To the students marching on March 24

first_imgParkland, Florida on February 15, 2018.You want a very simple thing, as basic as ABC: to be able to go to school without being gunned down.How did things get to such a horrible state that this should even be an issue?Don’t get demoralized when the politicians debate this to death. Just by coming out today and marching, you have taken a giant step forward.You are coming together and doing something about the problem, not just shrinking into yourselves out of sorrow and shock.You are embracing one another and coming up with ideas, plans, actions to shout out in one voice.You are creating a MOVEMENT. And by doing that, you are already changing the political landscape.Your diversity is your great strength. At a time when people of color, migrants, women, the LGBTQ community and vastly underpaid workers are being attacked by the billionaire president and his cronies, trying to pit us against each other, you are affirming the concept of SOLIDARITY.Your love of life and each other gives you the strength to push back against all who are trying to pull you down.Why are these terrible things happening in our schools?We live in dangerous times — the crumbling of an empire, really. An empire built from the beginning on stolen Native land and enslaved African people. The current $700 billion military budget is meant to shore up this dying empire. A huge promotion of police violence saturates our culture. This sends the message that guns and bombs will fix everything.Armed white supremacists and Nazis parade openly, and the billionaire president won’t condemn them. All this feeds into racist, anti-women, anti-gay fantasies acted upon by young men like Dylann Roof and Nikolas Cruz.This is not an issue of love versus hate. We can do both. We can love one another and hate all that is meant to divide us. We can love music and kindness and kidding around, and hate exploitation and bigotry. Che Guevara famously said: “The true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love.” He also fought to make a socialist revolution.The very future of the world that will be yours, from the polar ice caps to the rising seas, is threatened by the chaotic, profit-driven system of capitalism.At such a time, can we afford to be less than revolutionaries? Think long about it, dear courageous young people, as you join the struggle to fix the horrible mess this system has made of the world.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Can volunteering lead to better health?

first_img Read Full Story Eric Kim, a research fellow in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, recently led the first study to look at a possible link between volunteering and health care use in older adults.Why did you decide to study volunteering from a public health perspective?There is a growing body of research showing that volunteering is associated with better physical health and mental health outcomes, as well as better health behaviors.Another important reason is that the number of older adults in the U.S., and other countries, is rapidly rising. Over the next 35 years, the number of 65-year-olds is going to double. As a result, the number of chronic illnesses will likely rise causing at least two outcomes: First, there will be a large increase in the number of people suffering. Second, the rising number of illnesses is going to put a huge burden on our health care system. If volunteering does affect health care use, these findings could be used to inform new strategies for increasing preventive health screenings, lowering emergency room use and health care costs, and also enhancing the health of older adults.What did you find?In a nationally representative sample of more than 7,000 adults aged 50 and older, we found that volunteers were more likely to engage in preventive health care than non-volunteers.last_img read more

Kano Pillars Appoint Baleria Caretaker Coach

first_imgKano Pillars Football Club has appointed former Flying Eagles’ Assistant Coach, Kabiru Baleria as the interim head coach of the club with immediate effect pending the appointment of substantive technical adviser.The appointment of Baleria followed the expiration of the contract of the club’s Technical Adviser Ibrahim A. Musa.The management of the club under the leadership of Alhaji Tukur Babangida charged the interim head coach to work closely with other technical crew and club’s supporting staff in discharging his duties. Kabiru Baleria The management of the club is confident that Baleria would use his wealth of experience to protect the image of the club as well as come up with new ideas that would move the club forward for the period he is going to handle the team.Meanwhile, the Sai Masu Gida are negotiating with five new players – Surajoddeen Ayele, Sunday Chinedu, Augustine Igenepo, Jeffrey Essi and Obaleke Thomas – ahead of the new season.Spokesman of the team, Idris Malikawa hinted that plans are also underway to promote two or three players from the feeder team to the senior team before the commencement of 2018/2019 NPFL season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more