July 24, 2020
Chatting the Pictures

Chatting the Pictures: Protest, Racial Justice, and Portland’s ”Wall of Moms”

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About the Video

This photo was taken by Caitlin Ochs for Reuters on July 18th, 2020. In the image, we see women from a group called “The Wall of Moms” demonstrating outside the Federal Justice Center in Portland during a racial justice protest. The presence of Federal troops has sparked outrage and swelled participation in demonstrations in the city as protests for racial equality have swept the country. We discuss the ongoing public reaction to police violence against African-Americans, the militarized response by the government, and the role of white protesters, including an organization of mothers, in the racial justice protests there.

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Michael Shaw

An analyst of news photos and visual journalism, and a frequent lecturer and writer on visual politics, photojournalism and media literacy, Michael is the founder and publisher of Reading the Pictures.

Cara Finnegan

Cara Finnegan is a writer, photo historian, and professor of Communication at the University of Illinois. She has been affiliated with Reading The Pictures for nearly 15 years, most recently as co-host of Chatting The Pictures. Her latest book is Photographic Presidents: Making History from Daguerreotype to Digital, out with University of Illinois Press in spring 2021.


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