Ta-Nehisi Coates – Black Panther And The Crew #1

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Black Panther, Storm, Luke Cage, Misty Knight and Manifold band together to take on a dangerous wave of street-level threats in this new ongoing series by co-writers Ta-Nehisi Coates (New York Times best-selling author of Between the World and Me and Marvel’s Black Panther) and Yona Harvey (Black Panther: World of Wakanda) and legendary artist Butch Guice! The death of a Harlem activist kicks off a mystery that will reveal surprising new secrets about the Marvel Universe’s past and set the stage for a big story in the Marvel Universe’s near future. Fear, hate and violence loom, but don’t worry, The Crew’s got this: “We are the streets.”

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You need a new comic book title, that embraces diversity and also the lessons of history. A powerful book that helps the non-American understand what is happening in America. I found it incredibly powerful and have started book clubbing with my child…..Best comic of this year – 2018.

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No Such Thing As ‘Sustainable Fishing’

Some thought provioking research from Jessica here…..

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Fishing has been a fact of life for millennia. We have relied on fishing for subsistenceever since we organised ourselves into communities. However, fishing has changed a lot since then (for the most part). Commercial fishing is highly mechanised and done on a massive scale. We have moved from the inefficient methods of the past and into the highly-efficient (but not very targeted) methods of the future. Each year 77 billion kg of aquatic life is removed from the sea each year. This has had an unimaginable impact of the fish, that we rely so heavily. The oceans contribute $1.5 trillion dollars to the global economy annually and provides livelihoods for 10-12% of the population.

A fisherman holding a fish and a knife surrounded by seagulls. Photo by Jacek Dylag on Unsplash

So, such a valuable resource, needs protecting. Global fisheries (the fish in the oceans etc.) are controlled by catch quotas. Only so many tonnes of each fish species is allowed to be removed from…

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No more Plastics – Greenpeace USA takes a stand

Annie Leonard Executive Director, Greenpeace USA has this to say on why we need to take action now!

What if I told you that every minute of every day, the equivalent of one garbage truck load of plastic is dumped into the sea? I imagine you’d be pretty shocked. Well, from bottles to soda rings, plastics are entering landfills, and flowing into our oceans — where they are out of sight and out of mind for those making a quick profit from products wrapped in plastic. Plastics don’t decompose or go away. When they enter our oceans, they fragment into tinier pieces called microplastics that pollute the food chain and kill marine life.
We can no longer tolerate this cycle of destruction for so-called “convenience.” Please add your name to the growing movement around the world saying “ENOUGH.” Sign our petition demanding that the CEOs of seven of the largest producers of single-use plastics take responsibility for their products.
Together we can reject the tired story from companies that a throw-away lifestyle is the only way — it’s not! We must demand an end to corporate plastic pollution by convincing executives at Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestle, Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Starbucks, McDonald’s, and others that we no longer want products made with single-use plastic packaging.
Sign our petition today and help us fight back against corporate polluters.
No matter how hard we try to clean up plastic pollution, the scale of the problem is impossible to tackle with beach cleanups and recycling alone. Until we change corporate practices to stop plastic production at the source, plastic will keep ending up in the ocean. Take action and tell these companies to do their part.
I believe that this is the year that things begin to change. Join this global campaign; I promise you, it’s the beginning of the end of single-use plastics.
We’re all in this together. We’ve only got one planet. Please help keep it safe.

For a plastic-free future,

Annie Leonard
Executive Director, Greenpeace USA

Why I’m Writing Captain America — Ta-Nehisi Coates | The Atlantic

Two years ago I began taking up the childhood dream of writing comics. To say it is more difficult than it looks is to commit oneself to criminal understatement. 976 more words

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Book Bunker Volunteers – Sydney

Can you help?

The Book Bunker at Westmead Children’s Hospital is looking for some more volunteers. Some long term volunteers have retired after 15-20 years, so new faces will be most welcome to join the team to assist either on a casual basis when current voluntary library staff members are ill or on holidays, or on a regular shift (monthly, fortnightly or weekly).

We have recently transitioned to Oliver and try to have 2-3 volunteers rostered on each week day from 10am-3pm. Our aim is to ease the stress and boredom of children who are often in hospital for long periods of time. Ambulatory patients, or parents, visit the library to browse or read in a cosy and colourful environment. Bed-bound patients may select from a trolley taken to the wards by the volunteers each day.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact contact Eva Blaik on bbla1245@bigpond.net.au <mailto:bbla1245@bigpond.net.au>. You will be welcomed with open arms.

The Power of Literacy: Changing the Narrative of Toxic Masculinity by Travis Crowder

Let us all work together to change the narrative and make the world a more inclusive place. A great blog post that will start you thinking is The Power of Literacy: Changing the Narrative of Toxic Masculinity by Travis Crowder

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