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Belly dancers rally for better healthcare

Posted in assignment work, editorial work, news, Washington by bermanphotos on April 29, 2009

SeattlePI.com sent me to downtown Seattle to photograph a protest by area belly dancers, urging support for single-payer health care. Many belly dancers are uninsured and puts them in a tenuous situation of being unable to care for them and their families. They hope that a system similar to Canada’s could be implemented here in the U.S.

One of the dancers, Dina Lydia, mentioned to me that the pairing of belly dancing and politics was unusual, but sensible: “Belly dancing and politics are both passionate,” said Lydia, before adding “and both are about people. It makes a lot of sense, actually.”

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Dahlia Moon plays the zills, a type of finger cymbal, while rallying in support of single-payer health insurance outside of the U.S. Federal Building in Seattle Monday April 27, 2009.

Dahlia Moon plays the zills, a type of finger cymbal, while rallying in support of single-payer health insurance outside of the U.S. Federal Building in Seattle Monday April 27, 2009.

Belly dancers surround organizer Dina Lydia during a rally in support of single-payer health insurance outside of the U.S. Federal Building in Seattle Monday April 27, 2009.

Belly dancers surround organizer Dina Lydia during a rally in support of single-payer health insurance outside of the U.S. Federal Building in Seattle Monday April 27, 2009.

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