"Living your truth will set you free"
After challenging the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, working for marriage equality, running for Congress and becoming involved in politics I use this web site as a forum to discuss issues of social justice.
This site will have a plethora of subjects which may have relevance or interest and I take the prerogative of what to include on this web site.
Currently, we must be vigilant of efforts to undermine rights based on gender, woman's control over her own body, race, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Such efforts require being informed, involved, outspoken, volunteering, running for public office and voting. With joint efforts we will persevere and succeed for social justice.
Coronavirus Update: (30 May 2020)
Information: COVID 19 is a newly identified coronavirus. Presumably originating from infected animal in open market in Wuhan, China during late 2019, It spread through infected travelers and tourists. As of today, the global count of casualties is at least 6,100,000 with over 370,000 who have died. (web site: ncov2019.live) Only Remdesivir is approved for treatment of severely ill COVID-19 patients. There will be antibody testing indicating exposure to coronavirus but there is no data as yet if this would render an individual immune to recurrence. Children with covid19 antibodies may be at risk for developing a potentially lethal, total organ failure reaction. Normally it will take from 12 to 18 months for a vaccine to be developed, tested, approved and ready for public use.
Be involved: Prevention is the key. Basic public health guidance is to keep social distance of 6 feet, wear masks when away from immediate home environment, use gloves when shopping or in at risk areas. Wash hands with soap and water 20 seconds before and after being in contact with anything or anyone not “from home”. Cough into your elbow not into hands. The virus spreads through droplets that linger in the air and on any surface up to several days. Use alcohol greater than 70% or bleach to cleanse surfaces. Role model safe and good prevention of spread.
Outspoken: Actions taken by state Governors (in the absence of an effective Commander in Chief) are drastic to prevent further spread and death. Everyone is scared of catching the disease, or loss of income, health care and potentially employment when restrictions are lifted. Prematurely lifting social distancing will have devastating effects. Patience now will save lives as our leaders review the data and science and then provide the best guidance they have. Not wearing a mask outside or in stores at this point is cavalier, irresponsible and risks infecting other or becoming infected.
Volunteering: Everyone can help someone else or themselves during this pandemic. Call someone to check in. Order meals from local venders to help them remain open, donate to food banks. Help candidates who are running for office get out their messages using social media. Consider hosting a zoom meeting to meet candidates and learn the issues.
Federal Response: The response to this pandemic has been abysmal. Just imagine if we had a true Commander in Chief, someone who would organize, mobilize and coordinate resources and guide recovery. The Executive and Legislative and even Judicial branches of government have failed us. Support the CDC and Governor's advice.
Get involved politically locally and vote nationally - your life depends on it.