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The last picture roughly translates to: “Abusive police officer Velazquez #24208 throws pepper spray in the face of Professor Bernat Tort, for the crime of trying to peacefully enter Capitol Hill. Today, Tuesday April 18, 2017. Share!!”
In the Puerto Rican constitution it is establish that the public has the right to be present in any of the Senate’s sessions.
So, that professor (my professor, btw) got pepper prayed for nothing….

By the way, in case you don’t know, Auditing the debt basically means, GET ME THE RECEIPTS. Who took the loans, who gave them, what was that money used on, how much of it was illegal and WHO is responsible for the illegal part of it?
All of this, because Puerto Rico is in a 70 BILLION dollar debt, and everything is worst than before. If we owe all that money, they why wasn’t that money used on public education? On Health Care? In fixing the roads?
That’s ALL we want. The government decided, with DOORS CLOSE, to eliminate the auditory group. The protest yesterday are only one of the many forms of protest going on right now in Puerto Rico. The students are leading the protest, and the media are painting us as the bad guys.

Yes, some people in yesterday’s protest threw PAINT at the police officers… and the governor dare say that that is a disrespectful act, but FAILED to mention the disrespectful act of the police, throw pepper spray at peaceful protesters. They fail to mention the police officer that hit a girl with a piece of wood so hard she apparently ended up at the hospital.

Please, do not turn your backs on this. The protest and strikes and violence isn’t half as bad as what is happening in a Venezuela, BUT, it is still pretty horrible. Please share, let it be known! If you want to know more, PLEASE message me. I’ll try to find articles in English if you need to. If not, I have tons of Spanish articles and resources.

We, the students, do not trust the traditional media and newspapers, because it is widely known that they are own by certain political parties. So my resources are independent media made by students and other civic groups.

Children with type 1 diabetes can’t go to public school

Woah, hold on. I know that this statement is obviously an enormous, ignorant lie. You know that this statement is obviously an enormous, ignorant lie. But some school officials in the U.S. DO NOT think this is an enormous, ignorant, lie. Actually, they think it’s completely reasonable and are ignoring federally regulated protocol by refusing to provide care for children with type 1 diabetes.

Originally posted by laviedunpanda

What am I talking about? An article in today’s New York Times reported that in some U.S. states children with T1D are being denied access to public school, field trips, or physical activities because school officials basically do not want to deal with the “risks” associated with the disease.

Perhaps the most jarring quote in the article is this one: 

“Parents have been told no school employee is willing to inject lifesaving glucagon even if their child falls unconscious.“

In other words, there are schools in the U.S. that would rather have a child DIE on their premises than provide them with proper care for their completely manageable disease. 

Originally posted by katsgiflibrary

I’m not usually one to throw about this type of terminology, but I CAN’T EVEN right now. 

684. Harry, taking the scrapbook with his parents' memories that Hagrid gave him, finds a few empty pages in the back and fills them with pictures of him and Ginny. It is now one of the most treasured items in the Potter house.

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Voices
We proudly Present "Voices" Written and Directed by: Lindsay Glover Starring: Lexy Hammonds, Garri Nicole Bolden, and Chelsea Henak.

Hello everyone! This is my newest short I wrote and directed at film school: “Voices” - A PSA about the harmful effects of bullying. Only 3 and a half minutes long, so please watch if you have the time, and share if you think the message needs to be spread <3 Use YOUR voice to stop bullying.

On Being a Non-Native

Dear Tumblr,

I am surrounded by beauty.  Each day I am greeted by the sun rising over the mountains on my morning walk to work.  Weekend hikes take me to awe-inspiring views.  This is sharply contrasted by the people I am here to serve.  People who are marginalized and forgotten about by most of society.  People who have welcomed me into their lives.

I elected to spend a month working for the Indian Health Service because, quite frankly, I am ignorant about Native Americans.  I come from a white, middle class background and my exposure to cultures not my own is lacking.  Though many of my peers are seeking to do audition rotations or overseas trips for 4th year, I wanted to broaden my experiences here in my own country.  So my girlfriend and I packed up the car and drove to our assigned Native American reservation.

