Broken Access to Treatment makes Drug Users Vulnerable in COVID-19 Pandemic

Oakland, CA, Wednesday, March 25, 2020… In the rush to protect vulnerable populations from the COVID-19 pandemic, the risk to people struggling with addiction is especially high. And health professionals suggest this could undermine efforts to control the coronavirus spread. According to experts, people who use drugs are doubly at risk during this epidemic, not … More Broken Access to Treatment makes Drug Users Vulnerable in COVID-19 Pandemic

SONOMA Board of Supervisors Approves Eviction Defense Ordinance

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, which also serves as the Board of Commissioners for the Community Development Commission, today passed the COVID-19 Eviction Defense Ordinance, effective immediately for 60 days after the end of the local and public health emergency. The new ordinance aligns with the Governor’s Executive Order N-28-20 which authorized local jurisdictions … More SONOMA Board of Supervisors Approves Eviction Defense Ordinance

UNHCR and African HRC COVID-19 Corona Virus Advisories for Refugees in Kenya

CAUTION: Please refrain from portraying certain situations inaccurately. We would advise you to be cautious and to verify information and facts prior to circulating unconfirmed COVID-19-related information further.  This can cause an enormous amount of harm to everyone. Be sure of your facts before you post them on Social Media. We caution anyone spreading any information to sure off the … More UNHCR and African HRC COVID-19 Corona Virus Advisories for Refugees in Kenya

Know Your Transgender Rights During COVID-19 Pandemic

In times of crisis, transgender and non-binary people among other communities are often at higher risk of violence and discrimination. The COVID-19 pandemic presents a series of unique challenges that may have long-term impact on transgender people and their families. Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) has prepared Know Your Rights guide for transgender and non-binary … More Know Your Transgender Rights During COVID-19 Pandemic

Corona Virus – AHRC Kenyan Refugee and U.S. Embassy Advisory

African Human Rights Coalition – COVID-19 Advisory- HERE PLEASE KEEP VISITING KENYAN  MINISTRY OF HEALTH FOR UPDATES: The new Coronavirus – called COVID-19 virus causes fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. There is no need to panic. It is VERY IMPORTANT at this time for community to work cooperatively and in unity. It … More Corona Virus – AHRC Kenyan Refugee and U.S. Embassy Advisory

UNHCR: World Response to COVID-19 Must Focus on ALL Including Displaced Persons

AHRC ADVISORY:  In the face of the sudden uncertainty and vulnerability of the COVID-19 virus as it spreads, our thoughts are with the millions of displaced people around the world. During this time we will continue to advocate in solidarity and for durable solutions for refugees and asylum seekers. Not everyone is at risk for … More UNHCR: World Response to COVID-19 Must Focus on ALL Including Displaced Persons

Marin HHS recommending cancellation postponement of nonessential indoor gatherings

UPDATED March 16,2020: Marin County Health & Human Services On March 16, the public health officers of seven Bay Area jurisdictions, including Marin, issued a legal order directing residents to shelter at home for three weeks beginning March 17. The order limits activity, travel and business functions to only the most essential needs. Scientific evidence … More Marin HHS recommending cancellation postponement of nonessential indoor gatherings

Marin Confirms First In-County Case of COVID-19

Residents can slow disease spread with simple, everyday behaviors San Rafael, CA – The Marin County Department of Health and Human Services(HHS) is working with medical staff at a local hospital to treat a Marin resident diagnosed with COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The individual diagnosed was a passenger on the Grand Princess cruise ship that … More Marin Confirms First In-County Case of COVID-19

Coronavirus – Marin Proclaims Health Local Emergencies Increasing Eligibility

Proactive move increases eligibility for COVID-19 cost reimbursement The County of Marin is taking steps to proclaim a local health emergency and a local state of emergency to prepare for impacts associated with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that has raised concerns worldwide. San Rafael, CA – The Marin County Department of Health and Human Services … More Coronavirus – Marin Proclaims Health Local Emergencies Increasing Eligibility

Coronavirus Patient from Travis Isolated at Marin Hospital

Marin assists in regional response to evacuees; No cases have been identified in Marin San Rafael, CA – Marin County Health and Human Services today confirmed the transfer of one patient with laboratory-confirmed novel coronavirus (COVID-19) from Travis Air Force Base in Solano County to a Marin County hospital. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control … More Coronavirus Patient from Travis Isolated at Marin Hospital

