Proponents from both sides of the immigration debate squared in front of St. Luke’s Church. Save Our State, an anti-illegal immigration group, was upset because of a recent decision by St. Luke’s to offer sanctuary to a 29 year-old illegal immigrant and her U.S.-born infant son. Counter-protesters organized by Fast Response Network, Workers in Resistance and Cuauhtemoc Dance also yelled their little hearts out. These groups support the New Sanctuary Movement, which placed Mexican native Liliana, whose last name was withheld, and her son Pablo at the Long Beach church. At one point during the back and forth yelling Liliana’s supporter dragged out her two older children, who, after being prompted, said to the news media, “We want our mommy.” The crazy part about this protest is that police had each group separated in to their own corrals facing one another. And both groups were using the same religious rhetoric and The Constitution to defend their positions. Oh, and apparently both sides hate George Bush.
Ok, so you might be thinking “being a photographer is a pretty easy job” I run in to alot of people who think that. You say to me “wow, that’s a cool camera, IT must take great pictures.” Well, that’s like saying to a writer, “thats a cool pen, it must write great stories.” Anyway, I’ve gotten off track. My goal today was to tell you about the problems I encounter at the most mundane assignments. Today the clowns from the circus were visiting the sick kids at the hospital. Pretty straight forward right? Well, I get to the hospital and the front desk makes me wait for 15 minutes before I can get clearance to go inside. Keep in mind that the hospital invited us. Then I get to the sick kids and the hospital tells me they only have permission to photograph one child. After taking pictures of a very nice boy who has Leukemia we head to another part of the hospital. When were arrive I’m told they don’t have authorization to photography any of the kids. Sure, these problems pale in comparison to the kids who are sick in the hospital – but I’m stilll left wondering why the hospital and the circus would invite the press and then say “NO PICTURES”
I think I see the world a little different ever since my son was born. I seem to keep finding moments like this. Steven Suderon, center, gets a kiss from his son, Michael Suderno during the Long Beach Police Department’s academy class 83 graduation.
Workers from the Aquarium of the Pacific use a net to capture a 6-foot Blue Shark in Key 5 at the Marina Pacific Waterfront Community. It must have been a slow news day ’cause in addition to me, there were two television stations covering this story and four helicopter overhead. Click here to see more pictures
Well, this has nothing to do with Long Beach but I’d though I’d share a little video of me and my son at the Kwik-E-Mart. Yes, thats right, Apu’s store is real, at least until July 30. The Southland Corporation (owners of 7-Eleven) turned eight of their stores around the country into real-life Kwik-E-Marts from The Simpsons
So the powers that be in the newsroom decide they want me to see what’s happening in Bellflower for the Fourth of July (actually the 3rd.) and I get sent to this carnival. The rides opened at 11 A.M. – well, it’s 4:30 P.M. in this picture and there is nobody here – maybe it was too hot… or maybe Bellflourdians don’t like carnivals.