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The Native Nations March is currently taking place through D.C. and at the White House, capping off a four-day protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline. As indigenous groups from all over the country continue to call for a meeting with Donald Trump, news outlets need make sure the voices of water protectors and environmental activists are heard.

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Dakota Access pipeline activists set their sights on the Flint water crisis

  • With their fight at Standing Rock seemingly won, at least for now, Dakota Access Pipeline protesters will refocus their efforts elsewhere: Flint, MI.
  • The activists plan to take on the city’s ongoing water crisis.
  • “This problem is all over the county,” Wes Clark Jr., a veteran of the U.S. Army, told MLive. Clark was one of the nearly 2,000-strong group, Veterans Stand for Standing Rock, that formed a first line of protection at the Oceti Sakowin Camp over the weekend.
  • “It’s got to be more than veterans,” Clark said. “People have been treated wrong in this county for a long time.”
  • Veterans and activists do not know exactly when they’ll head to Flint and many have vowed to stay until the Standing Rock Sioux ask them to leave. 
  • But they’re hoping that their presence in Flint can call media attention to the crisis and force meaningful action in the same way their presence did in North Dakota. Read more

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Every year, roughly 60,000 trees are cut worldwide to produce about 15 billion wooden pencils.

Sprout Is a line of eco-friendly pencils that have water-activated seed capsules instead of an eraser. Once you’re done using it, you can just stick it in a flower pot, water, and watch it grow. They do come in different herbs and veggies, such as basil, tomatoes, and rosemary. 

Practical tips 4 astral travel
  1. u just need to be undisturbed. It doesn’t matter if u r in a cozy bed, or walking 2 the store, or doing push ups at the gym u just need to be left the heck alone by other humans and animals (ps: for getting out of the astral, interacting w humans helps a lot!)
  2. avoid laying down or else u will fall asleep
  3. it is OK to take breaks, u will not ‘lose ur place’, u can get up and go pee and drink some water without fully breaking ur connection
  4. b4 u go in, have a snack and a glass of water ready. When u get out, eat snack drink water.
  5. Do physical activity to get out of the astral fully such as jumping jacks or squats or running in place.
  6. The more intensely you focus, the slower time will go. The less you focus, the faster time will go (***in my experience)
  7. avoid astral travel when u r sleepy! U need a lot of energy to do it :)
  8. build safe inner astral spaces to explore b4 u go out in to the “Real” astral
  9. when u start to get a headache in the middle of ur forehead, it’s time to leave.
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Looking back on the year, it’s hard to know what to feel. Powerful momentum. Staggering losses. Twelve months later we are collectively in a place that we’ve never been before. Exciting and scary as hell. There is no way to know what to expect.

One thing is certain. We aren’t finished yet.

Photos by Robyn Beck, Chip Somodevilla, Kristian Buus, Marlin Olynyk, Hubert Libiszewski, Kena Betancur, Sandy Huffaker and Spencer Platt.

Are birth control sponges safe?

Someone asked us:

Are birth control sponges (the ones that are inserted that use water to activate spermicide) safe? When I read about them it said to go to a doctor if you can’t get them out or they break apart. Is this a real issue? Are they recommended?

The birth control sponge is totally safe for most people. You put the sponge in your vagina before penis-in-vagina sex to prevent pregnancy. It covers your cervix and has spermicide to stop sperm from reaching an egg.

Putting the sponge in and taking it out is similar to using a tampon. Each sponge has a fabric loop attached to it to make it easier to pull out. You may have trouble removing your sponge every once in awhile; if you have a hard time getting to the sponge, squat and bear down (push with your vaginal muscles like you’re going to the bathroom) while reaching for it. You can grab the sponge itself and pull it out if you can’t find the fabric loop.

The vagina has an end (where your cervix is), so the sponge can’t get “lost” inside your vagina or move to other parts of your body. And it’s extremely rare for a person to not be able to get their sponge out or for it to break apart. But yes, if this does happen, visit a nurse or doctor right away. If part or all of it is left in your vagina for a long time, it can lead to infection.

Want even more protection from pregnancy? Use the sponge plus a condom. Bonus: condoms also prevent the spread of STDs.

Last pro-tip? The birth control sponge is really easy to get at the drugstore, but it’s not the most effective method. Other birth control options like condoms, the IUD, implant, shot, pill, patch, and ring are all more effective methods.

-Mylanie at PPFA

The Lake Tianchi Monster is said to reside in the beautiful Heaven Lake located at the peak of Paektu Mountain in North Korea. The first sighting of a “buffalo-like” creature in the lake was in 1903. In 1962, over 100 people reported seeing two mystery creatures chasing and playing with each other in the water. It is estimated that a small group of about 20 monsters live in this lake, however science is very skeptical about any large creature being able to survive in the water because of volcanic activity.

This is the first time the seven bands of the Sioux have come together since Little Bighorn. Now, we have no weapons, only prayers. We are here for what our ancestors fought and died for. We have endured 250 years of betrayal by the white man.
—  Hawste Wakiyan Wicasa, a Native American protestor interviewed at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in September 2016