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Photography Workshop at Mobile Voices

On October 25th, 2014, the Mobile Voices PCT participated in a photography workshop where we completed many hands-on activities to learn about the different effects of angles, lighting, distance and other things when taking pictures from our cell phones or digital cameras.

Photography Workshop at Mobile Voices
25 Oct 2014 - 5:46pm

On October 25th, 2014, the Mobile Voices PCT participated in a photography workshop where we completed many hands-on activities to learn about the different effects of angles, lighting, distance and other things when taking pictures from our cell phones or digital cameras.

Racism in a Post-Racial US

For the October 25th meeting of Mobile Voices, the Popular Communications Team opened with an activity in which each person present took a picture to represent his or her individual current state of emotion.

 

Racism in a Post-Racial US
25 Oct 2014 - 4:20pm

For the October 25th meeting of Mobile Voices, the Popular Communications Team opened with an activity in which each person present took a picture to represent his or her individual current state of emotion.

 

My picture depicts the amount of effort I have put into a critical paper for my MFA in Creative Writing program at Antioch University. In the late 1970s, writer James Baldwin wrote an open letter to President Carter asking him to take into consideration the situation of Black Americans whose condition had not improved even with the supposed success of the Civil Rights Movement. The thesis I have developed for my critical paper is that Baldwin could have written the same letter to the current President because Black Americans (for the purpose of this paper, this racial group is the main focus) continue to face racism in a supposed post-racial country. My current state of emotion is stress due to the amount of work I have put into this paper over the past two months as well as the many negative things I am learning about my country.

Health Care for All [CA SB1005]

Following the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as ACA or Obamacare, in 2010, thousands of US residents and citizens have been able to access health insurance either through Medicare/Medicaid or through the private market with the assistance of subsidies based on income. Everyone 18 years of age or older is able to (and must do so, or pay a fine) enroll in a health insurance program, except for undocumented immigrants, who are excluded.

Health Care for All [CA SB1005]
30 Sep 2014 - 3:09pm

Following the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as ACA or Obamacare, in 2010, thousands of US residents and citizens have been able to access health insurance either through Medicare/Medicaid or through the private market with the assistance of subsidies based on income. Everyone 18 years of age or older is able to (and must do so, or pay a fine) enroll in a health insurance program, except for undocumented immigrants, who are excluded. In California, however, State Senator Ricardo Lara (D) is pushing the passage of SB 1005 Health Care for All, which would allow access to health care to undocumented immigrants through state monies. 

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To deal with back pain, fevers, colds, or any other illness or symptom, Aura relies on a variety of over-the-counter pills and medications. When I visit her home, she comments on new medication she has seen on television that will help alleviate the pain in her hands and joints, a result of the heavy janitorial labor she completes to make ends meet. At work, she has taken a fall more than once, only to get up and visit her local Botanica (herb-based pharmacy) to buy back brace and teas to make the pain, which could be a result of a variety of reasons, bearable. With access to health insurance, this undocumented woman could afford the professional opinion of a trained physician instead of leaving her wellbeing to chance.

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When Inez started showing symptoms of a returning psychosis, her family could do nothing but wait until the situation worsened to merit an emergency room visit. Without papers, medical help and mental aid was not accessible, even if all of Inez' family members financially contributed to the effort. When Inez disappeared one day and returned home to explode in an incoherent rage, her family was finally able to commit her into a mental health institution. They, however, did not have a say as to where Inez would be taken and who would take her case. With access to affordable health insurance, Inez could have gotten proper treatment at an earlier stage and her family could have avoided the traumatical experience of "abandoning" their relative into the hands of a system they could have no say in.

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In my own experience, I think of what would have happened if I had no access to health insurance the two times a fever got out of control and I decided to seek medical attention at a hospital. For both visits, I was able to give a co-pay and set up a payment plan for my portion of the expenses after being discharged. No health insurance would have resulted in my acquiring for debts in the ten thousands. By no means are ACA and CoveredCA perfect. I have found it difficult to get information on my status due to long wait times, and website difficulties and even with co-pays, I still find medical attention obscenely expensive. But how much more difficult would my financial situation been without health insurance? How would my inability to cover my bills and seek preventive medical attention affect you? We are a community. And because of that, health care should be accessible to all.

 

[Names have been changed.]

[Picture from the internet.]

Our Fourth of July

This year, it was not my intention to celebrate the Fourth of July. With a husband in deportation proceedings and the bitter reports of the thousands of migrant children crossing dangerous deserts in quickly rising temperatures to find so-called Americans rallying to deny them a chance at their supposed freedom, it did not seem appropriate. But at the last moment, my partner and I decided to take a couple of dollars from our rent stash to buy meat and grill it on our balcony as we watched the neighborhood children light fireworks on the ground and sky.

Our Fourth of July
5 Jul 2014 - 11:30pm

This year, it was not my intention to celebrate the Fourth of July. With a husband in deportation proceedings and the bitter reports of the thousands of migrant children crossing dangerous deserts in quickly rising temperatures to find so-called Americans rallying to deny them a chance at their supposed freedom, it did not seem appropriate. But at the last moment, my partner and I decided to take a couple of dollars from our rent stash to buy meat and grill it on our balcony as we watched the neighborhood children light fireworks on the ground and sky. In the end, our Fourth of July had a different meaning than that of mainstream. We did not celebrate freedom - my partner, at any moment, can be deported and we are currently enslaved to our low-paying jobs and quickly-rising IRS debt. Instead, we celebrated another day of our small family. As I diced tomatoes and onions to add to the salted cilantro watered in lemon, Jose waited on the charcoal to gray while helping Maya spot the burning lights in the sky.

Punctuation Workshops at the VozMob PCT

These past few weeks, I was able to lead two punctuation workshops for the participants of the Mobile Voices Popular Communications Team. During this time, our group reviewed proper use of the period (.), comma (,), interrogation point (!), questions mark (?), ellipsis (...) and quotation marks (""). The workshops began with the group brainstorming what they believed was the proper use of each mark. After this, a concise list was given for each mark.

Punctuation Workshops at the VozMob PCT
5 Jul 2014 - 11:10pm

These past few weeks, I was able to lead two punctuation workshops for the participants of the Mobile Voices Popular Communications Team. During this time, our group reviewed proper use of the period (.), comma (,), interrogation point (!), questions mark (?), ellipsis (...) and quotation marks (""). The workshops began with the group brainstorming what they believed was the proper use of each mark. After this, a concise list was given for each mark. During the first workshop, the group selected a story from one of the PCT members and took it apart using learned knowledge. In the second workshop, the group was able to apply what was reviewed by writing a short story on board paper. It is important that VozMob reporters, especially PCT members, use correct grammar as often as possible because this provides clarity to the important content that is being uploaded. During these workshops, the members agreed that personal use of punctuation is acceptable for writer artists, but that when the goal was to report events and issues in the community, the amount of freedom that should be taken with punctuation is a bit more limited.

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