2019-10-07: News Headlines

Henry Millstein (2019-10-07). Santa Clara county public workers strike for community welfare. peoplesworld.org SAN JOSE, Calif.—The chant "What do we want? Contract! When do we want it? Now!" rang out over Valley Medical Care and other healthcare and social service facilities in Santa Clara County on Oct. 3 as SEIU Local 521 workers entered the second day of a strike. The workers, however, are concerned with much more …

Susan Antilla (2019-10-07). Stark Lessons From Wall Street's #MeToo Moment. theintercept.com Stacy Passeri was looking for a promotion. Pacific Life Insurance was hiring someone to lead sales of its insurance products to stock brokers across the country. Passeri thought she was perfectly positioned as a field vice president at the firm, marketing these same products to brokerage firms in a western region of California that stretched from San Luis Obispo to Eureka, and she was eager for a bigger role. She'd heard that Mike Dahlquist, who held her same job title, was a contender too. But there were whispers about Dahlquist, who had a reputation as a partier. Women in the office talked about how he'd made u…

National Union of Healthcare Workers (2019-10-07). NUHW members strike Janus of Santa Cruz. indybay.org NUHW members at Janus of Santa Cruz held their first-ever strike on Thursday, September 26, after management imposed a first contract that did not remedy poverty wages that has forced many workers to find new jobs.

Staff (2019-10-07). State Borders Create Medicaid Haves and Have-Nots. truthout.org | | St. Louis, Missouri—Patricia Powers went a few years without health insurance and couldn't afford regular doctor visits. So she had no idea cancerous tumors were silently growing in both of her breasts. | If Powers lived just across the Mississippi River in Illinois, she would have qualified for Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance program for low-income residents that 36 states and the District of Columbia decided to expand under the Affordable Care Act. But Missouri politicians chose not to expan…

Staff (2019-10-07). Supreme Court Takes First Abortion Rights Case With Kavanaugh on the Bench. truthout.org | | The U.S. Supreme Court announced Friday it would hear its first major abortion rights case since Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined the bench, in a case challenging a clinic shutdown law in Louisiana. | The case threatens to upend the 2016 decision in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, which struck down parts of a Texas law meant to shut down abortion clinics. It could also affect the ability of clinics and doctors to sue on behalf of their patients to block abortion rights restrictions.

United Nations (2019-10-07). Turning waste into wealth: World Habitat Day focus on cleaning up cities. un.org Waste can have a devastating effect on public health, the environment, and the climate, but cutting-edge innovation and technology can provide improved, cheaper solutions to the challenge, and help cities and communities to see waste as a business opportunity. This was the message marking World Habitat Day, on Monday, with a focus on waste management.

WSWS (2019-10-07). UK: Inquest adjourned into death of Port Talbot steelworks contractor Justin Day. wsws.org The events leading to the tragedy of Justin Day's death are still unknown, but the circumstances of a machine switching on with an engineer working inside it points to a disastrous breakdown in health and safety protocol.

Staff (2019-10-07). Trump's Stealth Attack on America's Seniors. truthdig.com Watch out, older Americans and people with disabilities! President Trump just announced a plan to give corporate health insurers more control over your health care. His new executive order calls for "market-based" pricing, which would drive up costs for everyone with Medicare, eviscerate traditional Medicare, and steer more people into for-profit "Medicare Advantage" plans. | Seema Verma, the Trump appointee who heads the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), may not have warne…

David U. Himmelstein, Steffie Woolhandler (2019-10-07). The 'Public Option' on Health Care Is a Poison Pill. thenation.com The 'Public Option' on Health Care Is a Poison Pill…

Cesar Chelala (2019-10-07). Education is a Neglected Casualty of Wars and Displacements. counterpunch.org One of the neglected consequences of the recent wars and civilian conflicts in many parts of the world is their effect on people's education, particularly children's education. Because of the close connection between education and health, these events have had a severe effect on people's health —particularly on children- and on the countries' development. In More

Staff (2019-10-07). 3 Get Nobel Medicine Prize for Learning How Cells Use Oxygen. truthdig.com This work is paving the way for new strategies to fight anemia, cancer and other diseases, the Nobel Committee says.

Gerald Friedman (2019-10-07). How the US Could Afford 'Medicare for All'. commondreams.org Something that often gets lost in the debate over the cost of single-payer is that its implementation would lead to a host of savings that make the bill to taxpayers a lot less than the sticker price. (Photo: National Nurses United/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/medicare_for_all_4_1.jpeg

Staff (2019-10-07). "A Backlash Against Our Existence": Laverne Cox Speaks Out on Violence Against Trans Women of Color. democracynow.org At least 19 transgender people have been killed in the United States in 2019 — most of them trans women of color. Last year, there were at least 26 killings of transgender people. The American Medical Association has declared the wave of violence an "epidemic." Laverne Cox, the award-winning transgender actress and longtime trans rights activist, says such violence has long been part of the lives of trans people. "For my entire life as a trans woman, for 21 years, I have been hearing about, witnessing, going to memorials [and] going to Trans Days of Remembrance," she says. Cox says the violence reflects a s…

RT (2019-10-05). Exile poor Americans next? Trump scorched over entry ban for migrants who can't afford health insurance. rt.com The White House has issued a proclamation demanding that migrants prove they can afford to pay for healthcare in the United States before they are allowed to enter the country, kicking off fierce debate among netizens. | Issued late on Friday, the new directive says immigrants must prove their ability to purchase health insurance within 30 days of entering the country, arguing the uninsured are passing on costs to US taxpayers and over-burdening the healthcare system. | An alien will financially burden the United States healthcare system unless the alien will be covered by approved health insurance… within 3…

WSWS (2019-10-05). GM strike in danger of union-enforced defeat as UAW announces 'good progress' on temps, health care. wsws.org The United Auto Workers (UAW) and General Motors are making "good progress" towards an agreement, UAW Vice President for GM Terry Dittes said in a letter published Friday evening.

