It’s pretty gross. There are literally gas bubbles rising to the surface from decaying sewage at the bottom.
Recognized as one of the most polluted bodies of water in the United States, it’s labeled as a Superfund site. Which, despite the name, is NOT SUPER and basically means a place is really, really, really ridiculously polluted.
To raise awareness about how dirty the Gowanus is and how much more needs to be done to clean it up, Christopher Swain did the unthinkable and SWAM IT.
Covering his face in Vaseline to repel the toxic water and wearing a hazmat suit, he was accompanied by a kayaker who occasionally offered him hydrogen peroxide to gurgle. Performance-art activism for the environment right in our own backyard!
And it worked!
His stunt is all over the media now and people are being reminded about how polluted the canal is.
“I think I’m going to go in here,” Swain said soon after arriving at the canal. “No, you’re not,” a burly guard said. “This is not approved,” explained Captain Frank DiGiacomo. “Obviously, he comes out of the water, he’s contaminated. Obviously, the water he’s in is contaminated. Obviously.”
“Let today be the day that you become committed in being, in doing, in getting, achieving, in experiencing. Let today be the day that you are committed to being the change you wish to see. To living the life you wish to live.”
“The real revolution is thousands of people across America standing in solidarity against police brutality. The real revolution is youth activists using their voices and their fearlessness to fight for the future of their generation. The real revolution is people of different races walking through the streets of inner city Baltimore, arms locked, chanting ‘All night, all day, we will fight for Freddie Gray.’”
Death of Freddie Gray leads to breaking point in Baltimore
Source: Patrick Semansky/AP
By: Odus Evbagharu, Managing Editor
I feel sorry for the people of Baltimore. I feel sorrow for store owners
who are losing their businesses because of addle-minded immaturity. I
feel the rage of those who are asking why another black life was taken
away by those who are supposed to “protect and serve.” Most importantly,
I feel sadness for the family of Freddie Gray who are enduring hurt and
a pain not leaving anytime soon.
Gray, who was 25 at the time of
his arrest on April 12, died in Baltimore Police custody a week later
after he was detained from a fatal spinal cord injury. The circumstances
surrounding his death still remain unclear.
arrested on a weapons charge after Baltimore Police Department Officer
Garrett Miller found a switchblade in his pocket. Maryland law does make
it illegal to “wear or carry a dangerous weapon of any kind concealed
on or about the person.” However, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie
Rawlings-Blake said it’s not clear simply having a knife is a crime and
it’s not necessarily probable cause to chase someone.
was dragged a bit,” said Rawlings-Blake. “Then you see him using his
legs to get into the van, so he was able-bodied when he was in the van.
And we know that when he was finally taken out of the van, he was
The six officers, who detained Gray, restrained him
even more inside the van, while surveillance video recorded Gray talking
and conscious at 8:54 a.m., the morning of the arrest.
later, the police called an ambulance for Gray. According to police,
Gray requested medical attention, including an inhaler, and the
ambulance took him to the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Shock
The Mayor of Baltimore thinks the arresting
officers made “a mistake” by not getting Gray medical attention as soon
as he requested it. Causing more tension and questions demanding to be
answered by the family of Freddie Gray and the people of Baltimore.
Gray’s death has now ignited ongoing protests in Baltimore and elevated already high tensions between police and residents.
have longed complained about the abuse of power demonstrated by the
Baltimore Police Department from racial profiling to turning a blind eye
to those who need help in their community. Gray’s death is the straw
currently breaking the camel’s back.
Source: Patrick Semansky/AP
People are exercising their
first amendment right to protest because their voices are being ignored. In
no way is anyone advocating violence or people breaking the law doing
demonstrative things to other people’s properties. It’s reckless and
serves no purpose in the cause others are fighting for. The death of
Gray should not be the reason of why the Black Guerilla Family, Bloods
and Crips are entering a partnership to ‘take out’ law enforcement
officers. That’s just senseless and only makes matters for those who are
looking for answers and peace.
Destroying innocent people’s
property is what the uncivilized do. We have come too far to start
letting others call us names once again and draw parallels to people
with no home training. Black People should know better. Our voices will
never be heard if we continually stoop down to the level of the
ignorant and uneducated. Violence is not the answer in any circumstance
even when the light at the end of the tunnel seems to become dimmer and
dimmer the closer we try to obtain it.
