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June 2022

Oregon Expands Postpartum Medicaid Coverage To One Year [Forbes.com]

In a wonderful step towards ensuring better care for postpartum parents, Oregon joins three other states in expanding postpartum Medicaid coverage to one year. Please head to https://www.forbes.com/sites/erinspencer1/2022/05/31/four-new-states-expand-postpartum-medicaid-coverage-to-one-year/?sh=32a132e923d0&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=forbeswomen&cdlcid=5d0105691802c8c524b7f679 to read the full article. This is thrilling and a significant step forward...

Writing Is Power!

Twenty years ago I had a major brain change. I didn’t know how to move forward. It was like I was stuck in a time warp. Then I started writing. First mind mapping and then stories and then book after book. Characters filled my mind with hope and delight as memories and scattered pieces of my life were woven into a pattern that led to understanding my true self. Although writing was therapeutic for me it wasn’t until I began editing my work and getting them ready for publication that true...

Letters from an American: May 26, 2022

By Heather Cox Richardson, Photo: Unsplash, Letters from an American, May 26, 2022 One of the key things that drove the rise of the current Republican Party was the celebration of a certain model of an ideal man, patterned on the image of the American cowboy. Republicans claimed to be defending individual men who could protect their families if only the federal government would stop interfering with them. Beginning in the 1950s, those opposed to government regulation and civil rights...

A bison range homecoming: Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes reclaim a Montana nature preserve [theguardian.com]

By Sarah Mosquera, Photo: Sarah Mosqueda/Montana Free Press, The Guardian, May 27, 2022 The sound of drumming filled the rolling hills of the National Bison Range. Members of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) and neighbors gathered under a large tent to sing and dance in celebration of a historic event: the tribes’ reclamation of management of the bison range after more than a century of federal management and nearly two decades of negotiations. “This all dates back to the...

Taco Bowls and Chicken Curry: Medi-Cal Delivers Ready Meals in Grand Health Care Experiment [californiahealthline.org]

By Heidi de Marco and Angela Hart, Photo: Heidi de Marco/KHN, California Healthline, May 31, 2022 Every Friday, Frances De Los Santos waits for a shipment of healthy, prepared meals to land on her front porch at the edge of the Mojave Desert. From the box, the 80-year-old retired property manager with stage 4 chronic kidney disease unpacks frozen food trays that she can heat in the microwave. Her favorite is sweet-and-sour chicken. In the three months since she began eating the customized...

Suicide takes more military lives than combat, especially among women [washingtonpost.com]

By Petula Dvorak, Photo: Courtesy of the Martorella Family, The Washington Post, May 30, 2022 When she was growing up, Memorial Day meant a trip to the Honor Wall in the center of Deana Martorella Orellana’s hometown, where the names of Charleroi, Pa., men who died in the world’s battlefields are etched in black granite. Her family is making that trip without her this year. She died with inspirational notes stuffed in her pockets. That March morning in 2016, she had gone to Veterans Affairs...

Asian and Black Communities Have a Long History of Shared Solidarity [nytimes.com]

By Leslie Nguyen-Okwu, Photo: An Rong Xu/The New York Times, The New York Times, May 30, 2022 Black and Asian communities in America today are often portrayed as in conflict with each other. But we have a long history of organizing with each other, too. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Asian Americans working as immigrant laborers in the United States were often subjected to racial violence. That experience of discrimination created solidarity with the Black community. In 1869,...

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