Trump visited the southern border city of McAllen, TX while pursuing $5B in funding for a border wall which, of course, resulted in the longest shutdown of the federal government.
Trump’s supporters and counter-protesters lined either side of the demonstration area, later co-mingling in confusion when Trump’s motorcade emerged from a driveway at the local airport.
One of the tensest protest situations we’ve attended. At least 2 arrests, and caught on our camera. Murmurs of possible domestic terror threat interdicted by law enforcement; what’s the narrative of politically-motivated aggression by Trump supporters?
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At the end of August, Beto O’Rourke concluded a 34-day tour of town halls across Texas with a high-energy event at Downtown El Paso’s 501 Bar & Bistro. Welcoming back their U.S. Representative, El Pasoans joined together for a jovial occasion only fitting of a homecoming! Here are a couple of our images from the event:
Poli Pix ventured out to TX-23 to support Will Hurd’s Democratic challenger, Gina Ortiz-Jones with some event photography during a supporter event at Villareal Icehouse in Helotes, TX.
Gina has an incredible story, being a first-generation American born to immigrant parents and a former intelligence officer and Obama administration official.
Here are a few of the images we provided to her campaign team:
Poli Pix joined Beto O’Rourke along a tour of 4 Central and South Texas cities as his promising campaign to unseat Ted Cruz is gaining ground in the polls and has already overshadowed Ted Cruz’s fundraising performance for 5 straight reporting periods.
Between August 17-18, Beto swung through local events hosted in San Antonio, Laredo, McAllen, and Brownsville, Texas, firing up local activists as part of what his campaign is calling the Border Surge – a concerted effort to boost turnout in South Texas’ border communities.
San Antonio (8/17):
March For Our Lives’ #RoadtoChange tour made a stop in Poli Pix Co.’s hometown of El Paso last month, sharing its vision for gun-sense communities and to usher in a new generation of voters into the political process.
Perhaps one of the most significant moments from the event for Poli Pix came from speaking with a local Republican, military veteran, and 2nd Amendment supporter about ways to come together and make progress on ending mass shootings. While he admitted that certain gun control laws don’t seem applicable to every community (in fact, El Paso is routinely rated as one of the safest cities in the U.S., so we get it), he understood the value of attending the event to hear the other side’s perspective. As a father, he found agreement with us that schools should be a safe place while respectfully disagreeing on the general access to guns in our society. We’re of the opinion that more conversations like this – underpinned by decorum and respect – should be happening; everywhere and all the time.
By our own account, the Parkland students and others have been pretty moderate in voicing their their policy goals. They’re looking for political leadership on establishing mandatory waiting periods to obtain firearms, on reconciling red flag laws to keep guns out of dangerous domestic environments, and on keeping guns out of classrooms. To that point, while there may be individuals in schools with concealed carry permits, it’s insane to us that the need for threat-neutralizing skills should ever hold more political importance than cultivating the next generation.
Here’s a sample of the full gallery we provided to the organization (32/102 images):
Students from Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School join Texas gun access activists in San Antonio for another #RoadtoChange tour stop. All along the tour, the students have voiced their experiences with gun violence across the nation and are building momentum for policy change that would make access to guns a more accountable process.
Here’s a sample of the full gallery we provided to the organization (31/96 images):
1,000 miles to Brownsville.
That was the distance facing me in Missouri after I received a call from a Texas Civil Rights Project team member interested in booking Poli Pix Co. to help support their role in Thursday’s Families Belong Together Rally.
In the midst of national attention focused on the migrant crisis – erupting in family separation practices and inhumane conditions for those leaving violence in dangerous parts of the world – I paused with my opportunity to support one of the organizations leading closest to the ground.
“Count me in. I’ll be there.”
16 hours later I arrived in Brownsville to a1,500+ person crowd, fired-up and in solidarity in the fight against the Trump regime. Here are some shots from the what happened next:
This Saturday, Poli Pix joined roughly 200 activists gathered in Santa Teresa, NM to protest the continued construction of the 2000+ mile border wall along the southern U.S. border.
With temperatures topping out at 100 degrees, demonstrators called attention to the ecological consequences of the structure across the Chihuahuan and Sonoran deserts, expressing collective dismay at the Trump administration’s spending on the structure.
New Mexico statewide Democratic primary candidates Billy Garrett, Garrett VeneKlasen, and Bill McCamley were in attendance.
Please contact us to view our full gallery of the event.
Billy Garrett, Dona Ana County Commissioner and Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor, meets supporters at a Mesilla, NM fundraiser hosted by former NM State Representative J. Paul Taylor. The event was hosted at Rep. Taylor’s home, which is one of the oldest residential structures in Old Mesilla. Both the house and collection of art will be delivered to the State of New Mexico by Mr. Taylor’s estate.