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Happy Earth Day 2015 from the BLM!

Enjoy a snapshot of your amazing public lands - #noplacelikehome.

Whether you #hike #ride #climb #bike or #volunteer, share your own nature photos today with tag #NatureSelfie.

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Some murals from Cacaxtla, Tlaxcala. The settlement was founded by the Olmeca-Xicalanca people who may have been Maya settlers. Cacaxtla may have been involved in the abandonment of Cholula at the end of the Classic period which forced the Cholulans to retreat to a hilltop settlement to defend themselves.

Tens of thousands of African-American men, women, and children were labeled “refugees,” as if the disaster had occurred not on American soil but in a distant country. The same media reported that armed, roving gangs of young black males opportunistically profited from the tragedy. Reports suggested that these men were stealing from electronics from stores, raping women trapped in evacuation centers, and trying to assassinate relief workers. Later evidence revealed that these reports were untrue. In fact, young black men were organizing to assist other survivors who were unable to find supplies: the elderly, the sick, and people with children. This narrative returned in the shaming disgust with which Ferguson protesters were met when their grief and anger exploded in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death. Black lives matter.
—  Melissa Harris-Perry and James Perry in “From New Orleans to Ferguson, a Decade of Asserting Black Lives Matter” for thenationmagazine
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Cantona, Puebla

Most likely founded by Olmec-Xicalanca peoples towards the end of the Classic period, Cantona is situated about an hour from the city of Puebla and an hour and a half from Xalapa, Veracruz. Cantona sits along an old trading route that connected the Gulf Coast to the Central Highlands. The city was abandoned sometime around 1050 AD.

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“That’s the story of New Orleans…a city that, for almost 300 years, has been the gateway to America’s soul. Where the jazz makes you cry, the funerals make you dance, the bayou makes you believe all kinds of things. A place that has always brought together people of all races and religions and languages. And everybody adds their culture and their flavor into this city’s gumbo. You remind our nation that for all of our differences, in the end, what matters is we’re all in the same boat. We all share a similar destiny.” —President Obama marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans