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“As Muslims we pray five times a day. One early in the morning, one in the afternoon, one in the middle of the afternoon, and the fourth one is at sunset which is around this time, and the last one is towards the ending of the night. So we just prayed the fourth prayer, it’s called Maghrib, it’s three prayers where we recite Qur'an out loud.” Said Alhassan, “Honestly, it felt good and it felt peaceful. It’s very reassuring for us as Muslims to know that our allies also stand with us and hopefully it will also represent the message that Muslims also stand with Black Lives Matter. We also are in this fight together as well.”
The 2nd Community Concert was magical. ✨ Music, poetry, dance, and good vibes all around. I’m honored to have had my photography in the mix and on display. 🙏🏾@jodi__powell did an incredible job producing this event. 💛 To stay in the loop for the next one join the email list at email@example.com
My incredible friend Jodi is putting together a community concert. There will be musicians, poets and other artists. I'll be there displaying some of my photographs. Come by! All are welcome. :)
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I spoke to a long-range reconnaissance military vet, an EMT who helped load morgue trucks with COVID-19 victims, and a veterinarian. With specialties from trauma, medical, and animals; these volunteer street medics provide a valuable service to protestors occupying city hall. “I come rigged for most traumas, I can deal with anything from an abrasion from someone falling off of their bike up to multiple gunshot wounds.” Said the combat vet. He shared a guiding principle from his military training– rule 303; “It essentially means that if you have the ability to do something but not necessarily the authority, you still have to act. And so, I feel obligated to be out here because I know that I can make a difference.” Hinting at the nuance that this environment entails, the EMT revealed, “A big part of the 911 system is the police... and in times that we may have called an ambulance more quickly if we came upon something on the street, we’re trying to keep it as the last resort but at the end of the day you need to do what’s best for the patient... we have an oath... ‘it’s do no harm,’ to make sure someone gets out of here ok.” The veterinarian, who carried a defibrillator on her arm (which is used to reset the electrical state of the heart), conveyed that even though her speciality is animals, “At the end of the day if I could have me treat me or no-one, I would choose me. I’m a doctor, I have medical knowledge and I’m better than nothing...so that’s what compels me to come out because I can do something.” The EMT added, “Seeing us out here is 95% of what we offer, there are not of a lot of emergencies luckily recently, so you’re a safety health-care presence that people see and feel that there is somebody... that is on the side of the protestors.” This is a stark contrast to the early days of protests just weeks before, where these volunteer medics addressed a lot of trauma-induced injuries related to police brutality from contusions to sever lacerations, baton strikes, and even vehicle-to-human collisions. They left me with a question to ponder on- “[What] if the police all thought of their jobs the same way a lot of the street medics think of it?"