Month: October 2015

ACLU of Colorado latest to unveil mobile justice app

Click the link to hear an interview with Natahan Woodliff-Stanley, executive director of ACLU. (https://soundcloud.com/whitegarden-photography/aclu-of-colorado-latest-to-unveils-mobile-justice-app) At a press conference held just outside the Denver Police Headquarters on Thursday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado became the most recent state to launch its own mobile justice app, allowing users to securely record police activity, which uploads directly to the ACLU in real time. Nathan Woodliff-Stanley, Executive Director of the ACLU Colorado, says there are several cases of officers attempting to delete incriminating material from mobile devices and this app will prevent that from happening.   “It is about accountability. It is about transparency. But, I don’t consider it to be anti-police,” Woodliff-Stanley said. Colorado is the eighth state to implement its own mobile justice app, which includes a “witness” function that sends notifications of other active apps in the area, such as during a protest or indicating a recording is taking place. There is also a “report” feature that lets the user attach a detailed account to the video after the incident. Woodliff-Stanley says that this …

Papa’s Passport Photo

I worked my way around the frame, finally landing on his eyes. His eyes. His look. I was having a staring contest with a passport photo from 1971. It was my idol and his portrait from some 40 years ago kept making me feel like a timid, confused puppy. I stared at his picture, trying to comprehend him, a man I know so well – I think. My grandfather. Papa. His mass, his presence exuding from this simple photograph overwhelmed me. I don’t know why. His sharp expression, matched by his crisp attire, blasted confidence. He’s a World War II vet, a B-17 pilot, a husband, a father. He’s the man. Thick tie, wide lapels, broad shoulders, a stern look, calm demeanor. Collected. He knows he’s the boss, but he’s not trying to boast. He’s not trying to do anything except get his passport photo made. It’s just how he is. Timeless. He inspired his grandson to live up to his likeness, an adoring image you’d think maybe the kid made up in his head, …