8-9-2019–Student’s Host Climate Demonstrations

Student activists holds protest in front of the Oregon State Capitol on Aug 9, 2019.

Local climate activist, Sonia Boeger, hosts “Friday’s For The Furture” demonstrations at the Oregon Capitol on Aug 9, 2019, to advocate and spread awareness to the challenges we are facing.

We are protesting against legislation who has not taken action against the climate protest. We want to spread awareness, particularly to youth and inspire bills to combat climate change. HB2020 was recently killed by Peter Courtney and we want to hold him and other unfaithful legislators and vote them out.

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Demonstrations will continue Aug 9, Aug 16 and Aug 29. With a Global Climate Strike on Sept 20.

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7-28-2019–A Story To Tell

On Monday, July 22, we embarked on a trip that served as a “sort of trip” and vacation get-away. Doubling into a photography workshop at the Sitka Center where I (and the rest of the class) partook in a couple of hikes, all-the-while photographing the forests of the cascade.

The journey was exhilarating. It is something different to be hiking in the woods, instead of doing the typical photojournalism in the streets of Salem, Ore., and attempting to battle the common stereotypes of not being with a prominent news outlet.

The first day, we checked into a motel at the Ashley Inn and Suites, first introducing myself to the rest of the class. Not much got done the first day but got briefed to the types of things we would cover during the few days of attending the workshop (Monday-Thursday).

For the most part, it was still a fun experience even if it’s something that I can only do once. Being the only young person in the class, I was not really surprised; because most people my age is usually doing to full-time job in order to meet end needs.

On the second to last day, we hiked a trail that is more than a mile long—walking up to the vantage point, while taking photos on the way, and hiking all the way downhill towards the Sitka Center. After we arrived, the amount of pain and exhaustion experienced was overwhelming, and the ability to walk or stand spread throughout every inch of my body.

What I have learned through this experience is something way more important than anything I have in the past—learning about the very aspect of photography and using the time to learn patience. Teaching me to be grateful to the parents who have supported everything I do.

Showing me, whatever I do and wherever I go, there will be people who will always support the work I do even as a young photographer.

Overall, I am most certainly not the best, but my perseverance and motivation are enough to continue what I do. To never give up and try new things. Sure, there are still things that can be improved. Though, looking back, I am proud of the changes that were made.

Thanks for being here and supporting my journey. It’s never a goal to stop what I am doing, but it is to make others proud. I am glad I took this trip because it taught me something about myself that I did not expect to see.

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7-14-2019–Lights4Liberty Salem, Ore.

Lights4Liberty protestors held candles while singing songs for the immigrants in detention camps.

Protestors rallied in aim to shut down the detention camps over concerns of overcrowding and inhumane conditions. Several local groups, especially Causa, Oregon’s Immigrant Rights Organization, held vigils world-wide July 13, 2019.

I’m from Mexico, and I understand the struggle to the immigrant people. I emigrate to the U.S when I was 15 years old. Looking for a better future, looking for the American dream. In my small town in Elastico Mexico, the women don’t have the right to go to a school; only too 6th grade. So, when I finished my 6th grade, my mom said, ‘Well, daughter, we don’t have money to send you to a school and right here there is no jobs for women.” The only jobs for women was cleaning houses or care for the little ones of other people

Loreno Manzo, Community Organizer for Causa
Filmed by Caleb Wolf and edited by Josh Wolf

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7-2-2019–HB2020

Saturday, June 22, the Oregon GOP held a rally in support of the state senator’s walkout and opposition of HB2020–a bill to cap the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Oregon Republican photo-op before the rally on Saturday

The event fell through due to a few radicals who threatened house committee with violence; prompting the state police calling the protesters a “militia group.”

At the event, the protesters were calm and respectful to those who showed up to Protest. Gordon Hieronimus describes the bill as a “cap and trade bill that will force, loggers, in particular, to buy new equipment to meet the DEQ (Oregon Department of Environmental Quality) standards…forcing them to spend money they don’t have to stay in business; that supports a lot of families and communities.”

