These photographs were taken during rallies, demonstrations, protests, and marches dating back almost a decade to a few weeks ago. We photographed these events in the course of our work in covering politics and government for Show Me Progress, a progressive news blog, as credentialed journalists. Some of these images have also appeared in other publications, including metropolitan daily newspapers.

Jerry Schmidt is a photographer who lives in Warrensburg, Missouri. He is emeritus faculty, having taught photography at UCM for thirty years.

Michael Bersin is a founding member of Show Me Progress. He teaches music at UCM.

Schmidt and Bersin’s intent with these images is to show these individuals at their best and with respect.