This Wednesday in NYC Puerto Rican Political Prisoners: A Panel Discussion!
Puerto Rican Political Prisoners: A Panel Discussion!
Wednesday, April 7th 2010
Union Theological Seminary—Social Hall
3041 Broadway, at 121st Street
New York, NY 10027
The Church and Society program and the Latin@ Caucus of Union Theological Seminary would like to invite the faculty and student community of Union, as well as the wider community, to a panel discussion regarding the plight of the Puerto Rican political prisoners currently being held in the United States. The political status of Puerto Rico will also be addressed.
Researchers interviewed 54 poor, Spanish-speaking Latinos in Los Angeles who all had mild to severe depression. Based on responses to questions, the researchers determined that 51 percent of the patients stigmatized mental illness. These patients were 22 percent less likely to be taking depression medication, 21 percent less likely to be able to control their depression, and 44 percent more likely to have missed scheduled mental health appointments compared to other patients.
“Unfortunately, mental health stigma turns out to be one of the most serious barriers for people receiving care or staying in care,” lead author William Vega, a professor of medicine and social work at the University of Southern California, said in a news release.
CARACAS, March 31 (Xinhua) — Venezuela and Russia are to sign a series of agreements on Friday to boost cooperation in such fields as energy, industry, transportation, health, education and agriculture.
The pacts will be signed by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
Russian Vice Prime Minister Igor Sechin and Venezuelan Vice President Elias Jaua Milano announced the news during the 7th Russian-Venezuelan intergovernmental meeting Wednesday ahead of Putin’s upcoming visit to Venezuela.
"I was inspired to share this information after going through Erykah Badu’s new CD jacket. For those who have it, you will notice how the person growing out of Badu’s ‘head’ is holding a tuning fork on the cover of the CD. I went online to learn more about the healing powers of a tuning fork and ran into this simply amazing piece.
Enjoy and vibrate higher! ************************** *************************** excerpt from the book, Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting
Tuning Forks And The Law of Attraction
'Way back in the thirties a couple of guys in the Orient were attempting to prove that thoughts were real things, and that different kinds of thoughts create different kinds of vibrations. So they decided to see if they could actually photograph vibrations of thought. And by golly they did, right through steel walls, an experiment that's been replicated many times since.
But they also proved something else perhaps even more important. They found that the more emotion the thinker/sender charged his thoughts with, the clearer the picture turned out to be! These fellows were possibly the first to prove that there is magnetic energy attached to our thoughts, and that thought is propelled by our emotions. What they missed, though, is that because the vibrational waves (emotions) we send out are magnetically charged, we are literally walking magnets, constantly pulling back into our world anything that just happens to be playing on the same frequency or wavelength.
For instance, when we’re feeling up, filled with joy and gratitude, our emotions are sending out high frequency vibrations that will magnetize only good stuff back to us, meaning anything with the same high vibratory frequency that matches what we’re sending out.
On the other hand, when we’re experiencing anything that joy isn’t, such as fear, worry, guilt, or even mild concern, those emotions are sending out low-frequency vibrations. Since low frequencies are every bit as magnetic as high frequencies, they’re going to attract only cruddy stuff back to us, meaning anything of that same low frequency that will cause us to feel (and vibrate) s lousy as what we’re sending out. Cruddy out, cruddy back; it’s always a vibrational match.
So whether it’s high vibrational joy, or low vibrational worry, what we’re vibrationally offering in any moment is what we’re attracting back. We are the initiators of the vibrations, therefore the magnets, the cause. Like it or not, we have created — and are creating — it all. We may be flesh and blood, but first and foremost we are energy — magnetic energy at that! Which makes us living, breathing magnets. (Don’t you love it? You may think you’re president of a Fortune 500 company, or a mother and wife, or valedictorian of your class, or an airline mechanic, but what you really are is a walking magnet! Ah, little did you know.)
Crazy as that may sound, it’s high time we woke up to the fact that we are electromagnetic beings tripping around with this mind boggling capacity to magnetize into our lives whatever in the world we desire by controlling the feelings that come from our thoughts.
But because we exist on this planet in a predominantly low frequency field of energy born of over six billion people who are vibrating more feelings of stress and fearfulness than joy, we involuntarily take in those vibrations and react to them. Which means that until we consciously learn to override the pervasive low frequencies in which we exist, we will keep recycling unpleasant outcomes into our lives day after tiresome day. Just like swimming in salt water, if we don’t wash the residue off, sooner or later it’s going to make us mighty uncomfortable.
