Demonstrators held an open carry gun march through South Dallas on Wednesday to protest police shootings.
Organizers said the show of force served as a reminder of the right to bear arms to protect themselves from criminals and from police.
About 30 men and women with the Huey P. Newton Gun Club rallied through the streets, focusing on deadly police shootings from the Ferguson, MO shooting death of teen Michael Brown to shootings by local police.
Some carried long guns, rifles, shotguns and AR-15s, while others carried signs others and wore messages.
“I think it’s a good thing,” said Reginald Cofer with Mothers Against Teen Violence.
“They are trying to protect the community,” said Jacey Cofer with Mothers Against Teen Violence. “At the city hall meeting the other day, we got no answers. It’s been a bunch of murders, the cops are not being accountable for it, and we want answers.”
The marchers entered a south Dallas restaurant with their weapons, where Dallas police officers inside were finishing eating lunch.
“My brother was killed by Dallas police back in June,” said David Harrison, whose brother, Jason, was shot and killed by Dallas police June 14.
Police were called to the Harrison home on that day by Jason’s mother, and police said Jason lunged at them with a screwdriver.
Jason’s family is still waiting for answers.
“Trying to have patience and just keeping busy staying with everything and hoping that the right thing is gonna be done,” said David.
People watched as the marchers worked their way along Malcolm X Boulevard, and Dallas police in a black SUV provided unsolicited security for the demonstrators.
One of them, Drew X with the New Black Panther Party, warned, “If they don’t get these people under control with this police brutality and this abuse, this gonna be an international crisis.”
The gun club takes its name from Huey P. Newton, one of the founders of the original Black Panther Party that evolved in the 1960s.
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Even when we’re dead, most Americans keep adding to our carbon footprints. Can the rituals around death be redesigned to become more sustainable?
With her Urban Death Project, designer Katrina Spade has been working on a greener alternative for the last three years. Along with the environmental issues, the design also considers the problem of space—cemeteries in the U.S. take up about a million acres of land, and as populations grow, even more space is needed. Spade wanted to find an answer that would allow people to be buried in cities.
The design uses composting to turn bodies into soil-building material for nearby farms and community gardens, so people literally become part of the city they once lived in. A four-story building, which Spade envisions being built in neighborhoods across a city, would serve both as composter and a place for ritual, where family members could see the deceased person for the last time. The composting process would take about two years.
This underground cave system is so large, it has own weather system
Explored in its entirety just last year, Er Wang Dong (meaning “Second Royal Cave”) is an enormous cave system in the Chongquing province of Southwest China. With passages stretching 42,139 metres (138,251 feet) and a maximum depth of 441 metres (1,447 feet), the cave is so large, it has its own lush green forest, crystal clear pools and white water rapids, enormous stalagmites, and oddly enough, clouds.
While local nitrate miners knew there was something big lurking beneath China’s 195-metre-deep Niubizi tiankeng sinkhole, it was only when a team of 15 explorers and photographers from the Hong Meigui Cave Exploration Society plumbed the depths of the sinkhole to access and explore the Er Wang Dong cave system that its sheer size was realised. Until the explorers got there, none of the system’s major underground passages had ever been touched by light.
Formed by limestone dated to the the Ordovician Period, which lasted almost 45 million years, from 488.3 million to 443.7 million years ago, Er Wang Dong is situated near another large cave system called San Wang Dong, with a length of around 67,825 metres.
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