Our video features interviews with students and teachers. We named our video “Filthadelphia, PA” because of how much the littering problem and filth has taken over our city of Philadelphia. We were able to get many different perspectives on the littering problem in Philadelphia. We chose to cover the littering “epidemic” in Philadelphia because we understand how big of a problem it truly is. Everyday walking through our neighborhood, seeing trash makes us feel truly ashamed, especially when it is not much for us to do about it. We wanted to understand how other people felt about trash being in their neighborhoods and the type of effect it could have.
I was in charge or interviewing the people featured in the documentary. I also made the script for the voiceover featured in our project. I feel that I was an effective interviewer that asked the questions necessary in order to get our message across in the video.
I asked very good questions during the interviews. I believe I asked thought provoking questions to our interviewees. I also feel that I did a good job of picking a wide range of students and teachers to interview. I wish we could have got more footage of Philadelphia for the video.
The most meaningful part of this experience was interviewing Mr. Rosen-Long who gave an interesting and very different perspective on the littering problem in Philadelphia. He changed my idea of why there is a litter problem in Philadelphia. I won’t explain what his perspective was because it is featured in our video which I hope you will check out!
The Dakota Access Pipeline is an underground oil pipeline that runs 1,272 miles long. The planned route begins in the Bakken oil fields in northwest North Dakota and travels through South Dakota and Iowa. The pipeline has been controversial in its impact on the environment as well as in its necessity. A number of Native Americans in Iowa and the Dakotas have opposed the pipeline.
These Native Americans have protested the construction of the pipeline and the treatment of these protestors has been a highlight in the media. These protests have gained international attention. During the latest clash between police and protesters, law enforcement officials used tear gas and water cannons in freezing temperatures to disperse a crowd of some 400 protesters trying to cross a blockaded bridge. These protestors are determined fight the construction of these pipeline that they say will bulldoze sacred sites on Native American reservations. Tribes also want to protect the Missouri River which is the primary water source for the Standing Rock Reservation, from a potential pipeline leakage.
Millions of people have joined in the fight against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline via social media. In October 2016, more than 600,000 ‘“checked in” at Standing Rock, according to Facebook. The action of “checking in” was used as a means of showing solidarity with those in Standing Rock fighting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Social media has been an important instrument in spreading the word about what is going on at Standing Rock. There have been instances where protesters at Standing Rock have used Periscope, a live streaming service through Twitter, to show the public how protesters are being treated by law enforcement. These live streams lets people internationally see what is going at Standing Rock in real-time.
If you are like me, after reading all of this information you may feel like there is nothing that we can do to help being that we are so far from Standing Rock. This is in fact untrue. There are several ways to help those fighting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock.
Sign a petition to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Voice your opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline.
North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple, at (701)-328-2200.
The White House, 202-456-1111
Energy Transfer Partners, pipeline owner--Lee Hanse, executive vice president, 210-403-6455.
Donate to the Standing Rock Sioux.
The tribe is raising money for legal, emergency and sanitary purposes via Paypal.http://standingrock.org/news/standing-rock-sioux-tribe--dakota-access-pipeline-donation-fund/
In this interview, Joy Lawrence reflects on the importance of race and the role it has played in her life. In this interview she opens up about how she notices the role race plays in her society and community. She brings up how racial tensions have improved and talks about how long we have until we can truly be united as one nation.
Housing discrimination is discrimination based on protected class status, variously including race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation and gender identity. Fair Housing Act of 1968 was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson in April 1968. This act prohibited discrimination concerning the sale, rental and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin or sex. Joy Lawrence references not being allowed to buy the home of her and her husband, Edwin Lawrence’s, choice in the neighborhood of her choice (Yeadon)during the 1960’s because they were not selling houses to African Americans. Joy and her husband bought their house the year the Fair Housing Act was passed.
Zoie Jones: Today, June 5th, I will be interviewing my grandmother, Joy Lawrence. So Grandma, what is your definition of the word “race”
Joy Lawrence: (pause) Race.. any ethnic body.
ZJ: Okay..Do you believe that race plays a role in your community and society as a whole?
ZJ: And why do you believe that?
JL: Just look at our schools. In the predominantly white schools, there are all the facilities for learning. You go to a black school or a mixed school and the children have not got half of the facilities as the other children in the white schools. (pause) The.. you go to the supermarkets in the predominately black or African American stores compared with those in the white stores. Everything is fresher in the white stores than in the black stores. You look at the streets in a black or mixed community nothing is being done to clean them. You go to the white or suburban area and everything is spic and span, and we all pay taxes. Um..
ZJ: Has race ever played a role in your life?
JL: Yes, race has played a role in my life and is still playing a role in my life.
ZJ: And how?
JL: Because looking for a home, you would see a nice home in an area and you know you were not allowed to go there to buy a home because they were not selling homes to you unless you were of a certain ethnic group. A black person couldn’t go in a white neighborhood and buy a home. In some cases some people managed to get a home, and then they were discriminated against. Some people.. they even bombed their homes, they broke in their homes, they threw eggs on their homes and stuff like that. Some people got so disgusted they actually had to leave from where they lived. And, I think that in.. everybody should be allowed to live where they want to live and do what they want to do. Since there are laws in the country saying that we should not be discriminated against there should be some kind of backup or some kind of.. what should I say.. some way to uphold those laws.
ZJ: Um.. why are human rights important?
JL: Human rights are important because in everything, there has to be some kind of borderline. There have to be some kind of rules and regulations so that people would know not to overstep certain boundaries. Thats why the Constitution is there and thats why the cities have the stipulations.. what could be done here and what could be done there. Everything needs rules and regulations, lets just say that.
ZJ: Um.. do you believe that racial tensions have improved since the Civil Rights Movement or have they become worse?
JL: Have they become what?
JL: They have improved to a certain extent. For example there are no more signs saying whites only or blacks only and people can now go to any restaurant. You could travel anywhere, which um.. before Civil RIghts Movement everything was discriminated against. But then, a lot of people not taking advantage of all the things brought in to help blacks.
JL: Tell me Zoie.
ZJ: Um, do you believe racial tensions have improved?
ZJ: Tenisons. Like do you believe we are all united as one race or do you think we’re separated?
JL: Yeah, the tensions they have improved. They have improved. I mean um, because of the laws you feel freer to go into places. You feel freer to apply for a job and there are laws that should be um, in your favor. Like before that everything was out of order.
JL: Alright, what else?ZJ: Nothing ,that’s it. Thank you Grandma.