In 1993 - the year Avana died - the black infant death rate was about three times that of whites. Even today, it’s triple the rate for whites, though both rates have gone down.
“It’s still high and among the highest. It’s still happening, and it’s very frustrating,” said Jerissa Roundtree’s mother, 79-year-old Eddis Roundtree, who helped start the Black Nurses Association, which has worked to combat high infant death rates.
“When you think that it’s going down and you’re making headway, you find it goes back up again. We’ve seen change in cancer, diabetes, a lot of things we’ve focused on, but not infant mortality in our community.”
In that case, the teen who admitted having nonconsensual sex with Coleman’s 13-year-old friend from Albany, Mo., one January night last year was taken into the state juvenile justice system, which cloaks its wards in anonymity.
Now, nearly two years later, the Albany victim’s mother has learned that her daughter’s assailant, then 15, returned home for treatment after spending two weeks in the custody of Missouri’s Division of Youth Services.
The mother, who became aware of the details of the youth’s disposition after filing a written request with the DYS last month, said she was frustrated by the news.
he gay-friendly rainbow theme for the Christmas lights on Rome’s Via del Corso has sparked a political debate since the street was illuminated on 6 December.
The multi-coloured lights are intended as a message against homophobia, according to city councillor Imma Battaglia of the left-wing Sinistra Ecologia Libertà (SEL) party. With the support of mayor Ignazio Marino, gay rights campaigner Battaglia said the decision to install rainbow lights on Rome’s premier shopping street follows a number of recent suicides of young gay men in the capital.
The initiative also follows high-profile incidents of homophobic graffiti outside high schools in Prati and Garbatella earlier in the year.
However the lights, which stretch for 1.5km from Piazza Venezia to Piazza del Popolo, have attracted the ire of some of the city’s opposition politicians, particularly the far-right party Fratelli d’Italia whose member Fabrizio Ghera described the idea as “provocative and ideological.”
Focusing primarily on three figures responsible for the murder of thousands of alleged ‘communists’ after the Indonesian government was overthrown by a military dictatorship in 1965, The Act of Killing has recently been listed among the 15 documentaries in the running for the 2014 edition of the Oscars.
I’m surprised that Oppenheimer does in fact appear to be taken aback by the news that The Act of Killing has been shortlisted for the Oscar. Even that very same piece of news often came accompanied with a still from Oppenheimer’s film: hinting that it certainly appears to be in the lead among its documentary peers…
“The thing is, when you set out to create a work that’s so unsettling and dark, you have to have a pretty bleak view of humanity to begin with,” he tells me over Skype.
“But on the other hand, you could never sustain the energy for such a work unless you’re also hopeful. My hope is that by looking at some of the most painful aspects of ourselves, we would somehow then be able to confront our biggest problems. So there’s a kind of optimism that underpins the whole effort…”
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The number of femicides - gender-related murders - in Brazil has reached civil war-like proportions. In just 10 years 40,000 women were killed in this country merely for being women.
Every year, between Nov. 25 and Dec. 10, the international community and women’s rights groups organise 16 days of activism against gender violence.
The idea originated with the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership, which in 1991 urged that the interval between Nov. 25 - International Day Against Violence Against Women - and Dec. 10 - International Human Rights Day - be dedicated to this issue.
In Brazil this year the activities have taken on special importance because on Dec. 3-4 a meeting will be held in the southern city of Porto Alegre to draft the civil society shadow report to be presented to the committee on the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), when it meets in February in Geneva.
Ukrainian riot police on Monday took up position near Kiev’s city hall, which is occupied by pro-Europe protesters demonstrating against a government U-turn in trade policy towards Russia, Reuters eyewitnesses said.
About 200 police, wearing black helmets and carrying shields, poured out of three buses at a cross-roads in central Kiev and took up position about 50 metres from the building, but made no move towards it.
What we didn’t have was sex education. None. What the school called sex-ed was lumped into our religion class, and that’s where all the thinking stopped. The biblically-rooted curriculum left sexually active kids completely on their own, especially the girls. Girls who so much as kissed multiple guys were labeled as “skanks” and ridiculed as relentlessly as they were pursued. Forget putting condoms on bananas, condoms were never even mentioned. Neither was the pill. Or sex, really. We covered the act of sexual intercourse by watching a video in class that included footage from an abortion. Did you read that right? We watched an abortion. In class.
We covered sexuality by reading about Sodom and Gomorrah — sorry straights! You weren’t even mentioned! We wrote five-paragraph essays detailing our thoughts on homosexuality. I found that essay on a floppy disc years later. In it, I wrote that since I was not gay, I didn’t know whether or not it was a choice and therefore couldn’t pass judgment on whether it was wrong. Of course, I was massively gay and didn’t realize it, and honestly: how could I have? To my knowledge, I had never met a gay person. All the effeminate men I knew were priests.
This feeling that I couldn”t be a leader at the school didn’t come out of nowhere. A faith that doesn’t include women in its leadership positions is sending a very strong message to young women. stay off the altar, whatever the altar might be. There is a part of mass where the priest stands in for Jesus, and blesses the stale communion wafers for the congregation. This is why the church says women can’t be priests; we can’t even for a moment; stand in for a dude.
