Women PROUTists are working together to create a world in which all people have the opportunity to develop their full potential. We educate and organize our communities to resist oppression, exploitation and discrimination. Women PROUTists support the all-round physical, economic, intellectual and spiritual development of women. Visit our website – Women Proutists of North America
Behavior of state leaders, state policy community raise warning flags
The last seven years in North Carolina politics and policy have been extraordinary. In a very short period of time, a once moderate state has been transformed into a kind of laboratory for far right policies and a testing ground for what we are coming to know now as Trumpism. On issue after issue, state legislative leaders have aggressively pursued an ultra-conservative agenda that seeks to radically remake the state’s social contract.
The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) was introduced in the Senate on June 22, 2017, and is now under debate. The bill would eliminate much of the Affordable Care Act. In this report, we present state-by-state estimates of the impact of the BCRA on health care coverage and costs. Nationwide, we find that there would be 24.7 million more uninsured people under the BCRA by 2022. Federal funding for Medicaid, premium tax credits, and cost sharing reductions would be $140.4 billion lower under the BCRA in 2022, while state Medicaid spending would increase by $565 million. Continue reading
Women have always been caregivers. Whether looking after small children, elders, other family members or friends in small communities, tending to others in urban settings with limited support systems, or acting as professional caregivers in institutional settings, we have been the primary providers of physical care and emotional support in a variety of settings and circumstances throughout the ages. Continue reading
Spice & Tea Merchants of Asheville is not your standard spice or tea shop. Our store has hundreds of products including over 140 loose leaf teas, herbs, single, blended and hard to find spices, sugars, soup and rice mixes, honey and chocolates. We focus on providing organic teas and spices and gluten free/no salt added products. We also carry a wide variety of tea wares, grinders, storage containers for spices and Himalayan salt slabs and lamps!
Sheppard Insurance Group is a family-owned, independent insurance agency with locations in Asheville and Clyde, North Carolina. Rooted in Western North Carolina but servicing clients across the State and Region, our agency has helped families and businesses with their insurance protection for over 120 years. As an independent insurance agency, we offer home, auto, umbrella, business, life and disability insurance, tailoring programs to each client.
MY GRANDFATHER’S PRAYERS premiered this past Sunday, June 18th to a full crowd. The feedback has been very moving and encouraging. We have a few more bookings over the Summer and will begin marketing the show to other locations. If you have connections within the community that would help us, please send them along. If you know people in the Cleveland, Boston, or Mpls. area, please let them know about our upcoming performances. Ticket price is $15.
I used to think the word “feminist” reeked of insecurity. A woman who needed to state that she was equal to a man might as well be shouting that she was smart or brave. If you were, you wouldn’t need to say it. I thought this because back then, I was a Swedish woman. Continue reading
Emily Graham Interviewed by Kristin MacLeod-Johnson
Try this on for size. You are 40 weeks pregnant. “Ready to pop,” to use a favorite American colloquialism. A documentary filmmaker is going to film the climactic finish of this journey, the labor, and whatever may transpire,which is truly unknown, because birth is treading in the waters of the great mystery. Hopefully there will be sweat, tears, dilation, grunting, nakedness, rawness, and ultimately, the opening and receiving of new life. Let’s also do it unassisted, and that does not mean just without drugs. It means without medical intervention. This is what 35 year old Emily Graham agreed to do back in February 2015 in collaboration with filmmaker Scott Kirschenbaum.
by Billy Mills, Christina Torres, Ashley Hicks, et al
We explore a topic our listeners have called out as a passionate force and a connector across all kinds of boundaries in American culture: running. Not just as exercise, or as a merely physical pursuit, but running as a source of bonding between parents and children and friends, as an interplay between competition and contemplation; as a way to understand body image and survival and healing. Continue reading
Though he’s earned a reputation as one of the world’s most innovative educators, Sal Khan, founder of the online Khan Academy, attributes his personal successes not so much to the questions he has answered as to the ones he has asked. Continue reading
There will be a long process as nations decide (or not) to ratify this new agreement—don’t hold your breath on our fine nation adopting this—but let’s sing and dance and PARTY for a strong move in the world in the right direction!
We all think our day starts when we wake up. But what if the day really starts the evening before? Why does it matter? When you create an ideal nighttime routine, it is far more likely that your first step in the morning will lead to a successful day. Continue reading
It’s not just condescending. To provide patients with the best possible care, I need their trust. By Faye Reiff-Pasarew in The Washington Post
“Sweetheart, you’re too young to understand,” my patient — a man in his 60s, someone accustomed to commanding a room — barked at me from his hospital bed. Medical problems had recently upended his life, and he was having a hard time adjusting. “I can’t believe I have to talk about this stuff to a young girl.”
I hear it all the time. Though I’m 34 and have been an attending physician for several years, after nearly a decade of medical training, patients routinely ask how old I am, tell me I look like “a baby” and, most infuriating, call me “cute” or “adorable,” as if I were a preschooler playing dress-up. A few have even asked to be seen by a “real” doctor instead of a “girl.” It’s an experience that’s not unique to me but familiar to many other young women in the profession. And while young men may similarly struggle to prove themselves as doctors, they’re never called “sweetie.” Continue reading
22 million—number of people the Congressional Budget Office says would lose health insurance coverage under the health care plan currently being considered by the U.S. Senate (“CBO: Senate Bill Would Raise Premiums, Deductibles, or Both for Most Marketplace Consumers, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, July 26, 2017)
1,300—amount in dollars more that a 40-year-old with an income of $26,000 would pay in premiums for a silver level health care plan under the Senate health care plan (Ibid)
By Frida Berrigan, Waging Non-Violence in Truth-Out
By now, my inchoate hopes that our nation will just wake up from the bad dream of Trump — or even more remotely that he’ll be impeached by a radicalized Congress — have turned to dust and floated away. He seems here to stay, and I need to figure out how to stay human, stay upright, with him in the White House. I need to be thinking about the long haul, about a life and a lifestyle of resistance, as opposed to a posture of resistance.
The Senate’s bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act is not a healthcare bill. It’s a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans, paid for by a dramatic reduction in healthcare funding for approximately 23 million poor, disabled, working and middle-class Americans.
America’s wealthiest taxpayers (earning more than $200,000 a year, $250,000 for couples) would get a tax cut totaling $346bn over 10 years, representing what they save from no longer financing healthcare for lower-income Americans.
That’s not all. The bill would save an additional $400bn on Medicaid, which Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, and Donald Trump are intent on shrinking in order to cut even more taxes for the wealthy and for big corporations.
If enacted, it would be the largest single transfer of wealth to the rich from the middle class and poor in American history. Continue reading