Human Rights – Right to Community

This list of human rights is the one that should be simplest.  Those rights you want for yourself, you should also want for your neighbor.  However, these seem to be the most contentious.  People want these rights for themselves, and yet they want to dictate to others what they can, or cannot do.  While you may be able to request that a person not do (or say) certain things within your home, or business, it hurts everyone to do so.  There may be certain reasons, such as PTSD, that may okay caution in some rare cases.

Freedom to:
Own property
Religion
Express thoughts and ideas
Privacy of home and correspondence
Economic security
A job, a fair wage, and a trade union
Travel
Marriage and Family (including adoption)
Education
Create Intellectual Property
Community Responsibility

Every person should have the freedom to own property.  For some reason, our society counts success as owning objects.  When  whole segments of the population are not allowed to own anything, they will never be viewed as successful, which leads to a magnitude of problems.

Religion.  A contentious subject.  As it should be.  It is private and personal, and should remain that way.  No one needs to know, unless they live in your home.  Or, their religious choices hurt or kill others.  Then, those people fall back into the legal human rights category.

All humans, regardless of age, gender, or background should be able to express their thoughts and ideas in mediums they choose, as long as they do not hurt others.  These thoughts and ideas do have consequences.

All humans should have the right to privacy, both in the home, and in public.  Their health, and other records should never be available to the public.  Very rare instances should any of these documents be made available to doctors, police departments, and employers.

Although, it could benefit deafblind individuals for police to know there are deafblind individuals in the community.  They sometimes need specialized to training to realize that a deafblind person may not hear them, or recognize that a police office is there.  Some deafblind individuals have died in recent years due to being shot by police who were unaware that a person walking with a cane was not a threat, and had no way of knowing they were there and yelling at them.

All humans should have the right to live with, and financially support the people they choose to.  Whether as a spouse, or a friend.  This support should be extended to include insurance (until national payer exists) housing, ad hospital visitation.

All people should have the right to adopt a child if they are deemed a fit parent.  Some parents may work outside the home, while others, who remain at home, can care for the children who need a full time parent.

All humans should have a right to fair and safe employment.  This includes fair wages, equal wages -regardless of gender, age, or ability.  In this case, ability applies to accommodating visual, hearing, and physical disabilities, not the ability to do the job.

All humans should have the right to have vacation.  Time to read, rest, and be around family.  Working every waking moment for 30 or 40 years simply leads to disability, and a wasted life.

All humans should have access to health.  Both healthcare, and real health opportunities.  Healthcare is vital to well being.  Without time off, and short enough work days, people cannot eat or exercise properly to maintain their health.

All people should have a right to an education.  Education stretches the mind and keeps the person busy and happy.  It helps people relate, understand, and empathize with others, regardless of their situation.

An often forgotten component of human rights is the concept of community responsibility.  If a community normalizes abusers, they should not be surprised at the results – damaged community members who cannot fill the roles society expects them to.  If you see someone abusing another, it’s important to stand up for them.  It is the only way abuse will stop.  These survivors need to know they have community support.  Even if that support is simply agreement, and preventing of victimization.

The list goes on and on.  Basically, if you feel you have a certain right, then so does the person next to you.

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Women’s History Month – Mary McLeod Bethune

Mary McLeod Bethune (1875 – 1955) was born a decade after the Civil War ended.  Her parents, and many of her siblings had been slaves.  This didn’t stop her from obtaining an education.
She learned everything she could.  At the time, like many young women, she balanced art, music, and dance, with the available book learning of the time.  This led to a life as an activist for women’s rights, and equality regardless of gender or ethnicity. Her political aspirations allowed her the opportunity to advise early American presidents.
Although she was not able to become a missionary to Africa, she did become a missionary to millions of young women in the US. She became a teacher at various colleges.  In 1904, she began her own school aimed at educating the grandchildren of former slave children.  The school had a long name, “The Daytona Literary and Industrial School for Training Negro Girls,” and no budget.  In fact, they gathered items around the town, and recycled them into desks, writing utensils, and anything else they needed.
The students, almost all female, worked hard to learn from the few books available.  They sold baked goods to fund their teachers and necessary school supplies. Eventually, the school was too large to exist on bake sales.  She searched for more funding grants.  One, Proctor and Gamble became a major contributor.
In addition to teaching, she was also a writer and founded the National Council of Negro Women in 1932. At the time that she created it, she hoped to help more in her community become professionals in any field they chose.  They hoped to achieve their goals toward peace, through peace, and political action, for those whom it suited to be able to do so.

