Rape: A Revolting Crime – Talk to Sons & Daughters (Before They Leave for College)

As young women in New Haven, throughout Connecticut, and across America spend the next several months reading college profiles, visiting campuses and completing college applications, it is equally important that parents and guardians spend time researching and reading about school culture, practice and policies. Women are being sexually assaulted at some of America’s most prestigious colleges and universities; it has been going on ever since women gained admission to the previously all-male bastions of education and power. Ninety-five percent of the incidents have gone unreported to legal authorities for a number of reasons. As is evidenced in the interviews given by the President and the Dean at UVA, most institutions prefer to deal with their dirty secrets privately. It has been made clear to young women that they have nothing to gain by reporting these crimes they have endured, and the perpetrators are seldom held accountable or punished in any way. In fact, some have been rewarded by their peers.

Of course, women are raped by men. So as we counsel our daughters to be careful, vigilant, not be too trusting; travel in groups and wear protective clothing (multiple layers help); we must also counsel our sons about not being criminals. Knocking women out, drugging them, setting them up and raping them does not make you a decent human being; it makes you a thug, a criminal, a punk. We should ask our sons and other young males — what would you do if you walked into a room and your sister was being raped?

How ironic that this latest explosive case about a vicious gang rape on a college campus is reported to have taken place at a university headed by women? None of the seven men who (reportedly) admitted to carrying out the assault, nor the two who reportedly watched and cheered them on, has been suspended or expelled. Who is your daddy might play a key role here. Alumni funding has power and a great deal of clout.

Men are not the only ones who play disgusting political games. For example, UVA president Teresa Sullivan quickly suspended all fraternity and sorority activities until January 2015. Of course, why not? No one is affected; not really. It is examination time and the holiday season; nothing of importance is going on in these organizations; no one is missing out. Suspending so-called activities rather than the perpetuators of criminal activities is more palatable to those who call the shots and keep the dollars flowing at UVA and elsewhere.

The Rolling Stone article by Sabrina Rubin Erdely is riveting and nauseating; it is also important that parents read it and talk to their children, males and females. Have serious in-depth conversations about the crime of RAPE! Talk to your teens about drinking and where they drink, and about not leaving drinks unattended.

“University of Virginia thinks they’re above the law,” says UVA grad and victims-rights advocate Liz Seccuro. “They go to such lengths to protect themselves. There’s a national conversation about sexual assault, but nothing at UVA is changing.” 

The University of Virginia is one of the 86 schools now under federal investigation, but it has more reason to worry than most of its peers. Because, unlike most schools under scrutiny, where complaints are at issue, UVA is one of only 12 schools under a sweeping investigation known as “compliance review”: a proactive probe launched by the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights itself, triggered by concerns about deep-rooted issues. “They are targeted efforts to go after very serious concerns,” says Office of Civil Rights assistant secretary Catherine Lhamon. “We don’t open compliance reviews unless we have something that we think merits it.”

UVA says it has been complying fully with the investigation. But Carter notes that UVA and other elite schools tend not to respond well to criticism and sanctify tradition above all else. “That’s common to more prestigious institutions,” Carter says. Prestige is at the core of UVA’s identity.”

Ironically, there was a time when prestige meant dignity, decency, and far above-board social and moral conduct. Clearly, those days are gone at UVA and other such institutions where being raped is supposed to be a part of regular college life.  UVA is in the spotlight now, but it is one of many higher education institutions where the barbaric, vulgar, criminal act of rape takes place on a regular basis and, like in the Catholic Church, it has been covered up.  Victims have often been re-victimized by the enforced silence, and have also been ostracized by those at the top.  As a civilized society and a world-class leader in many ways, we should be outraged.  We should do everything in our power to hold perpetrators, and those who cover up the crimes accountable and  responsible at every level. It is hopeful to know that there is a federal probe into many of these schools.

