Hope for Humanity, Women’s March in Washington and around the World

Hope for Humanity, Women’s March in Washington and around the World

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered for the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday. Credit Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

Women’s march in Washington and around the world for our hope for Human Rights and Humanity as a whole

January 21, 201711:19 AM ET

Women’s March Floods Washington, Sparking Rallies Worldwide

Sister marches have been organized in all 50 states, several U.S. territories and countries around the world. They have tried to express solidarity with the aims of the original march: opposition to President Trump’s agenda, and support of women’s rights and human rights in general.

Given the quirks of time zones, many of those marches kicked off before the event that inspired them. In Sydney, London, New Delhi, and other cities, demonstrators broke out their signs and pink hats before even their compatriots in D.C. could.

Straight from NPR and member station reporters on the ground: Here’s a glimpse of the marches Saturday — across the country, and around the world.

For more Information please visit the following link:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/01/21/510940708/womens-march-on-washington-goes-worldwide-snapshots-from-around-the-globe

Protesters in New York City during the Women’s March.                                         Bryan R. Smith/AFP/Getty Images

Tens of thousands gather in Civic Center Park for the Women’s March on Denver.   Andy Cross/Denver Post via Getty Images

Protesters participate in the Women’s March in Chicago, Illinois.                             John Gress/Getty Images

Protesters at the start of the Women’s March on Main Street in Park City, Utah.

Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

“Women’s March on Main” during the 2017 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.   Arthur Mola/Invision/AP

Protesters make their way through Chicago during the city’s women’s march.

Participants hold signs as they wait for the start of the women’s march in Los Angeles.

Thousands of participants converge on Dag Hammarskjold Plaza and Second Avenue during the women’s March in New York City.  NY Daily News via Getty Images

Crowds gather for the women’s march on Main Street during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

de Trocadero in Paris in solidarity with supporters of the Women’s March in Washington.   Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

Demonstrators take part in the Women’s March on London on Saturday.                         Tim Ireland/AP

Activists hold a banner that reads “Women’s March Against Fascism” during the Women’s March rally in Belgrade, Serbia, on Saturday.   Darko Vojinovic/AP

A woman wearing an American flag as a headscarf attends a protest for women’s rights and freedom in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington in front of Brandenburger Tor in Berlin, Germany.   Steffi Loos/Getty Images

Women hold placards during an demonstration in front of the U.S. embassy in Athens, Greece in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington.                               Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Demonstrators make their way during the Women’s March in Barcelona, Spain. The Women’s March originated in Washington, D.C. but soon spread to become a global event.   David Ramos/Getty Images

Protesters demonstrate for women’s rights and freedom in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington in Sydney.  Brook Mitchell/Getty Images

Indian women in New Delhi participate in a nationwide “I Will Go Out” march to raise questions about safe access for women and marginalized communities in public spaces across India.  Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

Tens of thousands participated in the BostonWomen’s March In cluding Sen ElizabethWarren & Mayor MartyWalsh (bottom right). Meredith Nierman/WGBH

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Remembering 9/11

Remembering 9/11

Memorial to World Trade Center 

John and I had planed for a while to take a trip to Swansea, UK to visit John’s older sister Phyllis.  Finally, we bought two tickets from Air India.  We were scheduled to leave Newark, NJ on September 10, 2001.  We always plan to stay more than three weeks vacation as we wanted to spend as much time with Phyllis as we can, since Mom, John’s mother passed away in summer 1994 and Phyllis was alone by herself.  So we planed to stay with her until October 9, 2001, which was the day we returned home to Newark.

On September 10, 2001 I got up early to prepare for the trip with John.  We took the Path from Penn station,Newark to World Trade Center, NYC at about 2:00 PM.  After we got out from Path train we took the escalator and went up to the first floor Of WTC’s building passing a bank and shopping area to get to the NY subway that took us to Kennedy Airport.  Every thing was nice and smooth.  The weather was very good.  People enjoyed walking, traveling to somewhere or shopping much like any other time that John and I came to NYC.  Our plane took off at night.  John enjoyed being on the plane, sipping a drink after a nice Indian curry meal on the flight.  John was watching a movie while I tried to find the best position to sleep in until we landed at Heathrow Airport. It took about six hours.  From Heathrow Airport we took the bus to Swansea where we had to sit for five hours.  At about 3:00 PM we reached the bus stop in Swansea. A Taxi man drove us to Phyllis’ house for duration of about fifteen minutes.

“Do you know the World Trade Center collapsed?” 

The taxi man asked us while he took our luggage out from the trunk.

“No!  It is impossible.  We just came from World Trade Center.”

