Rape has been used as a way of punishment/revenge on Dalit women for a long time but the recent incidents of the heinous crime in the state of Haryana (India), with close to 19 rapes reported in the month of September alone, makes it imperative to seek answers and actions. This panel intends to look for answers behind this increased victimization of women, especially Dalit women, in Haryana and will endeavor to formulate some practical responses. Continue reading
On behalf of Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission, joined Daniel Boockvar, Weight Watchers International, Inc.’s Senior Vice President of U.S. Operations, to announce a new program that will offer discounted Weight Watchers memberships to eligible Boston residents. As part of Mayor Menino’s Boston Moves for Health initiative, Weight Watchers, a leader in weight management services that has helped millions of people worldwide, will work with Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, Mattapan Community Health Center, and East Boston Neighborhood Health Center to provide steeply discounted weight loss and weight management services for up to 1,000 qualifying participants beginning in January. Continue reading
The Malden Fire Department working in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corps is currently collecting new, unwrapped toys to benefit Toys-For-Tots. Checks will also be accepted for the purchase of gift cards and may be made payable to Malden Fire Charities, Malden Fire Department, One Sprague Street, Malden, MA 02148. A significant portion of the collected toys will be donated to Housing Families for distribution to Malden children in need. Continue reading
With the cost of a transplant often exceeding $500,000, many transplant families are unable to shoulder the financial burden of such a procedure. The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is a national charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses. In Providence, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local toddler, Kavan Bradford.
Kavan is the son of Bobby and Erin Bradford. Born on July 1, 2010, Kavan was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma. The doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts performed a life-saving stem cell transplant on September 19, 2012. An estimated $40,000 is being raised by Providence volunteers. Continue reading
Chronic hepatitis B is a significant global health threat that is under recognized.1 In the United States, approximately 1.4 to 2.0 million individuals are chronically infected with the disease. Due to the fact that more than two-thirds of those with chronic hepatitis B show no signs or symptoms, it is estimated that 65 percent of infected Americans remain unaware of their viral infection. Continue reading
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) stands in solidarity with transgender and gender nonconforming communities and their allies to observe the 14th annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) on Nov. 20. NCAVP honors those lives lost and recommits to working to end and prevent all forms of violence, especially violence against transgender and gender nonconforming people. Continue reading