Those of us who contribute to our alumni institutions need to withhold our contributions until serious and sustained actions are taken, and permanent changes made in the manner in which these crimes against women, and against any oppressed groups, are handled on our campuses. Our children should not be returning from institutions of higher learning as permanently damaged human beings. Sexual assaults damage people. Click the link below to read Ms. Erdely’s article in Rolling Stone Magazine.

 A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA “Jackie was just starting her freshman year at the University of Virginia when she was brutally assaulted by seven men at a frat party. When she tried to hold them accountable, a whole new kind of abuse began.”

By Sabrina Rubin Erdely | November 19, 2014 http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/a-rape-on-campus-20141119

See additional resources and references listed below.  Click the link that takes you to an explanation of Title IX and its impact on education.

Meet the College Women Who Are Starting a Revolution Against Campus Sexual Assault – By Vanessa Grigoriadis 

http://nymag.com/thecut/2014/09/emma-sulkowicz-campus-sexual-assault-activism.html

Campus Sexual Violence Resource List http://www.nsvrc.org/saam/campus-resource-list

 Sexual Assault on Campus: Prevention and Protection http://www.collegexpress.com/articles-and-advice/student-life/articles/college-health-safety/sexual-assualt-campus-prevention-and-protection/

Report of Gang Rape at Virginia University Reignites Debate on Campus Sexual Assault http://time.com/topic/campus-sexual-assault/

The Impact of Title IX – An Important Legislation that Protects Women http://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era/seventies/essays/impact-title-ix

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Give Thanks Consciously: Let’s Reflect On Voting Rights

Prior to 1965, many black Americans could not legally vote in many states in the Union (USA). A variety of disenfranchisement mechanisms were used to deprive blacks of the right to vote. The price paid by those who had the courage to try to register and vote was enormous; this included loss of life. In 2014 all it requires for us to vote (certainly in CT) is to pre-register: go to a designated place and fill out a form. In most places this can be done through the mail; on voting day show up with a utility bill and an ID. It could not be easier. Yet, in this mid-term election less than 40 percent of black people who were eligible to vote actually went to the voting booths. Why? What accounts for the political apathy among Blacks? No, Black Americans are not the only ones who are apathetic about politics and voting, but their forebears have paid the greatest price and they have the most to lose by not voting and not being involved in the political process.

The ballot box is the only place in American society where people of all race, creed, ethnicity, education and socio-economic level have an equal share and equal access; this is one vote.

“After the Fifteenth (15th) Amendment barring racial discrimination in voting was adopted in 1870, Southern states and others continued to disenfranchise black voters through poll taxes, literacy tests, and violent intimidation, killing many black people who tried to vote.”

“Congress passed legislation in 1957, 1960, and 1964 that contained voting-related provisions. The 1957 Act created the Civil Rights Division within the Department of Justice and the Commission on Civil Rights; the Attorney General was given authority to intervene in and institute lawsuits seeking injunctive relief against violations of the 15th Amendment. Yet, the violations and suppressive mechanisms continued unabated. James Chaney (black, age 21), Andrew Goodman (white, age 20) and Michael Schwerner (white, age 24) were summer volunteers who were murdered (by the KKK) in the summer of 1964. They were trying to register black voters in Mississippi. They left their comfortable homes and lives to go to Mississippi to help to make a positive difference in the lives of black Americans.”

It took 41 years for the architect of the murders to be held accountable. It took 50 years, until this Nov. 24, 2014, when President Obama posthumously awarded them the Presidential Medal of Freedom, for their sacrifice made by Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner to be politically recognized. Every election when large percentage of us (Black people) do not register, and do not vote, we are saying that the sacrifices and struggles made all these years do NOT MATTER at all, and have no value to us.