The health problems here are dramatic.  Crime and violence reach rates seen in downtown L.A.  Patients are brought to the Emergency Department with BACs of 0.80 and walk out with BACs of 0.40 (for the record you are considered driving impaired when your BAC is 0.08).  Some areas of the reservation seem more like 3rd world countries in regards to poverty and living condition.  The impact of western culture is ever present in the sky-high diabetes rates.  

But the people are kind and noble.  They are more than the statistics presented about their population.  They are intelligent, yet quiet.  After just a few weeks I am finding myself comfortable in their presence, and more adept at making them comfortable in mine.  My introduction now includes a brief joke; my interview is less direct than what I might use with anglo people in my own community. 

The hospital we work for is small enough that providers literally work in all departments.  Board certified pediatricians see adults; internists see pregnant patients.  Hospital Wi-Fi is non-existent, and sometimes the internet is so slow we use paper charts.  It is a magical community where doctors practice the type of medicine I dreamt about before med school.  My heart feels a longing to stay in this simpler place forever. 

But this cannot last.  Before long I have to return to the hustle and bustle of an academic medical center.  My hospital has its own magic, thought it has lost its luster from the hours and hours I have spent inside its walls.  Perhaps it will seem a bit shinier when I return; or perhaps I will shine a bit brighter from this experience.  And maybe I will return one day, to this mountain hospital.  But for now I have to begin preparing for my next big training adventure.  

T-minus 6 months until I officially become an MD.      

Hopefully I will have time to write more about my experiences in the coming days.

Always yours,

The Disagreeable Doctor

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ByLambda Legal
OCTOBER 12, 2016

Co-authored by Hayley Gorenberg, Deputy Legal Director, and Richard Saenz, Staff Attorney and the Criminal Justice and Police Misconduct program strategist.

As courts confront challenges to prostitution laws that pile fines and criminal records on people who get paid for consensual sex, we’re making our position clear: we see no constitutionally adequate basis to criminalize sex solely because one consenting adult pays another.

In one such case, Erotic Service Provider Legal, Education & Research Project v. Gascón, pending in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Lambda Legal recently filed a friend-of-the court brief challenging a decision that failed to examine the facts of whether a California prostitution law actually promotes public health. Representing our own organization, as well as AIDS United, APLA Health, The Center for HIV Law and Policy, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, The HIV Prevention Justice Alliance, National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Positively Trans, Positive Women’s Network-USA, San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Brad Sears (Executive Director of The Williams Institute), Sero Project, and the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center, we laid out the real-world evidence that criminalizing sex work actually undermines public health.

When the government criminalizes sex work, people involved in the sex trade fear law enforcement, arrests and penalties. Criminalization deters people frequently targeted by police (often poor, often people of color, often transgender women) from carrying and using condoms, a cheap and effective method of preventing HIV and other sexually transmitted infections–because those condoms may be used as evidence of intent to commit a crime. And that result, as a prominent prosecutor admitted years ago, is “a public health disaster.” Yet more than three decades into the HIV epidemic, this is the public health impact our criminal laws have wrought—often affecting people for whom sex work makes the difference between having food and shelter or going hungry and homeless.

Sex workers are more likely to be targeted for violence, and less likely to get help if they are attacked, because telling the facts of what occurred will likely reveal their engagement in criminalized conduct. They are also less likely to go to doctors and clinics or to be forthcoming about their activities when the work they do can lead to being charged with a crime. For all of these reasons, criminalizing sex worsens public health–for both sellers and buyers–rather than protecting or improving it.

These impacts can make workers vulnerable to the force and coercion that are the hallmarks of trafficking. In turn, people who are trafficked have reduced control over their work and their choices, leading to worsened health, including added vulnerability to HIV and disease progression.

To be clear, human trafficking is not sex work, and confusing the two leads to legal and public health chaos when we try to find our way to sound results. Clearing out the clamor: the key is consent. People who are coerced or forced into sex or domestic labor (the most common form of human trafficking) are not sex workers—they are trafficking victims. Nothing about our position blocks prosecuting their tormentors.

