Catalan nationalists protest for independence from Spain. This man stands in a populated city square, silently demanding freedom as indicated by his yellow ribbon and sign which translates to “freedom of political prisoners. These high-ranking Catalan figureheads are currently in prison or under arrest warrants for their role in the ‘illegal’ secession referendum on October 1. Those in favor of the Catalan Separatist Movement argue that they are a separate nation with their own history, culture and language and that they should have increased fiscal independence.
La Estelada Blava, the most popular flag that one will notice on display in Barcelona stands as the symbol of the separatist movement in Catalonia and represents their desire to gain independence from the rest of Spain. In a time as politically turbulent as the present, hanging a flag is the resultant of the human need to identify oneself as a member of a group in terms of political preferences, and to express to the world one’s opinion.
Towering canyon walls encompass one as they float through the borderlands of Texas and Mexico on the Rio Grande River. On the river, the the fragile desert ecosystem teems with life and both banks look the same. For a moment, one nearly forgets that that a National Emergency has been called to build a wall on the border. Not only would the wall fragment the ecosystem, but the remoteness of the place makes the concept of a wall dividing a seemingly arbitrary border seem out of place.
“One of the worst parts about getting sick is that I start to stress out because I remember seeing this Instagram post of someone who was very active in the CF community. This girl was only 20 years old when she got a bad infection and ended up passing away. Just a couple months before she got the infection she was traveling and fully functional, but once she got sick her body was not able to fight off the infection and she passed quickly. That is why I start to panic when I feel sickness coming on. How do I know that this sickness is not the one that will take my life? I remember reading the post and crying in my room, because she was literally just here. But for me sometimes I think that hope can be continuing to believe in an ideal despite major setbacks. Holding on to that greatest idea or vision.” -Maria Znidarsic