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New York City's Health Department Calls Criminal Justice System A Health Risk
“What New York is doing is smart — people don’t often see how the health care system and criminal justice are interlinked,” University of Georgia sociologist Sarah Shannon, who studies the health effects of incarceration on prisoners and families, said. “But especially in our era of mass incarceration, there has been a lot of evidence they have to affect each other.”

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene estimates around 577,000 people, 9% of New Yorkers, have been physically threatened or abused by the police. Overall, 29%, roughly 1.9 million people, report even being stopped, frisked, or questioned by the police.

Those people have higher rates of heart disease, diabetes, drug abuse, and mental illness, warns the department, which is starting a new public health campaign focused on educating health care workers about chronic health conditions linked to these patients. Around 27% of those formerly incarcerated, for example, reported poor mental health, compared with 13% among the never incarcerated (the national rate for mental illness is 19%). And 29% of those reporting threats or abuse by the police had poor physical health, compared with 12% of those who hadn’t.
NY  police  contacts  public  health  risk  study 
10 weeks ago by Quercki
Resolution HC Incarceration draft _edits_2.28.2019 (1).pdf
WHEREAS, community-based treatment should be the first option to address an individual’s severe behavioral health and/or substance use issues; andWHEREASSFDPH operates programs aimed at improving the social determinants of health in all stages of life;THEREFORE,BE IT RESOLVED, that the Health Commission recognizes incarceration to be a public health issue impacting the health and wellbeing of individuals incarcerated and the families and communities of those incarcerated, with impacton low-incomecommunities and people of color, specifically African American men; and be itFURTHER RESOLVED, the Health Commission requests thatthe SFDPH research and submit a report to the Commission that outlines a roadmap, incorporating harm reduction and best practices,to maximize efforts within its control to prevent individuals from being incarcerated; to increase collaboration, efficiencyand effectivenessof medical and behavioral health services across the continuum of care;to enhance and expandpost-release discharge planning, linkage to relevant services in the community, and other reentry services; and to work on mitigating the knowncontributing factors and the impactof incarceration on families and communities.
SF  police  contacts  public  heath  risk  law 
10 weeks ago by Quercki
My plan for public lands – Team Warren – Medium
It is wrong to prioritize corporate profits over the health and safety of our local communities. That’s why on my first day as president, I will sign an executive order that says no more drilling — a total moratorium on all new fossil fuel leases, including for drilling offshore and on public lands....
As president, I will use my authorities under the Antiquities Act to restore protections to both monuments [bear ear and Grand Staircase Excalante] and any other national monuments targeted by this Administration....
I will recruit 10,000 young people and veterans to jumpstart a 21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps — ...
It’s time for the Department of Interior to meaningfully incorporate the role of state, local, and tribal stakeholders in the management of public lands. The administration of public lands should incorporate tribes’ traditional ecological knowledge, making provisions for tribal culture and customs on public lands, and exploring co-management and the return of resources to indigenous protection wherever possible.
Elizabeth_Warren  parks  public  land  recreation  mininin  Native_American 
june 2019 by Quercki
Men, Women Generally Hold Similar Abortion Attitudes
Men, Women Generally Hold Similar Abortion Attitudes
by Frank Newport
Men, Women Generally Hold Similar Abortion Attitudes
Story Highlights

19% of both men and women say abortion should be totally illegal
31% of women and 26% of men want abortion to be totally legal
42% of female college graduates want abortion to be totally legal
Gallup, May 1-10,2018
abortion  public  opinion  data  polling 
may 2019 by Quercki
Public Opinion on Abortion | Pew Research Center
Views on abortion, 1995-2018

As of 2018, public support for legal abortion remains as high as it has been in two decades of polling. Currently, 58% say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, while 37% say it should be illegal in all or most cases.
public  opinion  data  abortion 
may 2019 by Quercki
(4) March for Science - Posts - Accuweather CEO corrupt
"When President Trump first nominated Barry Myers, then the CEO of AccuWeather and a fierce critic of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, to head the very agency he had spent decades attacking, many who care about government ethics sounded the alarm."

"When his nomination was first announced, we were concerned about whether Myers could be relied on to oversee an agency that can directly affect his family’s business. AccuWeather uses NOAA’s free weather data to make its own predictions, which it then sells to the public."

"AccuWeather has also argued that NOAA should reduce the amount of weather information it releases directly to the public — that is, much of the data generated by NOAA with our tax dollars would be available exclusively to private companies like AccuWeather that could then sell us forecasts based on that data. Myers himself has advocated that NOAA do less for America so AccuWeather can increase its profits."
weather  app  privatizing  public  information  Accuweather  corruption 
april 2019 by Quercki
Privately-Owned Public Open Space and Public Art | SF Planning
Privately-Owned Public Open Space and Public Art

Privately-owned public open spaces (POPOS) are publicly accessible spaces in forms of plazas, terraces, atriums, small parks, and even snippets which are provided and maintained by private developers.
SF  public  open_space  art  parks  map  todo 
march 2019 by Quercki
The East Cut Open Space Inventory Is Now Available! - The East Cut : The East Cut
The East Cut Open Space Inventory Is Now Available!

