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Gross: Womyn Runs London Marathon Without a Tampon, Bleeds Freely to Raise Awareness

People: Kiran Gandhi, who has played drums for singer M.I.A. and Thievery Corporation, decided to run the London Marathon without a tampon. Gandhi let her blood flow freely to raise awareness about women who have no access to feminine products and to encourage women to not be embarrassed about their periods.

“I ran the whole marathon with my period blood running down my legs,” the 26-year-old wrote of the April race on her website.

Gandhi, a Harvard Business School graduate, wrote that she got her period the night before the big race and thought that a tampon would be uncomfortable while she ran. But that isn’t the only reason she decided to let it flow.

“I ran with blood dripping down my legs for sisters who don’t have access to tampons and sisters who, despite cramping and pain, hide it away and pretend like it doesn’t exist.”

Clad in all pink for breast cancer awareness, the 26-year-old finished the race in four hours, 49 minutes and 11 seconds. She told Cosmopolitan that she ran through the pain of cramps and the anxiety of the race (which she had spent a year preparing for) and felt empowered as she did so. “I felt kind of like, Yeah! F— you!,” she said. “I felt very empowered by that. I did.”

After the race, she took photos with her family and friends, wearing her period-stained running pants proudly.

Gandhi tells PEOPLE that she decided to run without a tampon to highlight the sentiment of period-shaming and the language surrounding women’s menstrual cycles. She wrote on her site that “on the marathon course, sexism can be beaten.”

“If there’s one way to transcend oppression, it’s to run a marathon in whatever way you want,” she wrote. “Where the stigma of a woman’s period is irrelevant, and we can re-write the rules as we choose.”

More from her web site:

“If I had to summarize though, the marathon for me was about family & feminism.

I got my flow the night before and it was a total disaster but I didn’t want to clean it up. I thought, if there’s one person society won’t fuck with, it’s a marathon runner. If there’s one way to transcend oppression,  it’s to run a marathon in whatever way you want.”

h/t Weasel Zippers

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You need a permit to help the homeless in Seattle

Charity told to stop serving food to homeless in city parks

KOMO: Hot meals served to the city’s homeless have now become a hot-button issue after a local charity was told to stop doing it in city parks.

“Why now? What did we do wrong? 3 years, no one said anything,” said Willie Parish, Jr., executive director of the Bread of Life Mission. “We’re meeting needs, people are happy.”

The Mission, a local faith-based charity for 74 years, serves three meals a day to hundreds of homeless from its Pioneer Square headquarters. Once a month, every third Saturday, the non-profit heads to City Hall Park to hand out food and water to the homeless outside the county courthouse (“drive-by foodings,” the charity called it).

In October, city workers approached Mission volunteers and asked them to stop, Parish said. “We’re just trying to help, and I don’t understand why the city want to interfere with an organization that’s been around since 1939,” he added. “I’d think they’d want to get onboard and encourage us to help.”

The primary issue is that the Mission didn’t have a permit to serve food outdoors, said David Takami, spokesman for the Seattle Human Services Department, which oversees homeless issues in the city. The secondary issue is with food safety and the safety of volunteers, he added.

“We certainly appreciate that good (they’re doing) and their work,” Takami said. “But this has been the case where there are a lot of meals served at one time to the same population on the same day. It creates a possible food waste issue, garbage, and in that case a rodent issue.

Takami said the city is working with the Mission and encouraging it to partner with existing groups, such as OSL, which has been serving meals underneath the interstate at 6th and Cherry for years.

“We wash the site, we wash the benches, we make sure it’s as safe as possible,” said Beverly Graham, who founded the group, which started serving meals in local parks decades ago. “When you’re serving somebody in a park you don’t know where they’re taking that trash and that garbage, so that’s very difficult.”

“It just is a better way to make use of people’s good intentions,” added Leslie Smith of the Pioneer Square Alliance. “People come downtown with good intentions, but it makes messes in parks, there are issues of food health practices, safety, etc. What the city’s trying to do is to use the good intentions of volunteers to use their best.”

Parish said he understands the concern, but after serving the city of generations, just can’t get past how serving meals could stir up so much controversy. “We’ll do whatever they want us to do, but let us serve. We serve 300 meals a day here (indoors),” he said. “I’d think they’d want to get onboard and encourage us to help.”

City officials are concerned about trash, rats, and safety? Where were they when Occupy Seattle turds trashed Seattle Community College with drug use, drinking, trash and rats on campus?

And why, after three years of serving the homeless, has the City now started to notice? The homeless and rodents have been in that area for plenty of years. Sounds like nothing more than the City trying to garner more revenue through a permit.

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How many days could you be late to work before you were fired? How about 111?

Fox News: An elementary school teacher who was allowed to keep his job despite being late for work 111 times in two years said Friday that breakfast is to blame for his tardiness.

“I have a bad habit of eating breakfast in the morning, and I lost track of time,” 15-year veteran teacher Arnold Anderson told The Associated Press.

In a decision filed Aug. 19, an arbitrator in New Jersey rejected an attempt by the Roosevelt Elementary School in New Brunswick to fire Anderson from his $90,000-a-year job, saying he was entitled to progressive discipline. But the arbitrator also criticized Anderson’s claim that the quality of his teaching outweighed his tardiness.

Anderson was late 46 times in the most recent school year through March 20 and 65 times in the previous school year, the arbitrator said. Anderson said he was one to two minutes late to school “at the most” but was prepared and was never late for class. “I have to cut out eating breakfast at home,” he said Friday.

Anderson remains suspended without pay until Jan. 1. A message seeking comment was left Friday with the school superintendent’s office.

The arbitrator found that the district failed to provide Anderson with due process by not providing him with a formal notice of inefficiency or giving him 90 days to correct his failings before terminating his employment.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie referenced the case in a tweet on Friday. Christie wrote: “Think I’m too tough on the teachers union? This is what we’re dealing with in NJ.”

Anderson said he was “very upset” to be suspended but conceded that losing his job would have been worse. When he returns to school in January, “I will be early,” he said.

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