However, I’m tired of
scrolling through my Twitter timeline and seeing privileged white kids
discuss how the protestors are thugs and every which name without
calling them the obvious word that our SAE friends so eloquently chanted not too long ago. I’m here to tell some you shut the hell up and go kick rocks.
man died while in cuffs for having a switchblade on him. If any of
these privileged white people were arrested for carrying a switchblade
on them 85% of them would be crying about their second amendment right
to bear arms and how the police had no right to chase them with no
probable cause. It is unfortunately laughable at the hypocrisy displayed
in such matters.
It’s sad that most of the people on the Twitter,
Facebook and other social media sites care less about fining justice for
this young man who died and needs of his family but are quick to rush
to put their 140-character misinformed, illiterate opinion out there.
It’s justice we are looking for, not ignorant people burning down a KFC
chicken bucket because protesters are burning the American Flag, which
for those of you out there is legal. I’m not advocating burning any
nation’s flag but it’s still a right we all have.
situation is sad and I continually pray America finds a way to fix
police brutality and their continual abuse of power.
If not, the
days of dialing 9-1-1 for help will be coming to an end and rogue
militia forces will rule. Let’s see if that’s a better solution to what
has happened in Ferguson and now Baltimore.
So, I don´t normally post stuff, I’m just here for the reblogs, Maybe you think that just because same-sex marriage is legal in a bunch of states in USA we have come a long way, but there’s still plenty to do to achieve the equality deserved.
The Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey (ITESM) is one of Mexico’s most renowned universities, having various campus across the country. The praise themselves for being an open-minded, value inducing, secular, entrepreneur, global school. However, this graduation season, students from ITESM Campus Laguna have been prohibited from taking same-sex couples to a catwalk being held at prom. We believe that it is absurd that an university that promotes open mindedness, forward thinking an multiculturalism could impose such a blatantly homophobic measure in an event whose purpose is for the students to be proud of themselves and the work they have done, and to have fun with their loved ones, regardless of their sexual orientation and/or gender.
In addition, 20% of the students are openly homosexual, and they have been prohibited from forming a LGBTQA+ association, based on the fact that the institute does not support “political or religious” associations even if this campus is known for supporting catholic “misiones”groups.
With words like “occupy” and “shut it down” and specific people only being regarded as “mattering”, when will the country wake up and realize these are not “protests” for equality, but insurgent actions for supremacy?
We are in the midst of a supremacist movement. What can be more entitled then looting, stopping traffic on a bridge, occupying a public space, and violently attacking other human beings?
Tumblr, Hawai’i needs your support now more than ever.
Kea, one of our most sacred mountains, is under attack. Since the 70′s,
telescopes have been built on its summit, destroying the ecosystem and
sacred sites. Right now, there are 13 telescopes, and now, certain
people want to build another one. Except this one will be 30 meters (98+
ft.) tall, and costing over $1.4 billion. Because of the mountain’s
unstable surface, construction workers for the other telescopes have had
to basically blow up certain areas and smooth it out to make it more
stable. Mauna Kea is already over 40 feet (12 m) lower than before
Even though many people were arrested after a series
of peaceful protests, we are still fighting. Mauna Kea is sacred to our
people, and it is not theirs to build on. This land is ancient and
sacred, and it does not belong to the United States, or the State of
This is Xiao La and her girlfriend, Maizi. Xiao La has been taking this photo all over China, photographing them “together” for her birthday. Maizi can’t actually be there because she’s in jail, and has been for a month as of this week. She was arrested for being a women’s rights and LGBT activist.
Her and 4 other women are in prison right now, but a huge global outcry could call attention to their situation and #FreeTheFive.
When the Westboro Baptist Church staged an anti-LGBT protest near Howard University last week, students weren’t having it. Dozens of HU students showed up with signs and rainbow flags to demonstrate against Westboro, and the hashtag #BlackLoveMatters took off. Well done. (via Huffington Post)
This week, activists on 75 college campuses created a “pop-up” sticker project, in collaboration with the 1 in 3 campaign, campaign director Julia Reticker-Flynn told Mic. The stickers, which included women’s real stories of abortion in English and Spanish, were posted in
high-traffic spaces on their campuses to spark personal dialogues about the role abortion plays in women’s lives. But not everyone was OK with the stickers.
