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I received a message from @rosa.lubo today about my friend Edgar, the best damn salesman in the world. He's only 11 years old and was shoeless selling bracelets in the streets of #rioacha #Colombia. I wear this bracelet every day till he turns 18 and can legally work. In that day, I will keep my promise and find him a decent job in one of my ventures. This is what she said to me : "Hola. Ayer estuve por la calle primera de Riohacha y me encontré con Edgar.
Me conoció y te mando saludos y que está en el colegio." I smiled, teared up a bit, and reminded myself to keep on going. There's nothing in my way that I can't do it this little man can do what he's doing now. I hope to see him soon again.

#startuplife #payitforward #povertyisnotacrime #hustle #inspiration #motivation #morningcoffee
I received a message from @rosa.lubo today about my friend Edgar, the best damn salesman in the world. He's only 11 years old and was shoeless selling bracelets in the streets of #rioacha  #Colombia . I wear this bracelet every day till he turns 18 and can legally work. In that day, I will keep my promise and find him a decent job in one of my ventures. This is what she said to me : "Hola. Ayer estuve por la calle primera de Riohacha y me encontré con Edgar. Me conoció y te mando saludos y que está en el colegio." I smiled, teared up a bit, and reminded myself to keep on going. There's nothing in my way that I can't do it this little man can do what he's doing now. I hope to see him soon again. #startuplife  #payitforward  #povertyisnotacrime  #hustle  #inspiration  #motivation  #morningcoffee 
And people ask me why I say I don't recognize the #USA anymore. Link in comments  #news #startuplife #povertyisnotacrime #startuplife #homeless
Consider this! Donated to National Bail Out at Brooklyn Community Bail Fund (donations matched until 1/1/18) #povertyisnotacrime #freethepeopleday
Child labor and poverty are inevitably bound together and if you continue to use the labor of children as the treatment for the social disease of poverty, you will have both poverty and child labor to the end of time.

If we can't begin to agree on fundamentals, such as the elimination of the most abusive forms of child labor, then we really are not ready to march forward into the future.

So we must ensure that while eliminating child labor in the export industry, we are also eliminating their labour from the informal sector, which is more invisible to public scrutiny - and thus leaves the children more open to abuse and exploitation.

#phoneclickers #photovilla #phoneshuttered #extrememobilephotography #instamobilephotography ##phonoclix #worldphotograhy #poverty #povertyporn #povertybench #povertysucks #povertysquat #povertymacros #povertyissexist #povertysquaduk #povertybay #povertyflats #povertyspec #povertyandprosperity #povertyline #povertyisnotacrime #povertyerabrand© #povertygoddess #povertypoint #povertyalleviation #povertylife #povertyover #povertypowerlifting #povertyshowcar #povertyandthearts
Child labor and poverty are inevitably bound together and if you continue to use the labor of children as the treatment for the social disease of poverty, you will have both poverty and child labor to the end of time. If we can't begin to agree on fundamentals, such as the elimination of the most abusive forms of child labor, then we really are not ready to march forward into the future. So we must ensure that while eliminating child labor in the export industry, we are also eliminating their labour from the informal sector, which is more invisible to public scrutiny - and thus leaves the children more open to abuse and exploitation. #phoneclickers  #photovilla  #phoneshuttered  #extrememobilephotography  #instamobilephotography  ##phonoclix  #worldphotograhy  #poverty  #povertyporn  #povertybench  #povertysucks  #povertysquat  #povertymacros  #povertyissexist  #povertysquaduk  #povertybay  #povertyflats  #povertyspec  #povertyandprosperity  #povertyline  #povertyisnotacrime  #povertyerabrand © #povertygoddess  #povertypoint  #povertyalleviation  #povertylife  #povertyover  #povertypowerlifting  #povertyshowcar  #povertyandthearts 
Cas does not look thrilled this morning lol. Finally got some much needed rest and didn’t get cold at all last night. #heartheroostercrow #countrymusic #cowboymusician #diymusician #touringmusician #cowdog #sheltie #sheltiemix #roaddog #loyalcompanion #messyhair #sleepinginthetruck #toyotapickup #oldtrucks #povertyisnotacrime
There is nothing quite as frustrating and depressing as spending two hours at unemployment for nothing.
At least I got to hang out with this weirdo for a while.
#birdaunt #parrotlet #smallbutsassy #unemployedlife #povertyisnotacrime
India is home to one third of the world's poor, yet the government claims that poverty has fallen over the last few years. 
For rural areas, the national poverty line is estimated at Rs 816 per capita per month in villages and Rs 1,000 per capita per month in cities in 2011-12. How can the poor afford to make ends meet with such meagre income? 
According to UNICEF, one in three malnourished children worldwide are found in India. It also reveals other startling truths. While 42 per cent of children under five years of age are underweight, 58 per cent of children under five surveyed are stunted. 
The government has made a mockery of the system by dishing out figures that make no sense to millions in despair. 
