Through Our Eyes – Summer Share – 9/13/16

Coney island clowns dance atop of a mobile boombox during the second day of the Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. More than 400,000 festival goers migrated to Las Vegas to celebrate the 20th anniversary of EDC. The sold-out festival featured eight stages, multiple art installations, theatrical performers, and much more.

Coney island clowns dance atop of a mobile boombox during the second day of the Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. More than 400,000 festival goers migrated to Las Vegas to celebrate the 20th anniversary of EDC. The sold-out festival featured eight stages, multiple art installations, theatrical performers, and much more.|Harrison Hill

As dusk approaches, Desaire Gaddy explores the dry scrubland that surrounds her rural home outside of Thoreau. Gaddy was moved back onto the Navajo Nation Reservation from her life in Florida to stay with relatives who live without running water due to the ongoing water crisis. ÒDo you want me to show you where I dreamt of the water running?Ó she muses. ÒAll through here, just blue water and dolphins.Ó Most children grow up on the reservation not knowing of another life, but not she.

As dusk approaches, Desaire Gaddy explores the dry scrubland that surrounds her rural home outside of Thoreau. Gaddy was moved back onto the Navajo Nation Reservation from her life in Florida to stay with relatives who live without running water due to the ongoing water crisis. “Do you want me to show you where I dreamt of the water running?” she muses. “All through here, just blue water and dolphins.” Most children grow up on the reservation not knowing of another life, but not she.|Gabriel Scarlett

Board of Supervisors Malia Cohen and Ahmed Abozayd vice president of Local 87 speak before a march in support of janitors with SEIU Local 87 on Thursday, July 28, 2016 in downtown San Francisco. The janitors are in a contract fight with employers.

Board of Supervisors Malia Cohen and Ahmed Abozayd vice president of Local 87 speak before a march in support of janitors with SEIU Local 87 on Thursday, July 28, 2016 in downtown San Francisco. The janitors are in a contract fight with employers.|Michael Noble Jr.

Camp 8 brush fire squad members take a break as a valley catches fire in Duarte, California on June 20, 2016. As temperatures reached triple digits, more than 1,000 firefighters deployed to fight two fires that raged just miles apart from each other in Duarte and Azusa, California.. Together, the fires burned around 5,000 acres and forced the evacuation of at least 770 homes according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Camp 8 brush fire squad members take a break as a valley catches fire in Duarte, California on June 20, 2016. As temperatures reached triple digits, more than 1,000 firefighters deployed to fight two fires that raged just miles apart from each other in Duarte and Azusa, California. Together, the fires burned around 5,000 acres and forced the evacuation of at least 770 homes according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.|Harrison Hill

Robert Mims of Bryan, TX competes in the bull riding portion of the National Senior Pro Rodeo on Tuesday July 5, 2016 at O.L McMains JR. Arena in Grants, Nm. Mims finished second.

Robert Mims of Bryan, TX competes in the bull riding portion of the National Senior Pro Rodeo on Tuesday July 5, 2016 at O.L McMains JR. Arena in Grants, Nm. Mims finished second.|Shaban Athuman

ÒCoach Lederhouse always tells us we are Ôfree to swim.Õ God has made us free and already redeemed us. We donÕt have to earn anything, and we can have peace that He is in control," Wheaton swimmer alumni '16 Kirsten Nitz said. "Do your best, and leave the rest up to God." Through practicing and competing with broken ribs and illnesses like the flu, Nitz never stops. Her dedication and strive to do her best over the years has led her to earning five individual national NCAA titles - a first for any Wheaton athlete in any sport. She is also the first Wheaton swimmer to go undefeated in all of her 12 CCIW individual events and earned the title of a CoSIDA All-American athlete three-times.

“Coach Lederhouse always tells us ‘we are free to swim’. God has made us free and already redeemed us. We don’t have to earn anything, and we can have peace that He is in control,” Wheaton swimmer alumni ’16 Kirsten Nitz said. “Do your best, and leave the rest up to God.” Through practicing and competing with broken ribs and illnesses like the flu, Nitz never stops. Her dedication and strive to do her best over the years has led her to earning five individual national NCAA titles – a first for any Wheaton athlete in any sport. She is also the first Wheaton swimmer to go undefeated in all of her 12 CCIW individual events and earned the title of a CoSIDA All-American athlete three-times.|Erica Lafser

