the tisraeli republic.

Where the women are strong, the men are good looking, and the small dogs are above average. All photos © Tara Israel. Contact: tara.israel@me.com

More from what happened outside the gate of the protest against Backpage.com.  Have no idea what these Backpages are and why people care?  Backpage.com, much like Craigslist, is where people can post classified ads for all sorts of services.  That includes adult services.  Many are pressuring Backpage.com to shut down, arguing that it facilitates in human trafficking, specifically involving young women and girls (for some reason I am unable to find a link for Groundswell, the organization that held the protest?).  The activists who came to offer a counterpoint at the protest argue that shutting down the service may actually do more harm than good.  Why, you ask?  Click here to read about what SWOP-NYC had to say.  On a personal note, 2012 is the year that I plan to devote to documenting folks involved with grassroots community building.  Stay tuned for more portraits of people working in all sorts of ways to keep like minded folks informed and connected.

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