Can we just discuss how much I love this townhouse for a minute?! #ues #newyork #spring
"i’m 10% german, 14% danish, 15% norwegian, 7% …"
sorrow || the nationaldon’t leave my hyper heart
alone on the water
cover me in rag and bone sympathy
'cause i don't want to get over you
those cute little kitten self defense keychains…
- count as brass knuckles in a lot of places and are therefore illegal/can bring on misdemeanor charges if found on your person
- require you to get very, very close to whoever you’re trying to defend yourself against—which is a bad defense tactic—unlike, for example, pepper spray
- require that you know how to hit someone effectively [or else you’re likely to a) anger whoever you’re defending yourself from or b) break your own hand while trying to punch them]
- can be taken from you and used against you
- are at best a waste of your money and time and at worst dangerous and illegal
- please stop buying these things
#vsco #vscocam #vscobest #vscofilm #vscogood #vscogram #vscogrid #vscophile #vscovisuals #fujifilm #fujifilm_id #xt1 #23mm #56mm #instagood #instadaily #travel #exploreeurope #germany #berlin
R.I.P. MSN, the only messenger that allowed me to send a giant unavoidable popup of a pig shaking his ass to funky techno music to my conversational partner if they were ignoring me
Veronika Scott was a fashion student at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit when her teacher, Stephen Schock, challenged her class to create a product that filled a need, rather than satisfying or creating a fad. Veronika’s design was a coat for homeless people that could transform into a sleeping bag, since in her city, she says, “you are constantly faced with the homeless epidemic.”
Not only did her design win a International Design Excellence Award from the Industrial Designers Society of America, it’s become the core of Veronika’s nonprofit organization, The Empowerment Plan, which hires people from homeless shelters and transition homes to help her make the coats. Now, three years later, the 24-year-old social entrepreneur expects that her team of 15 seamstresses will produce over 6,000 coats in 2014 — all of which will be distributed free of charge to people living on the streets.
Veronika originally designed the coats seeking input from people at a homeless shelter. After receiving feedback from people who used the prototype over a Detroit winter, she refined the design to create her final version which, in addition to being a waterproof and windproof coat and sleeping bag, also transforms into an over-the-shoulder bag with storage in the arm sockets.
When she started out, Veronika states,
“Everybody told me that my business was going to fail — not because of who I was giving my product to but because of who I was hiring. They said that these homeless women will never make more than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich — you cannot rely on them for anything. And I know my ladies enjoy proving everybody wrong.”
And, their impact is growing — according to CNN, which recently honored Veronika as one of their 10 Visionary Women of 2014, “The Empowerment Plan expects to launch a ‘buy one, give one’ program that will make it sustainable beyond the donations and sponsorships that keep it running now. Hunters and backpackers who’ve asked to buy the coat will be able to do so, and the Empowerment Plan will still create coats for homeless people who need them.”
Veronika is also excited to show other clothing producers that local manufacturing is possible: “I think we’re going to show a lot of people: you think it’s outdated to do manufacturing in your neighborhood, but I think it’s something that we have to do in the future, where it’s sustainable, where you invest in people, where they’re not interchangeable parts.”
You can read more about Veronika’s organization on CNN, or watch a short video about her work here.
To learn more about The Empowerment Plan or how you can support their work, visit http://www.empowermentplan.org/
For a wonderful book about women’s great inventions throughout history, check out “Girls Think of Everything” for readers 8 to 13.
For those in the US who would like to support efforts to end homelessness and help the over 600,000 people who experience homelessness on any given night, visit the National Alliance to End Homelessness athttp://www.naeh.org/ or to find a local homeless shelter to support in your area, visit http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/
Important in so many ways.
This is amazing and wonderful.
That’s something I literally can’t get over. How plantations aren’t viewed as sites of genocide and as representative of some of the most extreme evil humanity has ever done.
You can visit a plantation and they won’t even talk about slavery. It’s common to get married on plantations.
Being a Californian this was all very off-putting to me when I visited Georgia. I love Black people and Black culture in the South but it’s still the South.
its because we’re fucking ashamed of what we did yeah we should probably talk about it more but why is it a big deal for people to get married on plantations?!??! yall know we dont still have slaves right?? yeah the south is still pretty racist, (we’re working on it), but if we were to shun EVERYTHING that used to be racist/ driven my slavery down here there would be nothing left.
So yeah. Lets work on acknowledging our past failures and shortcomings but let’s also move on to a better future where people can get married wherever they want
You ask: What is wrong with getting married on a slave plantation?
Let me ask you a question: Do you want to get married at a concentration camp? Because that’s the same exact thing in terms of getting married at a place where terrible acts against humanity occured.
You’re a slavery apologist. I didn’t mention anything about shunning Black history. Of course, I don’t agree with that.
During my trip to Georgia I was looking forward to visiting a plantation and learning the truth about the vicious and inhumane way my ancestors were treated only to discover that these aren’t memorials for former slaves and slavery survivors but feel good locations (white) people rent out for parties including wedding receptions.
People can marry wherever they want (well I somehow doubt you can get married at Auschwitz). But nobody should *want* to get married on a plantation. THAT is the issue.
The way plantations are treated tell so much about the mindset of America when it comes to Black folks.