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On Sunday afternoon (Feb. 6, 2011) from 2 to 4 pm another large rally was held at Mill Creek Park on the Plaza for Egypt and against the Hosni Mubarak presidency currently under protest back in Egypt. This demonstration in Kansas City is the second in one week as the political situation in Egypt worsens. Those in attendance were primarily Egyptian Americans and other members of the Arab American community in KC.

1) Canon 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35 L II lens at 16mm, f/9.0, ISO 160, 1/160 sec.

2) Canon 5D Mark II with Canon EF 100-400 L IS lens at 275 mm, f/9.0, ISO 160, 1/160 sec.

3) Canon 5D Mark II with Canon EF 100-400 L IS lens at 190 mm, f/13, ISO 250, 1/50 sec.

4) Canon 5D Mark II with Canon EF 100-400 L IS lens at 100 mm (cropped), ISO 250, f/8.0, 1/100 sec.

5) Canon 5D Mark II with Canon EF 15 mm Fisheye lens, ISO 250, f/8.0, 1/100 sec.

6) Canon 5D Mark II with Canon EF 15 mm Fisheye lens at ISO 500, f/8.0, 1/160 sec.

7) Canon 5D original version with Canon EF 85 mm prime lens (cropped) at ISO 50, f/1.8, 1/1600 sec.

8) Canon 5D original version with Canon EF 85 mm prime lens at ISO 50, f/4.5, 1/160 sec.

CLICK HERE for my posting from last week on this subject, if you missed it.

A large group of demonstrators came to the Nichols Fountain area on the Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday afternoon at 4 PM to demonstrate against the Hosni Mubarak regime in Egypt currently being protested in various forms back in Egypt itself. I am informed many of the group were Egyptian Americans, with good attendance by many other Arab Americans in general as well. As of drafting this post I’ve also heard that Internet access is widely shut down in Egypt at present. The demonstration and protest of Mubarak was organized by the Muslim American Society of KC with support from groups such as Citizens for Justice in the Middle East.

Here are seven photos from the event on the afternoon of Saturday January 29th, 2011. Because I used three different lenses for these seven photos I’m including pertinent lens info underneath each photo, shot with my Canon 5D Mark II camera. A tip of the hat to Heycameraman on twitter for informing me this demonstration/protest was taking place, serving as reminder to check my Facebook Events listings more often.

Demonstrations for Egypt #1, Canon EF 16-35 L II f/2.8 Lens at 16 mm

Demonstrations for Egypt #2, Canon EF 16-35 L II f/2.8 Lens at 16 mm

Demonstrations for Egypt #3, Canon EF 100-400 L f/4.5-5.6 IS Lens at 330 mm

Demonstrations for Egypt #4, Canon EF 100-400 L f/4.5-5.6 IS Lens at 285 mm

Demonstrations for Egypt #5, Canon EF 16-35 L II f/2.8 Lens at 16 mm

Demonstrations for Egypt #6, Canon EF 85 mm prime lens at f/1.8

Demonstrations for Egypt #7, Canon EF 85 mm prime lens at f/1.8

Picketing Jersusalem Cafe on Saturday, Dec 4, 2010

On Friday I saw word of a picketing over allegations of labor violations at a local restaurant just a short trip away from my apartment in midtown Kansas City. Credit to articles on  Tony’s Kansas City and The Pitch. The Pitch article mentions a civil suit filed against current and former owners of the restaurant over the alleged mistreatment and non-payment to native Guatemalan workers.

On these kinds of issues, we’re dealing with both the livelihood of a local business as well as workers’ civil and labor rights, and I am of course far from being a bona fide journalist. But for the record, I go get shots of events and dissent like this around Kansas City (or anywhere I can, for that matter) because it’s interesting to me and informative of what’s going on.

The busiest travel day of the year was designated National Opt Out Day at airports around the US, encouraging travelers to forego going through the full body scanning devices implemented by the TSA. The body scanning devices reveal in full detail all of one’s bodily nooks and crannies, but unfortunately the only other alternative in airports is a pat-down that many are describing as intrusive and insulting, given that it gives workers the authority to feel virtually every part of the body, genitalia included.

I went up to Kansas City International Airport earlier today to get some shots of the local opt-out advocates handing out fliers and information at one of the terminals – Wednesday, November 24, 2010.

Reminder: Photography show at The Hook Gallery in Westport on Friday December 3rd. Here are the Facebook and Yelp listings.

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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