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Eight Web giants have joined hands to start a public campaign for new limits on how governments collect user information amid concerns of growing online surveillance.
The companies — Google Inc, Microsoft Corp, Apple Inc, Facebook Inc, Twitter, LinkedIn Corp, Yahoo Inc and AOL Inc — issued an open letter to President Barack Obama and Congress to bring in reforms and restrictions on surveillance activities.
Documents leaked by former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the National Security Agency had penetrated and perhaps targeted some of the companies, prompting Microsoft, Google and Yahoo to increase the amount of encryption.
The letter said the companies understood that governments need to protect their citizens’ safety and security, but they believed the current laws and practices need to be reformed.
The ‘Reform Government Surveillance’ campaign details five major concerns including limiting governments’ authority to collect users’ information, transparency about government demands and avoiding conflicts among governments.
It’s Grace Hopper’s 107th birthday, more on that here. And the real Borg collective, aka the Anita Borg Institute has been working to get more schools to teach computer science (most do not,) with the “Hour of Code” challenge in Grace Hopper’s name.
More at the Anita Borg Institute
Have you done your Hour of Code yet?
Join millions of others at: code.org.
Cast in order of appearance:
Leigha Benford (CS student)
Tanya Parker (CS student)
Angela Bassett (Actress)
Kenna (Recording Artist)
Dwight Howard (NBA player)
Gregory Shelby (Barista)
Nas (Recording artist)
Warren Sapp (NFL Hall-of-famer)
Thomas Suarez (CS student)
Sarah Michelle Gellar (Actress)
Shakira (Recording artist)
Ashton Kutcher (Actor)
Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor
JR Hildebrand (Indy race car driver)
Janice Mak’s computer class of 3rd and 4th graders
Asher Bradshaw (skateboard prodigy)
John Pistone (retired Navy)
Raquel Allegra (fashion designer)
Tricia Donegan (Yoga instructor)
Bren Cohee (Surfer)
Bill Gates (Microsoft founder, technologist, and philanthropist)
President Barack Obama
Sarah Serrano (retired Army)
Dr. Banafsheh Bayati (Doctor)
Mike Hopkins (NASA Astronaut)
Rick Mastracchio (NASA Astronaut)
Susan Wojcicki (SVP at Google)
Yassi and Lili (Students)
Hadi Partovi (Code.org Founder & CEO)
Elizabeth Billings (Student)
James Gwertzman (Code.org Chief Evangelist)
Student in Colombia (Fundacion Pies Descalvos)
Lilia Luciano (Journalist)
4-year-old Sofia (Student)
70-year-old Firooz (Retired professor)
Juri Wang (Video game developer)
Student in Kenya
Carly Rae Jepsen (Recording artist)
Kamya Parekh (Student)
Ali Partovi with family (Code.org co-founder)
Steve Jobs (appearing with permission of his estate)
Erica Khosrowshahi (Student)
The Clisham family (Students)
Mark Zuckerburg (Facebook founder, technologist)
Monique Coleman (Actress)
Chris Bosh (NBA player)
Governor Jeb Bush
Senator Cory Booker
(“selfie” videos from students doing the Hour of Code from around the world)
Macklemore (Ben Haggerty), voice-only (Recording artist)
Directed and produced by:
Nicole Ehrlich and James Gwertzman
Hadi and Ali Partovi
Special thanks to:
Everyone who helped this video happen, including the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the NASA press office, Lauren Selig, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Factory Films, Casey Wasserman & Wasserman Media Group, the Steve Jobs estate and Emerson collective, Magnolia Films, Code.org’s generous donors, and all of our supporters around the world who contributed “selfie” videos.
Every “student” in the film wrote at least one line of code. Anybody can learn. code.org
“Worlds change real fast, don’t it?” her mother says.
In the short span of Dasani’s life, her city has been reborn. The skyline soars with luxury towers, beacons of a new gilded age. More than 200 miles of fresh bike lanes connect commuters to high-tech jobs, passing through upgraded parks and avant-garde projects like the High Line and Jane’s Carousel. Posh retail has spread from its Manhattan roots to the city’s other boroughs. These are the crown jewels of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s long reign, which began just seven months after Dasani was born.
In the shadows of this renewal, it is Dasani’s population who have been left behind. The ranks of the poor have risen, with almost half of New Yorkers living near or below the poverty line. Their traditional anchors — affordable housing and jobs that pay a living wage — have weakened as the city reorders itself around the whims of the wealthy.
Long before Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio rose to power by denouncing the city’s inequality, children like Dasani were being pushed further into the margins, and not just in New York. Cities across the nation have become flash points of polarization, as one population has bounced back from the recession while another continues to struggle. One in 5 American children is now living in poverty, giving the United States the highest child poverty rate of any developed nation except for Romania.
This bodes poorly for the future. Decades of research have shown the staggering societal costs of children in poverty. They grow up with less education and lower earning power. They are more likely to have drug addiction, psychological trauma and disease, or wind up in prison.