Essay by a Gradient Lair guest writer, Lauren Chief Elk:
Black and Native American women experience the highest rates of violence. It has been largely researched and reported that the number one cause of death for both Black and Native women is murder. In the current mainstream conversation…
Jade Willoughby donated this photograph to Save Wiyabi Project for a Domestic Violence Awareness Month image series. Jade is Ojibwe and Jamaican, from Whitesand First Nation in Ontario. She was just signed to Wilhelmina Models and now resides in New York City as a full-time model. Before this, she long dedicated her work and time to her community and has addressed violence and racism in a number of ways and settings. Save Wiyabi Project’s cofounder Lauren Chief Elk recently wrote a guest essay for Gradient Lair on Black and Native American women, and violence. (Click here to view other photographs similar to Jade’s involved in this project.)
Fracking Victim Sued for Defamation After Proving Drinking Water Flammable
In 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined that Range Resource’s drilling activities at a nearby fracking project had contaminated Lipsky’s well. Lipsky can light thewater coming out of his well on fire.
On Oct. 10, the Fort Worth Court of Appeals ruled that Range Resources could move forward with their defamation suit against Lipsky, based in part on accusations that Lipsky is misleading the public about being able to set his water on fire.
Range Resources spent millions of dollars putting on a one-sided case for the Railroad Commission, attacking all of the EPA’s findings.
The EPA’s move hurt the Lipskys since it gave the appearance that the EPA had made a mistake. Why else would a regulatory agency back down when lives are at risk? However the EPA has never retracted their findings that proved Range Resources had contaminated Lipsky’s well.
Lipsky is saddled with legal bills and the expense of trucking in drinking water from a nearby town. He worries about his future, since his dream house has been devalued. He also worries about his neighbors living under the threat of a catastrophic gas explosion …
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Upside Down World.
Fun fact time: many of my old acquaintances still make joking comments whenever they see me wearing pink, because as a child (and honestly pretty much right up to high school) I would refuse to associate with any pink objects.
It wasn’t because I didn’t like pink, it was because since I appeared female I was supposed to/ it was immediately assumed that I did and therefore it pissed me the ever-loving fuck off. I was ashamed to like it, which is terrible because pink is an awesome color. But when you shove it down young girls throats it gets really old, really fast.
Give the child the fucking rainbow, and if they pick pink, it’s not because they are female and/or effeminate, it’s because they like the color pink.
Wow. Awful statistics. Let’s change this!