working together for social inclusion in America

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Race Residuals

I've been a supporter of The Real News Network since its inception, and am grateful there is at least one place where perspectives excluded by dominant society's mainstream media can be heard. Interviews with Black Agenda Report senior editor Glen Ford and Aymara Bolivian President Evo Morales stand out as unique. Yet, when I look at the media links featured on TRNN, media produced by African Americans and Native Americans is absent. I'm not sure how to interpret that.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Keeping Connected

I live in one of the few counties in California that has a medical program for the uninsured. One of the benefits I receive is physical therapy for my chronic back condition, a condition that prevents me from working, as well as causes me considerable pain.

An added benefit of being able to see my doctor for a checkup, which I previously neglected as I was unable to afford the office call, is that I now have a more holistic view of my health, and can manage my disability more effectively. It sounds common sense, but what do people do where no help is available?

Leaving the Marin General Hospital outpatient physical therapy unit the other day, I thought about how good it feels to be doing normal things, like going to the doctor or therapist for treatment, and recalled how excluded I felt before these services were provided. As more people become unemployed and dislocated, social inclusion programs, like county medical services, help keep them connected. Without them, we are no longer a society.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

US Failed State?

Read this.

Friday, October 02, 2009

St. Hillary

St. Hillary calls for an end to sexual violence in conflict zones. How pious. Maybe someone can explain to her eminence that creating conflict for the benefit of profiteering is the problem, and when that abomination is eliminated, then the symptoms will also disappear.