In 1965, high-profile voting rights activism and violent repression in the South led President Lyndon Johnson to sign the Voting Rights Act (“VRA”), banning discriminatory qualification laws and requiring jurisdictions with the worst records of discrimination to “preclear” new voting laws with the federal government. Congress reauthorized the VRA in 2006. (To fully understand the meaning and implication of ‘preclearance’ visit: http://redistrictingonline.org/Preclearance.html)

In Shelby County, Alabama, officials challenged the VRA’s preclearance requirement and on June 25, 2013, the Supreme Court decided 5-4 to strike down ‘preclearance’ because “things have changed dramatically” since 1965: voting tests are illegal, racial disparities in voter turnout and registration have diminished, and “record numbers” of minorities hold elected office. The dissent (those justices who disagreed with the majority decision) noted: “Throwing out preclearance when it has worked and is continuing to work to stop discriminatory changes is like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet.”

Now many states in the South are re-implementing the very laws that ‘preclearance’ protected us from since 1965, starting in Alabama.

Types of Changes that must be Precleared: While there is no all-inclusive list of changes that must be precleared, the text of the Voting Rights Act prohibits:

“Any voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure with respect to voting that has the purpose of or will have the effect of diminishing the ability of any citizens of the United States on account of race or color.”

 The Justice Dept. has also established a non-exhaustive list of changes that must be pre-cleared. Covered Changes Under Sec. 5 of the Rights Act include:

  • Voter eligibility requirements

  • Registration procedure

  • Voting precinct boundaries

  • Polling place locations

  • Redistricting, annexations, de-annexations

  • Municipal incorporations

  • Election procedures

  • Candidate eligibility

  • Referendum procedure

The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) has more details about this. We highly recommend: EJI’s History of Racial Injustice Highlight: Voting Rights Act and Voter Suppression http://www.eji.org/HighlightNov2014

We also recommend Equal Justice Initiative – Children In Prison – http://www.eji.org/childrenprison

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/11/24/slain-mississippicivilrightsworkershonored50yearslater.html http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/vot/intro/intro_a.php

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_apathy

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2015 Medicare FACTS – Enrollment Ends Dec. 7, 2014

You can change your Medicare Plan now until Dec. 7, 2014!

If you are already on Medicare and are Re-Enrolling in a Different Medicare Plan – Please Get Some KEY FACTS in this blog!

If you qualify for Medicare and have not yet enrolled, sign up by Dec. 7, 2014

  • In CT you may call CHOICES at: 1-800-994-9422 – immediately. A CHOICE counselor at your local Agency on Aging will help you to find a plan that meet your needs.  You may visit: Choices – CT.gov

  • You may also check out plans offered by ConnectiCare or Call (860) 674-5757 or 1-800-251-7722.  If you call 800-447-0580 (Someone in New York will answer; they are handling the over-flow for CT)

  • If you are interested in exploring coverage with Aetna call 1-855-220-3516, or visit Aetna’s comprehensive site at: www.aetnamedicare.com/

OneWorld urges great caution in selecting a new Medicare health insurance provider for 2015.

  • United Health Care (UHC) will be one of the insurance marketplace providers in CT in 2015.  UHC policies have proven to be extremely punitive to many of its existing Medicare enrollees.

  • Please be sure that you are absolutely clear about what your coverage, provider latitude, and your own freedom to choose will be before enrolling.  This goes for all insurance providers.

Here are a few salient questions to be addressed before signing up with a new insurer:

  1. Are your present doctors in the network of the new insurer? If not, what latitude do you have in selecting health care providers?

  2. How far will you have to drive to get to your new providers?

    a) In mid 2014, UHC advised Medicare enrollees who live in Hamden and New Haven that they could no longer be admitted to Yale New Haven Hospital (this also means the St. Raphael Campus), or be treated by Yale-affiliated physicians and care providers. 

    b) The approved hospitals are Griffin in Derby, Mid-State (in Meriden) Milford Hospital, St. Vincent Medical Center (Bpt) and Bridgeport Hospital.

This is an incredible inconvenience and physical hardship on many of CT’s elderly residents. Many seniors do not drive on the highways.  Many do not have cars and depend on others to drive them to appointments.

