This Lady Wants You To Know That There’s More Than One Way To Work Hard In America

You know how car commercials are all "Look at your life! Look at your choices, American!”? I always wanna yell back: "Why do you care? You're a car!” Well, this ad made me want to yell something different. And maybe do a little celebratory fist pump, too.

This Lady Wants You To Know That There’s More Than One Way To Work Hard In America

Commercials gotta do their commercial thing, but if they use their HUGE platform to lift up the great work of some great Americans like the gal above, color me intrigued.

The woman in this commercial is Pashon Murray and she’s a real person doing real work in Detroit with Detroit Dirt. They make compost for farms so Detroit can make itself an even happier place for people to live. Cities can be complicated organisms, and they require creative awesomeness like Ms. Murray's, so here's to her. And here’s to brands interested in the life and choices of some really cool people. If cars care about that, I *might* be OK with it.

This article originally appeared on 01.09.18

Why should a superintendent get a raise while teachers in the same district struggling to make ends meet see their paychecks flatline — year after year after year?

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave begged the question. Minutes later, she was handcuffed and placed in the backseat of a cop car.

The scene was captured below by YouTube user Chris Rosa, who attended a board meeting for Vermilion Parish Schools in Louisiana.

You can watch Hargrave begin speaking about 33 seconds in. The situation starts becoming contentious around 6:35 minutes. Hargrave is arrested at 8:35, and then walked outside in handcuffs and placed in the back of police vehicle. (Story continues below.)

"We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries that we have," Hargrave, who teaches middle school language arts, said during a public comment portion of the meeting, stating that she's seen classroom sizes balloon during her time at the school with no increased compensation. "We're meeting those goals, while someone in that position of leadership [the superintendent] is getting raise? It's a sad, sad day to be a teacher in Vermilion Parish."

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