So we do hope that poverty will be gone from India and we can have a good and better country to live in like many other developed countries in the world 
#phonoclix #extrememobilephotography #phoneclickers #photovilla #whenengineerclicks #worldphotograhy #poverty #mobileclicks #povertyporn #povertybench #povertysucks #povertysquat #povertymacros #povertyissexist #povertysquaduk #povertybay #povertyflats #povertyspec #povertyandprosperity #povertyline #povertyisnotacrime #povertyerabrand© #povertygoddess #povertypoint #povertyalleviation #povertylife #povertyover #povertypowerlifting #povertyshowcar #povertyandthearts
India is home to one third of the world's poor, yet the government claims that poverty has fallen over the last few years. For rural areas, the national poverty line is estimated at Rs 816 per capita per month in villages and Rs 1,000 per capita per month in cities in 2011-12. How can the poor afford to make ends meet with such meagre income? According to UNICEF, one in three malnourished children worldwide are found in India. It also reveals other startling truths. While 42 per cent of children under five years of age are underweight, 58 per cent of children under five surveyed are stunted. The government has made a mockery of the system by dishing out figures that make no sense to millions in despair. So we do hope that poverty will be gone from India and we can have a good and better country to live in like many other developed countries in the world #phonoclix  #extrememobilephotography  #phoneclickers  #photovilla  #whenengineerclicks  #worldphotograhy  #poverty  #mobileclicks  #povertyporn  #povertybench  #povertysucks  #povertysquat  #povertymacros  #povertyissexist  #povertysquaduk  #povertybay  #povertyflats  #povertyspec  #povertyandprosperity  #povertyline  #povertyisnotacrime  #povertyerabrand © #povertygoddess  #povertypoint  #povertyalleviation  #povertylife  #povertyover  #povertypowerlifting  #povertyshowcar  #povertyandthearts 
🎼 Fa la la la la. La la la la. 🎄 The reason for the season - generosity, kindness and love! 
Wool socks are one of the most sought after item in shelters this time of year so we've collected over 40 pairs and 10 cowls (thank you! @piprobins 👊🏻❤️) to donate to the Fred Victor Centre. Thank you to my "in-laws" for playing along and sharing the love 💓💓 .
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#christmasspirit #thereasonfortheseason #generosity #payitforward #shareyourstory #LGBT #queer  #intersectionalfeminist #thisisyyz #lovetoronto #povertyisnotacrime #smashthepatriarchy
🎼 Fa la la la la. La la la la. 🎄 The reason for the season - generosity, kindness and love! Wool socks are one of the most sought after item in shelters this time of year so we've collected over 40 pairs and 10 cowls (thank you! @piprobins 👊🏻❤️) to donate to the Fred Victor Centre. Thank you to my "in-laws" for playing along and sharing the love 💓💓 . . . . . . #christmasspirit  #thereasonfortheseason  #generosity  #payitforward  #shareyourstory  #LGBT  #queer  #intersectionalfeminist  #thisisyyz  #lovetoronto  #povertyisnotacrime  #smashthepatriarchy 
This administration is f#%^ horrendous. Via @washingtonpost . Making the word "vulnerable" among others a unacceptable word for CDC is inhumane and unethical. This will affect #social services. #sad. 45ers Just don't preach your religion on me. #rage #womensrights #povertyisnotacrime #humanity #science #facts
Know your limits. Looks like 25 degrees is about as low as I can sleep comfortably in the Yota. Gonna have to reconfigure to keep warm from here thru the winter. #heartheroostercrow #onemanband #countrymusic #diymusician #touringmusician #urbancamping #sleepinginthetruck #coldasfuck #idaho #povertyisnotacrime
To my fellow cis-gender white women out there, we need to start talking about our own history and how we have also (and often) occupied the role of oppressor. 
We need to call out other cis-gender white women and shut down conversations that serve no purpose other than to perpetuate stereotypes and hatred. 
We need to start deconstructing our privilege and we can do that by listening to other women. 
We need to show up and contribute in whatever way is asked of us. .
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My hope is that the energy behind #MeToo is carried over and in 2018 #IndigenousWomenRise #TrustBlackWomen #SayHerName #NotYourAsianSideKick #CanYouHearUsNow #EverySizeIsBeautiful #TransIsBeautiful #IntersectionalFeminist and more are rolling off the keyboards of all cis-gender white feminists. .
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Based on Alabama and many other areas of the world, it feels like white women are the ones holding us back and thats a problem. .
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#intersectionalfeminism #higherlearningtour #socialism #knowledgeispower #personalgrowth ​#shareyourstory #cdnpoli #LGBTQ #Queer #moneyisthesourceofallevil #povertyisnotacrime #taxtherich #politicalmemes
To my fellow cis-gender white women out there, we need to start talking about our own history and how we have also (and often) occupied the role of oppressor. We need to call out other cis-gender white women and shut down conversations that serve no purpose other than to perpetuate stereotypes and hatred. We need to start deconstructing our privilege and we can do that by listening to other women. We need to show up and contribute in whatever way is asked of us. . . . . My hope is that the energy behind #MeToo  is carried over and in 2018 #IndigenousWomenRise  #TrustBlackWomen  #SayHerName  #NotYourAsianSideKick  #CanYouHearUsNow  #EverySizeIsBeautiful  #TransIsBeautiful  #IntersectionalFeminist  and more are rolling off the keyboards of all cis-gender white feminists. . . . Based on Alabama and many other areas of the world, it feels like white women are the ones holding us back and thats a problem. . . . . . 📸 @therealremyredd #intersectionalfeminism  #higherlearningtour  #socialism  #knowledgeispower  #personalgrowth  ​#shareyourstory  #cdnpoli  #LGBTQ  #Queer  #moneyisthesourceofallevil  #povertyisnotacrime  #taxtherich  #politicalmemes 
Homelessness: one of the most misunderstood and vexing social problems, especially when it intersects with #domesticviolence. How will you open your ❤️ to #homeless families this #holidayseason?
