Susan Miller USA TODAY Published 10:21 AM EDT Jun 4, 2019 On a sweaty summer night in 1969, Martin Boyce drank up the energy along Christopher Street in New York’s West Village near a bar that pulsed with secrets of the lives inside. The Stonewall Inn was a sanctuary where “everyone had their place,” from lesbians to homeless gay youths to drag queens who liked to vogue. They were people living on the edges in a city where “it was a sport to beat gays,” Boyce recalls. But behind those thick stone walls brimmed the seeds of rebellion. Boyce, 21, whose cabbie father stashed bail money in a cookie jar in case his gay son was swept up in a raid, soon found himself in a staredown with a cop amid an unwavering crowd – and near the flame that ignited a revolution for LGBTQ equality. Tuesday, an interactive monument called Stonewall Forever will come to life, a project that aims to tell stories such as Boyce’s of how a police raid … [Read more...] about Stonewall Forever: Digital monument debuts 50 years after riots
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Once everything lay in ruins on this first day of April, anno Domini 2019, once all four alternatives to solving the Brexit dilemma had been rejected and the deeply frustrated and teary-eyed Tory MP Nick Boles (constituency Grantham and Stamford) had announced he was leaving the party, once the dozen half-naked protesters who had super-glued themselves to a pane of glass in the public gallery to call attention to species extinction had been removed, once the evening had turned to night and the session was approaching its end, only then was MP Liz Twist able to take the floor. "I am very pleased to have secured this adjournment debate on the Blaydon Quarry landfill site. It is a matter of great concern ..." Twist spoke for a quarter of an hour about plastic garbage swirling around in the wind and the disgusting stench making life extremely unpleasant in the Blaydon constituency in northern England. There are, after all, other issues that need to be addressed aside from the fate of the … [Read more...] about Call to Order: The British Parliament in the Age of Brexit
Rick Hampson USA TODAY Published 10:51 AM EDT Mar 29, 2018 MEMPHIS – It’s 6 p.m. on April 4, 1968. In a minute, on a motel balcony, America’s greatest civil rights leader and most famous advocate of non-violence will be shot to death. This story is about what it was like to witness the death of Martin Luther King at the Lorraine Motel. And about how, over the 50 years that follow, it will change the lives of those who heard the shot or saw him fall or touched his blood. Some of the witnesses at the Lorraine — Ralph Abernathy, Andrew Young, Jesse Jackson — are, or soon will be, famous. Most are not. They’re like Clara Jean Ester, a college student caught up in a local sanitation workers' strike. In a minute she’ll be on the balcony, standing with the others around a dying King. But you can’t see her in the famous photo of that scene. And, although her life will be changed as much as anyone’s by King’s … [Read more...] about The Witness: Clara Ester, the Lorraine Motel and the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
Dalvin Brown USA TODAY Published 5:02 AM EDT Mar 13, 2019 Like many Americans, 29-year-old Tiffany Mooney uses a single-serving beverage brewing system to produce her daily cup of coffee. She loads the at-home brewer in the morning with a pint-sized plastic coffee capsule and within minutes her hot drink is ready. Around lunchtime, she pops in a plastic-encased Cappuccino-flavored brew to keep her going. And right before bed, the Hanceville, Alabama, resident opts for a "relaxing" hot chocolate flavor. "That thing is my life," Mooney said about her Walmart-brand coffee maker. "But I know that tossing the empty little cups in the garbage after I use them isn't the most environmentally friendly thing to do." She's right. They’re small, convenient and filled with every flavor imaginable. For some, they’re pricey to buy. Others purchase them in bulk by the dozen. Regardless of how or where you buy the 2-by-2-inch pods, these modern-day coffee … [Read more...] about Here’s why your used K-Cups, coffee pods aren’t usually recycled
The fashion industry generates tons of fabric waste each year, notably in New York -- one of the world's shopping capitals and host twice a year to runway shows, a major contributor to the wider problem. Enter Fabscrap, a non-profit organization dedicated to recycling and reusing textiles that are unsuitable for donation. Every day, 3,000 pounds (some 1,350 kilos) of scraps arrive at the group's massive warehouse in Brooklyn -- part of a huge complex that used to belong to the US Army, according to Fabscrap founder Jessica Schreiber. The organization has established partnerships with about 250 ready-to-wear labels and several haute couture houses -- and the waste they collect is representative of that variety. You see everything in the warehouse piles: from luxury pieces by the likes of Oscar de la Renta or Marc Jacobs, to mainstream retail labels like J.Crew, to scraps from the workshops of up-and-coming designers. Last year, Fabscrap picked up a total of 150,000 pounds of fabric. But … [Read more...] about In New York, one non-profit looks to combat textile waste