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Raise the Flag and Sort the Mail

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Harold Schultz, MarineCorps

His name was Schultz, a simple man He fought for Iwo Jima, got wounded Sent home and forgotten He sorted mail, day in day out A single man, a simple man He didn’t want remembering How awful for him, the war 6,800 men who died for Iwo Jima He raised the flag, with star and…

They Died of a Broken Heart: Kalief & Venida Browder

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Kalief Browder (1993-2015) & Venida Browder (1953-2016) She died of a broken heart. Departed: the life-giver to one twenty-two- year-old, one air conditioning cord. Three years in hell alive burning, one island: Rikers. Never stood for trial, never stole a backpack can’t erase 300 days solitary confinement, can’t take back beatings, can’t regain the mind.…

Rest in Pieces, Great Barrier Reef

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Great Barrier Reef - August 8th, 1999

Description: What might be mistaken for dinosaur bones being unearthed at a paleontological dig are some of the individual reefs that make up the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest tropical coral reef system. The reef stretches more than 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles) along the coast of Queensland, Australia. It supports astoundingly complex and diverse communities of marine life and is the largest structure on the planet built by living organisms.

Credit: USGS/NASA/Landsat 7

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An obituary has been published for the Great Barrier Reef, appearing suddenly on the digital plain: landscape ultimate & forever & expanding & 24/7 the obituary will live on while death to coral & violence to ocean, blessed water a forgotten thing only trifling, so passé, of the past honestly — we want corpse gown…

I Am The Next Dead Trans Person

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This is a protest. I’m not getting out of bed until we stop killing trans women of color. This is a protest. I’m getting out of bed, but I’m not going to work until we stop killing trans women of color. This is a protest. I’m going to work, but I’m not putting up with…

Halloween in the Anthropocene, 2016 [VIDEO]

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Halloween in the Anthropocene, 2016 Darkness spills across the sky like an oil plume. The moon reflects bleached coral. Tonight, let us praise the sacrificed. Praise the souls of black boys, enslaved by supply chains, who carry bags of cacao under west African heat. “Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to…

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