Homelessness: one of the most misunderstood and vexing social problems, especially when it intersects with #domesticviolence . How will you open your ❤️ to #homeless  families this #holidayseason ?
Whenever I get too down (or too up), I look at this picture and remember that this is someone’s home.
Exarcheia | Athens | Greece
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#givingtuesday #humbled #humbletuesday #homelessabroad #homelessnessawareness #homelessnessisnotacrime #travelblogger #povertybench #worldpoverty #athenslife #travelislife #traveldeeper #athensgreece #povertyisnotacrime #homelessingreece #lifeingreece #travelismytherapy #travelismydrug
Halfway through this tour. Starting to feel it and smell like it lol. Leaving Ontario, Oregon for Idaho Falls to play at The Celt Pub tonight with Tom Bennett. Music starts at 6! #heartheroostercrow #touringmusician #diymusician #countrymusic #tombennettonemanband #cowdog #stormykromer #sheltie #sheltiemix #truckcamping #evproaudio #sleepinginthetruck #povertyisnotacrime
#swipeleft If you're signing petitions and hashtagging #cyntoiabrown but you don't know where this unjust, cruel, and unusual corporal punishment for children stems from, do yourself a favor and Google #thewilliebosketcase and #themarshallproject... Carey and Ed Koch were sick narcissistic conservatives who needed help and refused to extend help to youth because capitalizing on capital in capitalistic Amerikkka is of utmost importance--it's a necessity to internally defend the economy (pure evil but anyway...) #povertyisnotacrime and our kids (a percentage of them suffering from intergenerational trauma) can be rehabilitated and become positive and productive leaders within their communities and on a global scale. #thebrainisamuscletoo  and remember that all disorder results from disconnect so #eachoneteachone ‼️💪🏾💯❤️ #blogcomingsoon #mentalillnessisreal #mentalillnessisnotacrime #juvenilejusticeisamess #reformisneeded #williebosket #intergenerationaltrauma #disconnectedyouth #blountlystated #thechilddefender
#swipeleft  If you're signing petitions and hashtagging #cyntoiabrown  but you don't know where this unjust, cruel, and unusual corporal punishment for children stems from, do yourself a favor and Google #thewilliebosketcase  and #themarshallproject ... Carey and Ed Koch were sick narcissistic conservatives who needed help and refused to extend help to youth because capitalizing on capital in capitalistic Amerikkka is of utmost importance--it's a necessity to internally defend the economy (pure evil but anyway...) #povertyisnotacrime  and our kids (a percentage of them suffering from intergenerational trauma) can be rehabilitated and become positive and productive leaders within their communities and on a global scale. #thebrainisamuscletoo  and remember that all disorder results from disconnect so #eachoneteachone  ‼️💪🏾💯❤️ #blogcomingsoon  #mentalillnessisreal  #mentalillnessisnotacrime  #juvenilejusticeisamess  #reformisneeded  #williebosket  #intergenerationaltrauma  #disconnectedyouth  #blountlystated  #thechilddefender 
This looks yummy but it was like $8 🤔🤔#povertysucks #mango #pickle #povertyisnotacrime #wantneed
I'm full of pride for this guy, who biked to grocery stores this morning to contribute to #cranksgivingnyc. #mutualhelp #povertyisnotacrime
😱 Beats the hell outta sleeping in the old truck! Spoiled rotten tonight haha. Thanks Wyoming Arts Council! #heartheroostercrow #touringmusician #diymusician #countrymusic #landerwyoming #wyomingartscouncil #gretschguitars #povertyisnotacrime
Who said u need a bath tub 2 take bath! 
The only thing u need is water, and mother earth is giving us water.
So, its our duty to take care of our mother save water.

