Indigenous Climate Activists Protest At White House
On Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the District, Native Americans from across the country descended on downtown D.C. Hundreds of protesters from multiple tribes gathered outside the White House to plead for the declaration of a climate emergency.
“We are going to put our bodies on the line there,” Ponca Nation tribal elder Casey Camp-Horinek told the Washington Post, “If we have to be arrested in order to call attention to what the crisis is and that we need a climate emergency declared, we’ll do that.” The Secret Service ended up arresting protesters who wouldn’t vacate Pennsylvania Avenue NW.
The Native Americans were joined by other demonstrators for the People vs. Fossil Fuels protest. They called on the Biden administration to take drastic action to prevent a prospective climate catastrophe.
A Father Speaks Out
Tyrone Belton and his daughters left for school last Wednesday like any other day. Then a driver of a Jeep hit all three of them as they walked in a crosswalk at Mississippi Avenue SE and Wheeler Road SE in Congress Heights. On National Walk To School Day, no less—a turning motorist hit Belton and his daughters, Faith, 8, and Heavyn, 6. Belton told WUSA9 they waited for the pedestrian lights before crossing.
“That was one of the most scariest things of my life because I literally thought my kids were dead because they wasn’t even moving,” Belton said. He broke his ankle, and Faith broke her leg. Heavyn is going to need several surgeries to her face following the collision. That’s not counting the therapy Belton says they need. If you would like to donate to the family’s GoFundMe, here is a link.
The driver was arrested at the scene. Heavyn and Faith were the third and fourth children to be hit by a driver in a one-month span.
Do you feel like you’re underpaid? You’re not alone. A new study reports 50 percent of D.C. professionals believe they aren’t getting paid what they’re worth. The newly released 56th annual Salary Guide, created with the Department of Labor, also found a third of D.C. workers would consider abandoning their job if they don’t get a raise by the end of this year.
This comes on the cusp of what’s being dubbed “The Great Resignation.” After 20 months of a pandemic, employees are increasingly likely to quit their jobs.
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