For our project we recorded a PSA about oil trains and the danger they have on the surrounding area. We started out with talking about how the trains could fall off the rails and cause an explosion that has the blast radius of taking out a part of Southwest Philadelphia. We continued on with facts about how the trains also release dangerous fumes into the air. The we finished up by saying how if one of the trains did fall over we have no real plan for evacuation, so we would just be sitting ducks. The reason we chose this topic is because oil trains do go through our state, so this issue is real to us. People we love and care about are being affected by these trains, but no one seems to know about them. We decided that doing research on this topic might share some light with people.
I mainly helped by trying to be a multiple purpose tool. As I helped during the research,helped record if Obasi wasn’t there. Did some small edits to help Moesha out. I didn’t want to be a burden on my group, so I tried to help out with whatever we were working on at that moment.
Most of the time if my group needed something I tried to be there for them. My time management still needs work. As for checkpoint 2 I didn’t start working on my part of the research until near midnight.I could have also helped Moesha with the script as she did the main part and I just revised my part later on.
How are people using social media to fight for social justice in this particular situation?
People are using social media to to daily or weekly updates on what’s happening at standing rock. Such as different cultures protesting, or different countries deciding to side with Standing Rock.
Research hashtags people have been using.
#dakotaaccesspipeline #IstandwithStandingRock #NoDapl
How effective are these methods of action?
I would say these methods are somewhat effective as I’m starting to see them pop up more in my Facebook timeline. As well as people are starting to organize peaceful protests more often.
What is environmental justice and role does social media play in fight environmental justice?
Environmental justice is the act of trying to protect the environment for people who usually cannot protect their own. Such as minorities in Philadelphia who were living in homes with lead paint because of their landlords not telling them. A form of environmental justice would be the city of Philadelphia making the landlords fix get rid of the lead paint and stop taking advantage of the minorities or people who live there that could not afford better homes.
Now social media adds exposure to the injustice. As with Standing Rock people have uploaded videos to Facebook and Twitter. The videos vary from people protesting in the day from being doused by water cannons or running away from tear gas. Social media can show and stand up for what the tv stations won’t.
What do you think can improve the strategy?
What could improve their strategy would be more unity. As people post randomly and sometime the agenda’s all don’t align. It would be better if people could post the hashtag and then talk to others in the group to collaborate on what they want to accomplish.
Summarize and write your opinion to the article
The article states that DNB aka the largest bank in Norway has sold its assets in the companies that were helping the Pipeline. The assets were said to be worth 3 million dollars. Without that funding Energy Transfer Partners has the possibility to miss the January 1st deadline. There is a way for them to remain on schedule if they got a permit to drill under the Missouri River. Yet that’s still up for debate and with as much bad publicity Energy Transfer Partners are getting, the pipeline has a high possibility of missing their deadline, which may lead to the project being shut down.
In my opinion this is great news. With Norway’s bank pulling money the North Dakota Pipeline project might finally end! Energy Transfer Partners needed that funding to finish on time, and with the possibility of them not finishing on time more investors might leave. It is too soon to tell how the events will play out, but all we can do now is wait and hope for the construction of the pipeline's failure.
Seeing as that a big shot foreign company just divested from DAPL, what would you like to tell the American people to do? How can the American people and government create an environmentally just America? Be specific and explain why your suggestion is helpful in creating a just society.
I would like to tell Americans to wake up! At the moment we are severed as a country. Most people are still in turmoil over president elect Donald Trump, while others are getting caught up in holiday fever with Christmas coming. All the while Native Americans are still fighting for having their land not taken from them. As Americans we should come together to try to protect people’s basic rights. One basic right is having land and a home. What the DAPL is take a river that the people of Standing Rock use and pollute it. Ruining a basic natural resource for them. As who gives Energy Transfer Partners the right to come in and take something precious away from the people at Standing Rock. The American people and government need to protect the rights of all people because everyone should have the right to have a home or a place to stay. People should not take advantage of minorities and force them to live in lesser conditions just because they feel like they can! There should be laws in place stopping people from violating someone else’s environmental justice, or from abusing/bullying minorities into giving up a basic human right.