We responded.

“Two planes hit the twin towers.”

The taxi man gave us more information.

After greeting Phyllis, we ran in the living room and turned on the TV and found out that there were no Twin Towers any more.  We learned that the terrorists hijacked the airplanes and used planes as weapons to destroy the buildings and people on the plane and thousand more in the World Trade Center Towers.  We also learned about the disasters in Washington DC and Pennsylvania.

We spent most of our trip, almost a month, watching the TV to find out about the news of WTC disaster.  We were gathering news papers for more information also.  We made a lot of phone calls to our daughter who was home in Newark.

John and I have many fond memories of WTC.  We had to pass by WTC every time we took trips to NYC, especially when we went to Chinatown to buy Chinese food and grocery.

In 1975 I just started dating John.  John helped me to frame my paintings for the exhibition in East River Saving Bank on the first floor of the WTC.  My parents and family who came from Thailand to visit us in the US liked taking trips to World Trade Center.  My parents were lucky enough to go up to the top of WTC to view NYC from the high distance.

After we came back home to Newark, NJ from Swansea, the first thing I wanted was to visit the remains of WTC to join others who felt the sadness from the loss of so many people.  We also went to Jersey City by the peer at the bank of Hudson River opposite WTC to look at the empty spots where Twin Towers would have been. Our hearts ached and we were confused as to the cause of this destruction.  We liked to bring friends and family to view the NY skyline and watch the 4th of July fire works by the Hudson River with the WTC in the background.

I began doing the artwork relating to WTC, a few ceramic sculptures as a Memorial for the Twin Towers.  I kept my artwork to myself.  I showed them to only few people who were close to me.  I did not want to provoke negative feelings or bad memories in others.  I felt such sadness about this horrible event.  It is the same sadness for any horrible event such as Holocausts, the nuclear bombs in Japan, the killing field in Cambodia, in Rwanda and other places in the world.  We humans never learn to be civilized.  We seem so quickly to forget the horrible events that took place and then bad things happen again.  We kill each other directly and indirectly.  The indirect actions of corruption, greed and power hunger cause direct action to surface.  Innocent people will always end up suffering the effects.  Hopefully we will be wiser and able to learn from past events and improve our human race to be able to live with each other in peaceful coexistence.

Ten years have past since the 9/11 events and I would like to share my artwork with others and express some of my thought on my Peace Project website.

Many thanks to my daughter and son-in-law who subscribe the website for me and my husband who has the patients to correct my writing.

The followings are the pictures of my sculptures I produced on March 16, 2002 I made especially as a memorial to the Twin Towers and the people who lost in these events:

The description of WTC memorial:

Two towers stand erect, supported by two long panels.  Outside of two panels are animal designs in one side and the garden and plants on the other side.  The long path between the two towers inside panels is blank spaces which can be the area that the loved ones or any ones express their thought in writing.  And the corridor between two panels can be the place for children to play hide and seek.

I made this small scale Twin Towers sculpture as a replica for loved ones or any ones who comes to mourn, let go of sadness and to remember the loss.  I hope we can realize that we should enjoy and appreciate one and other while we are still alive.

Memorial to World Trade Center 

Time to mourn

Time to cry

Wipe the sadness away

Time to remember

Time to live

Get up and go

Work awaits

I will go on

Remembering the past

With heavy heart

When you are apart

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Sunday, September 11, 2011, 5:57 AM

 

 

Lost Hope 

Little girl feels

Little girl hurts

To feel the pain so young

Her innocent lost

Even though it hasn’t begun

We all lost our innocent and freedom

Innocent of hoping working hard

We will be better some day

But freedom lost

Sudden someone comes

And take the hope away

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Sunday, September 04, 2011, 9:45 PM

On Tuesday, September 11, 2001 a total of 343 firefighters died with thousand of innocent civilians in the World Trade Center and other locations. Their lives were taken away by fanatic, brainwashed believers of a distorted version of their own religion.  If the hijackers believe in humankind and nature they would not kill themselves and others.  So, one should always learn to questions what one is told to believe. 

I salute all the brave firefighters and others who risk their lives saving others.  May peace be with the brave firefighters, all their families and the others. 

Respectfully yours, 

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Friday, August 8, 2003

 I wish it were!

Something that have wings

To save him

I love butterfly

Deep in my heart

I sent the butterfly

To catch him

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts,Sunday, September 15,2002

 Order from the Top 

Sharp bayonet piercing on my back

As I am dying

Why do you kill me?

I don’t know you!

And you didn’t know me!

