This shot was taken last evening in Chicago’s Loop at the protest against the killing of Paul O’Neal by the Chicago Police Department. The organizers of this event, and others are four high school students: Sophia Byrd, Eva Lewis, Natalie Braye (speaking) and Maxine Wint.
“The United States was built on the oppression of people of color and women and we cannot move towards a more equitable society without acknowledging this fact. … There is an obvious need for change in this country and it needs to happen now.” – Natalie Braye
What these four young women are doing in the city of Chicago is both important and powerful.
Maybe it’s me, maybe I have been so focused on the pressure readings from the well and all they entail, that for a moment I forgot about the fisherman, the wildlife, the beaches and all those industries still being contaminated by the oil from British Petroleum’s catastraphuk.
What? Can’t see the forest through the trees? Yeah, something like that.
Here’s an article from the Washington Post about a recent protest in Grand Isle, Louisiana where we are all reminded that yes, people are getting sick, oil is washing up on the beaches, the booms still aren’t working and again…where are all the skimmers?
Case you missed it, the Big Whale, the huge skimmer from Taiwan was retired, it doesn’t work. Why? Because BP has used too many dispersants and the oil is too thin, but not thin enough to keep ruining the marshes and beaches and thousands of people’s livelihoods…