ÒAny time I think about it, I speak about it, I get angry.Ó A retired uranium worker of over two decades reacts in frustration and anger as he explains the harmful practices he took part in during his years as an employee of the United Nuclear Corporation at their Church Rock Mill. His name is withheld for the safety of himself and his family. In the past when he has spoken out, his family was threatened and once a coworker came to his house and threw a brick through a window, nearly hitting his infant grandson. While working at the Church Rock Mill, he remembers taking part in chemical dumping, burning of official medical documents, and he vividly remembers the faulty practices that led up to the Church Rock Spill, the largest spilling of radioactive material in North American history. "IÕve got stories about what we did, about what was done by the companies, about how they donÕt care about the people... A lot of times I shed a tear. I think about the elderly, I think about the kids."

“Any time I think about it, I speak about it, I get angry”. A retired uranium worker of over two decades reacts in frustration and anger as he explains the harmful practices he took part in during his years as an employee of the United Nuclear Corporation at their Church Rock Mill. His name is withheld for the safety of himself and his family. In the past when he has spoken out, his family was threatened and once a coworker came to his house and threw a brick through a window, nearly hitting his infant grandson. While working at the Church Rock Mill, he remembers taking part in chemical dumping, burning of official medical documents, and he vividly remembers the faulty practices that led up to the Church Rock Spill, the largest spilling of radioactive material in North American history. “Love got stories about what we did, about what was done by the companies, about how they don’t care about the people… A lot of times I shed a tear. I think about the elderly, I think about the kids.”|Gabriel Scarlett

James Copas, 52 (left) and Harold Copas, 62 (right) sit on the front porch with their mother Mildred Walker, 89 as they enjoy the summer breeze and making their mother laugh. 23rd June 2016. Tompkinsville, Ky.

James Copas, 52 (left) and Harold Copas, 62 (right) sit on the front porch with their mother Mildred Walker, 89 as they enjoy the summer breeze and making their mother laugh. 23rd June 2016. Tompkinsville, Ky.|Srijita Chattopadhyay

A group of protesters gather to demand D.A Gasc—n to bring charges to the police officers that shot and killed unarmed Amilcar Perez-Lopez on June 22, 2016 in San Francisco, California.

A group of protesters gather to demand D.A Gasc—òn to bring charges to the police officers that shot and killed unarmed Amilcar Perez-Lopez on June 22, 2016 in San Francisco, California.|Michael Noble Jr.

The Suffer's singer Kam Franklin performs at BottleRock 2016 in Napa, Calif. on Sunday, May 29, 2016.

The Suffer’s singer Kam Franklin performs at BottleRock 2016 in Napa, Calif. on Sunday, May 29, 2016.|Michael Noble Jr.

Inez Grace is held by her brother Leo Gomez as they watch their homes burn on Saturday June 26, 2016 in the Gamerco neighborhood on in Gallup, Nm.

Inez Grace is held by her brother Leo Gomez as they watch their homes burn on Saturday June 26, 2016 in the Gamerco neighborhood on in Gallup, Nm.|Shaban Athuman

Russell Gardner, 5, holds plungers he used as paintbrushes during the Big Art Everywhere activities Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at the Children's School.

Russell Gardner, 5, holds plungers he used as paintbrushes during the Big Art Everywhere activities Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at the Children’s School.|Michael Clark

Annie Herring, 16 of Graford, Tx, will competes in Pole bending and Barrel racing in the Best of the Best timed events rodeo in Churchrock, NM. "I came for the experience, I wanted to a new rodeo" Herring said.

Annie Herring, 16 of Graford, Tx, will competes in Pole bending and Barrel racing in the Best of the Best timed events rodeo in Churchrock, NM. “I came for the experience, I wanted to a new rodeo” Herring said.|Shaban Athuman

LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 08: Roddrick Woods, 5, visited the Muhammad Ali Center and I Am Ali festival on June 8, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Woods did a Kindergarten project on Ali. "He was a boxer from Louisville. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee!" Woods said.

LOUISVILLE, KY – JUNE 08: Roddrick Woods, 5, visited the Muhammad Ali Center and I Am Ali festival on June 8, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Woods did a Kindergarten project on Ali. “He was a boxer from Louisville. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee!” Woods said.|Justin Gilliland

|Video by: Alyse Young

|Video by Michaela Miller, Ashley Cooper, Madihah Abri and Alyse Young |Edited by Katie Roberts and Alyse Young

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