I was sorry all day yesterday that I was going to miss photographing the May Day demonstrations downtown because of an afternoon Tai Chi Class in Alhambra. But when I stepped off the bus at Union Station I heard a celebration going on at La Placita Olvera. The first group of people I encountered is immediately below.
I was struck by the happiness and exuberance of everyone I saw. I wanted to record that.
There are more than 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. It is a life in the shadows. Try imagining it.
To be young, gifted, and undocumented. Our country is losing a lot when we ignore this issue.
One of the concerns with immigration deportations is that families are being separated. Apart from resolving the current situation, we might ask ourselves as a people the following question. “Really, why did we look the other way when millions of people were pouring into the country and performing cheap labor?”
And finally there is the irony of the following image. Please look at the founding date of the church and then remember a little California history.
All Photography Copyright John Fritzlen