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
Words by Noah Rosenberg.  Photos by Tara Israel.  Click through for article.

Words by Noah Rosenberg.  Photos by Tara Israel.  Click through for article.

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.

A group of people gathered today outside the Village Voice building to protest Backpage.  I focused my attention on the group of sex workers rights advocates that came to counter protest the event.  It was a really incredible display of how I feel free speech should be- two opposing groups that despite their clashing views managed to not only exist peacefully but took the time to listen to what each other had to say.  It makes me happy to see that there are people out there that recognize that you can’t force people to change.  It is all about education.  More photos to come…