Teen scientist harnesses sun power to help Navajo community
New Mexico teen Raquel Redshirt uses everyday materials and the sun to build solar ovens, fulfilling a Navajo community need and winning an award at the Intel ISEF competition.
Growing up on New Mexico’s Navajo Nation, Raquel Redshirt was well aware of the needs of her community. Many of her impoverished neighbors lacked basics such as electricity, as well as stoves and ovens to cook food.
Though resources in the high desert are limited, Raquel realized one was inexhaustible: the sun. “That’s where I got the idea of building a solar oven,” the teen says.
She researched solar ovens and found that most incorporate mirrors or other expensive materials. Raquel wanted to create a design that anyone could easily afford and replicate, using readily available materials.
READ MORE HERE: http://lrinspire.com/2014/06/19/teen-scientist-harnesses-sun-power-to-help-navajo-community/
I am a new mom to my one month old son born in May. I was denied FMLA maternity leave (have to be with the company for a year) at my job, and was terminated as a result. I am not guaranteed my job back after I am cleared to work again by my doctor at my 6 week postpartum exam. As a result of this, my family and I are no longer financially stable. I had $500 saved prior to having baby, but my monthly bills exceed double that amount. My fiancé works full time, but does not make much more than minimum wage.
I am also a beader. My beadwork has become my main source of income, and
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Canada’s indigenous: ‘We are the wall’ that the pipeline cannot pass
First Nations groups have vowed to fight the Canadian government’s approval of a planned pipeline with lawsuits and direct action. They say Tuesday’s decision violates their constitutional rights because the government failed to consult tribal bands, the basic units of government for First Nations in Canada.
“The government has moved their legal responsibility to consult with First Nations to Enbridge, and that’s a wrong move on their part,” said Grand Chief Edward John of the Tl’azt’en Nation. Enbridge is the Canadian energy company behind the planned Northern Gateway pipeline.
On June 19, 1982, a young Chinese American man named Vincent Chin was brutally beaten to death in Detroit, Michigan. Vincent had been at his bachelor party with friends at a local suburban bar when Chrysler superintendent Ronald Ebens and his stepson Michael Nitz insulted Vincent: “It’s because of you little motherfuckers that we’re out of work.” Ebens and Nitz were found guilty of manslaughter and charged three years of probation, a $3,000 fine, and $780 in court fees without spending a day in jail.
32 years ago, Vincent Chin was beaten to death by two white auto workers because “It’s because of motherfuckers like you we’re out of jobs”. The two men were fined $3000 each and never served a day in jail for murdering 27 year old Vincent with a baseball bat. #NeverForget how the justice system failed us. Never Forget the name #VincentChin.
The murder of Vincent Chin became a pivotal point for the Asian American community and is often considered to be the beginning of the pan-Asian civil rights movement.
He was about to get married too =[
One of the things that I acknowledge about my privilege is that I’m for the most part healthy and able-bodied enough to prepare complex meals from scratch when I want to. And at some point I had enough money to invest in good kitchen tools (or live with someone who…
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