There’s just no way around it; the way we feel is the way we attract. And more often than not those feelings come from our thoughts, setting up the instantaneous electromagnetic chain reactions that ultimately cause things to happen, to be created, to be withheld, or to be destroyed (like my big commissions).
So, once again: Our feelings go out from us in electromagnetic waves. Whatever frequency goes out will automatically attract its identical frequency, thus causing things to happen — good or bad — by finding their matching vibrations.
Happy, high vibrations attract happy, high vibrational circumstances. Yucky, low vibrations attract yucky low vibrational circumstances. In both cases, what comes back causes us to feel just as high or low as what we had been transmitting (feeling), because it’s an exact vibrational match to what we sent out.
It’s the same principle as a tuning fork. Ding a tuning fork in a room filled with all different kinds of tuning forks calibrated to various pitches, and only the ones calibrated to the same frequency as the one you just dinged will ding too, even if they’re way across the Astrodome. Like forces attract; it’s a classic rule of physics.
But unlike a tuning fork which never changes its tonal frequency, we humans with our ever-changing emotions flip-flop our frequencies and magnetic intensities all over the place like lotto balls in a blow machine.
One minute we can be as high as a kite and as powerful as the sun, and, in the very next, about as turned-on energetically as a cardboard box under the couch. What flips us around like that comes from the kinds of — and intensity of — feeeeelings we’re having: from lukewarm happy to way up, or from just blah to way down.
So instead of being one, constant, well-aimed tuning fork, we’re more like a whole bunch of them clustered together, each having a different pitch or frequency, and collectively pinging haphazardly all over the place with our up-down, up-down emotions. Since one minute we’re pinging high and the next minute we’re pinging low, causing one frequency to cancel out the other, nothing much ever changes in our lives, or at least not very rapidly.
Only we’re not tuning forks. What’s coming back to us as a result of the jumble of unfocused emotional energy (vibrations) we spew out every instant are rarely pleasant little pings, but a relentless procession of messed-up, hit or miss, unplanned events and circumstances.
Needless to say, what we’ve been creating with all this indiscriminate flowing of energy is pure pandemonium at worst and a second-rate life at best as we continue magnetizing into our day-to-day existence every experience, person, game, happening, encounter, incident, event, hazard, occasion, or episode by however we happen to be vibrating. Which means feeling.’”
Chavez Arrests the President of Globovision Television
Venezuelan government arrested Guillermo Zuloaga, president of Globovision Television, the only remaining television on public airwaves critical of Hugo Chavez. According to the government, Zuloaga made offensive comments about Chavez (which is against the law in Venezuela) while speaking at a conference of the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) in Aruba, where media representatives criticized the Venezuelan regime’s crackdown on freedom of speech.
Globovision and Zuloaga have been under constant harassment from the government, and Chavez has promised to close the station. Last July, Cato held a forum in Washington on “Venezuela’s Assault on Freedom of the Press and Other Liberties,” which was to feature Zuloaga. After the event was announced, however, a politically directed court prohibited him from leaving the country. So Zuloaga taped this 3 minute video address to the Cato audience and sent his son and vice president of Globovision, Carlos, to take his place.
Cases of anxiety and depression, two leading mental health illnesses, are on the rise among women in some African countries, thanks to the current difficulties in the economy, gender roles and violence, writes Arthur Okwemba. Findings of study done at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi by the African Mental Health Foundation shows that 42% of adults and 41% of children who went to the facility were diagnosed with depression. This likely reflects what is happening in other African countries. Prof David Ndetei, a lecturer at the University of Nairobi and the lead researcher, says this depression was more prevalent in women than in men. Reasons vary, but he and other researchers say they can zero in on three main factors: gender roles, gender discrimination, and hormonal or reproductive health factors, which most people are unaware of. Women experiencing infertility, those who experience sadness or anxiety after giving birth (especially when their male partners do not support them) and those steeped in poverty are more vulnerable to depression, according to the scientists. Studies show that couples, especially women, are under intense pressure from their partners and in-laws to give birth, and that blame falls squarely on the woman, even if the cause of infertility is the man. The resulting emotional, verbal, or physical abuse can push women into depression.
