Monday, October 6, 2008

Putting our Words into Action

Day 6 - Photo 6. This is Loring Fiske-Phillips and he is a volunteer for a phone bank making calls to voters encouraging them to vote no on California's Proposition 8. If voters pass Prop 8 on November 4th it will eliminate the right for same-sex couples to marry.

Dozens of volunteers spent hours making thousands of phone calls. Volunteers are from every walk of life and every type of relationship. In fact many of the volunteers are in heterosexual relationships and they do it because as one volunteer says, "I want my children to grow up in a world where they choose who they love. I believe in the separation of church and state. This should not be a religious issue. This should not be a political issue."

I am moved by the power of people who believe in change, of people who are willing to spend their time, physical and emotional, and of people who will stand in the face of adversity regardless of the cost. This is about simple fairness and equality. And by the way, after looking at Day 5 - Photo 5, a friend of mine told me, "stay with your family, friends and things you believe in. You told us in your very first photo that you start each day and end each day with your family. Right?" Right my friend. Right.


Loring said...

I have to agree with the thought of sticking with what you love. You have such passion, that should give you enough material for a lifetime!

Sean said...

The first time I saw Loring he was out on the soccer fields of Moore. While not imperious, he certainly brought an air of authority that let everyone know he was engaged in some serious business. I'm sure it was the beard; in our day and age, men with beards are not to ne trifled with; there's work to be done and someone has got to do it.

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! Enjoying the photos almost as much as the insightful commentary.

marc c. said...

i disagree - you don't stop being a passionate photographer when you are away from your family.

not my favorite shot, here. the story is better in text than this picture.

love ya, rick!

Rick said...

Thanks for the feedback Marc. Exactly what I'd hoped for. A dialogue about the photos. Thanks!