Riot

On April 27, 2015, friends, family and mourners gathered around Freddie Gray’s casket as it was being lowered into the ground at Woodlawn Cemetery in Baltimore.  Freddie Gray was a 25 year old black man who died from spinal injuries a week after he was arrested by Baltimore police.  This is now another death of a black man in police custody.  Parts of Baltimore became chaos with torching of businesses and police cars and throwing bricks at police officers.  The riot is the latest flare up amid the national debate over police use of force, especially when black suspects are involved. 

The Human Gallery do not promote violence.  This is not a way to resolve problems or change a situation.  Riots hurt a community far more than it helps but anyone could see that this heated situation would soon boil over.

DVNLLN captured powerful images of the city’s chaos and did an excellent job showing the emotion and turmoil behind what is going on in Baltimore.  You can see more and follow on his Instagram at BYDVNLLN. 
   

                 

All images by DVNLLN

Human Rights

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Throughout history, mankind had to fight for respect, equal opportunities, and a better environment to live. Human rights is the rock we all stand on to make up who we are and where we all want to be. The struggle is real and we let our voices be heard, no matter which topic is close to our hearts. This is a time that like minded people rally together and try and fight the current situation at hand, whether it’s racial equality, police brutality, women’s rights, gay rights, marijuana rights, political change, animal rights or employment rights. Whenever there is an issue at hand, we band and fight for the cause. That is our human right. The following images are from past protest around the world and up to the current situation here in America.
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Strange fruit in America

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With recent situations with Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner, this art piece speaks volumes. Art can definitely send a strong message in a powerful yet nonviolent way. This is exactly how African Americans currently feel as civil rights issues boil up once again. Art is all about stirring emotions, striking conversations and relaying the thoughts of the artist so a mass audience can hear it. Strange fruit is hanging from the American flag.
I came across this image and felt compelled to share it but unfortunately the artist information was not with it and I was unable to locate.