How the American Health Care Act (AHCA) Is Bad for People with Disabilities

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How the American Health Care Act (AHCA) Is Bad for People with Disabilities

Alana Theriault, a friend of mine, explains how the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is bad for people with disabilities and how it endangers our right to live independently in the community.

AHCA poses a huge threat to those of us who are disabled living independently within the community, as is our right. It will either alter or cut valuable funding that we disabled people depend on for our survival. Among the items that will be affected is valuable funding that comes from the federal government to support home care services that we depend on to be able to live independently.

These funds are not only important for our independence, but for our basic survival. Forcing us into institutions will be the only alternative for many people with disabilities. It is a well-known fact that these type of skilled nursing facilities are far more expensive than providing disabled people with the necessary funding to live in the community.

Community-based services are always less expensive for the taxpayers than institutional care. That fact has been proven many times. The AHCA will gut those community-based services to the point of nonexistence. AHCA will force many disabled people, now living independently with the help of community-based services, no other choice than to give up their independent lives and be imprisoned in nursing homes.

The AHCA is the biggest threat to the independent living movement to ever come along. Hopefully, it will not pass through Congress. If it does, we disabled people are doomed.

 

 

 

The Ridiculous Idea That Mexico Will Pay for the Wall

The idea that Mexico will pay for the wall on the Mexican border is one of the most ridiculous ideas that I have heard in quite a while.


The Ridiculous Idea That Mexico Will Pay for the Wall

The idea that Mexico will pay for the wall on the Mexican border is one of the ridiculous ideas that I have heard in quite a while. Donald Trump thinks he can force the Mexican people to pay for a wall along the Mexican border. That just goes to show how delusional the new POTUS is. He claims that this will solve the current immigration problem; something which I question is a real issue.

The reason I ask whether or not immigration is a problem is because of the way this country was created, and the way that we have always been taught that America was the “great melting pot.” The United States is made up of immigrants. Most people in this country had their origins in foreign countries. If it weren’t for immigration, we would not exist as a nation. I don’t look at it any differently for Mexican immigrants. They contribute their fair share of work and accomplishments, just like everyone else who is a member of our society.

Donald Trump seems to think that Mexican immigrants are taking away jobs from American workers. From my viewpoint, this is ridiculous and falsehood. Mexican immigrants are just like immigrants from everywhere else. They just want to come here to have a better life, just like my great-grandfather did when he came here from Denmark.

Mexican immigrants, at least from my viewpoint, seems to be doing the jobs that most American workers think they are “too good” to do. These people are the ones who do the farm labor, janitorial work, housekeeping, and childcare for people who work during the day. These types of menial jobs are not very sought after by most American workers.

Trump is just stirring up more trouble and inflaming whatever racist followers that he panders to. After all, he got elected to office because of the appeal to many people’s sense of racism and fear of Mexican immigrants. During his campaign, Trump angrily called Mexican immigrants killers and rapists. This tirade showed his racist feelings against Mexicans and pandered to the lowest common denominator that many people have racism.

The Mexican border won’t be any more secure with a wall built between the United States and Mexico. Also, the idea that Mexico will pay for a wall along the border with the United States is preposterous. What does Donald Trump think he can do to force them to pay? Is he delusional enough to think that he can just send an invoice to the Mexican government and that would just pay up?

 

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Cards Against Humanity creators troll scared, little Donald Trump with a billboard in Detroit

Source: Cards Against Humanity creators troll scared, little Donald Trump with a billboard in Detroit

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The Dakota Access Pipeline Protest: A Brief History

The Dakota Access Pipeline Protest: A Brief History

I hope that this video about the Dakota Access Pipeline protest is as informative to you as it was me. Finally, the “mainstream media” is giving some coverage to this crucial issue. It’s appalling to see the way that the US Government is mistreating the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.  I guess some things never change.

The Dakota Access Pipeline will cause tremendous and irreparable damage to the water supply of the Native Americans who occupy this region, located in North Dakota. In addition to destroying their water supply, the intended route of this pipeline will take it through the burial grounds and many other sacred sites, belonging to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.

It is appalling to see heavily armed police officers, looking more like a paramilitary force, is trampling on the civil rights of these unarmed, and peaceful protesters who are doing nothing more than trying to protect a fundamental necessity in the lives like water. The US government should be ashamed of itself, but as we all know, the US government never apologizes for anything it ever does, no matter how egregious.