At the heart of Lambda Legal’s most groundbreaking victories and continuing mission is self-determination, including bodily autonomy. When the Supreme Court struck down laws criminalizing same-sex relationships and gay identity in Lawrence v. Texas, it rightly rejected assertions against us that “public health” justified sodomy laws. The movement for reproductive justice, from which we draw key legal precedents, similarly fights for facts over fiction when government tries to limit the right to contraception, abortion, or other similar personal decision-making. Lawrence explained that the constitutional right to liberty protects all of us when we make our own decisions about adult, consensual sexual intimacy. In cases such as Lawrence and a long and venerable line of reproductive justice cases the Court has recognized values of dignity, privacy, and autonomy extending to each of us in our sexual choices, independent of whether encounters involve love or marriage and unimpeded by moral disapproval. Across connected movements, we are all in this together, in so many ways.

And so we have rejected facile assumptions about public health and sex work. We did so in supporting Amnesty International’s deeply researched platform rejecting criminalization of sex work, and soon after in critiquing the Rentboy.com prosecution. Throughout, we have driven home the truth about the devastating harms of arrests, fines, sentences, criminal records, injuries and violence that criminalizing sex work generates against LGBT people and many others. We will continue to do so in our legal and policy advocacy and in coalition with other organizations in support of our mutual goals: health, safety, and choice and self-determination about our relationships, our work and our bodies.

Money complicates sex. But a commercial exchange shouldn’t negate these constitutional rights. And frankly, sometimes relationships are transactional. For just a few common examples, consider prenuptial agreements, surrogacy, and hook-up websites; the fact that money is involved does not obliterate constitutional protections for marriage, parenting or sexual intimacy. All of these truths animate Lambda Legal’s position that the government may not constitutionally criminalize consensual adult sex solely because it is bought and sold.

Light It Up Blue is an annual reminder that Autism Speaks can't make us go away

Today is Autism Acceptance Day, and April is Autism Acceptance month. It’s also an annual reminder that we are strong, we are still here, and that attempts to eliminate us are failing. When they light it up blue, they’re admitting that they’re weak and they’re failing.

Autism Speaks and others who wish that autistic people didn’t exist think that it’s Autism Awareness Day. They’re calling us a public health crisis, and they’re trying to get others to agree with them and give them money. They want to get rid of us. They try to pretend they have any chance of succeeding.

I realized today that April 2nd is actually an annual reminder that, no matter how hard they try, they can’t actually get rid of us. When Autism Speaks supporters are turning on blue lights, what they’re really saying is that they have just spent another year wasting a lot of money in a completely futile attempt to get rid of us. They are acknowledging with those blue lights that we are still here, and that we’re not going anywhere.

We are more powerful than they want us to believe. We have persisted in existing despite their pervasive attempt to eliminate us. We are succeeding in spreading love and supporting one another in power and pride.

We are speaking up. We are being heard. People who care about autism, autistic people, education, and communication are listening. The tide is turning.

Their hate symbols are a sign that, even though we have far less money and far fewer resources, we are more powerful than their ineffectual attempts to make us go away. We are right, and we are strong, and we will be here long after Autism Speaks is gone. We ought to keep that in mind when we see the pathetic hate symbols they’re displaying today.

9 Government Conspiracies Against Black People That Were Proven True (Seen On Bossip Thought It Was Interesting Enough For My Blog)

Conspiracy: The War On Drugs Was Just A Means To Put Black People In Jail

Richard Nixon’s advisor recently came out and explained it all: “We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

Conspiracy: The Chicago Government Covered Up The Laquan McDonald Shooting

For months, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel denied that he knew anything about the shooting of Laquan McDonald – an unarmed Black teen who was killed by police – but internal emails showed how that wasn’t the case. 

The Government Infected Black People With Syphilis

From 1932 to 1972, the US Public Health Service infected hundreds of sharecroppers in Alabama with Syphilis to run tests on the disease.