A PSA previously written by me
Hi. My name is Cameron Lockett. I’m a seventeen year old senior who goes to Science leadership Academy@Beeber. Now there is an important issue going on in the nation, and I wanted to speak to you about it. I know what most people are probably thinking. Wouldn’t it be better to create a drawing or some other outlet to get people’s attention. Yes but to me I find it easier to just tell people how things are without trying to complicate things. By just speaking my mind through words.
Now onto the topic at hand. The state of Pennsylvania is funding a firm called Energy Transfers Partners. What they are trying to do is build a pipeline in North Dakota that would pump oil from North Dakota to Missouri by running it around the Mississippi River. Now this doesn’t seem so bad until you realize that the foundation is near a Native American Reservation. Actually it’s right near a river bank on that foundation. Now whether you want to believe to or not. We need to help preserve that land and try to stop the pipeline. Yes I have seen the information on how the pipeline can bring jobs, and help import oil from our own country so we wouldn’t have to export it as much.
Yet this isn’t just about oil. This is about a culture that wants to protect something sacred to them. Water might not seem like much to the average American, but water is what something essential to every life on this planet. Every living creature on this planet requires water from you, me, your cat, dog, fish, toad, even the trees in your neighborhood. It means even more to the Native Americans since one almost everything has been taken from them in this country, and two they believe in living with nature and not just abusing it as a tool. Yet when the Native Americans tried to stand up for themselves and protect their water they were attacked by dogs and sprayed by workers! Pennsylvanians wake up! Your tax dollars are being used to silence the voice of a culture that is already almost gone. Please don’t just ignore this and try to speak up in any way you can. Tell your neighbor, coworkers, family members, but please don’t just sit around and do nothing.
Sincerely, Cameron Lockett
Fast Forward two months…
Same ol’ Thanksgiving
Hi. I’m Cameron Lockett. The paragraphs you just read are from a PSA I wrote over two months ago when the Dakota Access Pipeline was just starting. Since then the situation has escalated! While most of us were at home enjoying Thanksgiving. The people of Standing Rock were fighting for their homes. Just about every day for the past two months there have been protests at Standing Rock trying to stop the process of the Dakota Access Pipeline being built. As the people of Standing Rock just want their homes to be safe.
Okay I know what some people may be thinking. Like why should I care? Or what does this have to do with me? Well let me remind you of something. Most of us have not had to struggle for basic rights like the Native Americans had. We have taken almost everything from that culture, and all we can do is barely say sorry. If some of our founding fathers had the option they would have eradicated them entirely. When we were kids we were all taught that at the first Thanksgiving we shared with the Native Americans because we didn't have much, but the Native Americans were there to help us and teach us to be thankful for what we have. Now look at us… People are getting hit with rubber bullets, doused with water cannons, and hit with tear gas. And no not because they did anything wrong, all they have been trying to do it protect the river that is essential to their home.
Now I don’t know if my message will reach anyone, but I just want people to know what is going on in the world. As I can say I am very fortunate for the life I have been given, and I appreciate my home and life. Yet I know there are people in the world who struggle just for something I take for granted almost everyday. So I’m trying to do my part and get the message across that the people of Standing Rock need our help and support. Because all they our doing is just protecting their home… It’s that simple.
Sincerely, Cameron Lockett
Fontaine, Tim. "Social Media Captures Chaos at Standing Rock as Police, Anti-pipeline Demonstrators Face off - Indigenous - CBC." CBCnews. CBC/Radio Canada, 22 Nov. 2016. Web. 28 Nov. 2016.
"News About #Dakotaaccesspipeline On Twitter". Twitter.Com, 2016, https://twitter.com/hashtag/dakotaaccesspipeline?lang=en.
