opinion Bankole Thompson Published 10:59 PM EDT Mar 10, 2019 One of the best-kept secrets in this town is that labor has a racial diversity and inclusion problem. Even though Detroit is often branded the home of labor, it hasn’t translated into a full embrace of racial diversity within the leadership of many labor organizations. Most of them remain the exclusive domain of white men even as blacks remain a core and reliable voting bloc of the labor movement. A report to the American Bar Association more than a decade ago recognized that inclusion has been a sticking point among unions in the nation. “The AFL-CIO has taken additional steps to change the composition of its governing bodies to more closely resemble the racial and gender diversity of its membership. The federation’s Executive Council expanded to include elected representatives of the constituency groups as well as other elected union representatives. The federation strongly supported … [Read more...] about Bankole: Unions must boost black participation in recovery
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Felice J. Freyer Globe Staff December 10, 2018 Sixth in an occasional series about breaking the grip of opioid addiction.Read the other stories here. The woman came to Dr. Alister Martin three years ago, pleading for help. She was in the throes of opioid addiction, he in the first year of residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital emergency department. “I don’t want this life,” she told him.But when Martin asked his supervisor what he should do, the attending physician said to send her home. A world-famous Harvard-affiliated medical center, the biggest hospital in Massachusetts, offered nothing to this patient.That was hardly unusual, then or now. For decades, programs for people with addiction have developed largely outside the medical system. Advertisement But the young Mass. General doctor was appalled. Martin had chosen to … [Read more...] about Emergency rooms once had little to offer addicted people. That’s starting to change.
By Laylan Connelly | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: November 26, 2018 at 7:30 am | UPDATED: November 27, 2018 at 10:57 am On her bed, next to a teddy bear, was the pink-and-blue striped baby blanket she came home from the hospital with as a newborn, and always kept close by despite a few holes worn in over the years. She’d organized the clothes she planned to wear for her 6 a.m. shift at a Newport Beach coffee shop. She had neatly-written notes as reminders: Study for geo. Work on your speech. Love Christian. Paulo Avila looked around his daughter’s room for clues that would hint Michelle Avila was a drug user, and found none. But on Oct. 14, just a month shy of her 24th birthday, she and boyfriend Christian Kent overdosed and died side-by-side in that same room. Photographs in the bedroom of Michelle Avila on Friday, November 23, 2018. Michelle was found dead of an apparent overdose along with her boyfriend Christian, in her parent’s … [Read more...] about These 2 young surfers were beautiful, in love, and raised in affluent Orange County — and the latest to die from drug overdoses
opinion Bankole Thompson Published 11:00 PM EST Nov 21, 2018 The political atmosphere we are in is so racially charged that there is a tendency for some blacks to want to distrust all white people. “White people are taking over,” is the refrain I hear from everyday Detroiters who walk up to me at public events lamenting the state of the nation under President Donald Trump as well as the slow and complicated comeback of the city under Mayor Mike Duggan. Because many black families are left behind in this recovery, the blame is also placed on some of Detroit’s powerful white economic elites who some residents claim are only interested in converting downtown into their playground. No matter how explosive such a charge is, it further heightens the suspicion many folks cut out of the economic boom in the city have about the developments taking place downtown. And their worries about the direction of the city shouldn’t be ignored, especially after the … [Read more...] about Bankole: Don’t distrust all white people in equality fight
El Paso County planning staff have signed off on a California company’s controversial plan to build a luxury rehab center in the Woodmoor area north of Colorado Springs.The decision is a green light for the Mountain Springs Recovery facility, which will open “in the coming months,” Sunshine Behavioral Health CEO Chad Daugherty said in a statement.The rehab center, slated for 1865 Woodmoor Drive on the site of a former Ramada motel, has been vehemently opposed by some area residents who say it’s not appropriate in that location and could attract criminals.“We will continue to listen to the concerns of our neighbors and we are confident that ultimately, Mountain Springs will play an important role in addressing the epidemic of drug and alcohol addiction in El Paso County,” Daugherty said.An opposition group told The Gazette on Friday that it would appeal the approval of the site development plan, which was posted to a county website on Friday.“It … [Read more...] about El Paso County OKs plan for proposed rehab center in Woodmoor area over residents’ objections