We have watched with horror and concern as the President of the United States and the U.S. House of Representatives have taken steps to strip millions of people of their access to both preventative health care and medical treatment. They have disregarded the physical and mental health of those who would otherwise go uninsured, impinged on the rights of women, people with HIV, and LGBQ\T communities, and threatened to put access to even basic health services out of reach for many survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Make no mistake: this is not just a health care issue, this is a civil rights and social justice issue. The American Health Care Act (AHCA), a bill that if codified into law, would strike a massive blow to the U.S. health care system and cause irreparable harm to countless survivors of gender-based violence across the country and here in the Commonwealth. Survivors of sexual and domestic violence are at high risk for long-term health consequences such as anxiety, depression, sleep deprivation, reproductive issues, and high blood pressure, to name a few. Survivors already face tremendous barriers to receiving services for myriad reasons, including stigma and lack of resources. The AHCA would make seeking medical help even more unrealistic for many survivors, as they could be denied coverage for seeking services in the aftermath of violence, lose coverage for essential health services, or lose their health care if Medicaid is drastically changed. As the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, JDI strongly condemns the passage of the AHCA and calls on all Massachusetts elected officials and community members to oppose this dangerous bill. Specifically, by attempting to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision that prevents insurers from denying coverage or charging higher premiums for individuals with “pre-existing conditions,” survivors sexual or domestic violence could be denied coverage or charged more for necessary health care that they seek for issues resulting from past violence. The AHCA would also allow states to opt out of ACA provisions that require insurers to cover a minimum set of essential health benefits, including coverage for necessary services like mental health support and maternity care. Survivors deserve access to the full range of high quality physical and mental health care, not higher premiums or refusal of coverage. Of equal concern, the AHCA will deepen existing inequities in the U.S. health care system, leaving low-income, immigrant, LGBQ\T, disabled, and other underserved survivors without necessary health coverage. Ending Medicaid as an open-ended entitlement system would effectively strip $880 billion from the program over the next 10 years, making health care inaccessible for low-income and disabled survivors. It would freeze funds to entities issuing safe and much needed abortion services, including Planned Parenthood, with 80% of their clients at or below 150% of the federal poverty level. Currently, people of color account for more than half of those who are unable to access any affordable health coverage. LGBQ\T sensitive health care and research are still largely unavailable and underfunded, and the legacy of the HIV/AIDS crisis and stigma surrounding the gay community keeps HIV prep costs high, and screening/treatment difficult to access. And even with Medicaid expansions that have brought uninsured rates to historic lows in the U.S., 28.5 million individuals remained uninsured in 2015, with 46% of uninsured adults reporting that they tried to get coverage, but didn’t because the options were too expensive. The AHCA will deepen these inequities, disproportionately harming underserved communities, and dramatically worsening the health care crisis in the U.S. What we need and what we demand for survivors of all backgrounds is a health care system that centers people not profit, prevention not last minute intervention. We cannot accept a policy that will strip millions of individuals of their coverage, disproportionately harming survivors and historically underserved communities. We need a system that provides culturally specific, accommodating, and affordable services to all individuals-because health care is a human right. We applaud all of the U.S. Democrat and 20 Republican Representatives who voted no on the AHCA, including the entire Massachusetts Congressional delegation. As the issue is considered in the Senate, we will work alongside Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren to improve rather than to dismantle our nation’s health care system. To advocates, organizers, teachers, students, workers, and community members everywhere: let us unite in rejecting the AHCA and demand a system that protects survivors of sexual and domestic violence, and people of all backgrounds in the U.S. Together we must fight not only against the AHCA, but continue to fight for a health care system that works for and meets the needs of all people fairly and equitably. Thank you to our Northeastern University Cooperative Students, Rebecca Green and Ash Liu, for their help in researching and drafting this statement. 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On April 29, the People’s Climate March will bring together hundreds of thousands of people from across the country to demand jobs, justice and real climate solutions. Here in Boston, we’ll have a full day of workshops and activities to build and grow our movement, starting with an energizing rally at 12:00 pm on Boston Common. Join us! (Facebook page)
Other Marches to Support
On May 1, just two days later, immigrants, workers and supporters across the country, including in Boston, will be marching and striking for dignity and respect. Instead of hosting a separate march on April 29, we’ll be asking the Boston climate movement to show up in force and take to the streets on May 1. Join us as we mobilize alongside our brothers and sisters in the immigrants’ rights and labor movements. More details soon!