Mourning the Passing of First Openly Lesbian Federal Judge

Federal District Judge Deborah A Batts, the first openly lesbian federal judge when she was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York by President Bill Clinton in in 1994, died Sunday at the age of 72. She was currently overseeing a case against celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti over allegations … More Mourning the Passing of First Openly Lesbian Federal Judge

Clinicians Watch for Vaping-Related Lung Ailment

Marin County Public Health asks medical community to be wary of syndrome San Rafael, CA – Although no cases have been reported in Marin County, a lung ailment associated with vaping cannabis or cannabis oils is on the rise throughout the United States, prompting local public health officials to issue “be on the lookout” advisories … More Clinicians Watch for Vaping-Related Lung Ailment

Lawsuit against Steuben County alleges Jail Violates Rights of Transgender People 

BATH, NY – The New York Civil Liberties Union, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, and the law firm BakerHostetler filed a lawsuit yesterday against Steuben County, the Steuben County Sheriff, and several officials and employees at the Steuben County Jail on behalf of a transgender woman whom jail officials housed in a men’s facility … More Lawsuit against Steuben County alleges Jail Violates Rights of Transgender People 

Coalition Fight the Illegality of Healthcare Discrimination against LGBTQI People

Fighting HHS: Health Care Discrimination Against LGBT People is Illegal – The first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, and allies participated in a broad coalition of organizations by submitting more than 132,400 comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), urging the federal government to … More Coalition Fight the Illegality of Healthcare Discrimination against LGBTQI People

SoulCycle, Equinox and Ross Statements exacerbate Call for Boycott

On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported that real estate developer and investor Stephen Ross is hosting a fundraising luncheon for Trump’s reelection campaign at his Southampton, New York, home on Friday. Ross is the founder and chairman of the real estate firm Related Companies, which is the financial force behind Hudson Yards, Equinox Fitness Clubs, … More SoulCycle, Equinox and Ross Statements exacerbate Call for Boycott

Marin County Approves 2 Medicinal Cannabis Licenses

Businesses to open as delivery-only retailers with limited signage San Rafael, CA – Now that two applications have been approved, Marin County is a step closer to having its first legal delivery-only medicinal cannabis retail operations in its unincorporated areas.  With the Medicinal Cannabis Delivery-Only Retailer (MCDORe, or “McDory”) licensing ordinance as its guideline, the … More Marin County Approves 2 Medicinal Cannabis Licenses

Travelers: Immunize Against Measles Before You Go

Marin Public health department urges vaccination prior to international trips – San Rafael, CA – Marin County Public Health is reminding residents that those planning for international travel should ensure they have already received the recommended two doses of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Nationwide, measles cases now total 704 in 2019, the highest … More Travelers: Immunize Against Measles Before You Go

Agriculture and Forest Products Industry Leaders Gather to Support LGBT Diversity

Portland, Oregon – The Cultivating Change Foundation hosted its third annual reception in Oregon to celebrate the love of agriculture and agriculturists on Friday, February 15.  The Foundation’s mission is one-of-a-kind: to value and elevate lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals in the agricultural industry through advocacy, education, and community.  It’s a unique mission … More Agriculture and Forest Products Industry Leaders Gather to Support LGBT Diversity

ACLU Letter to the UN on Death of Migrant Child at the hands of Trump Administration

ACLU LETTER TO THE UNITED NATIONS SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF MIGRANTS CONCERNING THE DEATH OF MIGRANT CHILD FELIPE GÓMEZ ALONZO This letter calls on the U.N. human rights expert to examine U.S. failure to conduct an independent investigation into Felipe’s death in CBP custody. The letter also calls attention to U.S. government failure to … More ACLU Letter to the UN on Death of Migrant Child at the hands of Trump Administration

Marin County and Homeward Bound Partner on Shelter Needs

Support for people experiencing homelessness to increase existing capacity San Rafael, CA – The Marin County Department of Health and Human Services(HHS) and the Novato-based nonprofit Homeward Bound of Marin have established emergency shelter surge capacity to supplement 190 year-round shelter beds during severe weather events.  In the case of a severe weather event, the … More Marin County and Homeward Bound Partner on Shelter Needs

