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Supreme Court justices and originalism: A legacy of ACEs

Just as millions of other people over the last few days, we’re still reeling from the news of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that overturned Roe v. Wade . One overpowering emotion after another hit us—we’re sad, devastated, numb, livid. So many parts of people’s lives are affected that it’s overwhelming to try to comprehend. It’s not just the 40 million women of childbearing age who live in states where access to abortion will be prohibited,...

‘History. Culture.Trauma.’ encore with ‘minister of gun violence prevention’, Rev. Deanna Hollas

The Rev. Deanna Hollas is the gun violence prevention ministry coordinator with the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, a founding member of the Everytown for Gun Safety Interfaith Advisory Council, and the co-founder of Retreat House Spirituality Center. Her congregation is in Dallas, TX. In light of two major gun law developments last week—the signing of the bipartisan Safer Communities Act and the Supreme Court’s ruling against the State of New York’s concealed-carry law—this week’s “History.

Roe Is the New Prohibition [theatlantic.com]

By David Frum, Photo: New York Daily News/Getty Images, June 27, 2022 The culture war raged most hotly from the ’70s to the next century’s ’20s. It polarized American society, dividing men from women, rural from urban, religious from secular, Anglo-Americans from more recent immigrant groups. At length, but only after a titanic constitutional struggle, the rural and religious side of the culture imposed its will on the urban and secular side. A decisive victory had been won, or so it seemed.

From Ruins of a Ku Klux Klan Hall, Fort Worth Reshapes Racial Narrative [bloomberg.com]

By James Russell, Photo: Ken Sparks/Fort Worth Camera Club/Transform 1012 N. Main Street, Bloomberg City Lab, June 20, 2022 After years of start-and-stop efforts, citizens in Fort Worth, Texas, are taking steps to change the narrative about a darker time in their city’s history. A project to transform a nearly century-old Ku Klux Klan meeting hall just received a $3 million boost from the federal government. The former KKK Klavern No. 101 auditorium — long an eyesore — was headed toward...

States Want to Make it Easier to Use Red Flag Laws [pewtrusts.org]

By Matt Vasilogambros, Photo: Matt Rourke/Associated Press, PEW, June 27, 2022 With President Joe Biden signing legislation that will incentivize states to enact red flag laws, some states already are trying to find ways to make their current red flag laws more effective in preventing gun violence. Nineteen states and Washington, D.C., have laws that allow law enforcement—and sometimes family members and school administrators—to petition civil courts to confiscate firearms from people who...

Health Care Startups Turn to ‘Coaches’ to Help Patients Cope and Monitor Treatment [californiahealthline.org]

By Darius Tahir, Illustration: exdez/Getty Images, California Healthline, June 23, 2022 In 2011, Sean Duffy and Adrian James were sitting in San Francisco’s Dolores Park debating what to call some workers at the company they founded, Omada Health. Omada , which launched that year, provides virtual treatment for chronic conditions. The company addresses the conditions through a team of employees — some traditional clinicians and others meant to give encouragement to patients as they manage...

My Trauma-Saturated Nightmare in Broad Summer Daylight

IT can be traumatically consequential for a very young child when his or her positive ‘white’ scenario instantly turns into a negative ‘black’; for, it is common enough for that child to thus experience catastrophization, even if it is of his/her own making — indeed, law-breaking mountains out of childhood-adventure molehills. The author of Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal writes that it is the unpredictability of a stressor, and not the...

Building A Trauma-Informed Culture

A trauma-informed culture understands the potential impacts of past trauma and is equipped to navigate these workplace impacts. This article explores a few more potential factors at play in working with those with past trauma. We will also introduce a few tools to help navigate the impacts of past trauma and build a trauma-informed culture in the workplace.

Is the Loss of Self the real outcome of trauma?

I want to throw out an idea based on years of successfully addressing the underlying childhood trauma that contributes to initial and continued drug use. I am seeking feedback as to whether or not those suffering from the memories of traumatic experiences feel that the loss of respect for one's self, i.e., the feeling that you are guilty, at fault in some way, or the victim that can never regain the sense of self purpose and control, is the factor that interferes with being able to grow and...

In An Unusual Step, a Top Medical Journal Weighs in on Climate Change [insideclimatenews.org]

By Victoria St. Martin, Photo: Robert Nickelsburg/Getty Images, Inside Climate News, June 16, 2022 For years, research journals devoted to the earth sciences have warned of the dire consequences that could result from global warming and pollution going unchecked. Now, one of the nation’s oldest medical journals has committed itself to increasing the public’s knowledge about the health effects of the planet’s changing climate. Beginning with the issue published Thursday, The New England...

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