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You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Clean Water!

 

LogoMaker-1471974760483.pngClean water is a right not privilege. Water is sacred and it is needed to hydrate our bodies so we can live happy and healthy lives. But even in our modernized and supposedly advanced society, access to clean water is becoming increasingly harder to come by. Water is being polluted. Oil companies and corporations are not being held accountable for their actions that are essentially poisoning large populations of people. Corporations should not have control over our food and water sources. Water bottles are unfortunately a perfect example of what we are up against. With all of the money that is spent on bottling water that is stolen from the public supply, we could fix the real issue with our system, tap water. Depending on where you are from, tap water can contain chemicals such as aluminum, fluoride or even in some cases lead. This is a serious problem for humanity.

In these desperate times of dirty water and detrimental droughts, there is a huge movement to take back what we deserve as human beings. Our water is being tampered with, poisoned and stolen from us in ways that are much bigger than us as individuals. RIGHT NOW people are coming together to do what is right and stand up for our right to clean water. One movement in North Dakota has made headlines due to their efforts to protect the water supply.

Native American activists from the Standing Rock Sioux and Lakota tribes have come together to peacefully fight for sacred water and land. The Dakota Access pipeline is the cause of this protest and it is a problem. It transports massive amounts of crude oil in way that could potentially damage drinking water forever. Pipelines are rarely safe. They leak, and when they do, drinking water and the earth’s ground suffers detrimental consequences. The protest is happening, due to the plan to run the pipeline under the Missouri River, which is the main source of drinking water for the Standing Rock tribe. They are reaching out to people everywhere, to join in their fight for what we all deserve as human beings. Their efforts are peaceful and their sense of community is strong. By staging war charges and chants in an attempt to express their anger and frustration without being violent, they are making their presence known. This one protest is a part of a movement that’s bigger than us. Our waters are being poisoned, what can we do about it?

Educate yourself, teach others, and find a way to get involved in the fight for clean water!

http://rezpectourwater.com/ – Standing Rock protest site and information

http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/– information on an organization dedicated to saving the food and water supply

http://www.cleanwateraction.org/– an organization dedicated to the clean water movement

 

SOURCES:

http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/

http://www.cleanwateraction.org/

http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/leadinwater/

http://buywaternow.com/aluminum-fluoride.shtml

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/08/19/490644450/amid-tribes-protest-construction-of-oil-pipeline-in-n-dakota-halts-for-now

http://www.trueactivist.com/media-silent-as-native-americans-successfully-halt-construction-on-oil-pipeline/

https://insideclimatenews.org/news/18082016/native-americans-sioux-tribe-protest-north-dakota-access-bakken-oil-pipeline-fossil-fuels

AMMO

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The Art of Creation: Artivisting

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Art is not only a weapon, but it is a vehicle for change. Art can drive you where you want to go and drop you off at a place where you can finally make a difference. Art is a platform for change and creation. Creation is pure. It comes from a place inside ourselves that pushes us to keep going. Creators aspire, perspire and inspire others to create too. The world is a ready canvas that has been splattered on, stroked, punctured, weathered, burnt, beat up, illuminated and sometimes forgotten about. Dare to create. If every artist, crafter, creator, visionary and genius came together for the overall good of our worldly canvas, our home would be even more beautiful.

 

So the activist and the artist get together to create: artivism. Using art to raise awareness about issues dealing with racism, sexism, classism, politics, religion, education or anything else that is desperate for change in our society. Artivism can be such a powerful tool. It allows everyone to express themselves and be heard, while standing up for what they believe in. This is the start of a new revolution. We all need it. Together we can create change and a better world for everyone.
Creation is calling you to get out of your head and out into the world. Let it fuel you. DARE TO CREATE…what are you waiting for?

AMMO

The Movement Behind the Movement- A Hike For Our Lives

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Everyone has a story to share and telling it can truly change the world in big ways. One woman encourages people everywhere to tell their stories. Her story is about her experience with sexual assault.

Kaiha Bertollini will begin “A Hike for Our Lives” starting from Maine and ending in Georgia on the Appalachian Trail. She will be completing this hike by herself in less than 90 days. Physical activity can be a form of healing from trauma and her perseverance will serve her well on the trail. Her vision is to change the way our society looks at survivors of sexual violence. She understands that what she is doing is much bigger than herself as an individual. This woman is determined to give everything she has to this project and give it her best shot. Kaiha shares some words of wisdom that everyone can learn a lesson from. “The only limitations are the one’s inside your mind, and when you smash them there is no limit to what you can do,” Kaiha stated prior to leaving for her journey.

By completing this personal journey, Kaiha hopes to inspire those who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to speak out and share their stories. This project creates a safe space for people everywhere to come out and share their struggle with PTSD and trauma from sexual violence. Sharing can be uncomfortable, but suffering in silence can be equally  as unbearable. Kaiha shares her story not only because she wants to be heard, but because she wants to encourage other people to share too. Kaiha explains the feelings that go along with telling her story, “It’s uncomfortable to talk about (sexual violence), but it is uncomfortable to be robbed of your connection with the world.,”.

Share your story and speak out here –> http://www.hikeforourlives.org/#!share-a-story/cl744

Rape culture is a real issue, and how our society handles survivors of assault is appalling. It will take everyone coming together to address the issue in a civil manner. With civility, comes awareness, but most of all, it requires patience. Kaiha is planting a seed to help grow an idea into a solution that is much bigger than any individual. We are here to connect, to communicate, to love and to be loved. The world and the people in it have been divided for so long that when we try to connect it can be difficult. Everyone is invited to come together and celebrate “A Hike for Our Lives”.

 

Feel free to donate to a cause that is truly remarkable and inspiring

Become a part of the solution. Be the movement behind the movement.

http://www.hikeforourlives.org/#!donate/c6kj

 

AMMO