Earth Watch: Orin Langelle on ‘If Voting Changed Things,’ Political Protests, Election

Photo by Orin Langelle. Two hooded activists demonstrate on the morning of the first day of the 2004 Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Boston, MA at the so-called “Free Speech Zone,.” This was the only legally sanctioned location for protesting at the DNC.

This week’s Earth Watch guest on the Sojourner Truth radio show is Orin Langelle, co-founder of Global Justice Ecology Project. Langelle is a photojournalist and the Director of the Buen Vivir Gallery for Contemporary Art in Buffalo, NY.

His current exhibit, timed to coincide with the Presidential election, is called “If Voting Changed Things” and explores people’s reactions to modern-day elections, and the other forms of action available to people who want change. The exhibit does this through a selection of photos from protests at the Republican National Convention in Miami Beach in 1972 as well as protests at both the Republican and Democratic Conventions in 2004.
Langelle will speak about the exhibit during a First Friday artist’s talk at the Allentown gallery. The talk will take place at 7 p.m. on November 4th at 148 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, NY. The event will include a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. including wine and hors d’oeuvres. Find out more at buenvivirgallery.org.
Listen to Sojourner Truth host Margaret Prescod’s interview with Langelle below.
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