Atlanta Struggles To Meet MLK’s Legacy On Health Care

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ATLANTA — While public safety commissioner Bull Connor’s police dogs in 1963 attacked civil rights protesters in Birmingham, Ala., leaders in Martin Luther King Jr.’s hometown of Atlanta were burnishing its reputation as “the city too busy to hate.” Yet 50 years after the civil rights leader was killed, some public health leaders here wonder …

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A Very Serious Roundup of Race-Focused Books Coming Out This Spring

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Transition into spring with this cross-section of titles. This spring marks the 50th anniversary of two pivotal moments in the Civil Rights Movement: the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the passage of the Fair Housing Act. As we reflect on the last half-century of racial justice struggles and victories, many of the books in this …

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In This Issue

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We open this week’s newsletter by reporting on a Black AIDS Institute Brown Bag Lunch Webinar that discussed possible solutions for four different obstacles faced by transgender people of color. Also, though 61 percent of people enrolled in marketplace health insurance plans are satisfied with their choices, results from a poll by the Kaiser Family …

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Transgender Rights and HIV: Getting to Real Solutions 

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Living with HIV is a challenge for anyone, but transgender people of color have unique obstacles to overcome in order to thrive. A Brown Bag Lunch Webinar held by the Black AIDS Institute on Feb. 13, 2018, shared some of the biggest challenges, as well as some strategies to combat them. Challenge 1, discrimination and  violence:  Transphobia is prejudice that is directed at transgender people because of their gender identity or expression. …

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Department of Justice Sets Quotas for Immigration Judges to Speed Up Deportations 

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On Friday (March 30), the  Department of Justice  (DOJ) unveiled new production quotas for immigration judges aimed at expediting deportations. The directive will require judges to clear 700 cases a year or face negative performance reviews. The announcement comes as the Trump administration weighs other measures that would speed up deportations of children arrested at the border. …

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Americans Have Mixed Feelings About The ACA’s Future — But Like Their Plans 

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Most Americans are happy with the insurance they buy on the individual market, yet those same people think the markets are collapsing before their eyes. A poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, released Tuesday, found that 61 percent of people enrolled in marketplace plans are satisfied with their insurance choices and that a majority say they …

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Who Is on Facebook? Snapchat? Who Is Smartphone Dependent? 

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Social media data can inform our communication activities. We spoke with Lee Rainie, director of the internet and technology research at the Pew Research Center, and Stacey Palosky, Acting Deputy Director, Digital, at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to discuss Pew’s recent report on social media use in America. You can watch the Facebook Live video to …

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States Extend Medicaid For Birth Control, Cutting Costs — And Future Enrollment

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The Trump administration is weighing whether to allow Texas to receive millions of federal Medicaid dollars for its family planning program, which bars abortion providers.   The Lone Star State eliminated its Medicaid-funded family planning program five years ago when state officials said they wanted to specifically exclude Planned Parenthood because the group provides abortions. Dozens of women’s …

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In This Issue

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Fifty years ago today, a gunman assassinated Martin Luther King. While the gunman may have killed the dreamer, our society has merely paid lip service to efforts to making the dream live on. We are called upon to not just remember Dr. King, not just remember the dream, but to stand up and resist the relentless efforts by the President of the United States and hatemongers to …

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BTAN Baton Rouge’s Kerry Auzenne: ‘I Am Unapologetic; I Have Something to Say’

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The Baton Rouge BTAN (Black Treatment Advocates Network) has gained a powerhouse chair in Kerry Auzenne. At 46 years old, Auzenne is using compassion to power the efforts around HIV/AIDS efforts in the city of Baton Rouge. Auzenne’s journey into HIV/AIDS activism started with his own diagnosis with AIDS in 2004. Auzenne had witnessed the …

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