The Abortion Crisis Is Already Here

Photo credit: Courtesy Image/Rachel Johnson
Photo credit: Courtesy Image/Rachel Johnson

From Cosmopolitan

“I wonder when the IUD tweets are going to start,” I texted to a friend on Sept. 18, the night that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg died. The phenomenon, which was recently covered by Marie Solis at Jezebel, distinctly marks the Trump era; the tweets happened after he was elected, during Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings, and they’re happening now that President Trump has nominated conservative federal judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

People who consider themselves pro-choice send a frenzy of posts with one main message: “Go and get an IUD! Our abortion rights are about to be snatched away! We now live in Gilead!”

But this type of reaction falsely implies that everyone in the United States currently has access to affordable reproductive healthcare and that everyone has access to legal and safe abortion care. But, uh, they

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British Cycling fear sport bailout allocation will leave grass-roots facing an ‘existential crisis’

British Cycling will write to government this week to express concern at the way sport’s bailouts are being allocated, with too much attention given to ticketed sports and not enough on the grass-roots facing an “existential crisis”.

Oliver Dowden, the culture secretary, has asked sports to put in their bids for government assistance by 5pm on Wednesday, but there are fears within recreational sport that there will be an excessive focus on those high-profile sports affected by the government’s decision not to allow fans back into stadiums from Oct 1. 

The English Football League says its 72 clubs stand to lose £200 million this season without crowds, having already lost £50 million during the 2019/20 campaign. The Rugby Football Union has forecast £106 million losses amid measures that could prevent Twickenham from hosting fans for up to six months. Their submission will include a representation on behalf of Premiership Rugby,

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Undocumented workers ‘completely adrift’ as crisis persists

Laveta Brigham

In the waning days of August, Elia had enough money to either pay for next month’s rent or cover back-to-school expenses for her two teenage children. But not both.

It was the latest in a long line of financial dilemmas that Elia, an undocumented domestic worker from Mexico, has faced since the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic in March decimated her client list. Clients, she explained, discontinued her cleaning services because they worried about her bringing the virus into their homes.

The ensuing belt-tightening has been severe.

“The first thing that you stop buying are personal items. My kids and I, we are making do with what we already have,” said Elia, who asked to withhold her full name for fear of reprisal. “No new clothes, no new shoes. There’s no money for that.”

The income she still pulls in from the handful of clients she has left goes to

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How to make your DevOps dollars go further during a crisis

Laveta Brigham

The temptation during any major (or unprecedented) financial crisis is to either massively cut costs or spend money to get you out of the particular hole you’ve found yourself in. A Harvard Business Review study from 2010 found that companies that cut costs quickly in a recession a far more likely to fall behind the competition coming out of it.

The study also found that the companies that were progressive — seeking operational efficiency over immediate cost-cutting — were significantly more successful, with higher revenue growth and lower layoffs than others.

This applies to past, present, and future crises, especially when applied to software development. In a survey my company in May 2020 took of IT professionals across America, over 60% reported that they’d seen layoffs and 36% reported a reduction in spending.

Encouragingly, we found that 34% reported a shift to more agile processes and 28% reported the

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How hunger has reached crisis level on college campuses (exclusive)

Laveta Brigham

Yahoo Life has partnered with Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning broadcaster Soledad O’Brien for the exclusive premiere of the documentary Hungry to Learn (watch above). O’Brien and her team followed four college students facing the hard choice of paying for college or paying for food and housing. She discovered that an astounding 45 percent of college students are struggling with hunger. In the article below, O’Brien reports on how the hunger crisis is escalating this fall as most campuses open remotely because of COVID-19, leaving financially struggling students with no place to live or eat.