When creating my video I learned a couple things for me to reflect on. One of the things that I learned was that in order to create a video is that it takes more patience than you would think. As when I first started recording I had to stop the video after thirty seconds as I was not happy with the way the recording was going. Besides that the recording went fairly well. I was able to get through everything I wanted to in the time period. My real problem was getting the embed code. As my video was having trouble with my video syncing with my laptop. I had to give access to TechSmith Snagit in order for the video to fully sync. Then I needed to send the video to youtube in order for me to embed it. Besides that hassle everything else went smoothly. Well that was my experience with creating a video.
April 27, 2016
On Tuesday April 26, 2016 Clay, Hector, Tefay, and I volunteered to get questions for the Committee of Seventy. At first we met up in the 44th ward of Philadelphia since Clay knew voting polls in the area. When the group all came together we first started near a local hospital. We took pictures of people handing out flyers to support their candidate, a diagram of the voting booth, and a sign saying that there would be a language interpreter. When we were all set up we then began to ask people questions. As soon as we started, we realized we might have some trouble. As the first person I approached to see if they could answer some brief questions quickly rejected me. It took me some time before someone to say yes to answer the questions for Committee of Seventy. While Hector and Clay found it fairly easy for strangers to agree to answer questions for them. We decided to leave the location though since most of the people were coming inside the building since it was a hospital, and they did not want to vote. Some icing on the cake though was before we left I asked an older man to answer some questions. He agreed and during the middle of one the questions he noticed the Committee of Seventy symbol and stormed off.
After that we decided to go to a polling station around city hall. At that area we were able to get more people to answer the questions. I’m not sure if it was the location since we were outside a building in center city and more people voted there or if it was because the people there were just friendlier than the last bunch. Even still only got around seven to eight people to answer some questions. I guess I should have expected this as the citizens of Phildelphia are not the most avid fans of answering random questions. Especially when they are being asked by someone who is asking you political questions just after you vote. From this experience though I have gained respect for people who have the guts to ask people questions or ask for their support a whole campaign. As even if you’re motivated it can be soul crushing to hear so many no’s back to back.
Image #1 talks about the information needed for people with disabilities to be able to vote.
Image #2 talks about how if you speak another language you can get an interpreter to help you vote.
Image #3 talks about the things prohibited during voting and the penalties that you could receive
2) What did you learn while completing this project?
I learned that even though getting frustrated is troublesome, sometimes your best work in something that you have already done.
3) What was the hardest part about completing this project?
Getting frustrated with my work and starting over.
4) What was the most fun/exciting part?
Looking up the scnes from the movie and trying to make them from my own hands.
5) If you were to do this project over again, what would you do differently?
Focus on oe drawing instead of multiple drawings.
For my eulogy I’m doing mine on one of my relatives. The relative that died was my Pop-Pop. He passed away in the January 2010. He died from prostate cancer that he had for about a year. To me I didn’t really know my Pop-Pop until he was dying. When I met him he was a silly old man. From the stories I heard, he was apparently strict when he was younger. As he got older he seemed to warm up a little bit. I’m getting off topic. To me he was one of the only male influences I’ve had in my life.
I created a sugar skull in remembrance of my Pop-Pop because I wanted something to remember him by. Like I said earlier i didn’t really know the man when I was younger. For me it wasn’t so much that he lived far away, it was just that he and my mom were always fighting. He wasn’t allowed to come over unless it was someone’s birthday, or if something important happened. Also for he was one of the only people I know that have died. I guess people can look at that as a blessing. For me it’s a blessing and a curse. it’s a blessing because I don’t know a lot of people that have died, but on the other hand I can’t really help someone who is grieving since i don’t really know the feeling. i did feel sad when he died since before he died my mom took me over his house about three times a month because he was sick. While I was over their i would just talk to him or listen to him and my mom talk. I’m getting of topic, I chose him because I wanted to do something to really remember him.