Conspiracy: Ronald Reagan Pushed Drugs To The Black Community

As part of the Iran-Contra deal, the Reagan administration supported and facilitated pushing drugs into the Black communities. Many investigative reports and probes have put this fact to the forefront. While we’d always suspected this to be the case, more and more proof has come to the forefront.

Conspiracy – The CIA Was Involved With The Destruction Of Black Wall Street

Black Wall Street was an all-Black, self-sustaining community that was destroyed by the KKK. But further investigation has proven that the US government was involved.

Conspiracy – The Government Tried To Kill Martin Luther King

There’s been an actual letter released to the public where the FBI tried to get MLK to commit suicide by threatening to release information on extramarital affairs.

Conspiracy – The Government Knew About The Dirty Water In Flint

We know that the terrible, dirty water in Flint, Michigan has created a health crisis. But we do now know that the governor was giving out clean water to his staff before the story went public.

Conspiracy – The Government Overthrew Kwame Nkrumah 

Kwame Nkrumah was the president of Ghana after the country gained independence. He had dreams of uniting Africa through a continental highway system and a radio station that across the whole continent. The CIA didn’t want this to happen so they organized his coup.

Conspiracy – COINTELPRO Was Designed To Stop Black Activism

COINTELPRO (meaning Counter Intelligence Program) was supposed to be about protecting national security. However most of the resources were used to quell groups like SNCC, CORE and the Black Panther party.

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The U.S. Army has kicked out more than 22,000 soldiers since 2009 for “misconduct,” after they returned from Iraq and Afghanistan and were diagnosed with mental health disorders and traumatic brain injuries. That means many of those soldiers are not receiving the crucial treatment or retirement and health care benefits they would have received with an honorable discharge.

The Army has taken these actions despite a 2009 federal law designed to ensure that troops whose mental illness might be linked to the wars aren’t cast aside.

That’s the finding of a joint investigation by NPR and Colorado Public Radio that listened to hours of secret recordings, looked at hundreds of pages of confidential military documents and interviewed dozens of sources both inside and outside the base.

One of the Army’s top officials who oversee mental health, Lt. Col. Chris Ivany, told NPR and CPR that the Army is not violating the spirit of the 2009 law by dismissing those soldiers for misconduct.

He says the soldiers’ “functional impairment was not severe” enough in some cases to affect their judgment. In other cases, the soldiers’ disorders might have been serious when they were diagnosed, but their “condition subsequently improved” before they committed misconduct — so they can’t blame the war for causing them to misbehave.

NPR and CPR also obtained the soldiers’ records, with their permission, and asked three independent psychiatrists to review them. Two of those psychiatrists served as top medical officers in the military. All three say that based on the records they saw, they would have advised the Army not to kick out these soldiers for misconduct.

“Especially for our soldiers who are coming back, not just with post-traumatic stress disorder, but with traumatic brain injury and other wounds, I really think that we as a society need to take that into account,” says Col. Elspeth Ritchie, who served as the Army’s top adviser on mental health during some of the worst fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. “I think as a society, they deserve to have us do everything we can to support them. I absolutely would want them to get the benefit of the doubt.”

Missed Treatment: Soldiers With Mental Health Issues Dismissed For ‘Misconduct’

Photos (from top): Eric James with his mother, Beverly Morris, and father, Robert James. Eric secretly recorded more than 20 hours of sessions he had with behavioral health specialists and Army officials; Michael de Yoanna/Colorado Public Radio. James Vanni, at his home in Colorado Springs, Colo. Vanni was dismissed from the Army without benefits; Theo Stroomer for NPR. Larry Morrison, who is appealing the Army’s decision to dismiss him for misconduct; Michael de Yoanna/Colorado Public Radio

