Category Archives: human rights

Julie Negrin Will Die If the ACA is Repealed | Dame Magazine

You probably don’t know Julie Negrin’s name or her story, but if Trumpcare passes the Senate, she’s likely to become a viral sensation. The 45-year old nutritionist isn’t exaggerating when she says she will die if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed and replaced by Trumpcare. She’s been saying that since the GOP announced its replacement health care plan; after all, without insurance, or with substandard insurance, her body’s already compromised systems will collapse. Over the past week, however, she’s been saying she’ll die under Trumpcare for a different reason. Negrin has made a big, life-changing decision. If Trumpcare passes, she vows to become a martyr for the health care cause by suspending all medical treatment and, as she put it in a Facebook post, “leverag[ing] the fuck out of my slow, sad, suffering, death.” Her hope? “To activate a movement to restore our healthcare system.”It takes thousands of dollars each month to keep Negrin alive, and with her current ACA plan through Blue Shield*, insurance covers most of her medical expenses, even mental health appointments (“There’s a lot of trauma with having organs cut out”) and some naturopathic services. Without ACA coverage and under Trumpcare, her pre-existing conditions will most certainly mean she won’t be able to obtain insurance – not any she can afford, anyway. And there’s no way she can pay out of pocket for the dozens of monthly medical appointments and costly treatments, as well as the check-ups she needs to make sure her multiple cancers remain in remission and that her body hasn’t been invaded by new ones.

Source: Julie Negrin Will Die If the ACA is Repealed | Dame Magazine

Why are we terrifying our neighbors’ children and deporting their parents? Kathleen Baka (Opinion) | cleveland.com

– I am a resident of Lake County. I buy plants for my yard from Lake County growers. My grass is cut, and beds mulched and weeded, by Lake County landscapers. I buy food at Lake and Geauga County farm markets.I do not know if the owners of these businesses employ undocumented workers, and I will not ask. I do know, from watching them work, that these workers, who have deep tans and often do not speak English, are very hard workers, out there in the boiling heat all day long, sometimes even on Sundays, working for those of us with more money and less incentive to do it ourselves.They are in stores buying goods with the money they earn working for low wages, at jobs we more privileged people do not want. They pay rent with the same money. They quietly go about their lives, helping to keep growers, landscapers, grocery stores, drugstores, big box stores, malls, and property owners in business. In our communities, especially Painesville, they contribute a significant amount to the local economies.

Source: Why are we terrifying our neighbors’ children and deporting their parents? Kathleen Baka (Opinion) | cleveland.com

Jerusalem is not a place to live…Jerusalem is a place to be | nadiaharhash

As we are entering the third week after the closure of Al Aqsa and installing the electric gates. Jerusalem is still holding tight with a resilience that is not far from the people of this city. The price is continuing to be high as clashes are not stopping and martyrs are increasing. But yet, the scene of people gathering for each prayer time in front the different gates of al Aqsa, despite what seems to be a real curfew on the old city gives a sense of strength that cannot be destroyed.

Source: Jerusalem is not a place to live…Jerusalem is a place to be | nadiaharhash

Butler County sheriff’s Narcan stance draws new protests – “Let them die has everything to do with politics and nothing with “officer safety” Jones delivers puffed chest and nothing more.

Picketers have gathered outside the Butler County Sheriff’s Office in Hamilton today, protesting his stance prohibiting his deputies from using Narcan to treat overdose cases.Sheriff Richard Jones has said in recent days that he will not allow deputies to use Narcan on opioid overdose victims. In Butler County one law enforcement agency, the Miami University Police, have officer equipped with Narcan.

Source: Butler County sheriff’s Narcan stance draws new protests

Justine Damond shooting: Australian woman’s last moments heard over US police radio | US news | The Guardian – Aussie and Brits up in a roar – “White Lives Matter more? RIP for her and I am sorry she was killed but…”

Damond, dressed in her pyjamas, reportedly approached the driver’s side window of the police car when it arrived in the alley and an officer shot across his partner at Damond more than once from the passenger seat.