When Isabella Moles started the 2019-20 school year at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa., her grades were rising. She was a leader in her sorority and on her campus. She had two jobs and a car. The school had found scholarship money to address her most vexing problem: food and housing costs she couldn’t afford because

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A crisis hotline for transgender people, by transgender people

Laveta Brigham

Oriana, a volunteer with the peer-support network Trans Lifeline, at home in Boston in July. The phone shows the total calls answered by the nonprofit to date. <span class="copyright">(Christina House / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Oriana, a volunteer with the peer-support network Trans Lifeline, at home in Boston in July. The phone shows the total calls answered by the nonprofit to date. (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

Oriana went through the usual motions of preparing for a two-hour shift on the hotline. They filled a big glass of water, swaddled their armchair in a blanket and laid out a crochet hook and yarn on the desk, in case there was a lull in calls.

Downtime was unlikely, though, on this summer night.

The Trump administration had just finalized a rule that would reduce protections for transgender patients from discrimination by doctors, hospitals and health insurance companies. And Trans Lifeline, which describes itself as the only crisis hotline for trans people operated entirely by trans people, is flooded with calls every time the nation’s highest office does something that threatens the LGBTQ community.

The calls

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5 strategies for thoughtful brand building during a crisis

Laveta Brigham

The impact of the coronavirus will be felt for a long time after the crisis has passed. Right now, many marketing efforts are going down the drain, either because consumers have stopped listening, or because brands are too scared to spend money in such a volatile environment. The crisis has already altered consumer behaviors significantly, prompting shifts in how people use technology, e-commerce, live streaming, e-learning, gaming, and online grocery shopping.

As a business owner, you’re probably aware of the need for a shift in thinking when it comes to marketing and brand building during this crisis — so let me help you take the jump.

These times call for a different approach that lets your customers know you understand what they are going through.

You can see examples of it everywhere. Businesses are changing the way they interact with their customers and reaching out to support them in any

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America’s ‘college completion crisis’ is about to get worse

Laveta Brigham

Before 2020, some students in America were struggling to complete their college education — ending up with no debt and no degree.

And amid the coronavirus pandemic, there are indications that completion rates are likely to get worse.

“The United States arguably already had a college completion crisis and the public health crisis is likely to make it worse,” authors from two think tanks wrote when discussing a new survey of 1,407 college students across the country.

Students at New York University wait outside of a COVID-19 test tent outside of its business school on August 25, 2020 in New York City. (PHOTO: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The poll from Third Way and New America, conducted online between August 6-17 by Global Strategy Group, found that the group anticipates that it will take them longer than usual to complete their degree.

One in three college students stated that they “definitely

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Governance, the G in ESG, is critical to businesses seeking capital to survive coronavirus crisis and US-China conflict

Laveta Brigham

Companies that actively communicate with stakeholders, such as shareholders and employees, are more likely to survive and even emerge stronger from economic turmoil than those who run and hide from the unfolding crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic and worsening US-China relations, according to a panel of governance experts.

Corporate-governance scandals have proliferated across the region as companies have fallen into financial difficulties and sought a quick way out, including Chinese Starbucks’ challenger Luckin Coffee that faked its financial accounts. Investors and creditors are making hard choices over which companies to back, and sound governance will be a deciding factor, the experts said.

“In such an environment, stakeholder engagement is clearly very important,” said Loh Boon Chye, CEO of Singapore Exchange, during a webinar this week organised by the South China Morning Post and independent think tank, the California-based Milken Institute.

Singapore Exchange’s CEO Loh, Boon Chye is pushing companies

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21 Arrested In NJ Statewide Child Porn Bust Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Laveta Brigham

NEW JERSEY – A total of 21 people were busted in an undercover operation called “Operation Screen Capture” that targeted possible offenders who used the coronavirus lockdown as an opportunity to prey on children, the Office of Attorney General announced on Wednesday.

The 21 arrested in the sting included 20 men and one woman, all from 10 New Jersey counties: Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Essex, Gloucester, Mercer, Monmouth, Middlesex, Ocean and Sussex.

The COVID-19 pandemic — which shut down schools and led to children spending more time than ever on their laptops, phones and gaming consoles — led to a marked increase in online predators sexually preying on children and teens, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said.

In fact, the hotline run by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children noticed a nearly 50 percent increase in tips about online predators when the coronavirus outbreak first began in mid-March, said Grewal.

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