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Solutions to homelessness in San Francisco within reach 29.6.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Several cities around the nation are taking the kinds of steps that have either already eliminated chronic homelessness on their streets or are close to doing so.
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Uncovered California: Why Millions Have Fallen Into Health Care Gaps 28.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
“Right now, I have a medicine sitting at Wal-Mart pharmacy that I can’t purchase till payday,” Jacqueline, a 55-year-old San Diegan told me during a telephone interview in mid-April. She asked that her last name not be used for this story. “I’ll go without, eight or nine days till payday. It’s for my high cholesterol.” Five years after the Affordable Care Act became law, and more than three years after California began moving aggressively to implement its provisions, upwards of three million Californians remain without health care coverage; and millions more, like Jacqueline, have basic coverage but continue to be grievously under-insured. This  is the story of how so many Californians continue to fall through the ACA’s cracks. “Uncovered California” is a three-part series examining how the Golden State is trying to fill holes in its health care coverage. Wednesday, Sasha Abramsky looks at the lack of mental health services for community college students. Thursday, Debra Varnado reports on efforts to ...
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Abortion Is Still A Luxury, Not A Right 28.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
By Ann Friedman In America, it's gotten surprisingly difficult to tell whether abortion is a right or a luxury. Today's Supreme Court decision in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt would seem to reinforce that it's a right. A majority of the justices recognized that the closure of reproductive-health clinics across Texas and many other states would place an undue burden on women seeking abortions. It dealt a huge blow to so-called TRAP laws , which single-out abortion providers and attempt to regulate them out of existence. The decision is undeniably good news. But it also reveals a hard truth about the decades-long effort to deliberately deter women from getting abortions. Thanks to federal restrictions and state-level laws, most low-income women have to pay for an abortion out-of-pocket. Eleven states restrict abortion coverage even in private insurance plans. In 17 states, women are subjected to inaccurate information, under the guise of "counseling," before an abortion. In 27 states, woman seeking ...
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On Demand, and Demanding Their Rights 28.6.2016 American Prospect
This article appears in our Summer 2016 issue. Subscribe here .  Travis Kalanick, Uber’s founder, recently recalled that when he first started the company seven years ago, “it was easy to communicate with the handful of drivers using the app.” Uber’s marketing manager called each of the drivers regularly, Kalanick said, “to get their feedback and make sure things were working well.” Nowadays, Uber has far more than a handful of drivers—it has more than 400,000 in the United States alone, and many drivers complain that Uber’s managers no longer listen to them to make sure things are working well. “They do whatever they want,” said Bigu Haider, an Uber driver in New York who is furious at Uber over fare cuts and other moves that have reduced his income. “I don’t see any voice for the drivers.” Such heartfelt complaints are heard across much of the digital on-demand economy, whether at Mechanical Turk, TaskRabbit, Lyft, or Instacart. The internet is crackling with gig workers’ complaints about sub-minimum ...
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SCOTUS Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt Decision: Protecting the Dignity of all Texans Accessing Abortion Care 27.6.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Jane's Due Process

“Today the nation’s highest court heard the laments of the most vulnerable women in Texas — the young, the poor and those living in the vast stretches of rural Texas where access to reproductive health care and abortion has vanished,” said Tina Hester, executive director of Jane’s Due Process, an organization dedicated to assisting pregnant minors. 

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Food Advocates Race to Stop Destructive GMO Labeling "Compromise" 25.6.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

The "compromise" food-labeling bill announced Thursday by leaders of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee is nothing less than a "rollback of democracy at the behest of the world's largest agribusiness and biotech corporations," said Food & Water Watch executive director Wenonah Hauter. 

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Solving the Fresh Water Crisis 25.6.2016 THE CITY FIX
This article was originally posted on the Pacific Standard. For the past five years, the World Economic Forum has listed water crises among the world’s top global risks, alongside others like “major systemic financial failure” and cyberattacks. Unfortunately, the ranking has proven ...
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Women's rights in protected areas: Championing gender equality in environmental conservation policy 24.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In a small village near Xuan Thuy National Park in Vietnam, Pham Thi Kim Phuong bikes seven kilometers every morning to the mudflats by the park's mangroves. There, she joins hundreds of other women who take advantage of the early morning low tide to manually gather clams and snails. The mudflats where Pham works are part of a protected area and since 2013, an initiative to strengthen park management has engaged local women in co-management of the mangrove forests. Women and men living in and utilizing protected areas differ in their relationships to their ecosystems; they have differentiated roles and responsibilities, unequal access to and control over resources, unique knowledge bases and unbalanced participation in decision-making processes. Gender inequality in biodiversity conservation and management restricts women's access to benefits, perpetuating poverty and undermining sustainable resource use and management. However, gender equality in this field is rarely measured or written into policy. To ...
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After having land stolen for generations, Juaneño Indians get a sliver back 23.6.2016 LA Times: Commentary

For the Acjachemen descendants, known today as the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians, several of their sacred sites throughout San Juan Capistrano had been pillaged or desecrated. In more modern times, development encroached on the land.

But now, land is being returned — in a sense — to the tribe....