Works Cited: All Accessed on 02/23/17

http://www.notablebiographies.com/Be-Br/Bethune-Mary-Mcleod.html

https://www.nwhm.org/education-resources/biography/biographies/mary-mcleod-bethune/

Women’s History Month – Hannah Adams

Hannah Adams (1755-1831) was the first recognized female United States historians.  Mostly ignored by the males of her time, and largely forgotten by history itself.
Like many women, she began life with many  multiple chronic illnesses.  As she recovered from them, she studied and learned all that she could.  She also learned from the boarders in her family home, and later used her knowledge to tutor the males in the village in foreign languages such as Latin and Greek.
Due to her childhood studies, she wrote a complex book comparing and contrasting the religious denominations that existed at the time.  Her reviews of religions would be valued as a snapshot of each religion at the time of its writing. In later years, these snapshots would prove more valuable, as recognition of theology changes were apparent.
Her writings were written about the same time as a male writer who wrote a similar treaty.  They began a feud, as she felt both works could not exist at the time without competing for readers.  At that time, this would have been more true, as books were printed, and expensive.
Hannah Adams is often reported to be the first American author, and female author, to make a living for a number of years from her writing.
Her writings, and teachings, led to greater understanding of the differences between women’s and men’s roles in society.  She was a distant cousin of John Adams, though she did not share Abigail or Louisa’s full women’s rights agenda, publicly anyway, she worked behind the scenes as an unmarried woman, and female writer to pave the way for future women writers.
Her works, and court cases against male authors who wanted to write on the same topic, led to the beginnings of copyright law in the US. However, today, most writers recognize that multiple authors can write on the same topic, and it won’t distract readers.
Much like writers today, she continually updated works with new information.  Also, predating the computer age, she recognized that school children needed works in smaller bite sized pieces, and split them up into easy to comprehend works that would prepare children to better understand the full text at a later age.

Works Cited: All Accessed on 02/23/17

http://womenshistory.about.com/od/earlyamerwomen/fl/Hannah-Adams.htm
http://www.bostonathenaeum.org/library/book-recommendations/athenaeum-authors/hannah-adams

Women’s History Month – Louisa Adams

Louisa Adams (1775 – 1852), Abigail Adam’s daughter in law, and the first foreign born first lady.  The only one until 2017.

She was born in England, and lived much of her childhood in France.  She was able to speak French so well, she was taken for a native, even in later years, during the Napoleonic wars.

As a young woman, she suffered from many chronic disabling illnesses.  After marriage, she suffered from at least one miscarriage, and the death of her only daughter, who was born during the years she and John Quincy Adams lived as ambassadors to Russia.

Her life was difficult being the center of so many strong people, all pulling for their own needs and wants.  However, her husband, John Quincy Adams suffered alongside her.  In many ways, Louisa’s political aspirations for her husbands were stronger than his own, and only less than her mother-in-laws.

As a daughter-in-law to Abigail Adams, she began to study and regard women’s rights as innate.  She wanted to do many things with her life, and felt held back by societies rules regarding a woman’s place.  Her beliefs that a woman could do as well as a man in most regards, led to many letters being written.

Works Cited: All Accessed on 02/23/17

http://www.firstladies.org/biographies/firstladies.aspx?biography=6

http://www.biography.com/people/louisa-adams-38531#

Women’s History Month – Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams (1744  – 1818) tried to make woman equal to men from day one in the United States.  She fought against her husband, future second president, John Adams, to make the Constitution read that men  and women were created equal.  She recognized that bad men would always abuse women, if allowed the power to do so.

For several generations, that was a rare occurrence.

Now, as paying jobs disappear, and people fear starvation, and loss of homes, it is becoming more of a reality every day.

Abigail Adams was the first to claim that if women’s rights were not protected, they would rebel, and make their needs known.  Eventually, they did so.  The right to vote was finally granted in 1920. Although a few states granted women the right sooner. Domestic violence laws began to take shape in the 1970’s.  It was 1978 before women were protected from losing their jobs due to pregnancy, although, in fact, they often do.

Even today, we fall behind other countries in treatment of women.  Denied healthcare.  Denied maternal leave.  Denied time to spend with the children they do give birth to.

Abigail Adams, the first first lady in the white house, foresaw the recent events that have continued to keep women from being equal to men in out society.  She foresaw the dangers, and requested equality from the beginning of this country.

