From the slave patrols of the 19th century to patrolling neighborhoods in the 21st century, police have been one of, if not the most destructive and oppressive forces in the Black community. In the 21st century, we can expand that to say Black and Brown communities.
In today’s era marked by mass shootings, worry over the safety of children in schools has increased, and understandably so. Research shows that policing schools actually does more harm than good, especially for students’ mental health. Meanwhile, having enough school counselors is proven to help.
Stephany Rose Spaulding, founder of Truth & Conciliation and a CO4UHC Board member, says the filibuster must go for Congress to make any substantial progressive progress. Rev. Spaulding also serves as Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
Among the seemingly endless list of negative impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrust upon our society is an intense decline in mental health for many individuals. More than half of Americans surveyed in a recent study say that their mental health has worsened as a result of the pandemic.
As a young woman in my 20s, I know many people my age who are no stranger to the lifestyle of the proverbial “starving college student;” however, many of them are not students at all, but full-time employed young people who struggle to pay rent and put food on the table, let alone pay for health care during a pandemic.
Lincoln, my friend of 20 years, called in early April to let me know that he had taken his mother to the doctor on two separate occasions and her symptoms were minimized, dismissed and she was sent home. The third and final time the staff decided to test her. That’s when they discovered his mother had COVID-19. She died later that day.
The Colorado Foundation for Universal Health Care condemns the murder of George Floyd as an act of the pervasive racism that has led to the deaths of black, indigenous, people of color through violence, poverty, and unabated discrimination in all areas of life, including health care.