My sugar school reflects my Pop-Pop. I would say it reflects him because of the color scheme and what i decorated the skull with. The color scheme reflects him because I painted one side gray showing as how i heard he was quite strict when he was younger.i learned about this when my mom told me when he taught her how to drive. He made her drive stick around the block until she made everything meet his high standards of driving. She said the lessons would last for hours at a time. I the other side of my skull I painted multiple colors to represent how silly he was. I know I just said he was strict, but that was before I met him. When i met him he was a lot older ( like 80) so he had lived a long life. By the time he was that old he had a ton of kids and even more grandkids, so whenever he saw his grandkids he tried to be nice to them and act silly. So that’s why the sugar skull reflects my Pop-Pop.
Dia de los Muertos has opened up my mind on celebrating the passing of others. It has opened up my mind because usually I don’t try to think about the dead because I find it depressing. Dia de los Muertos taught me that you can celebrate someone’s life instead of grieving over their death. While doing my sugar skull, I thought about my Pop-Pop and his life. Even though it’s true that I wish i knew him more and wished he didn’t die. He did, but he had a pretty eventful life leading up to that. He lived in multiple cities across the country, he had many children and grandchildren, he fought in two wars, and did more. Even though life has it’s good and bad he tried to live his life to the fullest.I guess that’s something to celebrate right? Well that’s how Dia de los Muertos opened my mind on the celebration of people passing.
Yo soy Cameron Lockett. Yo soy él orador para mi abuelo’s panegírico. Él fue de Indiana. Él fue bajo y inteligente. Estoy hablando en el espanol clase. Yo estoy triste.
Él vida es extrañar y commemorar ,adios.
Nombre: Cameron Lockett Clase: E
El/La Poeta: Antonio Machado/Anoche cuando dormía
Antonio Machado nacio en veintiseis de Julio en 1875.
Él moría en veintidós de febrero en 1939.
Antonio fue una poeta español y profesor francia.
Él recibieron un diplom doctorala en litertura.
Antonio conmovido a Francia con el hermano en 1899.
Él luego casado Leanor Izquierdo en 1909.
Él primevero poemas publice en un litertura perdioco Electra.
Fue de Antonio’s último poema con el cual él morirá.
¡Hola me llamo Cameron Lockett!
Yo voy a Academia de Liderato y Ciencias @Beeber para escuela.
Yo vivo con mi madre y hermana en mi casa.
Para mi vida personal yo voy fuera con mi amigos en sabador.
También yo soy sarcastico, perezoso, y ridículo.
En Escuela mi grados generalmente A’s y B’s.
Para mi éxito, yo soy un primero grado cinturón negro.
También yo voy a Academia de Liderato y Ciencias @Beeber cual es un éxito a mi.
Anoche cuando dormía
Anoche cuando dormía
soñé ¡bendita ilusión!
que una fontana fluía
dentro de mi corazón.
Dí: ¿por qué acequia escondida,
agua, vienes hasta mí,
manantial de nueva vida
en donde nunca bebí?
Anoche cuando dormía
soñé ¡bendita ilusión!
que una colmena tenía
dentro de mi corazón;
y las doradas abejas
iban fabricando en él,
con las amarguras viejas,
blanca cera y dulce miel.
Anoche cuando dormía
soñé ¡bendita ilusión!
que un ardiente sol lucía
dentro de mi corazón.
Era ardiente porque daba
calores de rojo hogar,
y era solo porque alumbraba
y porque hacía llorar.
Anoche cuando dormía
soñé ¡bendita ilusión!
que era Dios lo que tenía
dentro de mi corazón.
Yo siento como el poema muchos significados.
La principal significado es alrededor de resurgimiento
Él escribes alrededor de él pasado erros
Luego él escribes alrededor de algo nuevo.
Cómo después de cada error.
Él nunca detenserses, y guardas ḿovil en.
