In the mountains of Lancaster, New Hampshire, as crowds roam the grounds of Roger's Campground, a bearded figure in overalls and cowboy hat leans over an assemblage of cookware, preparing a meal that will be served, at no charge, to the masses gathered for a week long celebration of liberty.
Hundreds of thousands of Americans of Japanese ancestry were rounded up and incarcerated in the name of national security. Several years later, when they were released, they found themselves rebuilding their lives and communities.
Shameel Arafin (b.1975) is a freelance photographer based in New York City. Over the last two years, his photojournalism has revolved around the culture of resistance in America, specifically with regard to documenting the erosion of civil liberties.
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