Works Cited: All Accessed on 02/23/17

http://www.biography.com/people/abigail-adams-9175670#marriage-to-john-adams

http://womenshistory.about.com/cs/firstladies/p/p_abigailadams.htm

Women’s History Month 2017

Women’s Rights have been a serious topic in the Americas since the late 1400’s.  Before that, women often led, and owned the ownable tangible items in American societies.  Not all of them of course.  Many.  Women were valued for all of their abilities – to create a future generation, homes, clothing, cooking, story telling, and more.

Since the Europeans arrived, Women’s Rights have eroded.  At first, the settlers treated women well.  Without women, men would have had to cook, clean, sew, and more on their own.  As the generations passed, women began to be ignored. In recent decades, even with the laws passed, women have lost rights in the workplace, in education, and in life.

It isn’t uncommon for employers to hire a bunch of people, and then choose who they want to work, not based on skill, or ability, rather on gender, and how many children they have to support.
Married men with children have the first right to a job.  Then, men with children.  Then married men without children.
Once employers work their way through male applicants, they weed out the women.  Unmarried women with children have first priority.  Then, married women with children.  After that, employers debate on the remaining women.  Those who are single are determined to have more rights to a job than married women.  Yes.  Employers, female employers, have fired me multiple times over the first ten years I worked in the late 1990’s. simply because I did not have children.  They’d keep a woman with children who refused to learn the job, and was hired after me, promoting her, so she would maybe learn responsibility. Several female supervisors told me this was their reasoning.  Without a baby, I didn’t have a right to work.

As recently as age 40, I was told to go home and have a baby to take care of me.  That isn’t biologically possible.  Never was.

In education, I was steered away from science fields in college by bad male professors who did not want women to compete with them.

Domestic violence is on the rise.  New laws being written to do away with protection from domestic violence.  We need the ACLU more than ever, to return basic human rights to women.

Works Cited: All Accessed on 02/23/17

https://www.hrw.org/topic/womens-rights

https://www.aclu.org/issues/womens-rights

http://www.infoplease.com/spot/womenstimeline1.html

http://www.wic.org/misc/history.htm

http://womenshistory.about.com/od/alphaindex/a/biographies_a.htm

Healthcare

Today’s post is about healthcare.
There was an interesting infographic about Britain’s healthcare system versus the US healthcare system.
The first part covered the percentage of people covered and uncovered.
We have almost as 8.6% of people not covered by healthcare in the US. Of those covered, a large percent have been without healthcare, and preventative medicine for years, decades, possibly their entire lives.
In other words, they have not had the necessary healthcare to become, or remain healthy.
The average yearly cost for health care in Britain is $2,008 per person.
In the US it is over $5,000 per person per year.
If we switched to universal healthcare today – it would still take 80 years to have a healthy population.
First – we would have punish abusive employers. Employers who force employees to work more hours than is healthwise safe. If you work more than five hours a day, you aren’t getting healthy meals, or a healthy amount of sleep. It isn’t possible.
Also, days off. Employers are known for forcing employees to work ten day shifts without a day off. Or overtime pay.
No amount of overtime pay is worth what working more than four to five days a week will do to your body.
We know what we need to do to be healthier.
We need to be able to do those life saving activities. Sleep, eat, exercise, interact with family and friends.
As it is – it will take four full generations before those who are alive will have had access to preventative healthcare, proper diagnosis, and a chance to live a healthy lifestyle. If we fixed the laws today.
Of course, without enough medical staff, it still won’t work. Most medical staff work double shifts. And burn out too fast.
There is also another serious issue. One some people mention when they hear about universal healthcare. The time it takes to get an appointment.
If you talk to people that live in those countries – if someone is sick, they have instant care. Just like we do.
However, in only a few instances do they have the access as unbalanced as we do.
A boy child will be seen instantly by a doctor if he even has sniffle.
A girl child – in a day or two.
An adult male – same day, or next day.
A woman with children – within a week.
A woman without children – doctor’s offices don’t even know when the next available appointment is for someone as unwanted as that.
Our healthcare system is seriously broken.
It needs fixing. For the people who will be born in 60 years. Those who are alive today will continue to bear the costs of the last 80 years without adequate access to healthcare.
Before that, if there was a doctor, they took care of any patients that came to them, if it was possible.
We’ve seen what 80 years of healthcare for only the rich, and those with high paying jobs can do to the health of our nation.
High paying jobs are mostly gone.
So is our health.