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The Challenge Of Taking Health Apps Beyond The Well-Heeled 23.6.2016 NPR: Healthcare
A nutrition app may not be the top priority for someone who struggles to pay for groceries. But cellphones have the potential to improve the health of people with low incomes, if they can get them.
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'They're as necessary as toilet paper': NY City Council approves free tampon program 23.6.2016 Washington Post
'They're as necessary as toilet paper': NY City Council approves free tampon program
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Rural Pennsylvanians Say Fracking 'Just Ruined Everything' 23.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This story was originally published by the Center For Public Integrity. AVELLA, Pa. — Sixty years after his service in the Army, Jesse Eakin still completes his outfits with a pin that bears a lesson from the Korean War: Never Impossible. That maxim has been tested by a low-grade but persistent threat far different than the kind Eakin encountered in Korea: well water that’s too dangerous to drink. It gives off a strange odor and bears a yellow tint. It carries sand that clogs faucets in the home Eakin shares with his wife, Shirley, here in southwestern Pennsylvania. The Eakins told the state environmental agency about their bad water nearly seven years ago and hoped for a quick resolution. Like thousands of others who live in the natural gas-rich Marcellus Shale, however, they learned their hopes were misplaced. Today, the state is still testing their water. The results of those tests will dictate whether a gas exploration and production company is held responsible for providing them with a clean supply. ...
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Gaza slum growth illustrates economic plight, bleak future 22.6.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

EL-ZOHOR, Gaza Strip (AP) — The expansion of Gaza’s el-Zohor slum, where barefoot children play in the rusty skeletons of discarded vehicles surrounded by mountains of garbage, is a sign of the times in Gaza, where poverty is growing and there is little hope for the future. While Gaza has always been poor, conditions for […]
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Solving the Fresh Water Crisis 22.6.2016 WRI Stories
Solving the Fresh Water CrisisAdd Comment|PrintEnergy and industrial activities are the fastest-growing sources of future water demands. Photo by Constantin Wiedemann/Flickr This article was originally posted on the Pacific Standard. For the past five years, the World Economic Forum has listed water crises among the world’s top global risks, alongside others like “major systemic financial failure” and cyberattacks. Unfortunately, the ranking has proven accurate. The past year alone has seen... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Unanimous Vote Brings Free Tampons To NYC's Schools, Prisons, Shelters 22.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK -- From the steps of City Hall, with dozens of women advocates standing behind her, New York City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland announced new legislation guaranteeing free menstrual hygiene products to women in New York City public schools, homeless shelters and jails. The bill package passed with a unanimous vote of 49-0 by the city council on Tuesday, ensuring ready access to pads and tampons for the women who need them most -- at zero cost to them. Now it simply needs to be signed into law by Mayor DeBlasio, which is expected to happen within the month. “This package is remarkable,” Ferreras-Copeland told the crowd. “It is the only one of its kind, and it says periods are powerful. Menstrual hygiene products are as necessary as toilet paper -- and no one is freaking out about toilet paper.” The historic legislation would make New York City the first city in the nation to proactively guarantee access to menstrual hygiene products, according to the councilwoman. Periods are costly: The ...
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Dallas takes action on loose dogs after pit bulls kill woman 22.6.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas city leaders expressed outrage in the month after a homeless Army veteran was killed by roaming dogs, bitten more than 100 times as the animals tore one of her arms to the bone and ripped away most of her thigh. They promised to respond to Antoinette Brown’s death by cracking down […]
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Minnesota No. 1 again in child well-being, but gaps still troubling 21.6.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
For the second consecutive year, Minnesota is first in the nation for overall child well-being, according to the Kids Count Data Book. The state, though, has a long way to go in closing racial disparities.
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The Economic Barriers to Abortion Access That Conservatives Don't Want to Talk About 21.6.2016 Truthout.com
When the Supreme Court releases its opinion in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt this June, the landscape of abortion rights in the United States will be fundamentally altered -- for better or for worse. Pro-choice advocates have called Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt "the most consequential case for abortion rights in this country since Roe v. Wade." The case itself challenges the constitutionality of Texas' HB 2 -- a sweeping anti-choice bill that severely limits access to abortion and medical care. HB 2 requires that abortion providers have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic, and that clinics themselves meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) in order to remain operational. Proponents claim these restrictions are medically necessary to protect the health and safety of women during abortions -- a claim echoed throughout right-wing media and by other anti-choice legislators . Texas lawmakers pushing for the legislation in 2013 capitalized on myths ...
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Organized Dentistry Loses Big In Another State As Propaganda Stops Working 20.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In health care public policy fights, it's very hard for an underdog to overcome a massively funded lobbying and propaganda campaign. Today, though, the underdog is celebrating a huge win. One so big, in fact, that it most certainly will embolden groups in other states to take on the same adversary--organized dentistry. The victory was made official this morning when Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a bill that will greatly expand access to dental care in the Green Mountain State by expanding the dental workforce. It will do so by enabling mid-level providers--called dental therapists--to practice in the state. With Shumlin's signature, Vermont becomes the sixth state in which dental therapists--similar to nurse practitioners and physician assistants in medicine--can treat patients (under the supervision of a dentist), or will soon be able to. The win in Vermont continues the momentum that advocates for improving access to dental care have gained in recent months. And it represents a substantial setback ...
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10 years after housing bubble, damage lingers for minorities 20.6.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the U.S. housing bubble peaked a decade ago, soon to burst with far-reaching consequences, the pain was particularly severe for black and Hispanic Americans. A disproportionate number of minorities succumbed to subprime mortgages and foreclosures and lost their homes. Their collective loss of home equity and shift toward rental housing could […]
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