Let’s talk about just how “unskilled” my minimum wage labor
At IHOP, I had to memorize a vast menu of possible
breakfast combinations. Did you know the system contains more than thirty
different choices for how an egg should be prepared? Then choices of pancakes
or French toast, what kind of toppings, was this a custom order or was it one
of our seasonal specials? Oh, yeah, the seasonal specials. Every three months,
we had a four hour staff meeting to discuss the new food items that would be
added to the menu. Most of us came in and spent this four hour meeting in addition to the nearly twelve hour
shift we would work later that night or had already been working early that
Better memorize the seasonal specials, too, or else you’ll
be screwing up people’s food left and right. And screwed up food means screwed
up tips, especially when it comes to
breakfast. On that note, guess how similar all the dishes looked. When you work
primarily in a breakfast diner with infinite combinations of specials,
pre-designed plates, and custom orders, it is very easy to mistake your table’s
food for someone else’s when it comes out. You definitely don’t want to make
that mistake, though, since IHOP has a system where you might run another server’s
food out to their table. You have to be able to see what a dish is by sight and be able to distribute it to
a table whose order you did not take. Some of my coworkers who had been doing
this for years could take an order completely by memorizing it at the table.
When you are often expected to serve up to eight people at one table, often
several tables at a time, this is a truly incredible feat.
Oh, and dishes come out hot. At my IHOP, the dress code dictated a short sleeved collared
white shirt. The lack of sleeves meant that I had to balance a number of very
hot dishes on my bare arms, then walk to the table and distribute them without
dropping anything. If you’ve never had to successfully balance ten hot plates
on your arms at a time, I suggest you pop some in the microwave right now and
give walking across your living room a shot. (Might not want to try unless you
have carpet or money to spare for new plates, though.)
During football season, IHOP was the only restaurant open
late in my town with enough space for large parties. On these Friday and
Saturday nights I worked until 5 or 6 in the morning, having started my shift at
4 or 5 that afternoon. I took orders for parties of ten, fifteen, and twenty,
often at the same time, with smaller tables as well. I was expected to split
checks and understand how to divide incredibly complex orders, and then take
payment without losing credit cards, mixing up checks, or any other disastrous
thing that can happen when you are holding fifteen forms of payment in your
hands at once.
Even when the actual serving had ended, there were a
number of meticulous shopkeeping duties that had to be done at the end of each
shift. Sometimes that meant I’d be filling 200 tiny cups with salad dressing at
four in the morning, and others it meant I’d be taking meticulous inventory in
my short sleeves in the freezer, restocking from storage where necessary. Everyone
had to roll silverware every night, and when you’ve been on your feet for
eleven hours, you can imagine how it feels to have to roll two hundred forks
and two hundred knives into two hundred napkin and put the sticky tab on each
one, after you wash off all the water
spots and polish the utensils.
Did I mention there’s a lot of lifting in a minimum wage
service job? I’m sure that’s true in other areas as well, but even now that I’m
working as a soda jerk and not a server, there’s tons of lifting heavy objects.
I have to lift large boxes of supplies from the stock room in order to make
sure everything is, well, stocked. I lift gallons of frozen ice cream. I carry
bus trays full of solid glass dishes and half-finished drinks to the kitchen
(you think this job is unskilled? You try scraping all those plates without
actually touching someone’s half-eaten pancakes. It’s impossible).
Not to mention handling to-go orders without tips, people
who come in with coupons that slash their order to nothing and then tip
according to the adjusted total despite you delivering the same level of
service, the fact that the prices were already low because it’s IHOP so tips
were meager. I could complain to you for days about experiences with bad and
ignorant customers that took all my control, all my people management skills,
all my thickness of skin to get through, and I didn’t get paid any extra for
putting up with that shit.
Remember, I only get paid the equivalent of a meal at
McDonald’s for every hour of my work. I deserve better. We all do.