#povertybench#povertyisnotacrime#povertyfighters#poverty_hunger#indianapolisphotography#phitographyislife#saveearthsavelife#savewatereatplants
The life of a touring musician in poverty. Occasionally, the old Yota doesn’t want to start so, I keep this trusty hammer on the floor of the passenger side. Just gotta smack the starter a few times and we’re good to go. Starts every time! Catch Tom Bennett and I in Spanish Fork, Utah tonight at 9pm at Blackjacks. #heartheroostercrow #tombennettonemanband #touringmusician #diymusician #toyotapickup #oldtruckprobs #hammer #povertyisnotacrime #cowboyshit #mrfixit #blackjacksbar #spanishfork #utah
The life of a touring musician in poverty. Occasionally, the old Yota doesn’t want to start so, I keep this trusty hammer on the floor of the passenger side. Just gotta smack the starter a few times and we’re good to go. Starts every time! Catch Tom Bennett and I in Spanish Fork, Utah tonight at 9pm at Blackjacks. #heartheroostercrow  #tombennettonemanband  #touringmusician  #diymusician  #toyotapickup  #oldtruckprobs  #hammer  #povertyisnotacrime  #cowboyshit  #mrfixit  #blackjacksbar  #spanishfork  #utah 
Always sad to see all these old cuties on the street looking for hand outs, but they survive & luckily food is cheap here.  Of course I helped her out😘. #queretaro #mexico #leicam9 #hechoenmexico #travel #street #povertyisnotacrime #povertysucks #grateful #lovelife #traveller ##MexicoLove #rangefinder #manualfocus #portrait #rangerfindercamera #bekindtooneanother
Hey, you! Yeahhh youu. 
The Human Rights Organization Club is hosting a #PovertyEradication collection drive. We accept the following listed on this little poster and will be receiving until November 22nd.
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Al donated items will directly go to the Honolulu Homeless Shelter through us! Contact/DM me for details, whether if it’s that you would want to get involved in our organization or if you want to contribute by donation. As one ohana of humanity, we would love as much help we can get! Mahalo 🌺
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#povertyeradication #homelessshelter #homelessnomore #povertyissexist #povertyisreal #humanity #humanrights #humanityfirst #humanitylove #equalrights #povertyisnotacrime
Hey, you! Yeahhh youu. The Human Rights Organization Club is hosting a #PovertyEradication  collection drive. We accept the following listed on this little poster and will be receiving until November 22nd. . Al donated items will directly go to the Honolulu Homeless Shelter through us! Contact/DM me for details, whether if it’s that you would want to get involved in our organization or if you want to contribute by donation. As one ohana of humanity, we would love as much help we can get! Mahalo 🌺 . #povertyeradication  #homelessshelter  #homelessnomore  #povertyissexist  #povertyisreal  #humanity  #humanrights  #humanityfirst  #humanitylove  #equalrights  #povertyisnotacrime 
A few years ago I was involved in a social upliftment program. If involved going into informal settlements where I had to document certain processes. This image was made in Diepsloot north of Joburg. A crime ridden place, overcrowded and very short of all amenities such as water, electricity. From the outside an intimidating sprawl of shacks and litter. What struck me most once we entered was how many people were just hanging around, unemployment is very high, and how much care people take to keep their living areas clean and tidy. Not easy to achieve under very tough conditions. Ticking bombs these areas. People with nothing, not even hope, and nothing to lose. We ignore this at out peril. #socialdocumentaryphotography #streetphotography #blackandwhitephoto #kitchen #poverty #povertyisnotacrime #male
A few years ago I was involved in a social upliftment program. If involved going into informal settlements where I had to document certain processes. This image was made in Diepsloot north of Joburg. A crime ridden place, overcrowded and very short of all amenities such as water, electricity. From the outside an intimidating sprawl of shacks and litter. What struck me most once we entered was how many people were just hanging around, unemployment is very high, and how much care people take to keep their living areas clean and tidy. Not easy to achieve under very tough conditions. Ticking bombs these areas. People with nothing, not even hope, and nothing to lose. We ignore this at out peril. #socialdocumentaryphotography  #streetphotography  #blackandwhitephoto  #kitchen  #poverty  #povertyisnotacrime  #male 
Picking six strings in pajama pants. I start pretty rigid but finally relax. #BenjaminTod #SixStringPicker #PovertyIsNotACrime
| L I F E | *Anyone who has struggled with poverty know how extremely expensive it is to be poor. - James Boldwin 
Cr: 📷 by @so_nati 
#sky #nature #naturephotography #photography #2k17 #povertyisnotacrime
Harry a veteran who has fallen on hard times but loves his two dogs avoids shelters and worries about new #antivagrancy ideas being  talked about in #Reno photo and reporting by @princenestaradio for #ourtownreno #homeless #homelessinreno #renohomeless #humansofreno #peopleofreno #streetportrait #streetstory #renostreets #downtownreno #775 #renonv #homelessdogs #homelesspets #helpeachother #povertyisnotacrime #homelessness #homelessnessisnotacrime
As some of you may know, I have been selected to volunteer in Uganda for three months in January, with @ics_uk, a government initiative.
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The cost of my trip is fully funded by the Department for International Development, however, I am required to fundraise £1500 for my charity, @vsointernational, as part of my commitment to the programme.
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Please take a minute to look at my page (link in bio). Any donation, of any size, will be so appreciated, and it is a great opportunity to support those who live in a significantly less privileged world to us.
