Argentina imprisons woman for getting an abortion, along with the friends who helped her

This is a total violation of women’s rights, an injustice that has been committed by the state and all of its institutions from the public health system to criminal justice system.

This woman is the expression of the necessity of the legalization of abortion in Argentina. Today there is still no legal justification for incarcerating these women, it’s a totally illegal situation, since they are holding them in what is called “preventative prison” because of the possibility that they will flee and let’s remember that there isn’t a single rapist or murderer in Argentina being held in in “preventative prison,” so the real criminals are always free, but women aren’t.

In the above video, Verónica Cruz, director of the Center of Las Libres, Manuela Castañeira, director of the women’s group “Las Rojas,” and Marianne Møllmann from the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission demand the release of Susana D., María G. y María C. Castañeira says, “We are launching this campaign with the release of this video which invites everyone to join and help spread the message so that the authorities in Jujuy free these three women.”

Support the campaign by using these hashtags: #SusanaLibertadYa (#FreeSusanaNow) #MaríasLibertadYa (#FreeMariaNow) #Jujuy

Also, make sure you see the movie Las Libres, about the fight to free women incarcerated for having abortions in Argentina and Mexico.

via Argentina imprisons woman for getting an abortion, along with the friends who helped her.

Brooklyn Cops Allegedly Beat Handcuffed Man On Stretcher: Gothamist

{If you read the Rant noted below – you will never call NYPD in Brooklyn for “help.”}

A second EMT involved says the patient was in “handcuffs and foot shackles” during the beating, and was repeatedly thrown to the ground, sustaining “injuries to face and head.” According to the report, police only stopped assaulting the handcuffed man when the EMTs physically intervened.

An FDNY spokesman did not respond to our request for comment, but the NYPD says Internal Affairs is investigating. (Update: In an email, FDNY spokesman Frank Dwyer says simply, “FDNY responded to the 67pct stationhouse on July 20 to treat and transport a patient to the hospital.”) For more, we turn to ever-reliable cop message board NYPD Rant, where the discussion begins with, “Screw these two EMTs….this EDP was assaulting UMOS, spraying bodily fluids on them, and they lodge complaints against the officers…FU EMS.”

via Brooklyn Cops Allegedly Beat Handcuffed Man On Stretcher: Gothamist.

Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts > Wawona Packing Co. Expands Its Voluntary Recall of Fresh, Whole Peaches, Plums, Nectarines, and Pluots Because of Possible Health Risk

Kroger, WalMart  – Wawona Packing Company of Cutler, California is expanding its voluntary recall from July 19, 2014, of whole white and yellow peaches, white and yellow nectarines, plums and pluots due to the potential of the products being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

via Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts > Wawona Packing Co. Expands Its Voluntary Recall of Fresh, Whole Peaches, Plums, Nectarines, and Pluots Because of Possible Health Risk.

Interview with Sociologist Eva Illouz about Gaza and Israeli Society – SPIEGEL ONLINE

Illouz: The only response is to create a vast camp of people who defend democracy. The right-left divide is no longer important. There is something more urgent right now: the defense of democracy. The voice of the extreme right is much louder and clearer than it was before. That’s what’s new: a racist right that is not ashamed of itself, that persecutes dissenters and even people who dare express compassion for the other side. The real danger to Israel and its sustainability comes from within. The fascist and racist elements are no less a security threat than the outside enemies.

via Interview with Sociologist Eva Illouz about Gaza and Israeli Society – SPIEGEL ONLINE.

AFRICA/LIBERIA – Ebola: the director of St. Joseph’s Hospital, in Monrovia has died – Fides News Agency

{Brother Patrick was not an American, so he was not offered the experimental US drug but neither were hundreds of other people who are in the process of dying from Ebola}

Brother Patrick Nshamdze, director of the St. Joseph’s hospital (Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God), in Monrovia (Liberia) died after contracting the Ebola virus. Brother Patrick was a native of Cameroon, he had studied in Rome for 2 years and was general director of the hospital in Monrovia.

“The authorities have isolated all public offices and also our hospital in order to carry out the operations of disinfestation”, says to Fides Agency Brother Pascal Ahodegnon, General councilor in charge of the African area of the Order. “Another of our confreres, of Spanish nationality, and two sisters have been hospitalized”.

Brother Pascal says that “Liberia is isolated but we continue to provide assistance with our facilities while our NGO is sending aid, which unfortunately is not enough to make up for all the needs”.

“As there is still no specific cure for Ebola what is needed are sanitizers, gloves and masks to protect healthcare workers as well as I.V’s and anticoagulant to rehydrate patients and stop bleeding. So far these are the only measures to try to prevent the disease from spreading”,

via AFRICA/LIBERIA – Ebola: the director of St. Joseph’s Hospital, in Monrovia has died – Fides News Agency.

Alabama Admitting Privileges Law Ruled Unconstitutional | National Women’s Law Center

Yesterday, a federal judge in Alabama held that the state’s law requiring abortion providers to obtain hospital admitting privileges was unconstitutional as applied to the clinics that brought the suit. Enforcement of the law would have closed three of Alabama’s five abortion clinics.

via Alabama Admitting Privileges Law Ruled Unconstitutional | National Women’s Law Center.

Drug given to American Ebola patients is produced in Kentucky using tobacco plants | Health | Kentucky.com

{the good, bad, and the ugly – the drug is being produced under contract with US Military Labs that had tested nerve weapons and antidotes, as well as the possibilities of weaponizing a variety of diseases, as well as producing antidotes – why given only to two Americans – how dare I even ask that?)

In 2007, Mapp, working under contract for the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal agencies, engaged KBP to develop a process to manufacture a compound designed to be a post-exposure treatment for Ebola virus.

That compound was MB-003 or ZMapp, a cocktail of antibodies that has proven to be the most effective treatment so far in fighting off the Ebola virus.

In a study published last year, scientists at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases reported that 43 percent of infected nonhuman primates recovered after receiving the treatment intravenously 104 to 120 hours after infection — after symptoms developed.

via Drug given to American Ebola patients is produced in Kentucky using tobacco plants | Health | Kentucky.com.

A Practice of Gratitude. | Rebelle Society

Take that gratitude and write it, speak it, dance it, paint it. Let it shine bright, for you and for all of us. So that when darkness falls, this thank you is the salve on your wounded knees, the balm for my broken heart, the friend who holds us all during aching times of loneliness.

Be gratitude.

via A Practice of Gratitude. | Rebelle Society.