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How Do We Fight For Mental Well-Being (While Preserving Our Own)? [Reader Forum]

How Do We Fight For Mental Well-Being (While Preserving Our Own)? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on June 4 2012, 9:29AM

The Colorlines.com community discusses how to work towards real mental health — both for communities of color, and for the activists who fight.

Topics: Health

Yet Another Effort to Racialize the Attack on Women's Health

Yet Another Effort to Racialize the Attack on Women’s Health

by Akiba Solomon on May 31 2012, 8:59AM

The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2012 claims to protect Asian children. But it is a slight variation of a familiar formula: Race-bait, cry crocodile tears about sexism—then police the wombs of women of color.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Health

How to Do Right By Yourself While Busy Saving the World

How to Do Right By Yourself While Busy Saving the World

by Mónica Novoa on May 30 2012, 10:00AM

People dedicated to racial justice are often so focused on strengthening our communities, we fail to remain healthy ourselves. Monica Novoa speaks with organizers who are helping the movement mind its own mental health.

Topics: Drop the I-Word, Health

One Runner's Step-by-Step Path to Justice

One Runner’s Step-by-Step Path to Justice

by Mónica Novoa on May 30 2012, 10:00AM

Donna Hernández gives us her personal story of how running changed the way she dealt with stress, and approached social justice work.

Topics: Health

Young, Depressed, and Of Color: Why Schools and Doctors Get It Wrong

Young, Depressed, and Of Color: Why Schools and Doctors Get It Wrong

by Jamilah King on May 29 2012, 9:25AM

From the classroom to the clinician’s office, there’s a long and troubling relationship between racism and the mental health field.

Topics: Health

As the Court Decides Health Reform, East Oakland Fights for the Basics

As the Court Decides Health Reform, East Oakland Fights for the Basics

by Tram Nguyen on May 22 2012, 9:21AM

Once home to good manufacturing jobs, East Oakland today is a microcosm of the structural components of racial health disparities. One community-led health project could be a model for the future.

Topics: Dispatches, Health

Oxford Handbook of Personality Disorders: Is Racism is an Illness?

Oxford Handbook of Personality Disorders: Is Racism is an Illness?

by Jorge Rivas on May 8 2012, 1:06PM

Does declaring racism an illness in any way remedy, address, or lead us toward a solution for this inequity?

Topics: Health, /NOW

In Planned Parenthood vs. Texas, Judicial Whiplash Ensues

In Planned Parenthood vs. Texas, Judicial Whiplash Ensues

by Akiba Solomon on May 2 2012, 9:13AM

While the Republican-dominated Lone Star state dukes it out with Planned Parenthood, poor patients who rely on the state’s Women’s Health Program are in limbo

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Health

Hip-Hop Activist and DJ Fights Her Fiercest Battle--with Heart Disease and Fat-Phobia

Hip-Hop Activist and DJ Fights Her Fiercest Battle—with Heart Disease and Fat-Phobia

by Akiba Solomon on April 26 2012, 9:45AM

At just 36, DJ Kuttin Kandi has a pacemaker, mounting medical bills and the courage to tell her story. Here, she explains what size, race and bias have to do with her heart.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Health

Why Native American Women Are Battling for Plan B

Why Native American Women Are Battling for Plan B

by Akiba Solomon on March 22 2012, 9:34AM

Native American women are three and a half times more likely to be raped in their lifetimes than those of other ethnicities. While some progress has been made since the groundbreaking Tribal Law and Order Act passed in 2010, a new report finds that they’re still fighting. This time it’s for the basic post-assault healthcare.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Health

Study: Racial Discrimination Leads to Higher Smoking Rates

Study: Racial Discrimination Leads to Higher Smoking Rates

by Julianne Hing on March 16 2012, 1:10PM

Racism kills, in more ways than one.

Topics: Health, /NOW

A Texas-Style War on Women Guts Basic Care to Jab Planned Parenthood

A Texas-Style War on Women Guts Basic Care to Jab Planned Parenthood

by Akiba Solomon on March 15 2012, 9:34AM

Black, single, childless and back in college, Delia Henry represents a population rarely visible in the so-called war on women. And she’s about to lose her health care because Rick Perry is gutting a Women’s Health Program just to hurt Planned Parenthood.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Health, Planned Parenthood

Arizona Law Could Allow Employers to Fire Workers for Using Birth Control

Arizona Law Could Allow Employers to Fire Workers for Using Birth Control

by Jorge Rivas on March 14 2012, 9:12AM

The ACLU worries that would violate a person’s right to privacy.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health, /NOW

Why More Americans Can't Access Healthy Food

Why More Americans Can’t Access Healthy Food

by Julianne Hing on March 2 2012, 9:04AM

Why don’t more people have access to healthy food? In a new book, journalist Tracie McMillian looks beyond fast food restaurants to untangle a web that’s proven deadly for people living in poverty.

Topics: Health, How We Eat

The New-Old Southern Strategy Mixes Racism and Sexism for Nasty Results

The New-Old Southern Strategy Mixes Racism and Sexism for Nasty Results

by Akiba Solomon on February 28 2012, 10:19AM

GOP presidential candidates have thrown gender dog-whistle politics into the race pot. It’s looking an awful lot like the odious 1960s Southern strategy.

Topics: 2012 Election, Gender, GOP Primary, Gender & Sexuality, Health

Why the 'He Can Beat Me' Tweets About Chris Brown Aren't Funny Infographic

Why the ‘He Can Beat Me’ Tweets About Chris Brown Aren’t Funny

by Hatty Lee on February 17 2012, 9:00AM

Every year, almost 1.5 million high school students experience dating abuse, and it takes on many different forms

Topics: Chris Brown, Health

Komen Is Just the Latest Round in the Anti-Choice Game of Chess

Komen Is Just the Latest Round in the Anti-Choice Game of Chess

by Akiba Solomon on February 9 2012, 10:43AM

And poor women and women of color remain the pawns who get sacrificed.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Health, Planned Parenthood

Michelle Obama Can Do A Lot More Push-Ups than Jimmy Fallon [Video]

Michelle Obama Can Do A Lot More Push-Ups than Jimmy Fallon [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 8 2012, 3:26PM

First Lady Michelle Obama made an appearance on Tuesday night’s “Late Night” and got in to a friendly competition with host Jimmy Fallon….

Topics: Health, /NOW

Should I Continue Supporting Komen? Here's How To Find Out

Should I Continue Supporting Komen? Here’s How To Find Out

by Kavita Das on February 8 2012, 9:22AM

With the dust settling on the Komen for the Cure controversy, Colorlines.com readers have asked, What do I do now? A former Komen program director and permanent women’s health advocate offers some next steps.

Topics: Health

CDC: 1 in 16 Black Men Will Be Diagnosed with HIV During Their Lifetime

CDC: 1 in 16 Black Men Will Be Diagnosed with HIV During Their Lifetime

by Jorge Rivas on February 7 2012, 4:12PM

The impact of HIV has been devastating among black youth, with approximately 40 percent of new infections among blacks now occurring among those between the ages of 13 and 29.

Topics: Health, /NOW