Spring is here and we can now enjoy spending more time outside! For those living and/or working in dense urban areas, public open spaces are ideal for enjoying a cup coffee, grabbing lunch with coworkers, having informal meetings, and much more!

If you wonder where else you can go beyond the plaza by your office building or the alleyway behind your home, and if you do not really know what spaces are open to the public and what spaces are off-limit, The East Cut Community Benefit District has just the right thing for you.

The East Cut district possesses the richest network of urban public open spaces in San Francisco and each space offers workers, neighbors, and visitors occasions to appreciate the neighborhood in different ways.

To help you master open spaces in the district and experience your neighborhood like never before, The East Cut Community Benefit District has put together The East Cut Open Space Inventory, featured on San Francisco Chronicle!
SF  parks  open_space  public  todo 
march 2019 by Quercki
New (sub)Urbanism: The Copyrighting of Public Space
The Reader recounts the experience of photojournalist Warren Wimmer's attempts to photograph Anish Kapoor's sculpture, Cloud Gate (more commonly known as "the Bean"). When Wimmer set up his tripod and camera to shoot the sculpture, security guards stopped him, demanding that they show him a permit. Wimmer protested, replying that it's absurd that one needs to pay for a permit to photograph public art in a city-owned park.

Ben Joravsky, the author of the Reader article, attempted to contact park officials for an explanation and received a response from Karen Ryan, press director for the park's project director:
"The copyrights for the enhancements in Millennium Park are owned by the artist who created them. As such, anyone reproducing the works, especially for commercial purposes, needs the permission of that artist."

Hence, Millennium Park--a nascent destination for countless citizens and tourists that was built with $270 million in city funds--is slowly emerging as Chicago's most privatized public space. Photographers beware!
copyright  Chicago  bean  sculpture  public  art 
june 2017 by Quercki
President Donald Trump: Just who the hell do you think you are? | Miami Herald
Let’s be brutally clear here. If you were a smart guy with unimpeachable integrity and a good heart who was enacting wise policies for the betterment of all humankind, you’d still be subject to sharp scrutiny from news media, oversight from Congress, restraint by the judiciary — and public opinion.

And you, of course, are none of those things.
Trump  media  public  servant 
february 2017 by Quercki
Digital Democracy | Search Legislative Committee Hearings
Introducing Digital Democracy

A first-of-its-kind platform, Digital Democracy creates a searchable archive of all statements made in state legislative hearings.  Now anyone can search, watch, and share statements made by state lawmakers, lobbyists and advocates as they debate, craft, and vote on policy proposals. 



For Citizens
Makes it quick and easy for individuals to discover statements and votes on the issues that matter most to them. Free accounts allow users to create email alerts, and clip and share videos to inform their social networks.

For Journalists
Provides primary source information to identify and verify sources, quotes, and create multimedia assets in a timely manner.  This unique resource bolsters the work of fact-checkers, investigative and community reporters.
government  news  public  text 
february 2017 by Quercki
Yo! Your Honor! A Response to the Chief Justice - Boing Boing
While we can petition the courts, ultimately the easiest solution would be to get Congress to simply declare that PACER needs to be free. So, the third activity is to write to House and Senate Judiciary Committees and ask them to hold hearings on PACER, something they haven’t done in years! In the Senate, you’d write to Senator Grassley and Senator Leahy. In the House, you’d write to Congressman Goodlatte and Congressman Issa (who chairs the Courts subcommittee this year!), and on the minority side to Congressman Conyers and Congresswoman Lofgren. Tell them you want to see hearings and that it will be a great show. Congress loves good theater.
In summary, there are three easy things you can do to agitate: send a letter to a judge, use your $15 of free PACER per quarter, and write to the Congress. Once again, this is an Internet-style campaign so feel free to propose (and implement!) your own strategies. If you prefer petitions to letters, go for it. If instead of hacking the $15 quarterly fee waiver, you want to raise money and buy documents, go for it.
This three-part strategy is based on a deep faith in the good will of judges. Every judge I have gone to see has been polite and friendly. When I explain why I don’t like PACER, or my travails with edicts of government or the IRS, they listen and ask intelligent questions. I believe if we bring the subject of PACER up to every Chief Judge in the federal judiciary and explain what the PACER problems are, they will see the light

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law  public  accessibility 
january 2015 by Quercki
San Francisco interurban trolley system in the 1940's - The Key System Documentary - YouTube
Uploaded on Oct 22, 2011
"The March of Progress" is a 1940's tour of the interurban trolley system of San Francisco's East Bay and over the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. The film predicts the bright postwar future of streetcar transit, with images of advanced design railcars. Unfortunately the Key System trolley service was abandoned in 1961.
public  transit  Key_System  Oakland  Berkeley  train 
february 2013 by Quercki

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