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This is Roger Aragon, a home healthcare worker who makes minimum wage

I’m here to support everybody who isn’t getting paid what they’re worth. This is important not just for the groups represented here but anyone making minimum wage.

Let’s be honest the minimum wage has not been able to keep up with the cost of living for a very long time and it’s about time we get this straightened out. 

It’s not about getting paid extra, it’s about making sure we get out of poverty.

I am not from LA, I’m part of the delegations from the high desert but it’s the same story.

The Fight for 15 isn’t just for fast food workers. Sign the petition to raise the minimum wage.

“It was difficult at the beginning as we began to grieve. Her picture was everywhere, in the newspapers, on television, on social media. But now it helps in the sense that people are offering genuine support. This came from our nucleus of family and friends to begin with. But then after that, it has become even bigger. And so, I was comforted by people I know and now I’m being comforted by people I don’t even know.” – Bankole Cardoso

Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh (left in photo above) was the head of First Consultants Medical Centre in Lagos, Nigeria. She was among the health care workers who cared for Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer – Nigeria’s first Ebola patient. Sawyer wanted to leave the hospital but she refused, preventing him from further spreading the virus throughout the city of 20 million people. 

Dr. Adadevoh then came down with the virus herself. She didn’t survive. Her only son, Bankole Cardoso, who turned 26 while his mother was fighting Ebola, shared his thoughts about her life and death – and her legacy.

Read the interview here: A Son Is Lost Without His Mother. So Is A Country

Photo courtesy of Bankole Cardoso.

Doctor in New York City Is Sick With Ebola

A doctor in New York City who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea became the first person in the city to test positive for the virus Thursday, setting off a search for anyone who might have come into contact with him.

The doctor, Craig Spencer, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital Center and placed in isolation at the same time as investigators sought toretrace every step he had taken over the past several days.

At least three people he had contact with in recent days have been placed in isolation. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which dispatched a team to New York, is conducting its own test to confirm the positive test on Thursday, which was performed by a city lab.

(More from The New York Times)

Greetings From The Psych Ward

Hey, everyone. I normally don’t do these on my 3-11 shifta, but it’s Friday, so whatever. Anyway, today is pretty hectic on the units. We’re busier than normal, but the rest of the staff and I have got it under control. The patients are all doing well and many are ready to be discharged soon.

For those of you who are new, I work on the psychiatric units at a major hospital in my city as a mental health technician. We provide the vast majority of inpatient care for this area and cover everything from kids to the elderly, depression to schizophrenia, and all forms of addiction. My job is to watch over and care for the patients and to assist the doctors, nurses, and social workers however I can. It’s an interesting job and I love it. Anyway, that’s all for now.