WARNING: MAJOR CHARACTER DEATH
more like, i’m not touching this fic with a ten foot pole are you fucking kidding me
"What, are you going to be playing video games when you’re in your thirties?"
I JUST UGLY LAUGHED SO HARD I WOKE UP THE DAMN HOUSE JFC!!!
DO NOT CLICK THIS IF YOU NEED TO BE QUIET
Veronika Scott was a fashion student at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit when her teacher, Stephen Schock, challenged her class to create a product that filled a need, rather than satisfying or creating a fad. Veronika’s design was a coat for homeless people that could transform into a sleeping bag, since in her city, she says, “you are constantly faced with the homeless epidemic.”
Not only did her design win a International Design Excellence Award from the Industrial Designers Society of America, it’s become the core of Veronika’s nonprofit organization, The Empowerment Plan, which hires people from homeless shelters and transition homes to help her make the coats. Now, three years later, the 24-year-old social entrepreneur expects that her team of 15 seamstresses will produce over 6,000 coats in 2014 — all of which will be distributed free of charge to people living on the streets.
Veronika originally designed the coats seeking input from people at a homeless shelter. After receiving feedback from people who used the prototype over a Detroit winter, she refined the design to create her final version which, in addition to being a waterproof and windproof coat and sleeping bag, also transforms into an over-the-shoulder bag with storage in the arm sockets.
When she started out, Veronika states,
“Everybody told me that my business was going to fail — not because of who I was giving my product to but because of who I was hiring. They said that these homeless women will never make more than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich — you cannot rely on them for anything. And I know my ladies enjoy proving everybody wrong.”
And, their impact is growing — according to CNN, which recently honored Veronika as one of their 10 Visionary Women of 2014, “The Empowerment Plan expects to launch a ‘buy one, give one’ program that will make it sustainable beyond the donations and sponsorships that keep it running now. Hunters and backpackers who’ve asked to buy the coat will be able to do so, and the Empowerment Plan will still create coats for homeless people who need them.”
Veronika is also excited to show other clothing producers that local manufacturing is possible: “I think we’re going to show a lot of people: you think it’s outdated to do manufacturing in your neighborhood, but I think it’s something that we have to do in the future, where it’s sustainable, where you invest in people, where they’re not interchangeable parts.”
You can read more about Veronika’s organization on CNN, or watch a short video about her work here.
To learn more about The Empowerment Plan or how you can support their work, visit http://www.empowermentplan.org/
For a wonderful book about women’s great inventions throughout history, check out “Girls Think of Everything” for readers 8 to 13.
For those in the US who would like to support efforts to end homelessness and help the over 600,000 people who experience homelessness on any given night, visit the National Alliance to End Homelessness athttp://www.naeh.org/ or to find a local homeless shelter to support in your area, visit http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/
Important in so many ways.
This is amazing and wonderful.
its really important for men to stand up to other men who say terrible and sexist shit
because sexist men dont listen to what women have to say
literally the most important thing men can do if they want to call themselves feminist allies
miscommunication as a plot device makes me angry
if you just talked to each other but no
It was all right, he had been set up as the guy who was only superficially confident in himself from very early on, so him having a cool power is fine.
Ofc Bolin is also so freaking stupid at this point that it probably doesn’t even matter, a baby with lavabending would probably be just as useful.
imo Bolin with lavabending was fine, they had a plot thing going with him trying to metalbend but not being able to so it became a “sometimes you aren’t good at something but you are good at other things” sort of story lesson. It could even make sense from a bender genetics pov since his brother is a firebender so he must have it in his blood.
Mako suddenly lightningbending was the garbage part. Just….why?
rando poppin in just to say Mako has actually been lightning bending since book 1, I believe. He did some work someplace where he was wearing a welding helmet and lightning bending, iirc.
*rando pops out*
I think this shows how much I’ve paid attention to Mako because apparently he learned it from the Triple Threat Triad guy in book 1. I guess this brings up the question why he has used it so little to the point that I would have forgotten he even knew how.
Maybe he didn’t want to, or perhaps there’s a law that says that says it’s forbidden to lightning bend against against another human because of it most likely being a lethal attack. On the other hand, Mako may have resented having learned it from the Triad and tried to downplay it as best he could. Hell, maybe lightning benders are outcasts! Maybe they’re looked at like dangerous thugs because if their powers and the other benders don’t understand.
So I think the deal with Mako’s lightening bending is while he can use it, I don’t think Mako is meant to be particularly skilled at it. I think the giant pool gave him a big easy target to hit, otherwise, it’s like it’d be too easy to friendly fire or too hard hit anything at all with his lightening bending. It’s more much more reliable to fight with fire. I feel like while now many people can lightening bend, very few people can fight very accurately and effectively with it like Azula.
I also sort of thought in hindsight, because lightening bending is more prevalent in Korra’s time, it was kind of stupid for Ming Hua to try and fight a firebender in a huge pool, buuut then again it wouldn’t be that unreasonable for her to think, with that much water she could take him out before he could reach safety. And like some people said, I think it only knocked her out, and if she died it was from the whole place crumbling.
yes exactly, I just.. Bolin was a blight on an otherwise great finale. The lavabending part was completely innocuous compared to his awful bending in general (really.. really the best you have against a floor full of lava is propping up 2 inch thick blocks? fucking asami could prop up the floor tiles and be just as good), generally being especially unfunny, and freaking KNOCKING BOSS BITCH SUYIN TO THE GROUND TO BE GROSS ON OPAL, MY BLOOD ABSOLUTELY BOILED. bolin/opal is completely notp for me now he is disgusting and belongs in a garbage can
Could be that Mako couldn’t lightening bend for a while there because he was so messed up emotionally. It takes a calm of self to lightening bend (which was why Zuko couldn’t) and all that relationship shit really did a number on him. By the end of book 3 he was back to being calmer and more centered.