Author: Anne

How much would you pay someone to take a bullet for your child?

How much would you pay someone to take a bullet for your child?

Why would you hire a greedy parasite to watch and teach your children all day?

Teaching is a tough profession. It has always been, but lately it has become so much tougher thanks to the anti-union attacks teachers and other public employees. It’s becoming harder and harder to understand why anyone would want to be a public school teacher these days.

The anti-union attacks on teachers have been around for decades, starting with idea that teachers get paid a full-time salary but really don’t work full-time; that their cushy workdays end at 3:00 and they have summers off. This is a very shortsighted view and, if you know anyone who teaches, you know how hard they work and how much of that work goes well past 3:00 and the month of May. Often the lines between their personal life and professional life are blurred. To most teachers, teaching is really a calling more than a job.

And yet, we treat these treat these everyday heroes as if they are not worthy of our respect.

Much more after the jump.

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Prohibition Repeal Day, December 5 (with PHOTOS) — Come help us celebrate in Ann Arbor

Prohibition Repeal Day, December 5 (with PHOTOS) — Come help us celebrate in Ann Arbor

Everything in moderation, including moderation Chris and I have a healthy relationship with alcohol. Not so much the “conducive to, or promoting good health” definition of healthy, but more like “of a satisfactory size or amount” definition. We do enjoy an adult beverage from time to time. And by “time” I mean “day”. It’s fair to say that if we […]

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There is nothing more powerful than ordinary citizens coming together for a just cause.

There is nothing more powerful than ordinary citizens coming together for a just cause.

“Forward Together” — a new photomosaic of Barack Obama

Four years ago, I was busy devoting most of my free time knocking on doors and talking to people about the presidential election. At first I was very uncomfortable disturbing folks at their homes to talk about a subject that most would prefer to avoid: politics. Admittedly, it took me a little while to become comfortable with the front porch conversations, but, as soon as I did, there was no stopping me. I loved it. All of it.

In ’08, I also spent some time traveling around Michigan photographing Obama rallies. While Obama spoke to the crowds, I photographed them. I viewed, intimately through my lens, the large diverse crowds while he spoke the words “Yes we can” and shared a message of unity and how together we can bring about change.

Click through to learn more about the photomosaic of Barack Obama.

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PHOTOS: A look back at the Democratic National Convention

PHOTOS: A look back at the Democratic National Convention

DNC photo-extravaganza!

I would have loved to have shared more images with you last week but there just wasn’t enough time for uploading and editing images, unless I wanted to lose more sleep, and that wasn’t an option. However, for those of you who were there, the timing of this photo post is probably just right giving you the weekend to catch up on sleep and email.

LOTS more photos after the jump.

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EXCLUSIVE: Interactive PANORAMIC IMAGES from the last night of the Democratic National Convention

EXCLUSIVE: Interactive PANORAMIC IMAGES from the last night of the Democratic National Convention

The next best thing to being there

Want to feel a little of what it was like to be at the Democratic National Convention during President Obama’s acceptance speech? Click through for two exclusive interactive panoramic images from the last night of the DNC and experience a bit of the excitement yourself!

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Photos and quotes from Vice President Joe Biden’s speech in Detroit

Photos and quotes from Vice President Joe Biden’s speech in Detroit

Olympic Boxing gold medalist Claressa Shields, before introducing Vice President Joe Biden, spoke to a crowd of Obama/Biden supporters during a campaign stop at Renaissance High School in Detroit on Wednesday, showing her support for President Obama and Vice President Biden. After that, Vice President Biden gave a rousing speech.

Photos and quotes after the jump.

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1st female Olympic middleweight boxing gold medalist Claressa Shields on Biden & Obama

1st female Olympic middleweight boxing gold medalist Claressa Shields on Biden & Obama

Michiganproud

Enjoy.

“It’s pretty cool knowing when you represent your country, you’ve got a president and a vice president who represent you. We’ve had tough times in Michigan, but we never give up. We just get up and keep going. We keep fighting with the president and vice president who’ve got our backs.”

— Claressa Shields, 1st female Olympic middleweight boxing gold medalist

This needs to go viral. Share widely.

Larger version suitable for sharing and pinning after the jump.

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Vaginas Take Back the Capitol: INTERACTIVE PANOS from the event + Download a free vagina (poster/collage)

Vaginas Take Back the Capitol: INTERACTIVE PANOS from the event + Download a free vagina (poster/collage)

Signs, signs, everywhere signs


This is a collage of photographs I took during the Vaginas Take Back the Capitol event last week.

Click on “Read Full Story” below to see an interactive image of the poster where you can zoom in on the image to see the signs better or download the large file to print.

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Photos and quotes from President Barack Obama’s speech in Cleveland Ohio

Photos and quotes from President Barack Obama’s speech in Cleveland Ohio

“Don’t let anybody tell you that the challenges we face right now are beyond our ability to solve.”

President Barack Obama visited Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio yesterday to talk about the two completely different views he and Romney have about how to create jobs and grow the economy.

Click HERE for read the entire speech or watch the video.

MANY more photos with excerpts from his speech after the jump.

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Netroots Nation, PHOTO-BLOG Part 2 – Time to play!

Netroots Nation, PHOTO-BLOG Part 2 – Time to play!

This is part 2 of my photoblog on Netroots Nation. Click HERE to see part one.

Feel free to use the photos below for non-commercial uses. The only requirement is that you leave my watermark on them and that you send me a note letting us know where you posted them. You can use the contact link at the top of the page.

Lots of photos after the jump.

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A photographer’s perspective of Netroots Nation, PHOTOBLOG Part 1 — Let’s get to work!

A photographer’s perspective of Netroots Nation, PHOTOBLOG Part 1 — Let’s get to work!

Energized for the work ahead

This was my first year at Netroots Nation. I was one of the Netroots Nation staff photographers, and feel very privileged to be included in such a talented group. My first experience with Netroots might have been quite different if I had just bought a ticket and gone. I tend to be a little shy in those kinds of settings. I would have gone to the talks that interested me, hung with people I knew and maybe spent more time on my computer than I needed to. I would have had a great experience, but being a staff photographer enabled me to experience it in a unique way and it has inspired me to write this as a prologue to my clearer voice, my photographs.

Photos after the jump.

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