3) Be careful about the phrase “$0 monthly plan premium.” Unless you are on Medicaid (where the government pays for your health insurance), you pay a premium which is deducted from your Social Security monthly payments and sent directly to your insurer. You may not have to make any additional premiums to your insurer; however, it is important to ask about your co-pays and deductibles before benefits start.

a) How much will you have to pay out-of-pocket when you see a primary care (PC) provider? Or when you see a specialist (spec)?

b) When you go to the emergency room (ER), or have an in-hospital stay, what portion of the bill do you have to pay? What will be your deductibles? Get clear explanations and get all benefit information in writing.

c) Is Vision Care and/or Dental Care included? If they are, what is your co-pay per visit and per type of service? Are there also deductibles?

d)  Do you have pre-existing conditions that are being treated by specialist/s?

f) Will you be able to maintain those existing relationships and continuity of care under your new insurer?  This is very important! 

If not, will you be able to get comparable providers/specialists under the new insurer?  It is essential that this be addressed before signing up.  Once you have signed up it takes one year to change your insurer.

NOTE! In choosing a Medicare Plan– please know that AARP is NOT a health insurance provider. AARP is only a licensee to UHC. If you sign up with United Health Care through the AARP Supplement program, you are NOT insured with AARP. Please see the disclosure below.

Important Disclosure about Medicare Supplement Insurance:
“The AARP Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans carry the AARP name and United Health Care pays a royalty fee to AARP for use of the AARP intellectual property. Amounts paid are used for the general purposes of AARP and its members. Neither AARP nor its affiliate is the insurer.”

“AARP encourages you to consider your needs when selecting products and does not make specific product recommendations for individuals” https://www.aarpmedicareplans.com/

Medicare.Gov is the official US Government Site for Medicare.

This is a federal government website managed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244

At the link below you can find all of the Medicare-related information you need: http://www.medicare.gov/

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Fewer Deaths After Health Care Reform In MA

Fewer deaths after health reform

Health Reform Watch: Study finds fewer deaths after MA implemented Health Reform   (5/8/2014) 

Nov. 15, 2014 through Feb. 15, 2015 = Open Enrollment for ACA Coverage for 2015

SIGN UP FOR THE ACA IN 2014 TO HAVE COVERAGE ON JAN. 1, 2015

Health insurance coverage allows us to get timely screenings and medical check ups that will identify health problems early; this allows for effective intervention that can save lives.  Sign UP today! 

In this edition of Health Reform Watch: Harvard Asst. Professor Ben Sommers explains his widely-quoted study showing a measurable drop in adult deaths in Massachusetts in the wake of the state’s health reform program, the model for the Affordable Care Act.

Ben Sommers, an assistant professor at Harvard, explains his widely-quoted study showing a measurable drop in adult deaths in Massachusetts in the wake of the state’s health reform program, the model for the Affordable Care Act.  Video 

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Affordable Care -Open Enrollment #2- Nov. 15 – Dec. 31, 2014

Thanks to the ACA millions of Americans now have health coverage. Those with pre-existing medical conditions, who had to make a choice between having affordable care and having shelter, are now free of that onerous burden.  For the first time since the implementation of Medicare average Americans, who do not have health coverage through an employer, now have access to affordable care. It is really important that people sign up.

The first open enrollment period in 2013 was challenging for assisters and consumers. The next open enrollment period will bring new challenges; however, the process will be less complicated if people seek help in getting enrolled in a timely manner, and have with them the required documents and information. There are at least 5 million more individuals to be enrolled, plus re-enrolling millions. We have only 7 weeks in this enrollment period; Nov. 15 to Dec. 31, 2014.  It is important that service agencies and individuals do all that is possible to help those who need health insurance to fully understand the importance of getting coverage and of signing up in a timely manner.

