Archives for 2020

4 Things Our Communities Can Do to Provide Legal Aid to Low-Income and Disabled People

There are currently 61 million disabled individuals in the United States, and this population is often denied healthcare and necessary coverage. In recent years, the Trump administration rolled back many protections for disabled individuals, including ADA protections, and made it harder for people to file for disability and social security income. While there is still that must be done to turn around years of oppression that the disabled experience, some things are turning around now that President-Elect Biden plans to reform social security and supplemental income. However,… [Read more]

The Systems and Legislation We Need to Protect Children

As COVID continues to spread around the world, the topic of public health is of paramount importance. But it would be a mistake to view the novel coronavirus pandemic solely in regards to physical health: the virus is also linked (directly and indirectly) to poor mental health, including anxiety and depression. 

Children have been especially hard hit in terms of mental health, post-COVID, as they may be more likely to experience abuse, neglect, and/or household dysfunction in the wake of shelter-in-place orders and social distancing mandates.… [Read more]

Preventive Health Habits During a Pandemic

Western life has never been more toxic than it is currently, two decades into the 21st century. Everything from a growing dependence on fast food to increasingly unclean air and water to the vitriolic hate surrounding every single political interaction has left Americans in an unhealthy stupor.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed and burnt out by simply being alive right now, you’re definitely not alone.… [Read more]

Are electric vehicles booming in Europe?

People are becoming both more tech-savvy and eco-conscious by the day. No longer do they demand only faster and more reliable cars. They call for a change in the automotive industry, a shift towards sustainable transportation. That means no fossil fuels, less pollution and fewer greenhouse gasses. 

The role of electric vehicles of all kinds, including hybrids, plug-in hybrid and fully electric cars in a race towards carbon neutralityis paramount.… [Read more]

Why Destigmatizing Medicaid is So Important

Public health insurance, which includes both Medicare and Medicaid, covered 34.4% of the American population in 2018. Even with those numbers, there’s still a strong stigma against receiving public health coverage.

Unfortunately, this stigma keeps millions of Americans from seeking — and receiving — the health care they need. People aren’t willing to go to the doctor because they have to admit they use Medicaid or Medicare, and they feel shame about it.… [Read more]

Real-world Skills Students Will Take Away From Pandemic Schooling

As we move towards the end of 2020, COVID-19 continues damaging lives and businesses all around the world. One of the biggest sectors that had to see multiple issues was the global education setup. While many countries benefitted from remote learning, it is safe to assume not every country had the resources and opportunities to do the same.… [Read more]

Why Water Access Can Make or Break Impoverished Communities

Without water, no life can exist. Nowhere is this more clearly seen than in impoverished communities around the world whose access to water is severely limited. As fewer people have access to water, major problems occur, resulting in social unrest and devastating health consequences for the citizens of that community. Fortunately, the opposite is true, as well, in that if communities gain access to a reliable water supply, they can quickly begin to flourish.… [Read more]

What Defunding the Police Really Means

The last several months have been tense, to put it mildly. Alongside the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been several high profile examples of police brutality against Black victims. The Black Lives Matter movement has gained additional energy and attention, with protests continuing across the planet.    

One concept that is gaining traction as a solution to the continued oppressive, racially prejudiced actions of law enforcement personnel is the defunding of police forces.… [Read more]

How to Include More People in Political Activism

As the election approaches, more and more voters are becoming actively engaged in campaigning, but often, this fervor dies down after election day. A big part of keeping the energy of political activism up includes keeping voters ideologically engaged. Currently, the BLM movement and calls to improve healthcare and climate change controls are engaging many voters on the left, waking up the nation to current events that need attention.… [Read more]

The Difficulties of Remote Schooling in Poor Communities

There’s no denying that in a matter of a few short months, the novel coronavirus has transformed “normal” life as we knew it. And perhaps the biggest impact has been on our children, who were forced to spend the last months of the 2020 spring semester trying to adjust to distance learning.

Now, as the debate rages about how to keep the schools that have reopened safe, there’s a student population for whom the stakes are especially high. … [Read more]