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Expensive US Health Care Isn’t Adequate for Women, Study Finds

By Jerica Deck ~ Global Citizen ~  The US had higher maternal mortality rates and more women with chronic health issues. Despite paying more for health care, American women are less healthy, more likely to die in pregnancy, and have higher rates of emotional distress than women in other wealthy countries, a new study from the Commonwealth Fund says. The new study, released on Wednesday, shows how far behind other wealthy nations…

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What I Learned Being Part of the Sanctuary Caravan: Delivering Support to Asylum Seekers on the U.S. Border

By Jodie Evans ~ Local Peace Economy ~ Salon ~ We saw an outpouring of generosity for the people most hurt by our oppressive immigration policy. December was the month CODEPINK: Growing a Local Peace Economy was dedicating our outreach and organizing to being an ally for the asylum seekers who had just arrived in and around Tijuana below the U.S. San Diego border. CODEPINK’s Local Peace Economy was created to…

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Crowdsourced Twitter Study Reveals Shocking Scale of Online Abuse Against Women

By Amnesty International ~ Common Dreams ~ Amnesty International released a ground-breaking study into abuse against women on Twitter today, conducted with Element AI, a global artificial intelligence software product company. The findings showed that although the abuse cut across the political spectrum, women of color were much more likely to be impacted, and black women are disproportionately targeted. More than 6,500 volunteers from 150 countries signed up to take part in Troll Patrol,…

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Homeless America

By Chris Hedges ~ TruthDig ~ PORTLAND, Ore.—It is 8 a.m. I am in the small offices of Street Roots, a weekly newspaper that prints 10,000 copies per edition. Those who sell the newspaper on the streets—all of them victims of extreme poverty and half of them homeless—have gathered before heading out with their bundles to spend hours in the cold and rain. “There is foot care on Mondays starting…

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What Is the Real Cost of Mass Incarceration?

By Lornet Turnbull ~ Yes! ~ The documentary ‘Milwaukee 53206’ depicts the toll of the prison epidemic on families and entire communities. When documentary producers first approached Beverly Walker about featuring her family in a film, the Milwaukee mother and grandmother knew what that meant: cameras trailing them, her cherished privacy breached. But her husband, Baron Walker, by then having served nearly two decades of a 60-year sentence, saw an…

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FBI Reports Biggest Increase in Hate Crimes in Past Decade

By Jerica Deck ~ Global Citizen ~  And it shows no signs of slowing. Hate crimes in the United States have increased by 17%, the highest jump in more than a decade, according to a new report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The annual Hate Crimes Statistics report said that 7,175 hate crimes were reported to authorities last year, compared to 6,121 in 2016. This is the largest rise in…

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Austin’s Fix for Homelessness: Tiny Houses, and Lots of Neighbors

By Megan Kimble ~ Citylab ~ Community First! Village’s model for ending homelessness emphasizes the stabilizing power of social connections. There are a lot of things that Richard Devore likes about the 250-square-foot tiny home he’s lived since early last year. He loves the wood cabinets in his house, the sprawling oak trees providing shade outside, the goats roaming in the pasture nearby. But most of all, he loves “the…

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This Shelter Gives Homeless People What They Really Need—Long-Term Jobs

By Sydney Worth ~ yes! A Fort Worth, Texas, program sees steady employment as an important step in helping guests rebuild their lives. When Kristy Yates’ daughter passed away in 2010, Yates sank into a deep depression and alcoholism that led to a drunken driving arrest. After a slew of health issues and losing all three of her jobs, the Fort Worth, Texas, resident became homeless and ended up checking…

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4 Laws That Could Stem the Rising Threat of Mass Shootings

By Melinda Wenner Moyer ~ Scientific American ~ The right gun laws do prevent shootings, research strongly indicates. And these laws do not mean confiscating everybody’s guns. Scientific American spoke with Garen Wintemute, director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center, and Daniel Webster, director of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for Gun Policy and Research, about four feasible legal…

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5 Ways New Movement Leaders Are Effecting Change

By Michael Silberman ~ yes! ~ Seasoned campaigners have long understood that the most effective messengers and organizers are those with the most at stake, or—like the Parkland students—little to lose. Those most directly affected by an issue can speak from the heart, while many campaigners and advocates sound scripted when they cite statistics or the latest study to make their points. Soon after taking the stage at the March…

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