The United States is facing a maternal health crisis. Two to three women die of pregnancy-related complications every day. African American women are nearly 4 times more likely to die than white women. And deaths are just the tip of the iceberg: 34,000 women come close to dying from complications of pregnancy and childbirth each year.
A safe pregnancy is a human right for every woman regardless of race or income. Call on The Secretary of Health and Human Services to create an Office of Maternal Health to ensure that all women have timely access to quality maternal care.
Chemical Castration Approved in Argentina: Your Thoughts?
Argentina has just approved chemical castration for convicted rapists in the Mendoza province. The treatment must be voluntary, and because it’s a medication administered for the duration of their consent to treatment, it’s not permanent.
One very good thing the United States did to help Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake was to declare that Haitians living here when the quake hit could apply for temporary protected status, a special 18-month amnesty granted to illegal immigrants who cannot safely return home because of natural disasters or other reasons. This was supposed to help Haitians help one another, swiftly and effectively. Undocumented immigrants live in the shadows, taking jobs at low wages, fearful of deportation. If they were legalized and unafraid, they could look for better work or further their education, and earn more to send to families in shattered Haiti, which acutely depends on remittances by its large diaspora.
The administration has been preparing to receive protected-status applications from as many as 100,000 of the 100,000 to 200,000 Haitians believed to be in the United States illegally as of Jan. 12. But only about 37,000 have applied, and only about 4,200 have been approved. The six-month application window closes in July. The pace must pick up drastically.
“While the poor are offered addiction as a way to escape thinking too much, working people are encouraged to shop. Consumer culture silences working people and the middle classes. They are busy buying or planning to buy.”—Where We Stand: Why Class Matters by bell hooks
Dear Robert Groves, Director of the US 2010 Census, We are currently in a recession, 10% of America is unemployed, there aren’t going to be too many tax dollars coming in this year. You should try saving money where ever and whenever possible. For instance, AMERICANS DON’T NEED A NOTICE IN THE MAIL SAYING “IN ABOUT A WEEK YOU WILL BE RECEIVING A 2010 CENSUS. PLEASE FILL THIS OUT AND MAIL IT IN PROMPTLY.”
“Women hold up half the sky,” in the words of a Chinese saying, yet that’s mostly an aspiration: in a large slice of the world, girls are uneducated and women marginalized, and it’s not an accident that those same countries are disproportionately mired in poverty and riven by fundamentalism and chaos…
Today is International Women’s Day, and in fact the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. It’s a date that is much better known abroad but is beginning to get more traction in the U.S. as well.
So what interventions get the most bang for the buck in raising the status of women around the world? What is most helpful in overcoming injustices such as human trafficking and acid attacks? I’d welcome your ideas below, but let me toss out a few of my suggestions for most effective interventions…
The officers came with bullhorns to impoverished neighborhoods near the epicenter of Chile’s devastating earthquake, warning looters to return what they stole or face police raids.
And so they did, depositing everything from mattresses to refrigerators and flat-screen TVs. It took 35 truckloads to recover it all. Together with looted merchandise recovered by police, the material is worth nearly $2 million, officers said….
Linguists predict that over half of the almost 7,000 languages spoken in the world todaywill disappear by the end of the century. According to Ethnologue, 473 languages currently are close to extinction. In the Americas alone, 182 are endangered…
“I’ve personally experienced the offensive and ridiculous tendency of hetero parents to “other” LGBT people. “We” come from “you”. When you recoil from gay, lesbian or transgender people and ask, “But what about the children!?” you have to realize that some of your precious snowflakes are little proto-gay, proto-lesbian, proto-trans entities. We don’t coalesce out of glitter and unicorn tears. The majority of times, we’re born into regular straight families and raised as such until we can express ourselves freely.”—Calpernia Adams, speaking about the LA school district for lashing out at the inclusion of RuPaul in a celebration of Black History Month. (via thejoshosaurus) (via darkangelsluvme) (via giftedboi) (via notemily) (via abbyjean)
For low-income mothers in Oregon in the state’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, buying most organic, hormone-free, or cruelty-free items is simply not allowed. The reason for these products’ exclusion from Oregon WIC’s list of approved foods isn’t exactly clear. The list is a confusing hodge-podge of arbitrary rules: mothers in the program can buy organic fruits and vegetables but not organic milk, grains, legumes, eggs, cheese, peanut butter, or infant foods and cereals. They can buy soy milk but not rice milk or raw milk, white eggs but not cage-free or those with higher Omega-3 or Vitamin E. Cheese options are slim — only six varieties are permitted. Moms can’t even purchase low-fat peanut butter for their families. Not all of these rules appear to be based on concerns about nutrition or high prices.