Another part of the HB2020 that is being voiced against is the emergency clause that the Democrats seem to be putting on every bill they have… By putting the emergency clause on the bill, it stops it from being referred to the people’s vote and that’s wrong. A sub anger that’s going on with what’s happening in the senate right now, is the Republicans don’t have a voice and they’re not being heard, so they walked off (emphasis) the job in a protest  for not being heard, and Kate Brown—the governor—has sent the armed police department after them and is fining them $500 a day. Now I can see in the rules that they operate the senate in that she can send the police out to encourage them to come back, but I have yet to find a spot in any of the rules that allows her to fine them $500 a day… From there, it’s a matter of opinion, the rules and regulations that this is HB2020 are absurd. Because, big companies and corporations are going be able to buy pollution dollars that they can spend to counteract the pollution that they don’t have to curve as opposed to the truck drivers; who have to buy new equipment.

Saturday came and went, and while the protest had a few people to show up, it was still a success in terms of it getting people sparked despite launching off at a bad start. Sunday, protestors of the “Occupy the Senate” rally filled the front of the Capital to watch and make their voices heard.

After prayer and welcoming of the people who came, everyone waited to be let into the building and started singing Star-spangled Banner and God Bless America in Unison.

A representative for Oregon’s Farm Working Union, Martha Sonata, spoke at an event to get the Republican Senators back in office on Tuesday to help people become more aware of the concerns about “a program to help our farmers move into cleaner equipment.” 

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Martha Sonata spoke about a program to help farmers move into cleaner and environmentally friendly equipment.

We heard their concerns; they were coming into our capital, saying that this will raise diesel prices for their farms. So, we heard those concerns and said ‘you know what, we will include these programs to help you move into cleaner energy equipment’ and therefore improve the lives of our farmworkers who are on a day-to-day breathing all these diesel on the farms, and it creates a win-win for both the farm workers and farmers.

Governor Brown and other senators working on the bill even came out to congratulate the attendees for showing determination and strength. Throughout both events, both parties were kind and respectful and never showed any signs of any “violent militia” during the duration of the event.

 

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6-19-2019–Back On The Field

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After the seniors from South Salem High School moved their tassels from the right to the left on June 7, 2019.

I was tasked to complete a project for the Salem Keizer School District to photograph their graduation ceremonies on June 5, 6 and 7, 2019.

One of the schools was none only the very school I graduated from, South Salem High School on June 7.

With anticipation and glee, I awaited the day that I would be stepping back on the field I graduated on in 2017 to photograph. After the last frame, I may have been a little too melodramatic in finishing three days of work (lying dead on the field; though no one really noticed).

Overall, this is one massive stepping stone to success in a very competitive field. Though I can hardly complain when I am being kept busy.

6/3/2019—Then and Now

Here we are with another then and now. After some time, I have given myself a new stepping stone all-the-while meeting new people along the way. 

Today, I have decided to recreate a shot that was taken a few years ago, and boy has my skills as a photographer improved over a couple of years since I started this journey. 

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An old photo from before
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Recently edited version at the same spot

In no way am I the most perfect, but I will never give up. I am probably the most determined and optimistic person than I was in high school.

Overall, I am proud of where I am heading. Going forward, I wish to continue learning and working with new and extraordinary people.

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05-16-2019–Food Photography

Food photography is something dreadful to accomplish. Yet, it’s necessary to understand, grow, and expand. Allowing the chance of looking somewhat professional in a field sought after by many aspiring photographers.

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Last week, I was assigned to take a shot of food for a class assignment. I went out and bought a small table, toothpicks, and foam pieces. It didn’t take much, though it is a definite improvement from where I began a few years ago.

Some other shots from in my class were much more straightforward but required much thought and effort to edit, in-post and on-shoot.

Overall, this assignment was fun to wrap my head around. Going forward, I hope to continue dabbling with food photography a little bit more, especially as I continue to receive more professional equipment.

05-14-2019–Chemeketa Students For Life

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Chemeketa Students for Life is an activist group at Chemeketa Community College. They meet with people in the quad to discuss and explain their position in not funding Planned Parenthood through tax dollars on May 7, 2019.

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5/1/2019–May Day March & Rally

Thousands marched at the capitol on March 1, 2019. Advocating for keeping families together as well as driver’s license for all, education funding and paid family and medical leave.

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04/24/2019—A Llama at Chemeketa

Chemeketa Community College held an Earth Day celebration on their Salem Campus on April 24, 2019. Student clubs and organizations gathered to share what they do. Attending the event was Caesar the No-Drama-Llama.

Caesar galloped around, greeting everyone he can and receiving multiple more hugs. Lighting up everybody’s day as they hugged and patted his fluffy neck.

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