Oh! I forget

It’s an order from the top

If you didn’t kill me

I probably will kill you

Because I got order from the top also

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts Sunday, 8.28.2011, 6:27 PM

 

Mother liberty holds the twin towers

Close to her heart

Protecting World Trade Center

With her believe 

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Mother Liberty, do we still breathe free in this land of liberty?

Breathe free with fear for this event has come

Don’t shed your tears for this human race

The lesson learns might make us grow

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Tuesday, August 30, 2011, 10:55 PM

 

 What is the same and different between these two men?

One, they are both human beings

Two, they are both dead

Three, they are well known

Four, they both had a goal to be achieved

Five, one is nonviolent and other is violent

Six, one is spinning cotton on a wheel and other has a weapon

Seven, one is productive and other is destructive

Which do we prefer after  we analyzing the lives of these two men?

History will record these two men’s actions when they were alive

I hope we can learn from these two people without vengeance and hatred

Let us teach our younger generations all over the world

To understand that we are all the same

If we harm others then we will harm ourselves in the end

Do not brainwash the youngsters!!!!!!!!!!!

Flowers from my little garden

Floating in the air

Let each beautiful one

Touching each soul

Seeing beautiful things

Rising to the sky

Just wait for a little while

I will be with you all

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Monday, 9.13.2011, 1:20 PM

World Trade Center Remembered 

World Trade Center falls

Becoming colorful Twin Towers

Teaching us

They are here

And they are gone 

Thinking how good

When they are standing there

As we take things for granted

Even with the love ones 

Or the cleaning workers

Or the others that faithfully

Do their jobs for everyone

World Trade Center

 Becomes colorful

In our mind

 

I didn’t do anything

Why you hate me this much?

What did I do wrong?

Or did my fellow countrymen

Cause the trouble to the others

That I do not aware of?

 

These questions and thought

Become active

In my brain neurons

Start charging for reasons 

Thanks to the Twin Towers

You make us think

I miss you

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts Saturday, August 27, 2011, 3:40 PM

2 Responses to Remembering 9/11

  1. Chelsea M says:

September 19, 2011 at 10:47 am

I have to be honest I have not looked up images form the events of 911 in many years. It was in that time that I moved to NYC and I came to my new home while it was in a state of broken fear.

You have created some very powerful images, in particular I’m moved by the image of the flowers in the dust cloud and the collage work with the people’s silhouettes infront of the wreckage. Your poems are so simple but speak in such short lines of deep feeling. Its the way my mind tries to come to terms with the events, in little lines and snapshots of images. Thank you for sharing your work, on such a hard and painful subject. Perhaps through art we can come to terns and work through some of the emotions left to us from that day.

Reply

  • ing says:

September 20, 2011 at 5:01 am

Hi Chelsea,
Thank you so much for your comments. It was painful having to remember the horrible day. I hope we can learn from the event and make sure that it will not happen again. But looking at the situation, a lot of human behavior and the turmoil all over the world right now, it will probably take quite a long while for the human race to reach maturity and act as a civilized society as a whole.
Take care,
Ing

Link to World Trade Center Under the Same Moon:

https://ingpeaceproject.com/remembering-911/world-trade-center-under-the-same-moon/

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John Watts’ Photographs of Street Art, Astoria, Queens, New York City, New York

John Watts’ Photographs of Street Art

Astoria, Queens, New York City, New York

On Sunday, June 26, 2016

These photos taken at the Astoria NYC, street art festival, are intended to reflect a relationship between the art, the people and their environment. I view street art as an ongoing theatrical event requiring all three elements to become a truly complete experience.

John Watts, Saturday, July 09, 2016

 

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Peace Comes To Astoria, Street Art Queens, New York City, New York

 

Peace Comes To Astoria, Street Art

Murals and Surrounding Astoria Neighborhood

 Queens, New York City, New York

On Sunday, June 26, 2016

Photographs by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

Happy 4th of July everyone 🙂 🙂 🙂

John and I went to Astoria, Queens, NYC, New York on the previous Sunday, June 26, 2016 to view the latest murals.  We enjoyed walking about seeing murals on 30 Street, 12 Street and Welling Court by Astoria Boulevard.  I was very happy to see some artists produced Peace artwork.  We arrived about 2 P.M., the sun was very hot.  We cannot see the pictures on our equipment screens that well.  I tried my best to capture the murals that we viewed    We only viewed a small part of murals. We decided to return home and will come back again to view more murals in different areas. 

There were some people taking pictures of the murals.

 

I intended to walk across the street to view the murals on the other side of the road but I noticed the reflection of part of the mural with the peace sign artwork on the car window.  I realized that there is another mural on a wall inside of a gated property. 

