October 2017

Einstein was a physics genius. But his passion might have been civil rights. (upworthy.com)

Einstein was Jewish, living in Germany as Hitler rose to power. Einstein despaired over the Nazi’s anti-Semitism and became an outspoken critic of the Nazi party, which only drew more attacks against him. Major newspapers published attack pieces against him. His house was raided while he was away. He even appeared on a pamphlet list of the enemies of Nazi Germany. The caption below his picture read, “Not Yet Hanged.” The harassment would ultimately prove to be too much. In 1933, Einstein...

California Tries — With Difficulty — to Implement 2 Major New Laws to Help Sex-Trafficked Kids [jjie.org]

California is attempting to switch to a victim-centered approach for its sexually trafficked youngsters. But despite the passage of two important and well-intentioned new laws in the last two years, both of which affect youth who have been sexually exploited, change has not come easily or quickly. The initial goals for those who work with trafficked youngsters are in many ways heartbreakingly basic, said Diane Iglesias, senior deputy director of the state Department of Children and Family...

'The Fear of Dying' Pervades Southern California's Oil-Polluted Enclaves [psmag.com]

In their worst moments, the victims' faces are blue. Their skin is cool and damp to the touch. They are starving for oxygen. Pedora Keo, a critical-care nurse, sees them with distressing regularity: asthmatics in the thrall of attacks that can kill them or decimate their brains. Sometimes they fight while undergoing tracheal intubation and must be restrained. "They're panicking," says Keo, 42. "The look on their face is the fear of dying." Keo works at St. Mary Medical Center, an Art...

‘Restorative Justice’ for Shoplifting? A Court Calls It Extortion [themarshallproject.org]

The shoplifter was caught red-handed at the California Walmart and taken to a back room by a store employee. Until recently, the next step might have been a call to the police, but, instead, the shoplifter was offered another option. He was shown a short video about how terrible a criminal record would be. He was told that if he confessed to his crime and agreed to participate in a privately run diversion program -- six hours of online behavior therapy---he could avoid arrest, a fine or...

I looked for a state that’s taken the opioid epidemic seriously. I found Vermont. [vox.com]

BURLINGTON, Vermont — A group of more than a dozen addiction care providers gathered at a community health center one morning in September for their monthly meeting, where they chatted about their latest thorny problem. One of their patients had vanished. Again. The missing man, a 28-year-old whom I’ll call Tyler, was never an easy patient. On and off, he had used two to eight bags of heroin each day for the past seven years. He was strongly resistant to medication-assisted treatment (MAT),...

New York City bill would be a small step toward curbing computerized racial profiling in child welfare [socialjusticesolutions.org]

It is the latest fad in child welfare: Use a computer algorithm that supposedly can predict who will abuse a child. The term commonly used in the field is “predictive analytics.” A more accurate term would be “computerized racial profiling.” Child welfare is not the only field to embrace predictive analytics. It’s already in use – and proven to be racially biased – in law enforcement, for example. A few members of the New York City Council, including the chair of the council’s Technology...

Where Evictions Hurt the Most [citylab.com]

Measuring the scale of America’s eviction problem has been a challenge—the data just isn’t available. While the U.S. Census bureau promised to start more diligently measuring evictions in 2017, there is not yet a national federal database. City-level records measure formal evictions, but are hard to access centrally, and miss off-the-books instances of (similarly damaging) forced moves. A new report from Apartment List aims to more accurately estimate the scope of the population at risk of...

'I Am a Man with Down Syndrome and My Life Is Worth Living' [theatlantic.com]

Last week, the actor, Special Olympian, and advocate Frank Stephens gave this testimony to Congress: “I am a man with Down syndrome and my life is worth living.” In fact, he went farther: “I have a great life!” For those conceived with his developmental disability, it is the best and worst of times. “The life expectancy for someone born with Down syndrome has increased from twenty-five in the early 1980s to more than fifty today,” Caitrin Keiper writes in The New Atlantis. “In many other...

Promising Practices for Supporting Latina Youth in Juvenile Justice Prevention Programs [jjie.org]

In our Family Keys program, a prevention program that served close to 40 percent Latina youth in 2016, there is a strong sense of familia. Familia, the sentiment of treating others like family, runs through the core of Southwest Key Programs , a Hispanic-run organization with more than 90 percent Latino staff, and is a key value in our agency. Our natural tendency to uphold Latino values in programming got us thinking … how do organizations intentionally serve and support the unique needs of...

Early childhood adversities linked to health problems in tweens, teens [medicalxpress.com]

Adverse experiences in childhood—such as the death of a parent, growing up in poverty, physical or sexual abuse, or having a parent with a psychiatric illness—have been associated with physical and mental health problems later in life. But new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has shown that multiple adverse experiences in early childhood are linked to depression and physical health problems in kids as young as 9 to 15. Further, the researchers have identified...

Imagine living inside a box buried inside a box buried inside a box...

That's how Dr. Kent Hoffman, Co-Originator of Circle of Security International began his comments about this incredible new resource for parents! See his full statement below. A short six years ago, ChildWise Institute was founded by Intermountain , a nationally-recognized organization specializing in helping and healing children from emotional and mental health disorders. Intermountain are also experts in helping families of distressed children create a nurturing environment of stability...

What is TRE (Trauma Release Exercises)?

Dr. Peter A. Levine discovered 35 years ago that wild animals recover from trauma by tremoring spasms of their body core and flailing of limbs, to complete the fight-flight they were in before they froze. Levine shows a National Geographic video of a polar bear chased by biologists (just to tag him) and then shot with a tranquilizer dart. As the bear wakes from freeze, its body trembles intensely, its legs thrash, and it makes biting motions over its shoulder—replicating and completing all...

50 ways to be a better parent, as explained by Kern nonprofit [bakersfield.com]

You can see them printed on the sides of buses, the windows of businesses, and bumper stickers slapped on the tail ends of cars around Bakersfield. ... “Parents take their children to the library regularly and read to them daily, beginning when they’re infants and continue until they’re reading on their own.” “Parents don’t excuse or make excuses for their children’s poor behavior.” “Parents allow their children to make mistakes and see to it they learn from them.” [For more on this story by...

Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma-Informed Policy Approaches [networkforphl.org]

Guided by a growing body of multidisciplinary research, policymakers are increasingly recognizing the role that adverse childhood experiences play in health and well-being, and are beginning to champion a burgeoning number of trauma-informed policy approaches across the nation. An adverse childhood experience (ACE) refers to a “ traumatic experience in a person’s life occurring before the age of 18 that the person remembers as an adult .” Examples of ACEs may include (but are not limited...

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