What is happening to these Native American people is an atrocity that equals the Wounded Knee protests of the 70s. Hopefully, these peaceful protesters are not harmed.

 

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Dakota Access Pipeline: A Blatant Abuse Of Force

The Dakota Access Pipeline is the most blatant abuse of force since the demonstrations in Ferguson Missouri.


Dakota Access Pipeline: A Blatant Abuse Of Force

Dakota Access PipelineThe Dakota Access Pipeline is the most blatant abuse of force since the demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri.  It is probably the most blatant misuse of force used against Native Americans since the siege of Wounded Knee in the 70s.

This demonstration resembles the protests in Ferguson, Missouri because the police are using leftover armored vehicles from the military.  It is just more evidence that our police forces are becoming paramilitary forces that are intended to be used to quell free speech than they are to protect society from criminals.  Police forces in the United States have become more militarized over the years because the Obama administration has released armored vehicles to police forces across the United States.  This arming of police has been done through the Department of Homeland Security under the guise of protecting us from potential terrorist attack.  What a crock of bullshit!

At the center of this dispute is the Dakota Access Pipeline, which is designed to carry oil across tribal lands, belonging to the Standing Rock tribe.  The tribe is protesting against the Dakota Access Pipeline because it will cause the destruction of tribal burial sites and holy places.  It also threatens the water supply of the tribe because it will cause damage to the aquifer that runs under tribal land.

It is a very scary site to see armored vehicles and police officers, heavily armed with M-16 rifles and other military-style weapons, squaring off against unarmed protesters in pickups.  Since the governor of North Dakota, Jack Dalrymple ordered the North Dakota National Guard to participate in suppressing the Great Sioux Nation situations has only gotten worse.  This protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline is a potential timebomb waiting to go off.

 

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Victory for People With Disabilities in Los Angeles

Los Angeles will spend more than $200 million over the next decade to settle a federal lawsuit alleging that the city failed to provide enough apartments for people with disabilities in its publicly funded housing developments.

Source: L.A. to spend more than $200 million to settle suit on housing for disabled

Victory for People with Disabilities in Los Angeles

People with disabilitiesPeople with disabilities in the city of Los Angeles have won a significant victory with this latest ruling from the Courts. Hopefully, people with disabilities who need accessible housing will be able to have access to it finally. Also hopefully, these housing units will be accessible. By using the term “truly accessible, housing units” I mean that these homes will be fully equipped to handle whatever disability that a particular person has. Many homes are ruled to be accessible, even if they truly are not. There have been any times when the “powers that be”, (mostly able-bodied people) really don’t have a clear understanding of what the word accessibility even means. How many times have we people with disabilities see the situation where some architect or builder thought that something was accessible just because they stuck a blue symbol of access on it?

One of the biggest barriers faced by people with disabilities is finding accessible housing. For many disabled, they are trapped living in inadequate housing that doesn’t serve their needs. They are then put in the unenviable position where they cannot have the true enjoyment of life, as any other person expects to, or has the right to. Many times, housing that is termed as being accessible isn’t, and forces a person to live with the added burden of having to make do in a situation that most people would not tolerate.

In fact, there are nearly 2 million people with disabilities people trapped in nursing homes just because they cannot find accessible housing. Even though I applaud this decision, and think it’s wonderful, I am most other advocates for people with disabilities will not be satisfied as long as there are so many of our brothers and sisters trapped in human warehouses.

 

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Finally, A Bad Cop Receives Punishment for Misconduct

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Finally, A Bad Cop Receives Punishment for Misconduct

Even though I am the very glad that this bad cop was brought to justice and punished for his act of gross misconduct, for me, it begs a couple of questions.

  • If the victim of this gross misconduct by this bad cop wasn’t the son of another police officer, would the FBI have gotten involved so quickly?
  • If the victim of this misconduct by this one bad cop had been an African-American or Latino, with the FBI, have responded so quickly or at all?

This bad cop deserves the four years in prison that he was sentenced to four years violation of the civil rights of a minor. Due to the misconduct of this bad cop, this young man will have a permanent disability because his heart was stopped by the Taser used by the cop in question, and his brain was damaged because it was deprived of oxygen for several minutes. As a result, this victim received brain damage, and he will never be the same as it was before. My last question is, is four years in prison enough time?