Browsing the "access" Tag

Friendly Water for the World Helps Bring Clean Water to Millions for Pennies

June 16th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

Nearly half the people on our planet do not have safe water to drink. Friendly Water for the World is a nonprofit organization, founded by Quakers, whose mission is to help expand access to low-cost clean water technologies, as well as information about health and sanitation, to people in need. They teach communities how to construct simple biosand water filters, which remove nearly 99% of all parasites, disease and water-borne pathogens

Access to Education Opens Up New Possibilities for Roma Girls in Spain

May 17th, 2013 | by ecolocalizer

It’s 5 o’clock, and Yasmina is running late for her drawing and painting class; she quickly grabs her watercolors, kisses her mother, and runs out the door to school. But what you might not realize, is that Yasmina and her fellow Roma students are all defying their culture's norms just by showing up to their art class today

Are Bicycles a Sustainable Tool for Feminist Social Revolution?

April 30th, 2013 | by ecolocalizer

Riding a bicycle helps the body stay fit and is environmentally friendly, and provides numerous benefits that allow for self autonomy, mobility, and health, all factors that help our society to evolve and improve. Although when I am riding my bike, some days it still feels like some people do not understand just how truly liberating riding a bicycle can be

Asheville City Council Tackles Food Insecurity and Approves Food Action Plan

January 27th, 2013 | by ecolocalizer

North Carolina's city of Asheville is the most recent town in our nation to create a Food Action Plan. These sensible strategies address difficult issues, such as food deserts, community health, food insecurity, nutrition knowledge deficits, barriers to local food production and distribution, as well as food sovereignty. The plan was approved 6-0 on January 21, 2013 by the city council; this legislation will play an active role in improving healthy food access, and will also help to build a more sustainable local food infrastructure

Video Explains Why Free Access to Contraception is Absolutely Essential

January 22nd, 2013 | by ecolocalizer

The Gates Foundation recently released a video describing why it is so incredibly important for all women to have free access to contraceptives and family planning services. Though the video is specifically talking about the developing world, these health issues are similar here in the United States

How Does Ron Paul Resolve Love of Personal Liberty & Banning Abortion?

August 27th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

Ron Paul is one of the rare elected officials who has the integrity to highlight the crippling economic costs of our massive military industrial complex, as well as the need to decriminalize drugs and audit both the Pentagon and the Federal Reserve. His adamant support for personal privacy, Bradley Manning and civil liberties also shows leadership, but unfortunately like most men in his party, Paul still rabidly opposes a woman's ability to safely terminate a pregnancy. He wants small unobtrusive government, except when it applies to all female bodies

California Approves Election Day Registration for All Voters in the State

August 25th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

As voting suppression and mandatory voter id efforts have spread across our nation, diligent legislators in California are now working to make it easier to vote. The California State Senate has just passed AB 1436, which legalizes Election Day Registration (EDR), enabling citizens to register and vote on the same day. Currently the state law prohibits Californians from registering to vote in the final two weeks before an election; the new bill will eliminate that deadline, making voting more accessible for all of the state's citizens

Republicans Paul Ryan and Todd Akin Share an Unsightly Forcible Rape Problem

August 23rd, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

Why is Representative Todd Akin being nationally ostracized now for publicly stating what the majority of the Republican Party already openly proclaims? Akin's extremist anti-woman views are shared by many in his party, most especially vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan. The two politicians have even sponsored a bill together attempting to redefine what it means to be raped

Rep. Todd Akin Believes “Legitimate” Rape Victims Can Not Become Pregnant

August 20th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

Each week it seems like right-wing extremist politicians expose how painfully ignorant they are in newly bizarre and surprising ways. Missouri Representative and US Senate candidate, Todd Akin, recently told a local news station that if a “legitimate rape” occurs, somehow women have a magic ability to prevent pregnancy. How does that work exactly? Perhaps like how the cartoon Wonder Twins superhero powers are activated? As a woman is being violently brutalized, she must scream out: “form of a sperm barrier!"

Hey Girl Internet Meme Mocks Paul Ryan’s Misogynist Policies

August 17th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

A humorous online campaign designed to expose vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's abysmal record on women’s health issues is flooding the internet. The meme is based on a fan site for Ryan Gosling, where an image of the celebrity is paired with an ironic or suggestive quote. In the case of Paul Ryan however, the words highlight the politician's fondness for forced mandatory transvaginal ultrasounds, as well as his vehement opposition to birth control, pregnancy termination and contraception access

Stockbox Grocery Opens First Storefront in Seattle’s South Park Neighborhood

August 15th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

Last year at the Slow Money Gathering in San Francisco, I was really impressed with a presentation that I heard from one of the founders of Stockbox Neighborhood Grocery in Washington. Her idea was simple and innovative — retrofit shipping containers to sell healthy food and produce in underserved neighborhoods. The easily portable container could be placed in industrial areas and regions where food deserts now prevail, instantly providing better access to fresh groceries

Have We become the United States of Guns and Assault Weapons?

August 5th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

In the United States we have more guns per capita than any other country on the planet — there are roughly ninety guns for every 100 people (Yemen is a distant second at fifty-five). On average, each day eighty-five people are killed by gun violence, even on a "normal" day when there are no mass killings. The high concentration of weapons that we have access to alone can not be what causes these many tragic murders — but what are the reasons for so much senseless death

Federal Judge Prevents Mississippi’s Only Abortion Clinic from Being Shut Down

July 2nd, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

Radical extremist politicians in Mississippi have been temporarily thwarted in their unconstitutional attempts to prevent all access to safe and legal abortion services in their state. U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Jordan issued a restraining order July 1, intervening hours before the Jackson Women's Health Organization would have been forced to start turning away women seeking pregnancy terminations. The judge's injunction temporarily blocks new legislation that would have shuttered the only remaining clinic in the state that provides this medical procedure

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