Anarcha was an African American slave woman. She was one of the seventy-five slaves who worked the Wescott plantation, just on the outskirts of Montgomery, Alabama.
Anarcha went into labor one day. Three days later, she was still in labor. Dr Marion Sims was called in to assist the delivery. He writes in his autobiography that he used forceps on the fetus’s head but that he really didn’t know what he was doing since he’d had so little experience with the device. We don’t know whether the baby survived the ordeal. We do know that the mother experienced several vaginal tears from the birthing. She became incontinent afterwards due to the damage.
A few days later, the master of the plantation sent Anarcha to Dr Sims hoping he could repair the damage to his slave, as she could not hold her bowls or bladder. As her master’s chattel, her condition reduced her value considerably.
Sims took in the patient reluctantly. He put her up on his examination table, on her hands and knees and, using a modified pewter spoon to expand the walls of her vagina, he accidentally released the pressure that held her uterus in an awkward position. Anarcha felt immediate relief as the change in air pressure helped her uterus to relocate back into its proper position.
Through an agreement with her master, Anarcha became Dr Sims’s guinea pig. She regularly underwent surgical experiments, while positioned on Sims’s table, squatting on all fours, and fully awake without the comfort of any anesthesia. It was commonly accepted that African Americans had a higher tolerance for pain than their white counterparts. Commonly accepted but utterly wrong.
Anarcha’s fistula (from her vaginal tears) was repaired by Sims. Sims thus became the leading expert in repairing this damage that seemed to occur in a good number of births by slave women. Though Sims was sent many slave women with fistulas, we know from his biography that he experimented repeatedly on Anarcha, as well as two other slaves, Betsy and Lucy.
Anarcha was experimented upon, and drugged up later, not to ease her pain as much as to stifle her moans. It has been calculated that she had been operated on, perhaps, 34 times. She, Betsy, Lucy, and countless others helped Dr Sims hone his techniques and create his gynecological tools. Though on display in museums, many of Dr Sims’s tools have modern counterparts that are used today.
Anarcha, Betsy, and Lucy left no written legacy. Slaves were forbidden to read and write, a crime punishable by death.
And though science today looks back on Sims’s work ambiguously, truly unsure as to his level of success, or whether he should be credited as the father of gynecology, we now know who the mothers of modern gynecology were: they were the nameless and faceless slave women upon whom Dr Sims experimented.
Today we have just three names: Anarcha, Betsy, and Lucy. It is our hope that these names will never be forgotten.
Teenage pregnancy is a poverty issue - the correlation is easy to see. The Guttmacher Institute’s report’s rankings of states by teen pregnancy rates looks eerily similar to the U.S. Census rankings of states by poverty rates. Mississippi, for example, has the nation’s highest rate of poverty and the third highest rate of teen pregnancies. New Mexico is third in poverty and second in teen pregnancies. Texas leads in teen pregnancies and comes in ninth in the poverty rankings. Other “risk factors” for teenage pregnancy — being a person of color, being disinterested in school, etc. — similarly dovetail with living in poverty.
In addition, of course, when a child is born to a poor teenage mother, the child is much more likely to grow up in poverty herself and continue the cycle as an adult. According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, a child born to an unmarried teen mother has a 27 percent chance of growing up in poverty. If the mother has not earned a high school diploma or equivalency degree, the child will grow up in poverty 64 percent of the time. If those numbers are correct, the steep decline in teen pregnancy rates between 1991 and 2002 kept 460,000 children out of poverty. Teen pregnancy is intrinsically a sensitive subject because of its relation to other tough topics like race, class and abortion - but the fact that poverty leads to teenage pregnancy and teenage pregnancy leads to poverty is too troubling not to address.
"The economic vibrancy, fresh aspirations and cultural diversity that immigrants have been bringing to this country since its founding is something that remains priceless. The fact that our economic system can’t account for those values may explain why so many American workers have isolated themselves in self-defeating bigotry.”
“Before the 1970’s, the topic of women’s history was largely missing from general public consciousness. To address this situation, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women initiated a “Women’s History Week” celebration in 1978 and chose the week…