Source: Justine Damond shooting: Australian woman’s last moments heard over US police radio | US news | The Guardian

Maryam Mirzakhani: Iranian newspapers break hijab taboo in tributes | World news | The Guardian

Firouz Naderi, an Iranian Nasa scientist, a former programme manager for Mars exploration, paid his tribute on Instagram. “A light was turned off today, it breaks my heart… Gone far too soon.” He later tweeted: “A genius? Yes. But also a daughter, a mother and a wife.”There was an exceptional outpouring of tributes to Mirzakhani both in Iran and outside. Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, said: “The grievous passing of Maryam Mirzakhani, the eminent Iranian and world-renowned mathematician, is very much heartrending.” Rouhani also retweeted an image of her bare-headed.

Source: Maryam Mirzakhani: Iranian newspapers break hijab taboo in tributes | World news | The Guardian

The White House just posted the emails of critics — without censoring sensitive personal information – Vox – Thus enabling Russian and GOP trolls the information needed to bully people exercising the 1st Amendment rights.

, the White House just released the sensitive personal information of a lot of concerned citizens giving feedback to their government. That’s made even worse by the fact that the White House did this when the thing citizens were complaining about was the possibility that their private information would be made public.As of Friday afternoon, the emails are still uncensored and available on the White House’s website. They include all sorts of feedback, from concerns about privacy to outright insults of the Trump administration. One email just links to an image of the terrifying pornographic meme Goatse. (Do not Google this if you value your eyes.)“DO NOT RELEASE ANY OF MY VOTER DATA, PERIOD,” said one person whose full name and email address were subsequently released in the collection of emails.The White House website does now warn about the possibility of personal information going public: “Please note that the Commission may post such written comments publicly on our website, including names and contact information that are submitted.” But it’s not clear if the people who sent emails to the White House knew of this before the commission’s website went up this week.

Source: The White House just posted the emails of critics — without censoring sensitive personal information – Vox

Statement on Alliance Defending Freedom’s attack on SPLC and ABC News | Southern Poverty Law Center

“The Alliance Defending Freedom spreads demonizing lies about the LGBT community in this country and seeks to criminalize it abroad. If the ADF had its way, gay people would be back in the closet for fear of going to jail.  It was inappropriate for Attorney General Sessions to lend his credibility to the group by appearing before it, and it was ironic that he would suggest that the rights of ADF sympathizers are under attack when the ADF is doing everything in its power to deny the equal protection of the laws to the LGBT community.”

Source: Statement on Alliance Defending Freedom’s attack on SPLC and ABC News | Southern Poverty Law Center

Governors From Both Parties Denounce Senate Obamacare Repeal Bill – The New York Times “Pence proves he does not have a clue about who expanded Medicaid is serving. Working poor who do not earn enough to buy insurance and would either be sick or jamming up ER rooms and driving healthcare up again – Preventive care would be gone and dummy – people get sicker and miss work or cannot work!”

Mr. Pence, who as Indiana’s governor accepted federal funding to expand Medicaid, also acknowledged that the proposal would significantly change the population that receives health care coverage through the program. He insisted that the bill would hold Medicaid to its “original purpose” of covering the most severely vulnerable people and said too many “able-bodied adults” rely on the program.The shift, he said, was aimed at “ensuring for the long run that Medicaid will be there for the neediest.”

In the Blink of an Eye, Police Officers Turned This Traffic Stop Into an Unnecessarily Violent Encounter | American Civil Liberties Union

Within seconds of exiting his vehicle after pulling Anthony over, Agent Joe Joswiak of the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force opened the door of Anthony’s car, screaming, “Get the fuck out of the car, motherfucker!”Without hesitation, Agent Joswiak pulled, punched, and elbowed Anthony several times in the back while Anthony was still restrained by his seat belt. Agent Joswiak then yanked Anthony out of the car, threw him to the ground, and pressed his knee to the back of Anthony’s neck to pin Anthony facedown on the pavement while he and Sgt. Tim Gaul of the Worthington Police Department applied handcuffs.It turns out the agitated motorist Anthony encountered before being assaulted by Agent Joswiak was an off-duty police officer who called Joswiak to go after Anthony for tailgating him. The officer reports regarding the incident make no mention of any suspicion that Anthony was committing a drug offense.

Source: In the Blink of an Eye, Police Officers Turned This Traffic Stop Into an Unnecessarily Violent Encounter | American Civil Liberties Union