An article in the New York Times written by Adam Liptak about the possible ways in which the Supreme Court Hearing on the individual mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act will affect the presidential race. The dates of the hearing are set for March 26 - March 28.
In this week’s podcast of weekends on All Things Considered, a look at breast cancer and where we are in the search for a cure.
This NPR podcast was posted on February 19th and includes an interview with Dr. Barron Lerner, author of The Breast Cancer Wars who addresses the difference between treatment and prevention of the disease, and reasons why research funding on behalf of prevention is hard to come by.
Voces y Manos por el Derecho a la Salud: Summer Volunteer Program
A message from our wonderful friends at Voces y Manos por el Derecho a la Salud:
We are looking for volunteers with conversational Spanish skills to join us in Guatemala this summer!
In a word, our summer program is Transformative. Our program is transformative for the youth participants, who teach us about their Maya-Achi culture and discover their own potential for leadership. It is transformative for community members with whom we work in partnership to make communities healthier and more environmentally sustainable. So too, we expect our program to be transformative for you, the summer volunteer.
This program will raise your awareness of the world, and deepen your passion to work for social change… But only if you are willing to bring to the program an open mind and your full commitment. The success of our summer program depends on the dedication of our team of volunteers to suspend preconceptions, think critically, share ideas, commit whole-heartedly to living in community, be willing to work to the point of exhaustion, and strive to find joy and meaning along the way. For more information and to get an application, go to vocesymanos.org/volunteer/
With budget cuts and lack of family knowledge, many teens and young adults find themselves unaware and uninformed about sexual health problems. Often times, they go on to having sexual relationships without knowing about STDs and how to prevent them. With so many responsibilities and classes, it’s easy to get swept up in the college life and forget to take care of yourself. Please take a few seconds today to read this article on STDs and inform yourself on how to have safer sex: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/stds-hiv-safer-sex-101.htm. Also, if you are interested in getting yourself tested, there is a link on the website that’ll direct you to the nearest clinic. UCSD student health services gives free HIV testing for students with SHIP, and $15 for students without it. If you are interested in further learning about our clinic, feel free to go to their wesite: http://studenthealth.ucsd.edu/
Action in California will have national implications, and we have a chance to finally make our move. Many groups around the state, as well as hundreds of Food & Water Watch members, have been holding the line on methyl iodide, but now we have the chance to ban it for good. Speak out today against methyl iodide in California:http://action.foodandwaterwatch.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=9539
“What I want to know is, where are the women? I look at this panel, and I don’t see one single individual representing the tens of millions of women across the country who want and need insurance coverage for basic preventative health care services, including family planning. Where are the women?”—
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) before walking out of a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on religious freedom and birth control on Thursday, in response to Issa’s refusal to allow a progressive woman to testify in favor of the Obama administration’s contraception rule. The morning panel at the hearing consisted exclusively of men from conservative religious organizations.
Jesus received some amazing news yesterday! Thanks to your overwhelming support, Jesus is on his way to receiving the long-term care he needs to survive and watch his daughter grow up. Even better, UCSF has made it clear that they have not and do not discriminate based on immigration status. Jesus is deeply relieved to hear this news. Read the joint statement from UCSF and Jesus Navarro here: http://bit.ly/wyEbPl
"Jesus Navarro could die without a kidney transplant.His wife is a match, she wants to donate her kidney to save her husband’s life, and Jesus even has health insurance to cover the transplant.
But because Jesus is undocumented, the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center is refusing to perform surgery, essentially leaving Jesus to die.
Donald Kagan understands what Jesus is going through better than most. Donald immigrated from Nicaragua, and he needed (and received) a kidney transplant that saved his life. Donald is now a partner at a technology firm in Berkeley, CA — and he has offered to pay Jesus’s post-surgery medical bills. But UCSF Medical Center still says no.
When doctors take the Hippocratic Oath, one of the things they swear is that, “I will remember that I remain a member of society with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.” The administrators at UCSF Medical Center are forgoing their obligations as caregivers only because Jesus is undocumented.
After waiting for years for this surgery, Jesus was devastated to learn that it still might not happen. ”He’s afraid he might die,” Jesus’s sister told NBC News. “He might not see his daughter grow up.”
The UCSF Medical Center administrators don’t want a public relations disaster on their hands — but that’s exactly what they’ll have if thousands of people sign Donald’s petitions and they still refuse to provide Jesus with the surgery that could save his life.
Mike Daisey performs an excerpt that was adapted for radio from his one-man show “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.” A lifelong Apple superfan, Daisey sees some photos online from the inside of a factory that makes iPhones, starts to wonder about the people working there, and flies to China to meet them.
Through his interviews, storyteller Mike Daisy learned about the abusive conditions in factories run by Apple suppliers that have caused psychological and physical harm to workers. The instances of suicide have been so common at Foxconn that nets have been placed around the perimeter of the factory. Some workers have permanently lost the use of their hands because they perform repetitive motions on the production line, often serving 16-hour shifts, and the cheap chemical cleaners used by some factories are known to cause neurological damage. The piece was run on This American Life on January 6, 2012 and has gained increasing attention.
Change.org launched a petition called Apple: Protect Workers Making iPhones in Chinese Factories to call on Apple to release a worker protection strategy for new product releases and secondly, to “publish the results of FLA’s [Fair Labor Association] monitoring, including the NAMES of the suppliers found to have violations and WHAT those violations are, so that there is transparency around the monitoring effort.”
Related links: ▼ Mike Daisy, actor, author, commentator, playwright and general layabout