sugarbooty:

hikergirl:

Here is the link to the City Lab article and the link to the actual website, Turn On Detroit’s Water.
h/t to amomenttothink for retweeting this.

Earlier I posted a different link to a site that is trying to do this same work, and so far I haven’t had any luck with getting a response from them, but I understand they have been inundated with requests from people and there are only a couple of people singlehandedly running that site. Anyways, here is another site that might get your money to where it needs to go faster! I feel like it’s safe to say that it doesn’t matter which channel you go through to help the people in need, as long as the organization is legit.

sugarbooty:

hikergirl:

Here is the link to the City Lab article and the link to the actual website, Turn On Detroit’s Water.

h/t to amomenttothink for retweeting this.

Earlier I posted a different link to a site that is trying to do this same work, and so far I haven’t had any luck with getting a response from them, but I understand they have been inundated with requests from people and there are only a couple of people singlehandedly running that site. Anyways, here is another site that might get your money to where it needs to go faster! I feel like it’s safe to say that it doesn’t matter which channel you go through to help the people in need, as long as the organization is legit.

spectaculacular-sammy:

pau-ii:

obstreperous-honey:

encontrate:

thisispureinsanity:

candlejack:



WHAT IS THIS
WHAT IS THIS
WHAT
IS THIS A LIBRARY IN A THEATRE
ALL OF MY DREAMS HAVE JUST COME TRUE


oh. oh my god.

this is genuinely the most beautiful thing i have ever seen

This is a book store called El Ateneo in Buenos Aires, Argentina! You can have coffee while sitting on the stage. One of my favorite places in my city.

It’s a BOOKSTORE?!


there are balconies where you can sit to read too 

and that’s the stage where you can have a coffee :)


This is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.

spectaculacular-sammy:

pau-ii:

obstreperous-honey:

encontrate:

thisispureinsanity:

candlejack:

WHAT IS THIS

WHAT IS THIS

WHAT

IS THIS A LIBRARY IN A THEATRE

ALL OF MY DREAMS HAVE JUST COME TRUE

oh. oh my god.

this is genuinely the most beautiful thing i have ever seen

This is a book store called El Ateneo in Buenos Aires, Argentina! You can have coffee while sitting on the stage. One of my favorite places in my city.

It’s a BOOKSTORE?!

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there are balconies where you can sit to read too 

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and that’s the stage where you can have a coffee :)

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This is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.

policymic:

Portraits of homeless LGBT youth may help them find “forever families”

A New York City gallery has turned its cameras toward LGBTQ youth in the hopes it will help them finally find loving homes.

Heart Gallery NYC, a traveling exhibition of professional pictures taken by award-winning photographers of children in foster care looking for “forever families,” has set up in shop in Times Square, spotlighting LGBTQ young adults. The exhibition, which is the first of its kind, coincides with National Pride Month and will culminate at New York’s Pridefest on June 29.

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J'aime à apprendre, mais je déteste étudier.

cordjefferson:

I never met Charlie Haden, but he founded the CalArts jazz program at which a few of my close friends studied, and all those guys speak of him in only reverent tones. One of those friends told me he was once playing with Charlie and had just finished a solo when Charlie stopped him abruptly. “That was OK” said Charlie. “Now go back and play every note you just played, but this time play like a tree.”

dearnonacepeople:

Some are born great,
some achieve greatness,
And some have greatness given to them through systematic inequality

I don’t want to look back in five years time and think, ‘We could have been magnificent, but I was afraid.’ In 5 years I want to tell of how fear tried to cheat me out of the best thing in life, and I didn’t let it.

Real text from me to a friend:

"If you were me, how would you eat your feelings?"

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
Anaïs Nin  (via thatkindofwoman)

After spending three years in the Bronx, documenting the life of street addicts, and after countless frustrations – seeing friends relapse, friends beat-up, friends harassed by the police, friends thrown in jail for long stretches for minor offenses, and a friend die – I finally felt that I had done something unquestionably good.

Still, whenever my path detours into kittens, I get an uneasy feeling that helping animals can be a distraction from helping people.

In my time documenting the homeless, I run across stray cats and dogs regularly and, when I write about them or photograph them, I immediately get a flood of responses – one that almost always surpasses my stories and pictures of people.

I do get amazing offers to help people, including donations for blankets, books, socks, clothes and even just money, all of which is appreciated and all of which comes from a very good place. But I just get more interest, both in money and offers to help, when the subject is an animal.

Especially cats.

Why? Because helping animals is ethically easy, and because helping people – especially addicts – is complex and often filled with judgment.

It’s not just that people ask the question, “What if they use the money for drugs?”: it’s the unspoken subtext when people think (and say), “The kittens didn’t do anything wrong. They don’t deserve their plight – they are innocent.”

Implicit in that sentiment is that a homeless addict is not “innocent”, but an agent of his or her own mistakes. It feeds into the stereotype that all addicts are lazy, that they are all weak and that they all lack willpower. It plays into our belief as a society that their fates – addicted to drugs and living under a bridge, for instance – are somehow all their fault.

That narrative is appealing because it allows us to abdicate our collective responsibility for a society – and an underlying set of public policies – that accepts and even ensures that a portion of our society will live on the streets, that some of us will be addicted to drugs, and that some of us will just have to deal with grinding poverty – and the traumas that often follow from it.

It is uncomfortable for many people to contemplate that perhaps homeless addicts are just as smart and just as ethical as anyone else. It requires us to come to realize that maybe “success” (as society defines it) has to do with luck, with being born in the right place and at the right time, and with being subject to laws and law enforcement that are designed to help instead of hurt you.

If I gave you diamonds and pearls…

If I gave you diamonds and pearls…

Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt
African American Black Proverb: Diaspora Edition (via blackproverbs)