Think the Midterms Don’t Matter? Tell That to 70,000 Poor, Uninsured People in Maine.

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Think the Midterms Don't Matter? Tell That to 70,000 Poor, Uninsured People in Maine.

2014 Midterms
October 29, 2014

Think the Midterms Don’t Matter? Tell That to 70,000 Poor, Uninsured People in Maine.

By Alec MacGillis Photo: AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty

The stakes of the 2014 midterm elections, as many have noted, seem awfully low. Yes, control of the Senate is up for grabs, but there’s only so much Republicans will be able to accomplish in the face of the veto and filibuster. As my own colleagues have pointed out, this is an overly sanguine view of the matter. But the tendency to underplay the election is especially misplaced when it comes to races for governor and state legislature. Consider Maine, where a new development in the race for governor may well have just won some 70,000 people health coverage.

Maine’s current governor is Paul LePage, a Republican elected in the 2010 Tea Party wave…

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Homelessness in the World’s Largest City Just Hit a Record Low

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Homelessness in the World’s Largest City Just Hit a Record Low

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Why is there a massive discrepancy in rates of homelessness between New York City and Tokyo, the two most populated cities in the world? Could it be that Japan has a far more robust social safety net for its citizens?

The number of homeless residents in New York City, the largest city in the United States, reached a record high this month at more than 56,000 people. Halfway around the world, another metropolis recently hit a homeless record of its own: just 1,697 people are currently homeless in Tokyo, also its country’s largest city and the most populated city in the world, a record low since surveys began in 2002.

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What’s even more surprising than the discrepancy in homeless populations between…

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#NoClause6 | Sex workers protest in Northern Ireland

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Originally posted on Research Project Korea:
https://vimeo.com/109493308 Interview with sex workers’ rights activist Laura Lee at Stormont Parliamentary Buildings, Belfast. © 2014 Matt Lemon Photography | Please read the copyright notice What is Clause 6? Clause 6 is part of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Further Provisions and Support for Victims) Bill in Northern Ireland, proposed…

Sex Workers Oppose Northern Ireland Bill and End Demand Campaign to Criminalise Clients

Soul Destruction

From The English Collective of Prostitutes

Pushing prostitution further underground will not abolish it nor help sex workers.

It will endanger sex workers’ lives and livelihoods.

Consenting sex is not a crime. Criminalising clients will not stop prostitution; it will push it further underground, making it more dangerous and stigmatising for sex workers.

Most sex workers are mothers, mostly single mothers driven into the sex industry by lack of economic alternatives to prostitution: unemployment, poverty, low and unequal wages. Many are young women trying to pay extortionate rents, university fees, debts . . .

Where is End Demand’s outrage at UK benefit cuts and sanctions which are hitting mothers and children hardest, at mothers skipping meals to feed their children or having to resort to food banks?

What they say about the Swedish model is misleading and hides the truth: 25% of Swedish single mothers now live in poverty compared…

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“You as a Woman are Guilty Until You Prove the Opposite” – The Execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari

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As Reyhaneh Jabbari was hanged yesterday, the 26-year old Iranian woman convicted of stabbing a man who tried to rape her, international media filled up with stories about the unfair trial and the torture Reyhaneh supposedly was exposed to before being sentenced.

Reyhaneh claimed that she met Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi in a coffee shop and after he asked her to come to his office to discuss a business deal, he tried to rape her, why she in selfdefence stabbed him with her pocket knife before fleeing. Her lawyer reportedly published on his blog about the unfair trial against Reyhaneh as a plea for help, there were media campaigns against Reyhaneh’s execution, but the media attention didn’t help. After 7 years in prison, for which under some time she was prevented from contact with her family and from having a lawyer, she was hanged in Gohardasht prison in Teheran on the morning…

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Los Angeles Just Opened an Apartment Complex for the Homeless

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Los Angeles Just Opened an Apartment Complex for the Homeless

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Los Angeles has built a new 102-unit housing complex for the homeless in hopes to better the neighborhood and alleviate the recent tension between the homeless and the new-money niceties popping up around the area.

Los Angeles’ Skid Row has been home to thousands of homeless Angelenos for decades, but downtown development has started to squeeze the area one longtime resident described as “a giant outside insane asylum.” The city is hoping that a new 102-unit housing complex for the homeless that opened Wednesday can help alleviate the resulting tension between the area’s destitute outsiders and the new-money lofts and restaurants popping up nearby.

At ground level, the Star Apartments building holds the new headquarters of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services…

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Behind Closed Doors, Physical Abuse of Domestic Workers

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Behind Closed Doors, Physical Abuse of Domestic Workers

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“A Hard Life on the ‘Roof of the World’

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A Hard Life on the
‘Roof of the World’

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It is a harsh, unforgiving existence for the 1,200 Kyrgyz people who live at the end of the remote and inhospitable Wakhan corridor in Afghanistan, a 140-mile-long strip of land surrounded by China, Tajikistan and Pakistan.

Less than half of the children there live to see their fifth birthday. And it is commonplace for women to die during childbirth. …

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