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Crises in Syria

Multimedia CELO

a stillborn Spring

By TJ Sullivan

 The Syrian Crisis has been an on-going humanitarian disaster with untold war crimes, human rights abuses, and an increasingly sectarian connotation that collectively beg dour imperatives for the international community to somehow resolve.

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Treating Wastewater

 

Constructed wetlands:

Constructed wetlands are artificially created systems that mimic natural wetlands’ function of purifying water. In this case, they treat household wastewater, or greywater, which, apart from a few contaminants, is relatively clean and capable of being reused. NOTE: We do not treat toilet water, or blackwater, as it is called. This system consists of several bathtubs filled with gravel, which have water plants growing inside them. Wastewater passing through the aerobic root zones of the plants is cleaned by the bacteria living there. The bacteria consume organic nutrients while the plants themselves uptake nitrogen and phosphorus. By the time it exists the system, the water has been made safe for reuse in irrigating vegetable crops. Plants used in this system include: bulrush, taro, cattail, papyrus, swamp hibiscus, canna lilly and phragmittes reeds.

***PROMOTION:

November 23, 7-10pm

The classic sci-fi film Soylent Green will be the launching point for a discussion about criminal and food injustice.

In the year 2022 New York City is crowded with the homeless and hungry. While most are barely kept alive by state-rationed soylent green, the elite live in luxury high-rises stocked with delicacies. The mysterious death of an agro-business board member throws Police Detective Thorn (Charlton Heston) into the secret world of the necro-food industrial complex.

The film is an opportunity to consider imagined and actual injustices, and imagined and actual strategies of resistance, in NYC 2022 and NYC 2014.

This discussion will be facilitated by Kevin Quirolo.

Limited space

#BOYCOTTBLACKFRIDAY

Over $14,000,000,000 was spent last year online and in store on Thanksgiving day and Black Friday. African American buying power has hit $1.1 TRILLION (http://www.blackenterprise.com/small-business/african-american-buying-power-projected-trillions/]). We may have been stripped of our power in the halls of justice, but we still have control when it comes to the one things this country really cares about, MONEY. LET’S EXERCISE OUR POWER and show that #BLACKLIVESMATTER

Why boycott Black Friday?

Each dollar we spend is a vote. Each time we spend money on televisions, computers, games, etc. at businesses that are not speaking out against the atrocities being committed in this country WE ARE VOTING TO PRESERVE THAT SYSTEM. DO NOT MAKE THAT VOTE, hold on to the power of your dollar. MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD. Support businesses that support us.

Our goal is to divest from the prison industrial complex that makes billions of dollars in annual revenue from the targeting, villainization, and policing of black bodies AND TO REDIRECT THAT MONEY TOWARDS BLACK AND MINORITY OWNED BUSINESSES.

However, this is just the start. This does not end on Black Friday. This is for us to recognize the POWER we have. One day boycotts may not solve our problems. HOWEVER, a CONSCIOUS rethinking of our actions will. Where we spend our money, how we spend it, how we choose to organize, and act. That, WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Let’s not let the media, nor time, wash over our pain only to reopen the wound in a few months with another Black death. Let us remain peaceful, yet steadfast. Let us stand together! (facebook)

TREE CROPS & FACILITATING FOOD FORESTS

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Trees are a fact of nature that allows humanity and wildlife to survive and thrive. As the producers and preservers of our air quality, its of supreme importance that trees remain a quintessential facet of our landscape, regardless of its increasingly urban/suburban character. Furthermore, trees offer us varying fruits for our labor. These include an array of nuts, berries, and other ingredients such as:

  • almonds, pecans & walnuts
  • apples, pears, & plums
  • apricots, cherries, & kumquats