“As a Penn student I also know that a parallel can be drawn between these major banking institutions and the University of Pennsylvania in its expansion and revitalization efforts in West Philadelphia. Not only do we sit on the land of the Lenni Lenape as we inhabit eastern Pennsylvania, but the very space we call campus was also once home to Black communities pushed out by Penn beginning in the 1950s. Today, many West Philly residents continue to be displaced, unable to afford living in their own community due to rising property taxes and Penn expansion. I hope that Penn will begin to undo some of the damage that has been committed both at home and abroad by divesting from displacement and refusing to be complicit.”

Via Penn Divest from Displacement.

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It’s Halloweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen!

I didn’t get to draw anyone in costumes last year - irate grumbling here - so I made up for it by doing Every Costume Ever this year. That’s how ya do it! Special thanks to start-price-of-cats for Bea’s costume suggestion, and to chainsma for letting me borrow Logan, as usual!

Penn Study Shows Bed Bugs Can Transmit Parasite that Causes Chagas Disease

The bed bug may be just as dangerous as its sinister cousin, the triatomine, or “kissing” bug. A new study from Penn Medicine researchers in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics demonstrated that bed bugs, like the triatomines, can transmit Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease, one of the most prevalent and deadly diseases in the Americas.

The role of the bloodsucking triatomine bugs as vectors of Chagas disease—which affects 6 to 8 million worldwide, mostly in Latin America, and kills about 50,000 a year—has long been recognized. The insects infect people not through their bite but feces, which they deposit on their sleeping host, often around the face, after feeding. Bed bugs, on the other hand, are usually considered disease-free nuisances whose victims are left with only itchy welts from bites and sleepless nights.

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