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#brygoestouganda #vso #ics #volunteering #dfid #uganda #livelihoods #survival #povertyisnotacrime #justgiving #fundraiser
As some of you may know, I have been selected to volunteer in Uganda for three months in January, with @ics_uk, a government initiative. . The cost of my trip is fully funded by the Department for International Development, however, I am required to fundraise £1500 for my charity, @vsointernational, as part of my commitment to the programme. . Please take a minute to look at my page (link in bio). Any donation, of any size, will be so appreciated, and it is a great opportunity to support those who live in a significantly less privileged world to us. . #brygoestouganda  #vso  #ics  #volunteering  #dfid  #uganda  #livelihoods  #survival  #povertyisnotacrime  #justgiving  #fundraiser 
Our home sweet home on the road. Cas has a little "shelf bed" on top of the PA speakers. #heartheroostercrow #countrymusic #onemanband #cowdog #diymusician #walmartcamping #povertyisnotacrime
Uscendo dalla Cattedrale di Marsiglia, dove mi ero riempita gli occhi di fasto e ricchezza, ho incontrato quest'uomo vecchio e logoro. Chiedeva la carita' con grandissima dignita'. Gli ho donato tutte le mie monete e ... non sono riuscita a trattenere una carezza. 
Ho scoperto cosi' che un sorriso sdentato puo' essere ... il piu' bello mai visto!  #igerspnintrasferta  #igersmarseille #marseille #marseille2017🇫🇷 #marseille2017 #cathedralmarseille #povertyisnotacrime
“Actually I feel helpless being locked up in here because my future is destroyed.” Denaka Arson, a 60 year-old farmer convicted and imprisoned for five years for the crime of illegal fishing in a protected lake, photographed at Marofoto Prison in Madagascar. In addition to the poor living conditions in the prison, Denaka suffers because he has no family to bring him additional food. ⠀
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From the project "In My World" about mental health around the world by Robin Hammond, @Hammond_Robin, human rights photographer and storyteller. #InMyWorld exposes the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and gives them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. To see more from this campaign please follow @OneDayInMyWorld. Link in bio. ⠀
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#worldmentalhealthday #opensociety #mentalhealth #madagascar #documentaryphotography @handicap_uk @onedayinmyworld @noorimages @witness_change #povertyisnotacrime
“Actually I feel helpless being locked up in here because my future is destroyed.” Denaka Arson, a 60 year-old farmer convicted and imprisoned for five years for the crime of illegal fishing in a protected lake, photographed at Marofoto Prison in Madagascar. In addition to the poor living conditions in the prison, Denaka suffers because he has no family to bring him additional food. ⠀ ⠀ From the project "In My World" about mental health around the world by Robin Hammond, @Hammond_Robin, human rights photographer and storyteller. #InMyWorld  exposes the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and gives them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. To see more from this campaign please follow @OneDayInMyWorld. Link in bio. ⠀ ⠀ #worldmentalhealthday  #opensociety  #mentalhealth  #madagascar  #documentaryphotography  @handicap_uk @onedayinmyworld @noorimages @witness_change #povertyisnotacrime 
Who does the city belong to? Who do parks belong to? The latest #ourtownreno web video by @gearey_ is up available via our Facebook bio page as #cityofreno is still considering anti vagrancy laws which could make sleeping in a park illegal igniting fears the new ordinances will target the homeless. Moving on the ordinances was delayed but not eliminated so the fight continues #homelessness #homelessnews #renohomeless #homelessinreno #helpeachother #homelessnessisnotacrime #povertyisnotacrime #775 #makerenocareagain
Who does the city belong to? Who do parks belong to? The latest #ourtownreno  web video by @gearey_ is up available via our Facebook bio page as #cityofreno  is still considering anti vagrancy laws which could make sleeping in a park illegal igniting fears the new ordinances will target the homeless. Moving on the ordinances was delayed but not eliminated so the fight continues #homelessness  #homelessnews  #renohomeless  #homelessinreno  #helpeachother  #homelessnessisnotacrime  #povertyisnotacrime  #775  #makerenocareagain 
Did you know that there is serotonin in soil? "In a study by the University College in London and the Bristol University a breakthrough discovery, revealed the existence of a “friendly bacteria” or probiotics present in the soil. The bacteria, identified as Mycobacterium Vaccae, can “trick” brain cells into producing more serotonin resulting in the same effect as prescription antidepressants." (bestplants.com)

We used to have garden programs in our prison system but in 2010 the Conservative government (aka Harper) closed Canada’s prison farms. In 2016 the Liberal government (aka Trudeau) "decided to do a study on the possibility of reopening the farms — starting with two in the Kingston area, and is asking Canadians to weigh in on the issue through an online survey."(@TheTorontoStar). I remember filling out that survey and feeling frustrated that our science based PM @JustinPJTrudeau wasn't using science and good governance to simply reopen these programs. Why are we spending money examining the possibility of implementing a program that has proven itself to be successful?! @JagmeetSingh, the new leader of the @NDPCanada party, is calling for prison reform where we look at rehabilitation over incarceration. If elected, I hope that no more money or time is spent studying if this the right decision. I want to live in a Canada where our industrial prison complex is churning out horticulturists, arborists, landscapers, florists and mentally healthy humans. 💚
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#serotonin #antidepressants #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #cdnpoli #prisonreform #rehabilitationnotincarceration #povertyisnotacrime #systemicracism #colonization #arborist #landscaping #timeforchange