Con nuevo sentimientos, él moverses en.
Moverse en desde erros y nunca parada.
Yo sent́ia diferente, algo estar quitado con me.
Yo tuve mis fracasos vieja llega a mi.
Yo tuve la oscuridad rodear de mi, yo estoy solo.
En mis soñares yo sent́ia las adversidades yo fui durante.
Luego yo sent́ia el mayor sentimiento maravilloso.
Yo sent́ia como mi cuerpo adentro del sol
Yo sent́ia la tibia sensación durante mi cuerpo entero
Todo el amor pasa por mi.
Desde mi familia, amigos, y todos quién qurer para mi.
En ese momento el brillo ampliado.
Yo sent́ia enteró, nuevo, lleno
Describe your project
I made a drawing of a bird that I first sketched then painted over.
What knowledge did you already have about the project before you started?
I had made sketches for my last two projects. I had little knowledge with painting for this subject.
What new skill did you want to learn coming into the project?
I wanted to learn how to paint over sketches seamlessly. I want to be better at painting, so I started out with sketches first and then painted over them.
Did you accomplish this goal?
I did since I made a painting through sketches and painting techniques.
How do you know you accomplished the goal? If you didn’t accomplish the goal, why do you think that is?
I know i accomplished the goal since I made the bird painting to my liking. The paint clashes somewhat and isn’t the neatest, but it was something knew that I tried. I feel like it turned out ok.
What other skill(s) did you learn along the way?
I learned different techniques for painting. Such as how different strokes and dexterity of the water change the way the painting turns out.
What are you most proud of in this project?
I’m most proud of the way the bird turned out. I like the color scheme of it since the blue makes a sky like feel and brown is seen common on birds.
What would you do differently if you had to do the project over again?
I would change the background. The background doesn’t fit as much as I would like it to with the bird.
My project is a still life of a plant in a jar. What knowledge did you already have about the project before you started?I did a still life in your class last year. What new skill did you want to learn coming into the project?I wanted to learn how to observe more things and sketch them better. Did you accomplish this goal? I feel like i did and didn’t accomplish the goal. I observed and sketched the plant but the background takes away from that. How do you know you accomplished the goal? If you didn’t accomplish the goal, why do you think that is?I know I accomplished this goal because I sketched the plant to my standards, but i wanted that to be the main focus instead of the background. What other skill(s) did you learn along the way? Another skill I learned along the way is how to use size efficiency at it’s best. It sounds stupid, but i usually do everything the same way and I don’t change things that often. So I experimented with size ratios to see which I liked the best. The thing I’m most proud of for the project is my ability to change the sketch this over time the plant started to die so i had to change certain details. What would you do differently if you had to do the project over again?I would change the shade of the plant to make it bolder.
For me as an artist I find it hard for me to be inspired to draw something creative. I feel this because all my life I have found it to be easier to just copy something. So rather than to think of something creative I would just copy anything I would see.
Now this project is different because instead of copying something I made something I wanted to make without copying anything. I know it sounds odd for a 15 year old to talk about creative drawing, since everybody does that. For me though I feel a sense of accomplishment since I never do things like this.
Now my art focuses on what I like in life. For me I like prehistoric animals since I’ve always like them since I was a child. I put that as the main focus of the picture, and then I added a forest background. I put a forest background since I’ve always like a certain aspect of the forest.I guess it’s because I like how it represents most of the life on Earth.
Lorraine Lockett was interviewed by her grandson Cameron Lockett. At first the two talk about the Civil Rights Movement and how the 71 year old woman was not affected by it. Moving on from that topic that got into something more interesting, race and racism. Lorraine says that race doesn’t matter it all depends on the person you are. During the interview her grandson asked her a question that really showed her feelings, “ Do you think black people were affected the most by racism.” Lorraine said yes and went on about how it’s always been black people, always.
