In March, New York City banned singular plastic bags. “These bags have blighted our environment and clogged our waterways,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Living without plastic bags may be a new experience for many. Black folks tend to have an abundant supply of plastic bags in their households — it’s almost like tradition, with many uses, not just for groceries but a variety of reasons, including shower caps. Plastic though is far more harmful to humankind than most people know. Plastic releases harmful chemicals into the soil, which can seep into the ocean, and therefore the ecosystem of the world. Humans make 288 million tons of plastic a year, and unlike paper, metal, glass, or wood, it does not oxidise or biodegrade. This means that plastic never actually goes away. Now plastic is found in rivers, oceans, and soil, pervasively contaminating the environment. Therefore, it should come as no shock that New York has banned plastic bags (scheduled to begin in 2020), as they’ve been banned in other states, and in over 120 countries throughout the world.
The Women Of Color Healing Retreats is an ever-evolving company, and we are ecstatic with where we are. Our consciousness has shifted; rather than freedom for just the black race, we want freedom for humanity. We love being able to share our own narratives, so check out this interview in Mind Body Green. In this interview, I discuss the Women Of Color Healing Retreat and our newest retreat, the Women Of Color Self-Care Retreat. I also share my personal journey! Click here!
Cardi B has made a lot of dreams come true for many by launching an affordable vegan clothing line which emphasizes classic boudoir attire with corsets, latex, and a lot of vegan leather. Last year, Cardi announced to her 26-million Instagram followers, that she was trying plant-based foods in an effort to be healthier during her pregnancy. Although we think Cardi B is a genius when it comes to entrepreneurship, we are not here to judge the lifestyle of any human being, we are here to highlight the positives in women globally. We're happy that people are moving towards a healthier lifestyle and are able to wear affordable clothes that are cruelty free!
Wellness is the best! The benefits of taking care of yourself on a daily basis are endless.Last year I made some huge changes. These changes have benefited my highest self. So far I have met all of my short term goals this year and a few long term goals. I’ve devoted a lot of time balancing wellness with work which has yielded success in meeting my long and short-term goals. Here are some self-care tips that can help you achieve peace and clarity.
I am a firm believer that the way women of color are treated within society is a reflection of the way we treat our precious home, the earth. This observation makes it important that we formulate a clear image on how women are treated within society then compare to the treatment of Mother Earth.The very ideology of women being viewed as just bodies, therefore, being exploited in countless of ways, entirely reflects how Mother Earth is viewed and treated as replaceable. Mother Earth is too seen as "just another body” or object that can be mined, drained, polluted, and exploited.
to be frank, in any form of oppression black women and people exist as the socially constructed "animal."
this is why thousands of people - unfortunately black folx included - find it acceptable to treat us as items of consumption or mules that provide a means to an end. oftentimes we are expected to labor emotionally, physically, and intellectually for the benefit of another without receiving any form of compensation.
though the severity of this depends on your appearance, class, ability, and sexuality, we are treated as inherently inferior; distinctly… different.
in other words, an animal.
animals are thought to be the opposite of human - another social invention. in the eyes of the oppressor, those imposed differences justifies said abuse. whether we're speaking in terms of racism, sexism, or cissexism, that same power dynamic exists within every system of domination.
let's backtrack for a second.
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