Did you know that there is serotonin in soil? "In a study by the University College in London and the Bristol University a breakthrough discovery, revealed the existence of a “friendly bacteria” or probiotics present in the soil. The bacteria, identified as Mycobacterium Vaccae, can “trick” brain cells into producing more serotonin resulting in the same effect as prescription antidepressants." (bestplants.com) We used to have garden programs in our prison system but in 2010 the Conservative government (aka Harper) closed Canada’s prison farms. In 2016 the Liberal government (aka Trudeau) "decided to do a study on the possibility of reopening the farms — starting with two in the Kingston area, and is asking Canadians to weigh in on the issue through an online survey."(@TheTorontoStar). I remember filling out that survey and feeling frustrated that our science based PM @JustinPJTrudeau wasn't using science and good governance to simply reopen these programs. Why are we spending money examining the possibility of implementing a program that has proven itself to be successful?! @JagmeetSingh, the new leader of the @NDPCanada party, is calling for prison reform where we look at rehabilitation over incarceration. If elected, I hope that no more money or time is spent studying if this the right decision. I want to live in a Canada where our industrial prison complex is churning out horticulturists, arborists, landscapers, florists and mentally healthy humans. 💚 . . . . #serotonin  #antidepressants  #mentalhealth  #mentalhealthawareness  #cdnpoli  #prisonreform  #rehabilitationnotincarceration  #povertyisnotacrime  #systemicracism  #colonization  #arborist  #landscaping  #timeforchange 
Swipe ⬅️.. #povertyisnotacrime
The Revolution Evolves by @ann.lew.is 
#resist  #povertyisnotacrime
Was recommended this doc yesterday and only 15 minutes in I have to say it gives you a great insight into what it's like to live in poverty. What's interesting is learning what it's like from a child's perspective. #producerlife #shansaid #tuesdayinspiration #poverty #povertyisnotacrime #povertyisreal #professorgreen #bbc3 #livinginpoverty #documentary #film #sheffieldhallam
Ella is a sex worker in Blantyre, Malawi. She has been arrested several times by the police and sentenced to jail time. She has also been raped by police officers.

Sex work is not illegal in Malawi. However, sex workers are frequently arrested, either for being “rogues and vagabonds” or for being “idle and disorderly persons.” Once they’ve been arrested, sex workers are at risk of having their money or personal possessions confiscated, are subject to rape and other physical abuse, and have to pay a fine.

When colonial powers withdrew from Africa, they left behind the vague laws they used to control the local population. Known as 'petty offences', these laws give police in 46 African countries the power to arrest anyone waiting on the street. Today, corrupt police officers are using these colonial laws to extort bribes, arrest and molest sex workers, or punish anyone they don’t like. These are some of those stories.⠀ ⠀ ⠀
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Photos by Sven Torfinn/Panos for the Open Society Foundations⠀ ⠀
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#opensociety #endpettyoffences #malawi #rougesandvagabonds #chreaa #blantyre #povertyisnotacrime #sexworkiswork #ukolonimamboleo
Ella is a sex worker in Blantyre, Malawi. She has been arrested several times by the police and sentenced to jail time. She has also been raped by police officers. Sex work is not illegal in Malawi. However, sex workers are frequently arrested, either for being “rogues and vagabonds” or for being “idle and disorderly persons.” Once they’ve been arrested, sex workers are at risk of having their money or personal possessions confiscated, are subject to rape and other physical abuse, and have to pay a fine. When colonial powers withdrew from Africa, they left behind the vague laws they used to control the local population. Known as 'petty offences', these laws give police in 46 African countries the power to arrest anyone waiting on the street. Today, corrupt police officers are using these colonial laws to extort bribes, arrest and molest sex workers, or punish anyone they don’t like. These are some of those stories.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Photos by Sven Torfinn/Panos for the Open Society Foundations⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #opensociety  #endpettyoffences  #malawi  #rougesandvagabonds  #chreaa  #blantyre  #povertyisnotacrime  #sexworkiswork  #ukolonimamboleo 
Officers outside the entrance to Blantyre Prison in Blantyre, Malawi. The prison was built to house 800 inmates but is currently holding nearly 2000. Many of inmates are serving time for petty offense convictions such as; vagrancy, "common nuisance," "idle and disorderly," "rogue and vagabond," drunkenness, and illegal vending.⠀
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When the colonial powers withdrew from Africa, they left behind the vague laws they used to control the local population. Known as 'petty offences', these laws give police in 46 African countries the power to arrest anyone waiting on the street. Today, corrupt police officers are using these colonial laws to extort bribes, arrest and molest sex workers, or punish anyone they don’t like. These are some of those stories.⠀⠀
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Photo by Sven Torfinn/Panos for the Open Society Foundations⠀⠀
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#opensociety #endpettyoffences #malawi #rougesandvagabonds #chreaa #blantyre #povertyisnotacrime #ukolonimamboleo