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The Senate voted 51 to 48:
to approve a budget resolution instructing House and Senate committees to begin work on legislation:
1. To end coverage for preexisting conditions, veterans benefits, and aid to rural hospitals.
2. To remove discrimination protection for women in healthcare.
3. Against the provision allowing children to remain on their parent’s insurance till the age of 26.
4. To cut off funding for the Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
5. Against ACA contraceptive coverage and maternity care provision.
6. To direct committees to send budget legislation to defund and repeal the Affordable Care Act.
For those who get health insurance through work, no pre-existing conditions. Lifetime caps for coverage are back for everyone.
Real and disastrous actions are being taken that will affect more than just the 20-30 million people who will lose their health care coverage and the 3 million people who will lose their jobs.
Despite their assertions of this being an action to “repeal and replace,” no viable alternative plan has been proposed.
The House votes Friday.
As of this moment, no replacement exists.
Apparently, Speaker Ryan has had his phones cut off because of the volume of calls. Here is his mailing address:
1233 Longworth HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Fax: (202) 225-3393

The meta-analysis, published this week in The Journal of the American Medical Association, reviewed data from nearly a hundred large epidemiological studies to determine the correlation between body mass and mortality risk. The results ought to stun anyone who assumes the definition of “normal” or “healthy” weight used by our public health authorities is actually supported by the medical literature.

The study, by Katherine M. Flegal and her associates at the C.D.C. and the National Institutes of Health, found that all adults categorized as overweight and most of those categorized as obese have a lower mortality risk than so-called normal-weight individuals. If the government were to redefine normal weight as one that doesn’t increase the risk of death, then about 130 million of the 165 million American adults currently categorized as overweight and obese would be re-categorized as normal weight instead.

chakralignment  asked:

Never had a vaccination also never been deathly sick (fix it myself naturally) Its called natural immunities and probiotics. If we had a health conscious nation and government that helped us we would all be too healthy to befall such illnesses

The reason that you’ve never caught smallpox or polio or measles is because a high percentage of the people AROUND you ARE vaccinated, so you don’t come in contact with those illnesses. 

Using vaccines is a public health benefit and it has helped drive some diseases, like small pox, all but extinct. 

The problem, of course, is that the more people like YOU that are out there- people who choose not to vaccinate even when they can- the HIGHER the risk of those diseases, like whooping cough and mumps, spreading through the population. Which puts not only YOU (with your reasonably strong immune system) but also OTHERS (like infants, pregnant women, the very elderly, and people with compromised immune systems because they’ve had chemo therapy or have an auto-immune disorder) at great risk. 

It’s fine and well if you are a young, healthy person surrounded by the vaccinated. You’ll…probably be fine. Except that you are contributing to a dangerous rise in the  unvaccinated. You are putting other people at serious risk. 

theguardian.com
At least 33 US cities used water testing 'cheats' over lead concerns
Exclusive: A Guardian investigation reveals that testing regimes similar to that of Flint were in place in major cities including Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia
By Jessica Glenza

At least 33 cities across 17 US states have used water testing “cheats” that potentially conceal dangerous levels of lead, a Guardian investigation launched in the wake of the toxic water crisis in Flint, Michigan, has found.

Of these cities, 21 used the same water testing methods that prompted criminal charges against three government employees in Flint over their role in one of the US’ worst public health disasters.

The crisis that gripped Flint is an extreme case where a cost-cutting decision to divert the city’s water supply to a polluted river was compounded by a poor testing regime and delays by environmental officials to respond to the health emergency.

The Guardian’s investigation demonstrates that similar testing regimeswere in place in cities including Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit and Milwaukee.

Thousands of documents detailing water testing practices over the past decade reveal:

  • Despite warnings of regulators and experts, water departments in at least 33 cities used testing methods over the past decade that could underestimate lead found in drinking water.
  • Officials in two major cities – Philadelphia and Chicago – asked employees to test water safety in their own homes.
  • Two states – Michigan and New Hampshire – advised water departments to give themselves extra time to complete tests so that if lead contamination exceeded federal limits, officials could re-sample and remove results with high lead levels.
  • Some cities denied knowledge of the locations of lead pipes, failed to sample the required number of homes with lead plumbing or refused to release lead pipe maps, claiming it was a security risk.