Kick tobacco for mental health benefits
Success at New Year’s resolutions to quit smoking and/or vaping could be the brass ring of accomplishments in 2022.
Hurricane Ida: On the 16th anniversary of Katrina, we get hit...
Both extremely destructive, hurricanes Katrina and Ida were very different, and communities organizing with strategic plans for disaster response would be far more efficient at weathering future storms.
Liberate the Caged Voices
Sixty-six year old prisoner, Ifoma Modibo Kambon, describes how state prison actors administer their insidious tactics to destroy prisoners' minds, bodies and spirits with torture of decades in solitary confinement and other sadistic implementations of dehumanization.
All SFUSD schools return to in-person learning for Fall
Back to school in the fall, some students returning to in-person learning and others opting for remote learning, is supported by Education Reporter Daphne Young and Deputy Superintendent Enikia Ford-Morthel who lay out the process with plenty of information and encouragement.
A reflection on pain
The stories of domestic violence against women around the world is told again and again. Is this the telling we listen to, the one we hear, the one we feel, the one we commit ourselves to by standing in her place and saying “No More”?
Ongoing isolation in California prisons not governed by settlement, judge rules
A federal judge in a March 28 ruling declined to order the CDCR to move prisoners previously held in SHUs into legitimate general population conditions. Under a landmark class action settlement that was intended to effectively end indefinite solitary confinement in California prisons, nearly 1,500 prisoners were released into the general prison population, many to Level IV prisons, which is the highest security level in general population.
Part 3B: Toxic stachybotrys mold, the silent killer, sickens Treasure Island...
Treasure Island resident Liz Washington and her children exhibit many of the most serious toxic mold symptoms rampant among all islanders who constantly touch, ingest or breathe air filled with black mold spores. After moving to Treasure Island, everyone in the Washington family began to endure year ‘round swollen lymph nodes, sinus infections, nose and throat irritation, phlegm, runny noses, coughing spells and colds. Liz recently battled short-term acute bronchitis.
What solitary confinement does to the brain
A comprehensive new article by Brandon Keim in Wired Science is titled “The Horrible Psychology of Solitary Confinement.” Keim does an excellent job of summing up the research on the psychological effects of solitary. He also points to the relative lack of cutting-edge neuroscientific research on the subject, which might show the physical effects isolation has on the brain.
Wanda Sabir and the Bay View save lives
I’m thankful to Wanda and the Bay View. We all are. I love the world that Wanda takes me to, because it exists outside of the typical realm of negativity that swamps the prison environment. The Bay View is a necessary tool for prisoners, and I urge anybody who has a subscription to get subscriptions for others who may not be able to get it for themselves. Because who knows, you just may be in a position to save a life too.
NAACP special investigation reveals broken promises by BP
A special investigation, “’My Name is 6508799’: State of the Gulf, One Year After the Oil Drilling Disaster,” recently released by the NAACP, indicates that thousands of Gulf Coast residents are still suffering mild to severe mental health problems stemming from BP oil drilling disaster last year.
The way we grow, distribute and prepare food should celebrate our various cultures and our shared humanity, providing not only sustenance, but justice, beauty and pleasure.