Officers outside the entrance to Blantyre Prison in Blantyre, Malawi. The prison was built to house 800 inmates but is currently holding nearly 2000. Many of inmates are serving time for petty offense convictions such as; vagrancy, "common nuisance," "idle and disorderly," "rogue and vagabond," drunkenness, and illegal vending.⠀ ⠀ When the colonial powers withdrew from Africa, they left behind the vague laws they used to control the local population. Known as 'petty offences', these laws give police in 46 African countries the power to arrest anyone waiting on the street. Today, corrupt police officers are using these colonial laws to extort bribes, arrest and molest sex workers, or punish anyone they don’t like. These are some of those stories.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Photo by Sven Torfinn/Panos for the Open Society Foundations⠀⠀ ⠀ #opensociety  #endpettyoffences  #malawi  #rougesandvagabonds  #chreaa  #blantyre  #povertyisnotacrime  #ukolonimamboleo 
Christina Macheso, 24, works for a long distance bus company as a seat-filler. She sits in buses that haven’t departed yet in order to give would-be passenger the impression that the bus is almost full and about to leave (a common industry practice). When Christina was sentenced to two months in prison without option of a fine for the petty offense of being a “common nuisance,” she and her husband, Madalitso, had to send their two children to stay with their grandparents.⠀
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When the colonial powers withdrew from Africa, they left behind the vague laws they used to control the local population. Known as 'petty offences', these laws give police in 46 African countries the power to arrest anyone waiting on the street. Today, corrupt police officers are using these colonial laws to extort bribes, arrest and molest sex workers, or punish anyone they don’t like. These are some of those stories.⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀
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Photos by Sven Torfinn/Panos for the Open Society Foundations⠀ ⠀⠀
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#opensociety #endpettyoffences #malawi #rougesandvagabonds #blantyre #povertyisnotacrime #ukolonimamboleo
Christina Macheso, 24, works for a long distance bus company as a seat-filler. She sits in buses that haven’t departed yet in order to give would-be passenger the impression that the bus is almost full and about to leave (a common industry practice). When Christina was sentenced to two months in prison without option of a fine for the petty offense of being a “common nuisance,” she and her husband, Madalitso, had to send their two children to stay with their grandparents.⠀ ⠀ When the colonial powers withdrew from Africa, they left behind the vague laws they used to control the local population. Known as 'petty offences', these laws give police in 46 African countries the power to arrest anyone waiting on the street. Today, corrupt police officers are using these colonial laws to extort bribes, arrest and molest sex workers, or punish anyone they don’t like. These are some of those stories.⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Photos by Sven Torfinn/Panos for the Open Society Foundations⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #opensociety  #endpettyoffences  #malawi  #rougesandvagabonds  #blantyre  #povertyisnotacrime  #ukolonimamboleo 
Vanwyck Mbewe, 38, was arrested for walking to work at night. He is serving a 2-month sentence at Blantyre Prison. Vanwyck works as a cleaner at the main depot of the National Bus Service, and must often work late at night or early in the morning. He and his wife, Joyce, have 6 children and were already in a difficult situation economically. After losing Vanwyck’s income, Joyce was not able to pay the rent for their house. Luckily, their landlord was sympathetic and gave her extra time to find the money.⠀
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When the colonial powers withdrew from Africa, they left behind the vague laws they used to control the local population. Known as 'petty offences', these laws give police in 46 African countries the power to arrest anyone waiting on the street. Today, corrupt police officers are using these colonial laws to extort bribes, arrest and molest sex workers, or punish anyone they don’t like. These are some of those stories.⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀
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Photos by Sven Torfinn/Panos for the Open Society Foundations⠀ ⠀⠀
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#opensociety #endpettyoffences #malawi #rougesandvagabonds #chreaa #blantyre #povertyisnotacrime
Vanwyck Mbewe, 38, was arrested for walking to work at night. He is serving a 2-month sentence at Blantyre Prison. Vanwyck works as a cleaner at the main depot of the National Bus Service, and must often work late at night or early in the morning. He and his wife, Joyce, have 6 children and were already in a difficult situation economically. After losing Vanwyck’s income, Joyce was not able to pay the rent for their house. Luckily, their landlord was sympathetic and gave her extra time to find the money.⠀ ⠀ When the colonial powers withdrew from Africa, they left behind the vague laws they used to control the local population. Known as 'petty offences', these laws give police in 46 African countries the power to arrest anyone waiting on the street. Today, corrupt police officers are using these colonial laws to extort bribes, arrest and molest sex workers, or punish anyone they don’t like. These are some of those stories.⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Photos by Sven Torfinn/Panos for the Open Society Foundations⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #opensociety  #endpettyoffences  #malawi  #rougesandvagabonds  #chreaa  #blantyre  #povertyisnotacrime 
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THE LATE SHOW - documentary - 55 year old Morgan Jones is on a quest to become an intern on the Late Show in David Letterman's last season on air, a bold effort by a hospitality management student to extricate himself from two decades stuck in transitional housing @wearemovingstories #wearemovingstories  www.wearemovingstories.com #interview  #writer  #director  #morganjones  @dcshorts #dcshorts  @streetsensedc #streetsensedc  #documentary  #internship  #intern  #lateshow  #davidletterman  #davidlettermanshow  #dc  #madeindc ❤️ #madeineashingtondc  #transitionalhousing  #transitionalhome  #nyc  #nycfilm  #supportindiefilm  #filmfestival  #filmfest  #poverty  #povertyisnotacrime  #filmphoto  #filmposter  #photography  #photographer 
