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As Marginalized Communities Face Dearth of Trauma Care, Activists Step in to Fight for Survival

As Marginalized Communities Face Dearth of Trauma Care, Activists Step in to Fight for Survival

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 00:00
By Maya Dukmasova, Truthout | Report

[font size="1"]Led by Fearless Leading by the Youth (FLY), protesters march for trauma care on Chicago's South side, February 23, 2013. (Photo: sarah-ji/Flickr)[/font]

Every year after schools lets out, gun violence spikes in American cities, resulting in hundreds of deaths and life-altering injuries. Whether the victim is a young person, who has become trapped in a cycle of violence by a lack of opportunities, or an uninvolved bystander, urgent medical care in the moments after a shooting is often slow in arriving to poor communities of color. In Chicago and across the country, community members are fighting back against this health-care inequity, even at great personal risk.

On the first Wednesday in June, nine Chicago activists were arrested for occupying an administration building at the University of Chicago during an annual alumni reunion. They demanded to meet with Rob Zimmer, the president of the university, to discuss the lack of a Level 1 trauma center on the South Side, as hundreds of big donors were poised to arrive on campus. Two and a half hours later, firefighters cut a hole through the wall and the nine were detained by university police. In the previous month, nine other demonstrators for a South Side trauma center had been arrested during a march on Michigan Avenue.

Currently, all four of Chicago's adult trauma centers are located on the North and West sides of the city, leaving almost a fifth of city residents and large swaths of the South Side without a trauma center within a 5-mile radius. A 2013 Chicago-based study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, found that mortality rates among victims who suffered gunshot wounds are higher if an ambulance has to travel more than 5 miles to reach a Level 1 trauma center. Such "trauma deserts" surround the University of Chicago's state-of-the-art medical center.

The community surrounding the University of Chicago's Hyde Park campus also has one of the highest shooting rates in Chicago, where the consequences of the lack of a Level 1 adult trauma center are acutely felt every year. ...............(more)


Mayor: I’m Not Racist, But We Should Hang Monkey Obama

Published on Jul 19, 2015
Patrick Rushing is mayor Airway Heights, Washington. He has said some questionable things about the President and the First Lady. Rushing likened the Obamas to monkeys, an old racist trope, before suggesting they should be hanged. He then refused to resign because that would prove he’s racist. Cenk Uygur host of The Young Turks breaks it down.

No Growth, No profit, No problem

No Growth, No profit, No problem
by Wolf Richter • July 17, 2015

It was a historic day. Google’s market capitalization jumped by over $60 billion, enough to bail out Greece for a couple of years, and handily beating the prior single-day record of $46 billion held by Apple.

The thrilling event occurred on the news that Google’s second-quarter revenues rose 11% year-over-year – which seems like a lot in a quarter when S&P 500 revenues are expected to shrink – and “net profit” rose 17%, while net earnings per share of its class A common stock inched up a measly 1%, which sent these shares up 16%.

Or maybe it was on the news that Google finally hadn’t disappointed analysts’ expectations. Or rather, that they’d finally lowered their expectations enough to where Google could exceed them.

The action gave the NASDAQ a big push to rise almost 1% to another all-time record. It’s now 4% above the prior crazy record of March 2000. And this time, everyone agrees, it’s different.


So this time,the asset bubbles are far broader than they used to be, after years of central-bank money-printing and zero-interest-rate policy in major economies around the world, whose sole purpose it was to inflate asset prices. This was supposed to create a “wealth effect,” which was supposed to stimulate the economy. It certainly worked in inflating asset prices.

Now nearly all assets are overpriced. And enthusiasm for even more asset-price inflation is palpable. The insane asset-price stimulus is still rampant, though the Fed has terminated its money-printing binge and is contemplating the idea of raising interest rates from zero to nearly zero. We’ve never had this sort of global environment. Not in 2000, not in 2007. So yes, this time it’s different. But in the wrong direction. ......................(more)


London’s population has risen by 603,000 since 2000, car ownership has actually dropped by 117,000

Remember the Evening Standard’s campaign against increases to parking charges in Westminster?

Endless front page headlines, leader columns and op-eds warned of thousands of job losses from Westminster’s “tax on nightlife.”

In the end the plans were scrapped and council leader Colin Barrow even stood down following the row.

So how many people would actually have been affected by these “devastating” charges?

Well a new study out today reveals that car ownership in London has actually gone down in London significantly since the mayoralty was set up.

While London’s population has risen by 603,000 since 2000, car ownership has actually dropped by 117,000. .............(more)


Bear downs 36 beers, passes out at campground

BAKER LAKE, Wash. — When state Fish and Wildlife agents recently found a black bear passed out on the lawn of Baker Lake Resort, there were some clues scattered nearby — dozens of empty cans of Rainier Beer.

The bear apparently got into campers’ coolers and used his claws and teeth to puncture the cans. And not just any cans.

“He drank the Rainier and wouldn’t drink the Busch beer,” said Lisa Broxson, bookkeeper at the campground and cabins resort east of Mount Baker.