I came back and tried to photograph the mural.  I could not capture the mural in full view because of the gate blocking it. 

Luckily my cheap camcorder is small enough to go through the space between the gate bars.  I tried my best to capture the whole image.  But I only got part of the mural.

I was glad I was able to at least capture the full peace sign.

Thanks to the artist who produced this peace mural.  I wish I could have gotten his or her full name.

These murals are on the opposite side of the street from the peace murals that I have shown above.

A group of tourists came to view the murals.  Thanks to all the artists who produced the artworks.  I love graffiti or street art because most of the artists wish to convey their thought and express them in a form of artwork in public for other people to view, to feel, and to think, no matter if you agree or disagree.  But the artists activate people’s brains to think.  Sometimes this may tickle the conscious of the viewer to absorb more information from the artwork.  Most graffiti or street art subjects are expressions of a present time which one can use as a chronicle of history in this specific time and place.  Eventually these artworks or murals will be gone if they are in the changing hands of property owners who want to demolish properties for other business ventures.

John pointed out to the lady photographer that the damaged car is a useful object to compose a photo looking through the mangled window to view the painted fire hydrant.

I will post John’s photographs in the next project.  It is interesting to see the difference in composition of individual photographers traveling  the same path.

This person seemed to be interested in taking photos of the remains of the crashed vehicle.  I felt sad to see the result of such a tragedy.  I hope the person or persons in the car survived.

This person is very smart; he used his bike to ride to more places to view murals.  He could travel longer distances, and be less tired compared to traveling by walking.

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Easter Eggs and A Rabbit at Rockefeller Center, New York City, NY

Easter Eggs and A Rabbit at Rockefeller Center

New York City, New York

On Monday, March 28, 2016

I went to New York City on Monday, March 28, 2016. I walked along 5 Ave., from 51st street down to 49th street where Rockefeller Center is located.  I saw a lot of people and beautiful decoration for the Easter occasion.   I enjoyed seeing beautiful white lily flowers and the contrasting colors of red Azalea flowers.  The pink, green, purple and orange color of very decorative and large eggs were displayed in the garden among colorful plants.  One special rabbit stood in the middle of a garden island with gorgeous flowers in white, pink, red and purple that decorated the surface of an egg standing on top of the rabbit’s head.  The rabbit was covered with green furry of plants.  Not only children will be in awe and fascinated by the look of this Easter Rabbit, but so will the adults enjoy the special decorations of this event.  I enjoyed taking photographs of the decorations and was equally happy to see the families and the visitors having good times together taking pictures as a memory of the happy time together for the future.   

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Wednesday, March 30, 2016

 

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George Bowman The Musician

George Bowman The Musician

At the tunnel walkway

From Chambers Street to World Trade Center,

New York City, New York

On Thursday, February 18th, 2016

 And

 Cynthia’s Snow Photographs

 

 

George Bowman the Musician

He greets people

Who travel to work

Or return home

From all day work

With his trumpet

He voices out a melody

 

How are you today?

Let me serenade you

From a hard day’s work

Or travel from here to there

Have a pleasant day everyone!!!

 

With his horn of melody

Soothing the ears of those

Who pass by

 

Good morning!!!

Good afternoon!!!

Or good night!!!

His trumpet sounds

Connecting to human souls

 

George Bowman the Musician

Happy to serenade

The travelers who pass by

His life is fulfilled

With happiness and peace

It is a life well lived

 

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Saturday, February 20, 2016

 

George Bowman the Musician

On Thursday, February 18, 2016 about 1:30 P.M., I traveled on the E-train, subway in New York City.  I got out at Chambers Street and walked along the tunnel, underground to the World Trade Center to get the Path train heading home to Newark, New Jersey.  I saw a man standing near the wall with his trumpet in his hands.  I always want to have a conversation with the musicians who perform in the subway or out on the streets but I never have a chance.  Listening to his music, I decided to approach him; luckily there was no one there at that moment so I began asking him some questions.  We had a nice short conversation.  Then I asked if he would play one more tune or a song for me to record and told him that I would like to use the material to post on my website and Google +, post a video on YouTube.  He wrote his name and information for me before he serenaded me with his interpretation of, Somewhere Over the Rainbow tune.  I was very happy and felt privileged to know him.  I showed the video to my husband, John Watts.  He likes the music and my conversation with Mr. George Bowman.

If you would like to listen to Mr. George Bowman music and our conversation please visit YouTube at the following link:

https://youtu.be/vGt5hDcfAk0

 

 Cynthia’s Snow Photographs

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