For as much as this photoblog and my own collection of pictures are KC-centric in one way or another, it’s logical not just to illustrate only the up-to-date seven story buildings and whatever other pleasantries reside here – there’s also the abnormally high murder rate per capita that the urban core of KCMO has to deal with year after year. This past weekend on early Sunday morning, John Paul Garcia was murdered without any evident purpose at Mercier and Avenida Cesar Chavez in the Westside.

More facts of the situation are detailed in a Channel 4 video. A part of the video I thought was especially interesting was when Channel 4 reporter Eric Burke observed that this gathering was seemingly the biggest turnout he has seen for all the post-homicide vigils he has covered in this city over the years. If I had actual hard statistics in front of me I would do some analysis, but I’ll make do as best I can and say that random homicides are rare enough in this section of the city that one wonders what’s transpiring minute by minute in the concentrated parcels of homicide on the East Side of Kansas City. It seems like the blunt but factual conclusion is that homicides start to feel more part of the routine if you’re stuck around them long enough.

The Mattie Rhodes Center’s Latino Advocacy Taskforce organized this gathering on Wednesday evening, Aug. 11, 2010.

I went and photographed a gathering at Mill Creek Park on the Plaza on Monday, this one concerning last January’s Supreme Court decision  Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission in that, in what I imagine must have to be a pile of legalese and mumbo-jumbo, it was ruled to expand the legal definition of a corporation into something with the legal rights and status of a sovereign citizen in ways, specifically, this corporate personhood concept arose because now corporations can spend an unlimited amount of money on political campaign donations. Citizens United was a nonprofit 501(C)(4) organization that evidently didn’t do anything else besides distribute TV commercials promoting a film called Hillary: The Movie. I haven’t seen the movie but I’m told it’s not flattering. The breadcrumbs can lead to corporate interests funneling money through nonprofit groups in order to manipulate political campaigns.

Robin and Laird Monahan, brothers and Vietnam veterans are walking across the country, from San Francisco to Washington D.C concerning the Supreme Court decision, and Kansas City was one of the stops. The webpage covering their trip is at MoveToAmend.org.

Link to podcast of Tell Somebody on KKFI 90.1 with discussion of the supreme court case and corporate personhood.

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Abdiana Sign - 1/500 sec // f/7.1 mm // 100 mm // ISO 800

The Abdiana Sign at about 20th and Grand, photo taken on the evening of July 24th during the Worldwide Photowalk.

A Kansas City Star article can cover the details of Missouri Proposition C. Groups both for and against the law concerning the recent health care reform bill protested at the same time, yesterday at 5 in Mill Creek Park/Nichols Fountain on the Plaza. Six photos –

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Trains at Union Station - 1/100 sec. // f/7.1 // 220 mm // ISO 1000

A shot from early on in the Worldwide Photowalk on Sat. July 24th. We’d started at the Freighthouse went from there, with this taken from Main between Pershing and 20th.