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September 27, 2019 by

Striking for the Climate: A Photo Essay

On Friday, September 20, 2019, 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, sparked historic protests. Revolutionary students- school kids- walked out of their classrooms to raise awareness about the environmental hazards  (emits carbon dioxide) and health risks (pollutants) associated with burning fossil fuels, as well as, most importantly, its irreversible consequences of global warming. In over 150 countries, millions of global citizens marched in solidarity behind the moral clarity of its youth, demanding world leaders transition to renewable energy, 

In New York City alone, tens of thousands of students, teachers and parents joined the People’s Climate Movement on this hot September day in lower Manhattan, down Broadway, from Foley Square by the courthouses, to Battery Park at the southern tip of the Island. They faced New York’s harbor with handmade signs,  advocating for global action/legislation to stop global warming and prevent climate change. 

With an unusual sense of urgency, young performers, facing the crisis of their lifetime and politicians unwillingness to do anything about it, sang, danced and spoke out with gusto. At the close of the rally, Greta Thunberg, who at 15 took time off school to demonstrate outside the Swedish parliament in Fridays, appeared onstage bearing the now-iconic hand drawn sign calling for stronger climate action, the sign which galvanized a school climate strike movement under the name, Fridays for Future. 

“This could only be a fantasy,” she said, alluding to the fact, it was only one year ago that she began her simple school strike for climate change, wondering if it might catch on someday. “But,” she says, “I never believed it would happen so fast, in few months! We will not give up!”

 

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April 8, 2019 by

Israel’s Trailblazing Candidates Dima Taya and Michal Zernowitzki

 

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Worlds apart, and running on the tickets of opposing parties, Dima Taya and Michal Zernowitski both plan to play a key role in bringing peace, seated at the same governmental table. In addition to running as the first Muslim women on the Likud party ticket, Dima Taya (Dima Sayyif Tayia Zidan) at 27, would also be the youngest Knesset member in Israel’s history. Another trailblazer, 37-year-old Michal Zernowitski, is the first ultra-Orthodox Haredi woman on the Labor party slate. And, while Taya is listed as number 62 on the Likud party ticket, Zernowitski  is positioned as number 21, which for a new candidate is very high.

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March 14, 2019 by

Women of the Wall Turns 30: Stunning Photos from the Scene

Last week, Women of the Wall celebrated its 30th anniversary of standing up in favor of egalitarian prayer at the Kotel, facing physical intimidation from ultra-religious protesters.

Lilith’s Joan Roth was on the scene, documenting vivid Torah readings, massive crowds, and even the paratroopers who helped capture the wall for Israel in 1967 who showed up to support the women.L1660946

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January 23, 2019 by

Stunning Photos of the Washington Women’s March #JWOCMarching Bloc

This year’s Women’s March was beset by months of controversy over anti-Semitism, alliances and dueling marches. In the end, in defiance of the infighting, a group of Jewish Women of Color led the Washington, D.C. march under the banner #JWOCMarching.

Lilith photographer Joan Roth was in the streets of DC, photographing the group and others at an early a.m. Shabbat service, followed by the march and rally. 

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November 8, 2018 by

When Election Night Isn’t A Victory

While women broke many a glass ceiling this week, not every story had a happy ending. We were on the scene with Florida candidate Lauren Baer who ran a tough race in Florida, as the disappointing results came in.

“My campaign started with a sense of duty to defend the rights of my very sick mother and with a dream that I could help create a better world for my very young daughter,” she said in her concession speech. “But from the very start this campaign was about more than my mother and my daughter. It’s been about a dream that we all share…that children can be born into this world safe and wanted, that they can learn in good public schools and play in clean water and live free from senseless gun violence… Although our campaign must end tonight, our movement to restore faith in democracy will live on ….”

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November 6, 2018 by

A Jeffersonville Rally with Congress Hopeful Liz Watson

At the Jeffersonville neighborhood rally, the atmosphere was infused with enthusiasm, not only for Liz Watson, Democratic candidate for Indiana congresswoman, but with candidates running for local and state offices. The rally was a home-grown Indiana Democratic event, hosted by the party for volunteers willing to take time out of their own schedules to hit door after door after door in North Jeffersonville.

A motivator, discussing the stakes in this election, quotes Martin Luther King: “An individual cannot start living until he/she rises above the narrow confines of individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

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October 25, 2018 by

On the Road With Susan Wild in Pennsylvania

L1550398Lilith photographer Joan Roth and her granddaughter, Lilith writer Shira Gorelick, visited the congressional campaign of Susan Wild in Pennsylvania’s 7th district and documented what they found. Shira’s account is accompanied by Joan’s photos below.

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October 22, 2018 by

On the Trail With Nevada Senate Hopeful Jacky Rosen

Nevada’s Senate race is one of the most hotly contested in the country—pitting former Synagogue president and current Democratic congresswoman Jacky Rosen against incumbent Dean Heller. It’s such an important race, and in such a dead heat, that President Trump himself is coming to town to stump for Rosen’s opponent.

Lilith’s photographer Joan Roth went out to Nevada to document Jacky Rosen’s campaign, watching up close as she met voters, shook hands, talked issues— and of course posed for selfies. Rosen, who has been her district’s House representative, has been making an effort to connect with Nevada voters from all walks of life.

A selection of images follow below.


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November 3, 2017 by

Photographer’s Journal: Looking Back on the Women’s Convention in Detroit

Tamika Mallory, co-president of the Women's March Board, speaking at the opening session, “Reclaiming Our Time: Setting the Agenda Together.”

Tamika Mallory, co-president of the Women’s March Board, speaking at the opening session, “Reclaiming Our Time: Setting the Agenda Together.”

 

Actress Rose McGowan, left, and Tarana Burke who founded #metoo ten years ago, standing together at opening session of the Women's Convention.

Actress Rose McGowan (left) and Tarana Burke (right) who founded #metoo ten years ago, standing together at opening session of the Women’s Convention.

 

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) ran a session on the importance of the courts to women at the convention.

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) ran a session on the importance of the courts to women at the convention.

 

Emily Jane Steinberg took people's words and creatively placed them on paper.

Emily Jane Steinberg took people’s words and creatively placed them on paper.

 

Cobo Hall was where the  welcome reception "Art of the Resistance" was held. It also contained the Woman’s Market, an art gallery, social justice city, and Oxfam refugee road.

Cobo Hall was where the welcome reception “Art of the Resistance” was held. It also contained the Woman’s Market, an art gallery, social justice city, and Oxfam refugee road.

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October 30, 2017 by

Photographer’s Journal: Shabbat at the Women’s Convention in Detroit

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The views and opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of Lilith Magazine. 

 

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