator Wendy Davis's filibuster of anti-woman, anti-choice SB 5 being rammed through by Republicans in the Texas legislature: Click through for a larger version for tweeting, pinning, and loving Yeah, that's a panhandle. Get all the news you need to know about Senator Davis's 13-hour talking filibuster at the Burnt Orange Report. They're killing it.
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Eclectablog's Person of The Year: Barack Obama

Eclectablog’s Person of The Year: Barack Obama

OK, that’s Time magazine’s thing. But we totally agree.

I’m no Pete Souza and I didn’t have 48 hours with the President, but I do have a few photos and a story to share.

Over the last four years I have had the privilege of photographing Barack Obama many times and, as I tell my story, I will include a few of my favorite photos as a tribute to Time magazine’s well-chosen Person of the Year and a little something for you at the end.

On June 16, 2008, I stood outside a door on the south side of Joe Louis Arena with several other photographers and media people waiting for approval to be part of the media coverage of Barack Obama’s visit to Detroit.…

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