“The City Rangers beat me hard. I lost three teeth and a lot of blood before police threw me in a cell at Blantyre Police station,” said Robert Moyo, a 31-year-old newspaper seller in Blantyre, Malawi, who was arrested on suspicion of washing cars for money.⠀⠀
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When the colonial powers withdrew from Africa, they left behind the vague laws they used to control the local population. Known as 'petty offences', these laws give police in 46 African countries the power to arrest anyone waiting on the street. Today, corrupt police officers are using these colonial laws to extort bribes, arrest and molest sex workers, or punish anyone they don’t like. These are some of those stories.⠀⠀⠀
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Photos by Sven Torfinn/Panos for the Open Society Foundations⠀⠀⠀
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#opensociety #endpettyoffences #malawi #blantyre #rougesandvagabonds #chreaa #povertyisnotacrime⠀⠀
“The City Rangers beat me hard. I lost three teeth and a lot of blood before police threw me in a cell at Blantyre Police station,” said Robert Moyo, a 31-year-old newspaper seller in Blantyre, Malawi, who was arrested on suspicion of washing cars for money.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ When the colonial powers withdrew from Africa, they left behind the vague laws they used to control the local population. Known as 'petty offences', these laws give police in 46 African countries the power to arrest anyone waiting on the street. Today, corrupt police officers are using these colonial laws to extort bribes, arrest and molest sex workers, or punish anyone they don’t like. These are some of those stories.⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ Photos by Sven Torfinn/Panos for the Open Society Foundations⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #opensociety  #endpettyoffences  #malawi  #blantyre  #rougesandvagabonds  #chreaa  #povertyisnotacrime ⠀⠀
A young man, who was arrested along with several others the previous night on charges of vagrancy, in a holding cell at the police station in Blantyre, Malawi, December 13, 2016. ⠀
When the colonial powers withdrew from Africa, they left behind the vague laws they used to control the local population. Known as 'petty offences', these laws give police in 46 African countries the power to arrest anyone waiting on the street. Today, corrupt police officers are using these colonial laws to extort bribes, arrest and molest sex workers, or punish anyone they don’t like. These are some of those stories.⠀⠀
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Photos by Sven Torfinn/Panos for the Open Society Foundations⠀⠀
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#opensociety #endpettyoffences es #malawi #rougeandvagabond #chreaa #vagrancy #povertyisnotacrime
A young man, who was arrested along with several others the previous night on charges of vagrancy, in a holding cell at the police station in Blantyre, Malawi, December 13, 2016. ⠀ When the colonial powers withdrew from Africa, they left behind the vague laws they used to control the local population. Known as 'petty offences', these laws give police in 46 African countries the power to arrest anyone waiting on the street. Today, corrupt police officers are using these colonial laws to extort bribes, arrest and molest sex workers, or punish anyone they don’t like. These are some of those stories.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Photos by Sven Torfinn/Panos for the Open Society Foundations⠀⠀ ⠀ #opensociety  #endpettyoffences  es #malawi  #rougeandvagabond  #chreaa  #vagrancy  #povertyisnotacrime 
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Alfred, who was beaten by police, and his wife at the Centre for Human Rights Education, Advice, and Assistance (CHREAA) in Blantyre, Malawi.⠀
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Alfred McJoe, 25 years old, is a street vendor who sells samosas at the Limbe Market in Blantyre, Malawi. He was arrested on December 7, 2016, by Blantyre City Council Patrol Rangers for illegal vending, a petty offense, and was later beaten at the Limbe Police station. His story appeared in the local newspaper a week later.⠀
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When the colonial powers withdrew from Africa, they left behind the vague laws they used to control the local population. Known as 'petty offences', these laws give police in 46 African countries the power to arrest anyone waiting on the street. Today, corrupt police officers are using these colonial laws to extort bribes, arrest and molest sex workers, or punish anyone they don’t like. These are some of those stories.⠀
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Photos by Sven Torfinn/Panos for the Open Society Foundations⠀

#opensociety #endpettyoffences #malawi #rougeandvagabond #chreaa #povertyisnotacrime
The human rights stories you need to see. Follow us! . . Alfred, who was beaten by police, and his wife at the Centre for Human Rights Education, Advice, and Assistance (CHREAA) in Blantyre, Malawi.⠀ ⠀ Alfred McJoe, 25 years old, is a street vendor who sells samosas at the Limbe Market in Blantyre, Malawi. He was arrested on December 7, 2016, by Blantyre City Council Patrol Rangers for illegal vending, a petty offense, and was later beaten at the Limbe Police station. His story appeared in the local newspaper a week later.⠀ ⠀ When the colonial powers withdrew from Africa, they left behind the vague laws they used to control the local population. Known as 'petty offences', these laws give police in 46 African countries the power to arrest anyone waiting on the street. Today, corrupt police officers are using these colonial laws to extort bribes, arrest and molest sex workers, or punish anyone they don’t like. These are some of those stories.⠀ ⠀ Photos by Sven Torfinn/Panos for the Open Society Foundations⠀ #opensociety  #endpettyoffences  #malawi  #rougeandvagabond  #chreaa  #povertyisnotacrime