Photography by Robert Capa, Hollywood and Gramercy, taken July 10, 2014
Top: “What gave the drug free the right to declare a ‘drug’ war against the children, relatives and descendants of the people who fought and worked to win World War Two?”
Below: “(Above) The first assault wave was to hit fairly evenly along Omaha Beach, and then work inland through four exits. Heavy seas, the current and the heat of battle thew the landing off-kilter. (Insets, below and opposite) Famed combat photographer Robert Capa stumbled ashore with the 16th Infantry at the Easy Red/Fox Green section of Omaha Beach. Under fire, he snapped four rolls of ‘history in the making.’ Just eleven shots survived- including these three. (Opposite) Beach obstacles at Fox Green today, perhaps the very ones Capa snapped sheltering American soldiers.”
I stopped to take a picture of mural and a few feet away, this caught my eye. Actual photographs mounted and hung behind plexiglass, like a piece from a museum, it hung on a temporary wall with the above question and captions. Most people probably did not notice this piece of history and think about what it is asking or the photographs of D Day.
With the number of children seeking refuge in the US, we need to think about the War on Drugs, what it means for our citizens, the for profit prison system and the effects it has on people outside of our borders. To turn away children that are fleeing for their lives, due to our failed policies, is inhumane. Also, continually jailing our fellow citizens, many who fought for their country, for non-violent offenses, must end now.