Saturday, Jul 12 2014

My man @joshdiggedy doing his thing thing!

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Friday, Jul 11 2014

WE’RE TURNING UP!!!! @teewanz vs @joshdiggety (shoreline vs queens) arm wrestle on the bus! Josh wins!!! #switzerland

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Wiz, Ferg, Vic, Oreo, Macklejackson….round table in Switzerland.  Pic: @joshdiggedy #openair

Wiz, Ferg, Vic, Oreo, Macklejackson….round table in Switzerland. Pic: @joshdiggedy #openair

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Me and @yg out here in Switzerland.  Westcoast in Europe

Me and @yg out here in Switzerland. Westcoast in Europe

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With the fam last night in Ireland.  Skylar, Posh, Ghost 40, and fanny pack.  Photo: @jamessevennine

With the fam last night in Ireland. Skylar, Posh, Ghost 40, and fanny pack. Photo: @jamessevennine

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Thursday, Jul 10 2014

Last year in Dublin…2 nights of 12,000 people.  Tonight: 37,000.  Our biggest headlining show ever.  #2ndhomecoming #dublin #ireland Photo: @nickmahar

Last year in Dublin…2 nights of 12,000 people. Tonight: 37,000. Our biggest headlining show ever. #2ndhomecoming #dublin #ireland Photo: @nickmahar

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Wednesday, Jul 9 2014

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Our biggest headlining show of all time.  37,000 people in Ireland…who’s coming?

Our biggest headlining show of all time. 37,000 people in Ireland…who’s coming?

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DUBLIN, IRELAND!!

Our show at Marlay Park is on the 10th of July! If you haven’t got your tickets yet, there’s still a few available here: http://bit.ly/1gov6rq

To commemorate the special occasion.. we’ll have exclusive Marlay Park merch JUST for this show, only available that day on-site!

We can’t wait to make our return to Ireland.. see you all soon!

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Tuesday, Jul 1 2014

Monday, Jun 30 2014

A River For All.

Recently I had the opportunity to meet with community leaders to learn about a deeply important local resource to our city that has been sorely neglected, the Duwamish River.


The Duwamish is a huge part of our history as Seattleites.  It’s the only river that runs through Seattle.  For thousands of years the river has served as the primary food source for the people that live on and around the river, and communities throughout generations have called the Duwamish home.  As someone who is proud to have lived in Seattle my entire life, I was inspired to learn about the history and legacy of the river, and the rich culture of the Duwamish tribe. I was alarmed, however, to learn more about the river’s current state and negative impact on our city’s public health.

 

Over time, industry and big business have contaminated the river with toxic levels of waste, making it one of the most polluted and dangerous rivers in America. This directly affects the lives of today’s residents. The life expectancy for people living in South Park (the community that lives on/around the river) is 8 years less than the rest of Seattle overall, and 13 years less than those living in more affluent Seattle neighborhoods.  


This is not an equal playing field. If industry were to dump toxic amounts of waste into Lake Washington on the shores of Laurelhurst or Madison Park, we would do something about it.  This is no different, yet the largely low-income communities of South Park and Georgetown go unnoticed and ignored.  


We share a collective responsibility to protect this land and to honor the people who first lived here. For the Duwamish and many other tribes, this is where they fish and the food that they eat.  Fishing on this river is part of who they are and their community’s lineage.  

I believe that it is our responsibility as members of Seattle to clean and restore this river back to health, and to make sure that ALL children can grow up and have access to a clean and safe environment.  To ensure that the salmon they eat will act as nourishment and not lead to disease.  


We are Seattle.  No bridge, boundaries or invisible man-made lines divide us.  This is our home, our people and our community. This is our city’s only river, and I want to do my part to make sure that it’s safe for all that reside here. I stand in solidarity with community leaders and families who have organized for years to right this injustice.


Please follow the link below to learn more and take action on this important issue.

www.riverforall.org


Follow this link to win a kayaking trip with me on the Duwamish!

www.riverforall.org/contest/


#riverforall

Much love,

Ben

Additional reading:

http://www.seattleweekly.com/home/948747-129/river-duwamish-fish-seattle-cleanup-epa

www.duwamishcleanup.org

www.duwamishtribe.org

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