Are you self-employed? Work only part-time? There are subsidies to help you to get affordable health care. The emergency room is not the place to get primary health coverage because there is no continuity of care. And now that there is the Affordable Care Plan (ACA/Obamacare) the ER will ask you for your health insurance card. There is a penalty for not signing up for health coverage in Connecticut. You may also sign up before Nov. 15, 2014 if you have had a “Qualifying Life Event” since the close of the last enrollment period. See this link: https://www.healthcare.gov/coverage-outside-open-enrollment/special-enrollment-period/

Find out how to enroll through Access Health here: How to enroll | Access Health CT

Get ALL of the essential FACTS about the ACA/Obamacare in Connecticut and learn about eligibility:

http://obamacarefacts.com/insurance-exchange/connecticut-health-insurance-exchange/

 You may be eligible for Expanded Medicaid (HUSKY Health Care), or for a plan through the Marketplace (AccessHealthCT). Contact one of the service agencies in CT to find out.

Obamacare Sign Up- Get ALL details here: http://obamacarefacts.com/obamacare-sign-up/

In the short videos linked below we bring you the testimony of various consumers sharing the significant benefits they have derived from having health coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare).

Consumer Kimberly Tonyan, a single mother speaks about the importance of having health coverage, and the difference between having coverage and having gone four years without it. http://youtu.be/R8Dh7sZTKg8 = 2 mins 10 secs.

Health care consumer, Patricia Edwards, someone with hypertension, tells her story about the benefits of having health insurance under the ACA:   “Having insurance is like having an umbrella over one’s head.” Get Health Coverage! Patricia Edwards did and it made a major difference in her life. Watch and listen to her: http://youtu.be/hKLfxt3cygU = 2 mins 15 secs

Self-employed, health care consumer, Jennifer Busco, shares her experience with signing up for the ACA in North Carolina: http://youtu.be/ju9vqd3GwNU 1 min 58 secs

Covered Just in Time – Robert’s Story: http://youtu.be/cM1CS0EaYzc 1:13

The Affordable Care Act is Working: http://youtu.be/SB56WXdKBKQ  4:22 Brief Overview of How

Published on Sep 26, 2014 – Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans have the peace of mind that comes with affordable health coverage. http://youtu.be/poHnMDzB4P0 1 min 20 secs

The Affordable Care Act and Latinos: The Affordable Care Act is making health insurance coverage more affordable and accessible for millions of Americans. For Latinos, like other ethnic minorities, the law addresses inequities in access to quality, affordable health coverage. The Affordable Care Act invests in prevention and wellness, and gives individuals and families more control over their care.

http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/facts/factsheets/2012/04/aca-and-latinos04102012a.html

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans have the peace of mind that comes with affordable health coverage. GET Coverage in 2014! Sign UP for the Affordable Care Insurance. The health care landscape has changed in CT and nationally. It is sensible and responsible to get coverage now.

Yes, even if you line in a Republican controlled state you can get health coverage through the federal exchange. You can get coverage in Kentucky, Georgia and Arizona and in other states where there are no state exchanges. Visit: https://www.healthcare.gov/ the federal marketplace.

A Message to Pastors, Community Educators, Outreach Workers and Church Volunteers: We ask you all to be particularly vigilant, encouraging and helpful to those within your influence.  We ask pastors to speak about this from the pulpit; remind parishioners how important it is to take advantage of this positive offering and sign up for health care coverage.  Health and well-being, especially of those who struggle with health issues every day, are critically important. Diabetes, Gout and high blood pressure take a disproportionate toll on communities of color and on poor inner-city communities. Having health insurance allows for timely interventions and prevents severe damage to our biological infrastructure.  Please encourage parishioners to seek coverage for themselves and loved ones.  Under the ACA many poor people qualify for free health insurance.

With coverage under the ACA you do not have to go without health coverage for four years as Kimberly did before she was able to sign up for the ACA. Obamacare is helping us to stay more healthy. Sign UP!

OneWorld Progressive Institute, Inc., is a small group of committed volunteers who produce community information and education television programs on health literacy, education and civic engagement.  We also find good information and post informative blogs about issues we believe shine light. Learn more about us at our web site: www.oneworldpi.org/  and visit our web health section at: http://www.oneworldpi.org/health/index.html  Please share our information with others.  Watch our informative television programs on your public access channels: AT&T Uverse, Charter Communications Chan. 21, and Comcast Chans 10, 15, 18 & 26.

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