Displayed proudly on the wall, a row of mis-matched spoons found in the garbage are tacked up with a piece of ribbon in Sher Dad’s shelter. With almost no worldly possessions, Gul Dad struggles to survive along with his wife and baby son in a Pashtun-Abadi (Pashtun slum) more than five years after escaping the conflict in Bajaur.

RESIST by Alixandra Fazzina | Eighteen Spoons, Pakistan, 2014

 Sadaf Rahimi practices in her Kabul gym at the Olympic Stadium to prepare for the Olympics 

(Photo by Andrea Bruce/ Noor Images for Time)

RESIST by Andrea Bruce | The Boxer, Afghanistan, 2012

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RESIST by Benedicte Kurzen |


RESIST by Francesco Zizola | Photographing, a form of resistance

 Nelson Mandela and Malcolm X. Candy Store. 

In ?Chi-Raq? there still is not one trauma unit, despite the fact that the city leads the country in the number of homicides, with the majority occurring south of the Loop. As often follows with arrests, incarceration tends to ensue. As a result, more than 100,000 people go through the doors of Chicago?s Cook County Jail each year. However, many of these young men and women are blind to how the city?s methodical and systematic control of land, divides their neighborhoods into war zones. This, results in wars with each other, in a seemingly endless loop of ?survival?.

Although the violence is consistently reported in the news, to understand what?s at stake we must look far deeper than the latest crime scene. It?s vital that we also show the immense waste of human potential that?s being lost with each violent act. While the violence that has spread to many of Chicago?s most economically depressed neighborhoods is in all ways real, the never ending focus on the violence obscures a larger and far more significant truth: that the wholesale neglect has led to the practical destruction of these communities. 

The combination of the large scale industrial meltdown, political disinvestment, and the failure of the war on poverty during the 1970?s and 80?s led to communities like Chicago?s South Side falling on extremely hard times. Today, the failure of the war on poverty is clearly evident. The poverty rate for the majority African-Americans stands at 32.6 percent, the highest for the ten largest American cities, according to Chicago Muckrakers. The aftermath is evidenced by failing schools, inadequate public healthcare, mass foreclosures in the form of abandoned and decaying buildings, widespread, but rarely seen hunger, drug use, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and unusually high levels of social violence, incarceration rates and police brutality. 

Barack Obama?s rise on the South Side from community organizer to leader of the free world has been both uplifting and disheartening. Obama?s 2008 narrative of collective change resonated strongly with the largest African-American community in the country and unfortunately, once in office he has done little to address the economic and social challenges that the communities face. This may be changing as Obama is literally being forced to contend with the widespread issues of violence both in his hometown and throughout the country. He's pushing for gun control reform.

RESIST by Jon Lowenstein | SOS South Side, USA, 2012

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RESIST by Kadir van Lohuizen | Rising Sea Levels, Bangladesh, 2013

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RESIST by Nina Berman | F*ck the KKK, USA, 1990

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RESIST by Pep Bonet

 Russia, St Petersburg. November 2014. A posed portrait of Lesbian couple ?O? (27, right) and ?D? (23, left). They were on their way home after a jazz concert, it was late by the time they got off at their subway stop. They were alone as they went up the escalator to get to the street level apart from two men in front of them. As they traveled up to street level, they took each other?s hand and kissed. They came out of the subway and starting walking home. Suddenly ?O? felt a blow to the back of her neck: ?fucking lesbians? the stranger yelled. He then turned and punched ?D? in the face. ?O? tried to defend her but was punched in the face too. ?O? screamed: ?what are you doing? We are just sisters? he replied, ?Don?t lie, I saw you kissing and you are spreading LGBT propaganda?. The remark was in reference to the ?Anti LGBT Propaganda Towards Minors? law recently adopted in Russia. He continued to kick and punch ?O? and ?D? screaming ?No LGBT? and finally ?If I see you again I will kill you? and then left. All this time the attackers colleague was filming the attack with his phone. Talking about the attack ?O? says: ?The real fear I experienced was not for myself, it was for the one I love. The fear struck me when I realized I couldn?t do anything to protect her.? ?O? continues: ?Now, in Russia, holding hands is dangerous for us. But if the goal of these attackers was to separate us, they failed. They only made our relationship stronger?.

RESIST by Robin Hammond | Where Love is Illegal, Russia, 2014


RESIST by Sebastian Liste | Samba, Brazil, 2009

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RESIST by Stanley Greene | Red scarf of a Soviet Union Youth Pioneer, Chechnya, 2013

 Occupied Palestinian Territories, West Bank, Abu Dis, 01 May 2013

Students from the Al-Quds University javelin team wrap up the last practice before summer vacation in the West Bank city of Abu Dis, next to the Israeli Separation Wall.

RESIST by Tanya Habjouqa | Javelin team practices along side the Separation Wall, Occupied Palestinian Territories, 2013

 Belo Monte construction site, Altamira  Brazil  October 09 2012
On Tuesday 9 October, around 80 “warriors” in full war paint and armed with bows and arrows, clubs and lances occupied a construction site for the Belo Monte hydroelectric plant on the Xingu River, a tributary of the Amazon in Brazil.
 In a cloak-and-dagger operation, the native Indians stormed the Pimental cofferdam, chased off around 900 construction workers and took control of a large number of trucks and Caterpillar construction vehicles.

RESIST by Yuri Kozyrev | Resisting the Belo Monte Dam, Brazil, 2012

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RESIST by NOOR | PhotoBox Set