These photographers want to change the way you view protests

Our Streets is a column by writer and reporter Ray Levy Uyeda that highlights activists, artists, and organizers who are doing the work and reclaiming power for the people. The images from protests often tell a single interpretation of news events.

The images from protests often tell a single interpretation of news events. Standoffs between police and protesters are presented as a battle between two sides that are equally resourced and similarly protected; water protectors locking down on oil pipelines are petulant rather than courageous. Sometimes, photographs will miss elements altogether: the joy of coming together, the quietness that falls upon a crowd as someone picks up a megaphone, the mix of young and old voices chanting in unison, “Whose streets? Our streets!”

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