Weekly Photo Challenge: Community

I looked at several of the posts for this challenge and realized that community can mean different things. It can be a small community of people who live and work together to farm, cook and weave. In Peru, I visited a rural community called Isca Pataza. In this photo, the community of women enjoy each other’s company as they spin and chat. Some of the menfolk of the community sit behind them.

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A group of students who works on a public project together is a community. Although some of the faces have been rubbed out, I could feel the spirit of these 5th graders who put together this “turtle” of artwork that was meaningful to them to beautify a public park in Beloit, Wisconsin.

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One feels a sense of community when united in a common cause. Participating in a strike with coworkers and colleagues I’d never met before gave me a feeling of closeness withthis community of teachers, marching, picketing and singing  in solidarity for the benefit of Chicago Public Schools and working conditions for staff.  (Chicago Teachers Union strike, Sept. 2012)

On the chilly morning of Sept. 11, our strike group gathered to remember the tragedy of 9/11/2001 and say a prayer for the families of the victims.
On the chilly morning of Sept. 11, our strike group gathered to remember the tragedy of 9/11/2001 and say a prayer for the families of the victims.
Picketing in front of Disney Magnet School on Marine Drive in Chicago
Picketing in front of Disney Magnet School on Marine Drive in Chicago: participants were adults and children, carrying homemade signs and premade ones, shouting to motorists on Lake Shore Drive, singing songs and walking to the beat of some colleagues’ drums.

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