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The New York Times: selected measures from the report: "Social Justice in the OECD-How Do the Member States Compare?"
Relative status of the U.S. in regards to social justice, poverty, helath rating, and primary pducation

Feminist High Horses

by Emma Carpenter, WRC Volunteer and Special Projects Person
Published at Feministing.com
Finding a feminist voice, and the balance between hyper-critique and letting things go.

Support Homelessness to Housing!

The Housing First Model:
It is estimated that 15 to 20 percent of Boulder County's homeless population is chronically homeless. One of the goals of The Boulder County 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness is to "provide permanent housing with supportive services to meet the long-term needs of chronically homeless individuals." Housing First is a nation-wide initiative to reduce the number of chronically homeless by providing permanent supportive housing. It is premised on the belief that vulnerable and at-risk homeless people are more likely to realize long-term stability after they are in their own housing, rather than while living in emergency shelters or temporary housing programs. Housing First programs across the country have shown that this approach is both cost effective and highly successful at keeping people off the streets.

1175 Lee Hill:
1175 Lee Hill is a proposed 2-story, multifamily community that will consist of 31, 1-bedroom apartments on the corner of Lee Hill and Broadway. Based on the Housing First model, these single occupancy units will be occupied by men and women experiencing chronic homelessness. The project will be developed, owned, and operated by Boulder Housing Partners. On-site supportive services for residents will be provided by case workers managed by the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless.

Community response to the project has been an interesting overlap of “I support the project concept,” and simultaneously, “Not in my backyard.” By a show of hands in a community meeting, the exact same folks who support the project also do not want it in their neighborhood. If not here, where? If not North Boulder, South Boulder? How about Central? East? Judging by other homelessness-related proposals in different regions of Boulder over the last several years, the response would sadly be the same anywhere. This housing project would be best served right near the Boulder Shelter and Boulder Housing Partners.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Send an email as an individual Boulder citizen to the City Manager, Jane Brautigam at brautigamj@bouldercolorado.gov in support of the Housing First Model.

 

STAND WITH PLANNED PARENTHOOD!

On February 18th, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to bar Planned Parenthood health centers from all federal funding for birth control, cancer screenings, HIV testing, and other lifesaving care. It is the most dangerous legislative assault in our history, and it cannot go unanswered. Planned Parenthood, and the three million women, men, and teens who are at risk of losing access to basic care, need you to stand united with them now. Sign Planned Parenthood's open letter to every single representative in the House who voted for this cruel, unconscionable, unthinkable law, and to every senator who still has a chance to stop it.

SIGN THE LETTER

A message from the President on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade:

“Today marks the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that protects women’s health and reproductive freedom, and affirms a fundamental principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters. I am committed to protecting this constitutional right. I also remain committed to policies, initiatives, and programs that help prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant women and mothers, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption. And on this anniversary, I hope that we will recommit ourselves more broadly to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights, the same freedoms, and the same opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.”

Call to Action from Jessica Valenti of Feministing.com!

For women in America, equality is still an illusion. We have no problem condemning atrocities done to women abroad, yet too many of us in the United States ignore the oppression on our doorstep. For all our "empowered" rhetoric, women in this country aren't doing nearly as well as we'd like to think... because despite the indisputable gains over the years, women are still being raped, trafficked, violated, and discriminated against, right here in the United States. And though feminists continue to fight gender injustices, most people seem to think that outside of a few lingering battles, the work of the women's movement is done... (read more)

 
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