To date, there are many poems and songs written to document the mistreatment of Black and Brown people and people among marginalized communities; many works that were created solely for the purpose of amplifying the looming shadow of America’s past (and present), that people of color might one day be truly liberated and validated. These
With 2020 thankfully fizzling to a close, we’re all hoping 2021 will be better. If you haven’t thought about New Year’s resolutions yet, here are our 5 suggestions to make next year better for you and yours—and the planet. Bonus: we asked experts for stick-with-it tips. 1-Demand Better Health Care for All It’s no secret
Earlier this year, when Chadwick Boseman, the 42-year-old star of the megahit Black Panther died of colon cancer, it did not just point out the tragedy of dying young, but also the disparities in health conditions and survival among minorities. Even with presumably getting the best care, Boseman’s cancer progressed to a lethal stage IV.
Journalist, fighter and feminist, Gloria Steinem became a women’s rights icon during the 60s and is now the subject of Julie Taymor’s biopic, The Glorias (learn more here). Based on Steinem’s own memoir, My Life on the Road, Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander, Lulu Wilson and Ryan Keira Armstrong portray the activist at various stages of her
With the pandemic dominating the news cycle and social media posts 24/7, it’s easy to fall into a gloom-and-doom mode. So here’s something to snap you right out of that, even as you social distance, wash your hands a lot and keep a mask close by for outings. We found examples of good news on
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it’s becoming clear that minorities—specifically African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and in some studies Asians—are affected more often than other ethnicities, and have a higher death rate. Experts are trying to figure out why, but even before they have definitive answers, there is some reassuring news. Anyone who is a member
“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The
A group of artists in New York’s Catskill Mountains have joined the war on Coronavirus by making facemasks for healthcare staff: the Catskilled Crafters. This group of artists in upstate New York have shifted from creating art projects (see the Senior Planet story about them here) to stepping up during this pandemic. In just two
Senior Planet is re-running an interview with Peter Harnik, now retired, who is one of the first leaders of Environmental Action, the non-profit formed by the organizers of Earth Day. Later this month, Senior Planet Montgomery, in partnership with the Montgomery County’s Department of Energy Protection, will be rolling out online programs on energy efficiency
The concept is simple and sensible: if a new medical treatment or medication is meant to be used on all members of the population in need of it, it should be tested on all genders and ethnicities. Diversity in medical research has been a point of agreement and discussion for decades, with ongoing efforts to
This tribute was originally published on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2019. We’re reposting it today with some updates. We tend to be all “I had a dream” when we think about Martin Luther King, Jr. King believed passionately in the power of love to drive out hate. He was also a fierce and incisive
In a world in which family has been atomized into small nuclear units, with parents and their adult children often living thousands of miles apart, pairing older people with younger ones is taking off. There’s a nursing home in the Netherlands that offers free lodging to college students who agree to interact with their elders.
When Ken Shaw of San Francisco joined the Peace Corps in rural Zambia as an agriculture specialist, he was 61. “To say it was eye-opening is an understatement,” said the retired county health department employee and part-time actor, adding he was fulfilling “my old hippie dream.” `It’s the greatest experience you’ll ever have,” the Hicksville,
It’s Labor Day, so you’re going to hear a lot about the recipes, sales, and the weather — particularly as Dorian bears down on Florida. But with its roots in the worker movements of the 19th century, Labor Day is a good time to remember that workers over 65 — the fastest-growing segment of the workforce
Gwen Garvey can’t wait for school to start. She doesn’t know how many classes she will take or what topics she will study, but she still can’t wait. As soon as the catalog comes out, she’s deciding. And if history repeats, she will likely take several classes. Garvey, 75, lives in the Beaufort, South Carolina
Oscar-nominated for her role in Come Back, Little Sheba 66 years ago, Terry Moore, 90, has just one dream left. She hopes to receive another nod for what might be her final role in the upcoming film, Silent Life, Vladislav Kozlov’s drama about silent movie icon Rudolph Valentino, set for release next year (learn more