The protest/counter protest held the morning of Tuesday, July 15 to block/welcome a bus load of Central American children who've crossed the U.S. border seeking refuge at least proved that some Arizonans are as delightful as those wonderful citizens of Murrieta, California.
It was also a wonderful opportunity to continue to show Arizona crazy land, like Republican Adam Kwasman's comments about a bus of children, assuming they were the refugee children when in fact they were YMCA campers. Well, that lovely video and interview found a spot on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show. Thank you Rachel.
There was goodness that came through on Tuesday—morsels of human kindness via social media. We're lucky to have some great photographers involved in different issues who seem to walk around this world with cameras permanently attached to their souls and happen to be there at just the right moment.
One Tucson photographer whose work I've long-admired is that of Joel Smith, a tireless worker for Border Action Network's water station project and other border issues. Over the years Smith has taken some wonderful photos from desert life to migrants while refilling BAN water stations on ranch lands across Southern Arizona to help migrants safely make their way across the desert.
The other pictures are from Bisbee photographer Jimi Giannatti of Pop Narkotic who went to Oracle with friend, Tucson writer Bryan Sanders. They seemed to anger some tea-bagger folk, and I think we're lucky they left in good health and Jimi with his camera in one piece.
Smith's photos captured a Tucson spirit that I know made a lot of people pretty happy, particularly the photos of some Mariachi Luz de Luna members with their fearless leader Ruben Martin Moreno—there in all their mariachi glory.
For more images from Smith and Giannatti go to the jump.
Other images from Smith:
Here are Giannatti's photos, typically beautiful of the Bisbee artist even though they are also alarming:
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