And for more on the connection between this event and the March for Science on April 22, see here.
Who is organizing this?
A local coalition of labor unions, environmental justice groups, faith organizations, youth groups, and climate activism groups has been meeting over the last several months to both a) send hundreds of people from the Boston area to the People’s Climate March in Washington, DC (buy your ticket here and/or donate to help others go!) and b) plan a local PCM action here in Boston. We’re joining forces because we think this could be a transformative moment for the Massachusetts climate movement. We share a powerful vision: together, we want to build a forceful, justice-centered movement that lifts up the voices and leadership of those most affected by climate change. Our work together is grounded in the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing.
Alternatives for Community & Environment
Alliance for Climate Education
Youth on Board / Boston Student Advisory Council
Boston Teachers Union
Jobs with Justice
MA Nurses Association
Jewish Alliance for Law & Social Action
MA Interfaith Coalition for Climate Action
Moral Revival Boston
350 Mass for a Better Future
Boston Climate Action Network
Corporate Accountability International
MA Climate Action Network
Mass Energy Consumers Alliance
Mothers Out Front
Sierra Club Massachusetts
Toxics Action Center
|Jane Doe Inc.’s Prevention Summit 2017
1 day of 2-way inspiration and education.
Counting down 23 DAYS
Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about innovative community-based prevention programming specific to sexual and domestic violence that are underway at the local, state and national levels as well as engage and network with prevention colleagues from across the state.
Lieutenant Governor, Karyn Polito
KEYNOTE: Nubia Peña
In this talk, Nubia Peña of the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Violence outlines how prevention practitioners can become involved beyond the classroom by advocating and advancing policy reforms in schools.
In Our Own Voices says “NO MORE Excuses”
NO MORE: A Community Response to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender People of Color Violence.
Performance by Flatline
Flatline Poetry is a collective of artists who perform, teach, and host open mics throughout the United States. Combining their skills in spoken word, community organizing, visual art, and music, the members of Flatline create an interactive experience that confronts topics of sexual and gender identity, love and loss, race and heritage, and the intersections between them.
Registration for JDI members and RPE funded programs.
General Registration will open after March 13th.
· $10 per student
A few important notes about registration:
Food will be served. If you have any dietary restrictions, please contact Jane Doe Inc. at ph: 617-557-1806, fax: 617-248-0902, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, by April 6, 2017. In your message, please provide your contact information and accommodation request.
This workshop has been developed for JDI member programs, DPH funded rape crisis centers and JDI invited guests.
ALL ARE WELCOME!
Funding for this event was made possible in part by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The views expressed in written materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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Get your tickets for the Haley House 9th SOUPER BOWL on Sunday, February 12th, from 2-6 PM!
The Souper Bowl will take place at Haley House Bakery Café in Roxbury’s Dudley Square, where more than a dozen chefs will serve soups made from locally sourced ingredients as a fundraiser for Haley House’s Soup Kitchen in the South End.
On Thursday, February 9, the Supreme Judicial Court will hear arguments in the case AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod v. Town of Barnstable, in which AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod (ASGCC) will argue that its program providing sterile needles to people who inject drugs is indisputably legal under Massachusetts law.
“This case will determine the scope of our ability to stem the tide of HIV and Hepatitis C transmission among people who inject drugs and prevent deaths from fatal overdoses” said GLAD’s AIDS Law Project Director Ben Klein, who will present argument at the SJC. “The Legislature repealed all restrictions on the possession and distribution of needles in 2006 in order to address this public health crisis. It is important for the SJC to declare that providing clients with sterile needles is entirely lawful.”
Join Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE) this
Sunday, February 5, 2017 from 12:00pm to 6:00pm to learn about Social Emergency Response Centers (SERCs).
SERCs are pop-up spaces co-led by activities and artists. There will be creative action, healing, collective making, performances and more.
Location: Dorchester Arts Collaborative, at the Erick Jean Center for the Arts, 157 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA 02121
Good reliable information about the state’s budget from Mass Budget and Policy Center.