“Recognition is a useful framework because it emphasizes the interconnection between individuals and groups. Individuals from disempowered social groups desire recognition for their group but also want recognition of their distinctiveness from the group. Thus many African Americans bristle at the idea of color blindness because it suggests that race is irrelevant to identity. They want to be understood as black and thus tied to a history and culture associated with blackness. At the same time, they do not want to be reduced to their racial identity alone. Just recognition means being neither blind to nor blinded by identity differences.”—Melissa V. Harris-Perry; Sister Citizen: For Colored Girls Who’ve Considered Politics When Being Strong Isn’t Enough (39)
Investigate Environmental Racism and Pollution of Drinking Water Caused by Permitting Pintail Landfill in Hempstead, TX
Stop environmental racism! Reject the proposed 434 acre landfill that is 1 mile from Hempstead, a 69% minority city and 4 miles from Prairie View A&M, a historically black college in a 94% minority community.
Located on a recharge zone of the Chico Aquifer, the Pintail Landfill will contaminate drinking water for Hempstead, Prairie View, and Waller County. Landfill runoff will also pollute a bordering spring-fed creek that empties into the Brazos River, the drinking water for downstream cities.
An 18 story landfill destroys the area’s economic growth and job creation. The permitting agency, TCEQ, has given Pintail Landfill special consideration.
The destruction of our life and economic future by toxic waste and water pollution must be stopped!
“Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.”—Lao Tzu
Heard some great things about this book and just finished reading. I really like the book overall which dealt with finding happiness in life and following your dreams. He did this through a story about a young independent woman who rediscovers love and her purpose of life.
"But there is suffering in life and there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it’s better to lose some of the battles in the struggle for your dreams than to be defeated without ever knowing what you’re fighting for."