Fort Negrita Blog

did u thank the sun today?

did u thank the sun today?

did you take time to thank the sun today? certainly hope so cuz everything we depend on, the gas that fuels our cars, the lunch we ate, our central heat and air are all brought to you by none other than the sun. thank you sun for bringing us energy day after day! and the day the sun stops rising this life will be no more (morbid ree) solar energy is the #1 energy source. the sun’s energy feeds the plants we eat and created the fossil fuels (gas/carbon) we use 650 million years ago, so fossil fuels are the...

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three reasons why food waste happens

three reasons why food waste happens

these are boxes of squash that would have been thrown into the trash, if it weren't for a truck driver and a location willing to host the food for people to come pick up. stacks of boxes of produce go to the trash every day due to the subsidization of 'big ag' and a supply chain designed to keep some hungry and others greedy. there are three common ways in which food is wasted. first there is the food that never makes it off the farm. on a farm, food is cultivated using laborers and water and the land is exploited, but 40%...

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pad party (on mlk day) recap

pad party (on mlk day) recap

(photo by @kemistudio5) in between the four grungy walls of @murmur_media, people that bleed found (or made rather) a piece of home. as they selected the size of menstrual pad and prints and colors they wanted, a playlist of sampha the great, ari lennox, and even, oldie marlena shaw played from a speaker. these people chatted about entrepreneurial plans, common characteristics of signs, relationship woes, and sewing techniques. it's exciting to see how each pad party grows in size and momentum. i would love to get to the space where I host them consistently (once or twice a month) and until...

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the four agreements for communal living

the four agreements for communal living

(photo by Tia Loren Hayes) be impeccable with your word. don't take it personal. don't make assumptions. always do your best. one of my favorite books and easiest reads is the four agreements by toltec writer, don miguel ruiz. the four agreements can be applied to any aspect of your life, and offer you immediate calmness in any stressful situation. i often say the four agreements in my head so I don't forget them. they help me to navigate living in cooperative housing, where there are many people with unique perspectives living under one roof. the first agreement "be impeccable with...

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martin luther king x sanitation workers

martin luther king x sanitation workers

(photo:  Ernest Withers, 1968, via artsbma.org) two garbage collectors, echol cole and robert walker, who were crushed to death by a malfunctioning truck, and 1300 of their sanitation brothers were the reason mlk was in memphis on the day of his death in 1968. the workers, mostly black men, were operating dilapidated trucks, not being paid overtime, covered in filth, and making so little that they depended on public assistance to feed their families. they were demanding dignity for their work. the strike began on february 12 and by february 15, 10,000 tons of trash had piled up. the mayor of memphis...

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