Racism has been going on in the United States the beginning of the country. With racism gave rights to White Americans, while everyone else who lived in the country was just given second best or worst than that. Especially for African Americans in our country. African Americans were first slaves, the segregated, and then even attacked by the KKK. Even though times have changed in the last couple of decades African Americans are still being discriminated against as seen as how African Americans make less than White Americans and more African Americans are in poverty. Hopefully in the next couple of decades we can see some change to brighten the future.
Cl: This recording is from, this interview is between me, Cameron Lockett and my grandma Lorraine Lockett at.
Cl: 7:10 on May 18th. Alright grandma here are a few questions I have for you right now. So what was it like living in the time era for the Civil Rights Movement?
LL: What was it like?
Cl: Yeah what was it like?
LL: Well for one, where I lived at it wasn’t any different, I didn’t know anything about the anti racist thing and stuff like that, I knew that but it didn’t bother me it didn’t affect my life.
Cl: So I’m guessing that, so you weren’t affected by the movement?
CL: You weren’t affected by the movement?
Cl: Alright, So did race in anyway, wait what you say?
LL: It didn’t affect me because I wasn’t around that many white people really in the first place.
Cl: Well here’s a more general question, how did race affect you as a total growing up, as a black woman?
LL: From what I did in my life I worked, I got married, and it really didn’t affect me. Because like I said I didn’t interact with that many white people.
CL: So like did any white people that you did meet, did they bully you or anything because of your race?
Cl: Ah ok
LL: Never had that affect me, only one time that happened to me in my whole life, it’s when I was going to work one day and I was walking down the street and somebody called me a nigger. That’s the only time that has really happened to me.
Cl: Oh well sorry about that… Do you think race matters as a whole?
LL: Race does matter because we are, to me we’re all the same, and as far as I’m concerned where people are racist because they are insecure people it’s not us ( African Americans) they are insecure, they have to have somebody to look down upon and it happens to be us.
CL: Hmmm, well do you think racism is the same as it was back in the 1940’s and as it is today?
LL: I don’t know how it was in the forties because I wasn’t around, I was a baby.
CL: Well let’s say the fifties or sixties then.
CL: Let’s say the fifties or the sixties then, do you think racism is the same as it was back then?
LL: ( Deep breath) It has improved, but ???? today I feel like racism is trying to come back.
Cl: Why do you say that?
LL: Because of the things that people are doing out in this world today. I mean you see swastikas on people’s houses now and ???? in people’s houses. That had stopped, but it’s starting up again.
CL: Why do you think it’s starting up again now?
LL: I don’t know why. Well I don’t know but when times is hard for people they have to find something to blame it on and it usually turns out to be us. ( African Americans)
LL: And Times are still hard for us from working and living conditions.
CL: Do you think racism has affected more of The African American community or the other community such as Asians or Jewish people?
LL: It affects, it affected us, oh it affected black people... more and.
CL: Why do you say that?
LL:Because it just did, because it’s just us it’s always been us, it’s always been like that Cameron. It’s always been us. And then aw when we had 9-11 they ( racists) went to… the um
CL: Middle Easterns .
LL: Like that. And then it’s always just been us, I mean it’s just the way of life. I mean they suspected Asians, and um puerto rican people, but it’s always been us. Black people.
CL: Now that the Civil Rights Movement is over did you ever, after learning about it did you ever want more to happen from it?
LL: Did I expect what?
CL: Since the Civil Rights Movement.
LL: What about it. The Civil Rights Movement what about it?
CL: Since it has ended and all this has happened over the past couple of years do you think anything should have changed or did you want more from the movement?
LL: Well look I still think racism still exists, it hasn’t stopped.
CL: Well how do you think racism can end?
LL: I have no idea. On that I have no idea. How it can stop. Someday maybe, but not in my time and not in your time it might stop. But for now no, racism exists right now and it’s still here. And it’s going to be here for a long time.
CL: Well thanks grandma for your input.
LL: That’s it.CL: Yeah