Im developing a new portrait series of people in the community that inspire me. The movers and shakers that transform our future through their art and activism. Living in the Bay Area were surrounded by so many amazing people and its only right to celebrate each other. Cat Brooks is an artist and a key organizer for the Black Lives Matter movement in The Bay Area. A co-founder of the Anti Police Terror Project, ONYX Organizing Committee, and is a member of Black Power Network. She has led countless demonstrations against police brutality in Oakland for the last several years and continues to be an active force in the black community. When I moved to The Bay in 09 she was one of the most prominent activist that I became aware of when attending public demonstrations against police brutality. Last year I had the pleasure to exhibit my art next to her video installation for "Take This Hammer" at YBCA and she was a point of contact for a few family members of people killed by police that I did portraits for. This picture was taken by Jazmin Morelos during a vigil for Demoria Hogg who was sleeping in his car on a busy street when he was shot and killed by Oakland Police. Be The Storm - Black Power Matters.
Today thousands of indigenous people and allies are gathering at Washington DC and around the country to demand the oil loving Trump administration to end fossil fuel projects like Keystone XL and DAPL that continue to violate indigenous rights and cause harm to water resources and the environment. Anthony Sul is an Ohlone native who joined Red Warrior Camp and other water protectors at Standing Rock and now is working to preserve the West Berkeley Shellmound, an ancient Ohlone burial site being threatened by high end development for housing and retail. Photography by @sunshinevelascoimages