Let Us See Who Is The Strongest

Let Us See Who Is The Strongest

“When you have a conflict, that means that there are truths that have to be addressed on each side of the conflict. And when you have a conflict, then it’s an educational process to try to resolve the conflict. And to resolve that, you have to get people on both sides of the conflict involved…

Westboro Baptist Church: A Hate Group of Cowards

(Photographs © Todd Bigelow/All Rights Reserved) The death of Fred Phelps, the founder of the anything-but-a-church Westboro Baptist Church can only bring hope that this nation’s most vile group of haters will reconsider their lives. I’ve photographed the WBC, though I never saw Fred Phelps on the streets. What I did see was enough to…

May Day Immigration Rally

May Day Immigration Rally

A few years back a crowd estimated at 100,000 rallied on May Day in Los Angeles, calling for national immigration reform. Although the 2013 crowd was estimated at a third the size, it seemed more relevant since immigration reform is topping President Obama’s legislative initiatives as he takes on his second and final term. Below…

Supporting a Strike against AT&T or Chalking? Occupy’s Priorities Seem Misplaced

Earlier this week I tweeted to Occupy Wall Street asking for support for AT&T technicians who were on strike. I figured the strike was as good an example of the 99% (workers) fighting the 1% (AT&T with their billions in annual profit) as one will ever find. Occupy Wall Street was kind enough to re-tweet…

My Image in Newsweek: A Look at White Supremacist through FBI Informant

My Image in Newsweek: A Look at White Supremacist through FBI Informant

Todd Bigelow Photography

N17: Occupy LA on National Day of Protest

N17, billed as the National Day of Protest marking the two month anniversary of the anti Wall Street movement, was a reminder that the movement is alive and well. Los Angeles occupiers, whose ranks swelled with support of by labor unions and others, joined cities across the nation in protest by briefly occupying intersections and…

Wandering the Occupy LA Neighborhood

Wandering the Occupy LA Neighborhood

Camp Occupy LA, as I’ve come to think of it, has taken on the look and feel of a community. Neighborhoods seem to have sprouted up with clearly defined lines that all but say “keep out” if you aren’t invited. There seems to be a clear desire on the organizers part to create a welcoming…

Camp Occupy LA

As history has shown, a movement is not made overnight. We don’t need to look very far into the past to see the evidence of it. The Arab Spring, the moniker for the civil unrest in Arab countries like Libya, Egypt and Syria, developed over many weeks and months. Their message was clear: Freedom from…

Looking Back as Iranian President Speaks at U.N.

  A crowd of protesters gathered in Los Angeles in June, 2009 to demonstrate against the Iranian government. Perhaps as a prelude to what was to engulf other Middle Eastern countries like Egypt and Libya, Iranian citizens were on the streets to dispute the presidential election that many claimed was a complete fraud. President Mahmoud…

Fear and Loathing

Fear and Loathing

I have had a couple of assignments in the past week that revolve around hate. Combined with the attempted car bombing in NY and the unabashedly strict new immigration law in Arizona, it makes me wonder how so much animosity can be so pervasive. Where does it all come from? Is it human nature to…