Rob Urie (2019-10-04). Impeachment, Brought to You by the CIA. counterpunch.org For the first time in half a century, the political left in the U.S. is ascendant. Bernie Sanders is holding his own in the primaries. A group of well-considered programs to save the environment and provide good jobs and health care for all is gaining political traction. And the need is dire. The climate is warming, the seas are polluted and fished out and industrial agriculture threatens to end life on the planet. So, it's time to change the subject? More

United Nations (2019-10-04). UN highlights milestone of 1,000 Ebola survivors in DR Congo amid complex environment of conflict and mistrust. un.org One thousand people have survived the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC): a testament to the strong leadership of the Congolese health authorities combined with the tireless efforts of thousands of local health workers and partners, United Nations agencies said on Friday.

United Nations (2019-10-04). Ground-breaking clean air protocol to guard human health and the planet, enters into force. un.org European and North American countries will take a major stride in cleaning up the atmosphere next Monday, 7 October, through the implementation of an amended legally binding treaty to limit the amount of emissions polluting the air.

John Nichols (2019-10-04). It's Time for Bernie to Talk About Himself. thenation.com It's Time for Bernie to Talk About Himself…

United Nations (2019-10-04). FIFA and UN kick off healthy living campaign, to harness global game's 'huge potential'. un.org At a ceremony held in Geneva on Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) and football's world governing body, FIFA, announced that they are teaming up to raise awareness of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

United Nations (2019-10-03). FAO plants new efforts to protect bananas under disease threat. un.org In a renewed effort to help protect banana crops in Latin America and the Caribbean, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched an emergency project to curb major plant losses threatened by a fungal disease, the agency announced on Thursday.

Julie Hollar (2019-10-02). Corporate Journalists Push Tax Attack on Medicare for All. fair.org Election Focus 2020: Centrist think tank Third Way commissioned an August poll on how to turn people off of Medicare for All, and one of the strongest tactics turned out to be emphasizing what the plan would cost taxpayers. Lo and behold, the tax line has become a central focus of media coverage of Medicare for All.

United Nations (2019-10-02). WHO chief underscores need to address climate change following visit to Bahamas. un.org The top UN health official has called for the world to rally around The Bahamas as the country continues to emerge from the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian one month ago.

Staff (2019-10-01). Newark Water Crisis: Mayor Ras Baraka Responds to Critics & Promises City Is Working on Solution. democracynow.org Newark, New Jersey, city officials recently announced thousands of water filters handed out to residents have significantly reduced lead in drinking water to safe levels. Lead contamination has plagued the city for years, spiking even higher in 2019. Over the summer, the Natural Resources Defense Council filed a lawsuit against Newark, accusing it of violating federal safe drinking water laws. The crisis came to a head last month following revelations that water filters distributed to residents may not have been effective. Meanwhile, New Jersey officials have signed off on a $120 million bond with Essex County to…

Staff (2019-10-01). Headlines for October 1, 2019. democracynow.org House Democrats Subpoena Giuliani over Ukraine Work, Report: Trump Pressured Australia, Italy & U.K. to Help with Political Probes, Trump Renews Threats Against Schiff and Intelligence Whistleblower, Hong Kong Protests Escalate as Beijing Marks 70th Anniversary of People's Republic of China, Four Die in Ongoing Anti-Government Protests in Haiti, Somali Militants Attack U.S. Drone Base & Italian Military Convoy, Nigerian Journalist Omoyele Sowore Pleads Not Guilty, Remains Locked Up, U.S. Blocks Cuban Health Minister from Attending Regional WHO Meeting in D.C., GOP Congressmember Chris Collins Resigns over Insider…

Staff (2019-09-30). Stateless in Malaysia. therealnews.com The stateless people in Sabah, Malaysia are denied access to schools, jobs, and healthcare, and their village is facing demolition. They have found advocates in the youth movement Borneo Komrad.

Ryan Gebhardt (2019-09-30). Lancaster, PA march demands right to healthcare in the face of hospital closure, corporate profiteering. liberationnews.org Community members in Lancaster, Pennsylvania came into the streets on September 21 to march in the heat for the right to quality healthcare.

pip.hinman (2019-09-27). Time to stand up for public healthcare. greenleft.org.au civil rights Mischa FrankIssue 1239 Australia Medicare private health insurance funding cutsSeptember 27, 2019The federal Coali…

ACLU (2019-09-26). Kentucky's Abortion Law Forces Me to Humiliate My Patients. aclu.org H.B. 2 is cruel, offensive, and the Supreme Court should strike it down. | I'm a doctor at the only abortion clinic in Kentucky. Providing safe, compassionate medical care has been my life's calling, and my patients' well-being is always my first priority. But Kentucky politicians — determined as usual to interfere with access to reproductive healthcare — are trying to force me to harm and humili…

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-06-19). House Casts Historic Vote to Repeal Authorization for Endless War. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — June 19, 2019 — In response to the House of Representatives passing H.R. 2740 (Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Legislative Branch, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2020), which includes language to repeal the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) eight months after …

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