Flavored Tobacco and Vaping Products Banned in Marin

San Rafael, CA – Starting January 1, 2020, specialty tobacco stores in unincorporated Marin County will be prohibited from selling flavored tobacco products, including vaping liquids and menthol cigarettes. For all other retailers and individuals, the ban goes into effect July 1, 2019. With support from its Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) staff, … More Flavored Tobacco and Vaping Products Banned in Marin

Help Fight the Opioid Crisis by Purging Unused Meds

Opioid overdose remains the leading cause of accidental death in Marin County. | DEA Drug Take-Back Day is October 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. San Rafael, CA – The opioid abuse crisis is a national phenomenon these days – there’s even a White House webpage devoted to it – but it’s been lingering in … More Help Fight the Opioid Crisis by Purging Unused Meds

Marin Based GAIA Making a Difference in Africa in the Fight to End HIV AIDS

GAIA’s Mobile Clinic Program turns 10 Like African Human Rights Coalition, Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance is based here in Marin County – all working to assist advocates and practitioners on the ground in Africa.  Marin take heed and support the work neighbors! The GAIA Elizabeth Taylor Mobile Health Clinics were launched in rural Malawi ten … More Marin Based GAIA Making a Difference in Africa in the Fight to End HIV AIDS

Marin County Public Forum on Fentanyl, Heroin, Other Opioids

RxSafe Marin initiative co-hosts special event September 12 San Rafael, CA – A national expert in opioid use disorder will be the featured speaker at a free special public event co-hosted by the grassroots RxSafe Marin coalition, the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Dominican University of California. Dr. Dan Ciccarone of … More Marin County Public Forum on Fentanyl, Heroin, Other Opioids

Marin County Art Installation Spirit Nest Volunteers and Events

Experience the Spirit Nest!  Here’s an update on volunteer opportunities and events: Following the initial Story on this blog – ART A FIRE DANGER REMINDER:  “A County of Marin sponsored art installation, now under construction in San Rafael, will serve as an eye-catching reminder about the always-present danger of wildfire for Marin County….” UPDATE with … More Marin County Art Installation Spirit Nest Volunteers and Events

Art a Fire Danger Reminder – Marin to Showcase Human-Sized ‘Nest’

Art installation made from tree limbs serves as fire fuel reduction reminder – with 8 people dead 1000 structures lost in one of the worst fires in California’s history 150 miles to the North of Marin! San Rafael, CA – A County of Marin sponsored art installation, now under construction in San Rafael, will serve … More Art a Fire Danger Reminder – Marin to Showcase Human-Sized ‘Nest’

Trump Administration’s Separation of Families is more than Child Abuse

While the President of American Academy of Pediatricians calls out  Family Separation as “Nothing Less than Government-Sanctioned Child Abuse”, I call it another step along the path of the Nazi trajectory of 1939! Last night, as detention centers reached capacity, filled with kids ripped from their parents, the administration announced that it will open the first … More Trump Administration’s Separation of Families is more than Child Abuse

Marin ‘Don’t Miss a Beat’ When Someone Needs Help -FREE CPR

‘Don’t Miss a Beat’ When Someone Needs Help Quick stop at annual free training increases odds of bystanders becoming heroes San Rafael, CA – In the time it takes to listen to the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive,” you can learn how to save real lives by stopping bleeding and conducting hands-only CPR. The ninth annual … More Marin ‘Don’t Miss a Beat’ When Someone Needs Help -FREE CPR

WAPO: “The Trump administration’s new plan to punish legal immigrants”

“In the administration’s plan, working-class immigrants would be penalized if they claimed practically any benefit for which they qualified — even the earned-income tax credit, which is used by tens of millions of American workers and whose effect is to promote employment.” >Washington, DC –  For all the focus on Trump’s assault on undocumented immigrants … More WAPO: “The Trump administration’s new plan to punish legal immigrants”

Oklahoma Lawmakers Pass Dangerous Anti-LGBTQ Child Welfare Bill

Advocates call on Gov. Mary Fallin to veto discriminatory bill WASHINGTON – At the eleventh hour, lawmakers in Oklahoma approved a bill that would allow adoption agencies receiving taxpayer funding to discriminate against legally married same-sex couples and LGBTQ youth, among others. The bill, SB 1140, was approved by both the House and Senate chambers … More Oklahoma Lawmakers Pass Dangerous Anti-LGBTQ Child Welfare Bill