It's understandable to be hesitant to declare a disability. . . .But if you are applying for positions with federal contractors or federal agencies, there are good arguments for self-identifying as disabled:
“Everyone else is making funds off Henrietta’s cells. I am sure my grandmother is up in heaven saying, ‘Well, what about my family?'" - Ron Lacks
A modern spin on the Hottentot Venus, the story of Henrietta Lacks gained widespread public attention with the publication of bestseller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks which told the story of Ms. Lacks' biological cells. Taken from her when she died of cervical cancer in 1951, Ms. Lacks' cells were the first to live outside the body in a glass tube and quickly became the most widely used human cells in science. One problem: no one ever told the Lacks family that her cells were being used. Ms. Lacks' son will file legal action in the coming weeks.
This case isn't just about the overdue compensation, but is a strong reflection of the exposure, exploitation and commodification of the African American female and her body.
Is DC's strategy regarding homelessness effectively addressing the homelessness issue, or simply shuffling and displacing people in need? On Valentine's Day, 2017, homeless citizens were kicked out of an encampment with a bulldozer.
Kevin Harris, a spokesman for Mayor Bowser said, “The health and well-being of all District residents, including individuals experiencing homelessness as well as those who access the public space, is an important principle.”
While principles are no doubt important, this decision by the Bowser administration begs the question, where's the love?
“If ever there was a time to stand for something, to stand firmly and believe in it and fight for it and leave it all out there, this is the policy.” -Del. Joseline A. Peña-Melnyk (D-Prince George’s)
Maryland’s three minority-based legislative caucuses have joined forces to promote a new Maryland Sanctuary Bill, the purpose of which is to bar law enforcement from complying with federal requests to hold undocumented immigrants longer than required; prohibits local authorities from arresting individuals for immigration purposes; and restricts federal agencies from removing people from schools, hospitals or courthouses. While minorities are unifying behind this cause, polarized conservatives remain in extreme opposition, often citing decreases in property values and increases in violent crimes as potential reasons why the police should be proactively enforcing immigration laws and removing illegal immigrants from within the state. In fact, a Sanctuary Bill that recently passed in Howard County was just vetoed by the County Executive. In doing so, County Executive Kittleman (R) explained:
"If the sponsors had reached out to key stakeholders prior to filing the legislation, they would have learned that it was unnecessary. They would have heard from the Police Department, other government agencies and organizations supporting immigrants that, in Howard County, we do not have a problem with this issue."
In Howard County, the legal immigration population disagrees testifying to incidents where they were falsely targeted for deportation by fellow citizens and law enforcement based on their physical appearance alone.
Maryland does not permit no-fault divorce if a couple still resides together. Rather, the couple must live separately. However, recent changes in Maryland law allow couples to divorce without having a third party witness testify regarding when the last time the couple slept under the same roof. The initial law was intended to prevent the divorce of a couple that was continuing to engage in sexual relations. The new law makes the process less cumbersome, less intrusive, and less painful.
"Some divorcing spouses and divorce attorneys found that the witness requirement was not just inconvenient but also painful."