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Day: September 22, 2021 (Page 1 of 2)

More than 50 U.S. businesses denouncing the new Texas abortion law and the healthcare restrictions it imposes

Some 50 corporations have stood up, putting their names forward, in opposition to the new Texas state law that bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.

The letter reads »

Equality in the workplace is one of the most important business issues of our time.

Restricting access to comprehensive reproductive care, including abortion, threatens the health, independence, and economic stability of our workers and customers.

When everyone is empowered to succeed, our companies, our communities, and our economy are better for it.

The economic losses from existing abortion restrictions, including labor force impact and earnings, already cost the State of Texas an estimated $14.5 billion annually. Nationally, state-level restrictions cost state economies $105 billion dollars per year.*

Simply put, policies that restrict reproductive health care go against our values and are bad for business. It impairs our ability to build diverse and inclusive workforce pipelines, recruit top talent across states, and protect the well-being of all the people who keep our businesses thriving day in and out.

The future of gender equality hangs in the balance, putting our families, communities, businesses and the economy at risk.

We stand against policies that hinder people’s health, independence and ability to fully succeed in the workplace.

Co-signers of the statement, which was circulated by Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and other groups, include Patagonia, Ben & Jerry’s, Bumble, The Body Shop, Yelp, Lyft, and others.

Several other large American employers, including Google, Facebook, and Apple, have not added their names to the document.

 

It’s not easy to cover Indigenous communities. Here’s why you must.

Jackleen de La Harpe and Cynthia-Lou Coleman, Poynter »

In mainstream U.S. news, coverage of Indigenous communities is sporadic, uneven and barely visible.

Central to the modern context is the 100-year legacy of residential schools, beginning with the Indian Act of 1876 and extending through most of the 20th century, when more than 150,000 children were sequestered, many stolen from their homes without their family’s or community’s permission. Residential schools were part of the government’s goal to assimilate Indigenous people by severing them from their culture, language and stories, coupled with the notion that was the basis of residential schools in the late 1800s: to save the child, you must kill the Indian. These actions are another way to describe genocide.

The Globe and Mail article patiently described a social structure imposed by governments that failed Native citizens, embodied by this family’s hardships — when things go wrong, then right, then wrong again — when people navigate the ups and downs of love, domestic violence, drugs and jail to become ensnared in a formal bureaucracy. The story described a social system that doesn’t work.

In today’s mainstream U.S. news, coverage of Indigenous communities — challenges and strengths — is sporadic, uneven and barely visible. Consider, for example, mental health, which is not well understood in popular media. Thanks to recent coverage of celebrities such as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Harry and Meghan) and champion tennis player, Naomi Osaka, narratives are emerging that help destigmatize mental conditions.

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Quebec police seek man who punched nurse for vaccinating his wife ‘without his authorization’

Reuters »

The man confronted the female nurse on Monday morning in the office of a pharmacy in the city of Sherbrooke, about 155 kilometres (96 miles) south-east of Montreal, where she was assigned to administer vaccines, a police spokesman, Martin Carrier, said by phone.

“Our suspect went directly into the office and began to yell at the nurse,” Carrier said.

The man appeared to be shocked that his wife was vaccinated at the pharmacy “without his authorization”, and hit the nurse in the face, Carrier added.

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