Tuesday, October 18, 2011

OCCUPY DETROIT 2011

On Friday, October 14, 2011, protesters from various parts of Metropolitan Detroit and beyond gathered in Downtown Detroit, Michigan for the "Occupy Detroit" event. Speakers began the march at the Spirit of Detroit statue in front of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center in Detroit. The event was a parallel of the recent "Occupy Wall Street" events in New York City and similar public demonstrations in cities across America and now even foreign countries like Italy (where demonstrations turned violent.)

The march went up Woodward Avenue to stop at the nearby Grand Circus Park. Some of those camped out in the area (with permits) plan to live there for up to 60 days. With the Detroit Tigers' Comerica Park and the Detroit Lions' Ford Field in the background, activists held up signs expressing their displeasure with the events of recent years. Speakers spoke out against bank bailouts, home foreclosures, foreign war, lack of jobs for the public, and more.

Protestors called for the recall of George W. Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy and a reform of financial systems to curb corporate profiteerism.


Saturday, October 15, 2011

RICK'S HEALTH SCARE SHOULD GIVE PAUSE

Miami-based rapper Rick Ross was recently hospitalized twice in the past 24 hours, relating to unreleased health issues. In both cases, Ross suffered from a seizure, which left him temporarily unconscious.



http://www.freep.com/article/20111015/ENT07/111015008/Rapper-Rick-Ross-reportedly-hospitalized-2nd-time?odyssey=navhead

...as much as I have a problem with his overall image and themes, I wish him the best during this crisis.

I also hope it prompts him to take whatever his health situation is more seriously, and take steps to address it. It's definitely missing the point to just write this off as nothing, or just an isolated episode of "exhaustion" or whatever.

Who knows whether he has a health insurance plan. He definitely should have the money to afford one. If he can blow "a million" on strip bars, high-end cars, clothes and jewelry, I really hope he's got some comprehensive coverage..

Medicaid information-
http://www.cms.gov/home/medicaid.asp

Many low and modest-income folks, particularly in minority communities, avoid going to see health care professionals on a regular basis, and end up going to Emergency Rooms whenever a crisis hits, or just whenever "they feel bad".. There is a particular challenge for black men to see about regular health checkups, and the various health issues that disproportionately affect african-americans, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, cancer, HIV/Aids, and more.

As various citiy, county and state governments are facing revenue shortfalls (hello, Bush tax cuts), one of the programs that typically face cutbacks are public health facilities, including free/low-cost clinics and health departments, which may not provide primary care but do provide other resources including immunizations, disease screening, substance abuse treatment, lead-poisoning prevention/control, and more.

Too bad that more rappers have not been public advocates for health care reform or improved health/wellness resources in urban communities; and I doubt that this incident will compel anyone in the business to do that. But they should.