21 US cities restrict sharing food with homeless people

This article on Aljazera online summarizes input regarding the regulation in 21 US cities that prohibits “sharing food”. This ban is focused on dissuading homeless people from living in these cities. The article also includes a link for a detailed report from the National Coalition for the Homeless titled “The Criminalization of Efforts to Feed People in Need”on the subject. http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/10/20/cities-restrict-sharingfoodwithhomelesspeople.html


State Policy to Increase Low-Income Communities’ Access to Solar Power

This article talks about the reasoning behind state policy in California, Colorado and Louisiana, that allows low-income communities access to solar power. The article illustrates why this economic class is of focus, and how the program is being implemented.


passions and anxieties

I have a passion for working with young women. I feel that all women face challenges as a result of our societal structure. These pressures can often be most pervasive in the adolescent and teenage years. I believe that all girls can grow up to be strong and powerful women, and I want to be an encourager and mentor in this way. I chose the song Double Dare Ya by Bikini Kill. I listened to this song as a younger person, and feel that it represents youth and angst. The lyrics fight back at the ideals that many girls face, and “dares” the listener to “stand up for their rights”. While we all need encouragement to do so, it is also difficult to work with this age group for a variety of reasons. I feel anxiety about young women not believing that they have the right to be exactly who they want to be, to be powerful, to be in control of their bodies and life. It would be devastating to encounter a young women who may want to express herself in different ways, but who truly believes that she can not. During the adolescent and teenage years girls are dealing with complex issues, and are still learning how to communicate. Communicating effectively with theses individuals can be tiring, but I also feel that it would be a very worthwhile challenge.



Review of “Older fathers linked to risk for psychiatric, school issues in kids”

The article “Older fathers linked to risk for psychiatric, school issues in kids: study” on www. English. News.cn was published on February 27, 2014 and focused on a study performed by Indiana University. The study took place in Sweden from 1973 to 2001 in collaboration with a local Swedish University. The results were originally posted in the online psychiatry journal, JAMA. The  “psychiatric” and “school issues” according to the article included “autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), psychosis, bipolar disorder, suicide attempt and substance abuse”, as well as “failing grades, low educational attainment and low IQ scores”. The article compared these factors in children born to younger fathers (24 years old) and children born to older fathers (45 years old). The statics the study claimed were substantial; a child born to an older father is believed to be “3.5 times more likely to have autism, 13 times more likely to have ADHD, two times more likely to have a psychotic disorder, 25 times more likely to have bipolar disorder and 2.5 times more likely to have suicidal behavior or a substance abuse problem”. This information is pertinent for a variety of reasons, on a social level, there is a lot of pressure, as well as research, in support of women giving birth at a “younger”, or prime age, as to avoid developmental delays or exceptionalities in their children. If men’s age was also thrown into the mix it could upset social and relationship-norms. In relation to Child Development, it gives us something new to look at. If this study is replicated and proven to be scientific, it will necessitate education to the public; as a new way to avoid developmental risks. While this seems to be a break-through, there needs to be more research. On a simple level though, it seems like realistic information, given that the age of mothers is critical, it makes sense that the age of the male would also matter. In my opinion, which is admittedly inexperienced, conception should ideally occur between two partners of optimal health. This naturally makes sense, as both partners need to be in optimal health to not only handle the labor of pregnancy and birth, but to take care (and keep up with) a dependent child.