Well, sort of. I wasn’t at THE White House Conference on Aging (which is to be held in July): I was at the fifth and final regional consultation forum leading up to the actual Conference. I was recommended for the Conference by SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders). My job was to bring up the particular needs and realities of LGBTQ people, to inject the queer into the conversation. I applied and was accepted, putting down my “affiliation” as writer.
Campaigning With Bernie, Then and Now: Why Labor Should Give Sanders Strong Primary Election Support
When I first met Brooklyn-born Bernie Sanders, he was a pretty marginal figure in his adopted state of Vermont. It was 1976 and he was running, unsuccessfully and for the fourth time, as a candidate of the Liberty Union Party (LUP).
Harvard University’s Third Annual Gender & Sexuality Symposium, March 27, 2015
Seeing the deplorable state of the MBTA this winter is like watching a poorly-made slasher film where the ending is obvious to everyone except the blundering, oblivious characters. Someone at a party neglects to close a door or other guests decide it's a good idea to explore the cellar during a black out - cut to the remaining partiers being just astounded when bodies start piling up in the corner.
The worst part? This crime scene was preventable.
Because I keep getting frantic calls from parents about this, and even such usually sensible sources as NPR and National Geographic are calling out "anti-vaxxers" as irrational, deluded, or even anti-scientific, the worst insult of all, hitherto applied only to climate deniers and those other yahoos and neanderthals of the Republican persuasion, I feel compelled to throw my own two cents in, and to try to inject at least a modicum of common-sense and sanity into the mix, so I don't need to repeat the same things over and over, even though I have to admit that I've been doing just that for t
Today, over 35 Harvard students are sitting in at Massachusetts Hall, outside President Drew Faust’s office, to demand full divestment from the fossil fuel industry. We sit in because Harvard has a responsibility to do everything in its power to address the climate crisis.
On 26 January activists braved the beginnings of a ‘crippling and potentially historic’ blizzard to hold a candle-lit vigil outside the ‘Australia Day Boston Dinner’ at the W Hotel in downtown Boston to protest what the United Nations Committee on Torture calls “the unlawful and inhumane treatment of asylum seekers” at an Australian Government-managed detention center on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea (PNG).
The Demise of Acute Health Care in Quincy, Massachusetts: Implications for Surviving Community Hospitals
On Friday evening December 19th at midnight, Quincy Medical Center ceased admitting patients. The last in-patient was discharged on December 23th. QMC was officially closed on December 26th, five days earlier than even the illegally announced December 31st date. Steward Health Care had already shut down QMC’s geri-psych unit several weeks before, as well as its hotly contested surgical unit. The Emergency Department however remains busy. So ended the 124-year history of this fine institution.
The energy transition is well underway. At least we thought it was before the mid-term elections. Will those that the fossil fuel industries have in their back pockets be disinclined to vote for resounding incentives for solar and wind ? Here in Massachusetts, solar and wind have been in some ways encouraged by the legislature, assuming their backers have the funds to implement them. Fifth in the nation in the amount of energy we get from solar and that's without the big utility scale arrays that have been deployed in the deserts of California.
“Vermont…is the only state with universal single-payer health coverage for its residents.”
–James Fallows in The Atlantic, April, 2014
For nearly four years, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has been basking in the glow of press accolades like the one above.
Unfortunately, what was often misreported nationally as a done deal was far from it in Montpelier, the state’s capital.