Photographer Diane Askew has long worked locally as a wedding photographer. That work is on hold due to the pandemic. Instead Askew has been documenting the stories of our community as we work through grief and anger. In her recent essay Askew documents, 'The Cycle for Life', a June 27 protest in Santa Rosa in support of Black Lives Matter and Pride. All photos and captions by Diane Askew.
On Saturday, June 27, peaceful protesters assembled on the campus of Santa Rosa Junior College and then biked to Santa Rosa’s Old Courthouse Square. Non-bikers also participated in the protest event, marching alongside the bikes. The Cycle for Life event was held in support of Black Lives Matter and Pride. Participants gathered on the SRJC lawn at noon to make protest signs, followed at 1pm by the start of the march and ride. Once the protesters reached Old Courthouse Square, they were greeted by speakers, live music, and vendors. Participants in this peaceful family-friendly event were required to practice social distancing and to wear masks to safeguard against Covid-19. Hopefully, my photos capture the spirit of the protest and remind us that every picture tells a story.
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