Fish and Wildlife enforcement Sgt. Bill Heinck said the bear did try one can of Busch, but ignored the rest. The beast then consumed about 36 cans of Rainier. ...............(more)


The Media Is Cowering In Fear of Bernie Sanders

I like this kid......

Published on Jul 17, 2015

These establishment-owned media is doing everything they can to stop the surge of Bernie Sanders.This means smearing him, writing him off, whatever it takes. So sit back and enjoy this compilation of the establishment media cowering in fear of Bernie Sanders

Mike Papantonio and Thom Hartmann: Democratic Primary: Big Money VS The People

Published on Jul 17, 2015

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The 2016 Democratic pool is finally starting to fill up for 2016, and one thing is becoming clear: It’s going to come down to Hillary Clinton vs. Bernie Sanders. Or, big money vs. the people.

America’s Lawyer, Mike Papantonio, discusses this on The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann.

TYT: Cenk sounds off on the Sandy Bland death and police dealings with African Americans

Published on Jul 16, 2015

Sandy Bland was driving from Illinois to Texas when she was pulled over for “improper signaling.” What happened immediately thereafter is unclear, but the situation escalated and the police put her in cuffs on the ground. Bland was arrested and put into jail where she died. The police claim she hanged herself shortly before she was to be released. Cenk Uygur hosts The Young Turks. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

"Bland was pulled over in Waller County, Texas, on July 10 for improper signaling, the Waller County Sheriff's office said in a statement. She was arrested for allegedly assaulting an officer and booked into the county jail in Hempstead, roughly 50 miles northwest of Houston.

On Monday morning, Bland was found hanging in her cell. The sheriff's office said she had died from "what appears to be self-inflicted asphyxiation.”*

Post-racial America

After proclaiming that the Confederate flag isn’t a symbol of hate and vowing a peaceful protest against its removal, members of the Ku Klux Klan required a police escort to leave a rally in front of the South Carolina statehouse on Saturday.

The Klan rally was scheduled from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the south side of the statehouse grounds, while on the north side, the Black Educators For Justice were scheduled from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Greenville Online reports. Governor Nikki Haley had asked people to stay home instead.

“Our family hopes the people of South Carolina will join us in staying away from the disruptive, hateful spectacle members of the Ku Klux Klan hope to create over the weekend and instead focus on what brings us together,” she said in a statement. “We want to make the Statehouse a lonely place for them. In doing so, we’ll honor those we have lost and continue to make our state stronger.”

Instead, the event turned raucous.

Despite numerous claims by the KKK that their event would be peaceful, videos of Klan members carrying confederate flags and taunting black protesters with ugly racist speech quickly emerged. ..................(more)


Welcome to Fairmead, California, Where You Have to Walk a Mile for a Sip of Water

from the Nation:

Welcome to Fairmead, California, Where You Have to Walk a Mile for a Sip of Water
For some Californians the drought means brown lawns. For others, it means nothing to drink.

By Sasha Abramsky JULY 14, 2015

The tiny, dusty town of Fairmead, California, feels a long way from anywhere. It’s the kind of place where people come to start anew, hoping to silence the ghosts of hard times past. There are the African-Americans whose families migrated out of the segregated Deep South more than half a century ago, looking for farmwork and a place where they could hold their heads high. There are the migrants from Mexico, who came in search of a slightly better life than the one they had left south of the border. There are the Anglo descendants of refugees from the Oklahoma Dust Bowl. And there are elderly adventurers looking for something new—for a little land and a lot of quiet in which to live out their fixed-income retirements.

Fairmead is unincorporated. It used to have a mill, a library, a hotel, and a small store, as well as a handful of restaurants. None of these remain. Located a few miles from the prison town of Chowchilla, Fairmead today has a Last Picture Show feel to it. It boasts a small elementary school, a Head Start program, a couple of churches, and a population of roughly 1,400, spread out along miles of rural back roads. The town’s avenues are numbered instead of named—some of them paved, others simply bumpy lanes of gravel and stone. They stretch out from what passes for the town center—a few neat streets lined by bungalows and ranch houses, with a city well and a recently built water-storage tank at its heart—into the orchards beyond.

These days, while the almond orchards are kept a perfect green, the surrounding landscape is a dull brown, and the yards in front of most of the houses are little more than dirt and weeds. At least 25 families have seen their wells go dry in recent months. Many others are rationing what little water remains. Those lucky enough to be on the city’s system still have to strictly conserve to keep the town’s only well from going dry.

Not that they want to use any more of the city’s water than they absolutely have to: The water quality is so bad in Fairmead, where tap water flows a milky white, that even those on the city well prefer to drink bottled water. Mostly low-income, they spend tens or even hundreds of dollars each month on drinking water, and many dollars more on gas to drive their cars out of town to someplace where the water quality is better, so that they can fill up large containers with safe water to use for showering, washing dishes, and watering their gardens. .................(more)


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