Posts tagged health

Keep up the fight against AIDS

One of our biggest programs to fight AIDS hasn’t seen an increase in funding for half a decade. Let’s give this program the funding it deserves,

Tell Congress: Pizza is not a vegetable

For far too many children, the only reliable meals they receive are the meals they get at school. And the impact of nutritious school meals reaches far beyond the cafeteria—reducing obesity, increasing attendance, and giving kids the fuel they need to stay focused and engaged in the classroom and lead active lives once the bell rings.

But Republicans in Congress are bending to pressure from the School Nutrition Association—which represents groups like Coca-Cola Co. and Tyson Foods Inc.—to roll back those standards.

The Associated Press requested data on drilling-related complaints in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Texas and found major differences in how the states report such problems. Texas provided the most detail, while the other states provided only general outlines. And while the confirmed problems represent only a tiny portion of the thousands of oil and gas wells drilled each year in the U.S., the lack of detail in some state reports could help fuel public confusion and mistrust.The AP found that Pennsylvania received 398 complaints in 2013 alleging that oil or natural gas drilling polluted or otherwise affected private water wells, compared with 499 in 2012. The Pennsylvania complaints can include allegations of short-term diminished water flow, as well as pollution from stray gas or other substances. More than 100 cases of pollution were confirmed over the past five years.
 (via 4 states confirm water pollution from drilling)

The Associated Press requested data on drilling-related complaints in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Texas and found major differences in how the states report such problems. Texas provided the most detail, while the other states provided only general outlines. And while the confirmed problems represent only a tiny portion of the thousands of oil and gas wells drilled each year in the U.S., the lack of detail in some state reports could help fuel public confusion and mistrust.

The AP found that Pennsylvania received 398 complaints in 2013 alleging that oil or natural gas drilling polluted or otherwise affected private water wells, compared with 499 in 2012. The Pennsylvania complaints can include allegations of short-term diminished water flow, as well as pollution from stray gas or other substances. More than 100 cases of pollution were confirmed over the past five years.


Tell California regulators to reject plans to build new polluting gas plants near our families!

State authorities are about to vote on a proposed plan giving Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric a pass to build new polluting gas-fired power plants in Southern California. These “natural gas plants” are anything but “natural”.

Particulate matter and ozone emissions from these plants are known to exacerbate asthma rates in our already polluted communities. And guess where these power plants are often built? Probably not by wealthy mansions but right near where Latinos and other working-class families live.

There is a better way. Renewable energy sources like solar and energy conservation, among other clean alternatives, are far better solutions. This is what our Latino community in Southern California would prefer. In fact, a recent poll released by The Sierra Club jointly with Presente.org showed that Latinos support a replacement strategy favoring clean renewable energy over polluting power plants.

Tell the PUC to stand strong against giving Southern California’s utilities a pass to build more polluting gas-fired power plants in our communities!

Better contraceptives are part of the reason for the declining abortion rate. Lower teen pregnancy rates are part of the reason. Changing sexual mores might be part of the reason. But laws restricting abortion? That might succeed in making lots of poor women miserable, but it has nothing to do with declining abortion rates. Not yet, anyway.

Tell Monsanto: It's Time to Label GMOs!

For the past 22 years, Monsanto has worked behind the scenes with our federal government to keep Americans in the dark if their food has been genetically engineered in a laboratory. In the past two years alone, Monsanto has spent more than $13.4 million to defeat GMO labeling efforts in California and Washington state. This is an outrageous fortune wasted!

At the same time, two GMO labeling bills have passed in Connecticut and Maine, while more than 25 states have introduced bills to require mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. The truth is: We’re not backing down and we’re not going away until we win GMO labeling!

If Monsanto can profit from a patent in their products and label their foods in India, China, Russia and South Africa, they can certainly agree that Americans should have this basic right as well. We need your help today. Every voice counts!

Click here to join the Facebook Event for Monsanto’s Shareholder Meeting.

LOUISIANA IS ABOUT TO CLOSE ITS ABORTION CLINICS AND NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT IT

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Just before Thanksgiving, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) issued new “emergency” regulations that overhauled the existing regulations on abortion clinics. These 21 pages of rules give DHH the authority to immediately shut down a clinic without opportunity for appeal, even for simple infractions. Clinics have stated that they would be unable to meet the burdensome and excessive requirements, and this would lead to the closure of all five clinics in Louisiana.

Oh my god, these regulations are the height of impossibility. Among other things, patients have to have certain medical information documented by the clinic a month before their procedure. This is a 30-day waiting period.

Louisiana residents, there is a hearing on Wednesday, January 27 at 9:30 am in Room 118 of the Bienville Building in Baton Rouge. PLEASE submit written comments (the link has sample letters) or get there early wearing purple to match the folks at the New Orleans Abortion Fund.

hhhhey but guess what severe weather is shutting down a lot of the state so we can’t go anywhere :C ISN’T THAT GREAT

that was sarcasm it’s not great at all

You can still submit your opposition by emailing abortionfundnola@gmail.com for them to read at the hearing, or sending a letter (received by Jan. 30) to:

J. Ruth Kennedy

Bureau of Health Services Financing

PO Box 91030

Baton Rouge, LA 70821-0930

Please don’t think that your physical presence is all that will make a difference! Your opposition will be registered whether they see your face or not. Don’t let bad weather stand in the way of defending your civil rights!

This was done the right way: it gives you access to action

Didja see her latest video? The one where she hangs out with Jesus?

Didja see her latest video? The one where she hangs out with Jesus?

If the state of California is going to be legislating changes to help prevent foodborne illness, shouldn’t they maybe mandate more oversight of production? It makes the conspiracy-minded among us wonder: Is it just easier to make laws that will impact small individual businesses rather than large, powerful corporate businesses?

Of course, people do get sick because sick people handle their food in restaurants. Rather than mandating that your bartender wear a glove to flame the orange on your cocktail, perhaps it might make more sense to mandate that restaurant and food workers get paid sick leave so that they’re less likely to show up sick in the first place. Gloves or no, I don’t want someone with a stomach virus cooking my burger.

I don’t think any of us would argue against the idea that our food should be safer. But if we’re going to devote resources and write laws towards that aim, perhaps we should focus on real problems rather than complicating the lives of cooks and bartenders with overbearing laws requiring cumbersome tactics that may not even work.