Passerby documented his deadly encounter with the police. His crime — trying to spend a bogus $20 bill. Handcuffed, arms behind his back, laying on the street, videos showed a police officer suffocating George Floyd by kneeling on his neck. Outrage over his murder ignited protests calling for police reforms and ending social injustices in American cities and around the world that persist today.
Staged in a high school gymnasium in Wilmington, Delaware, on August 11, 2020, Joseph R. Biden, the Democratic nominee for President of the United States, announced his selection of California Senator Kamala Harris as his vice-presidential running mate. Harris is the first Black woman and first Asian American vice-presidential candidate on a major party ticket.
By Mary J. Dowell
Author Mary Dowell’s Playing Through the Fence is an essential read, not just for those in the workforce, but for all goal-oriented women fixed on elevating their quality of life — socially, professionally, spiritually, and financially.
The back-cover blurb includes one of those ‘let’s be clear’ statements regarding the symbolism of the words ‘ the fence’ in its title. It is an explicit reference to the inevitable barriers life presents or, as expressed, ‘the crossroads where struggle meets opportunity.’
What is the difference between coronavirus and COVID-19?
COVID-19 is the name of the disease caused by the new coronavirus that is called SARS-CoV-2, or sometimes just “novel coronavirus.”
How worried should healthy people be about becoming infected with COVID-19?
Most healthy people who become infected with COVID-19 have no symptoms or have mild symptoms. However, there have been healthy people who have progressed to severe disease. People who have an underlying illness and who are older are at higher risk of having a severe case COVID.
City of Milwaukee Health Commissioner Jeanette L. Kowalik PhD, MPH, MCHES Leading with Science and Heart
By Linda Jackson Cocroft
A native Milwaukeean, Jeanette L. Kowalik, resigned her position as Associate Director of the Association of Maternal Child Health Programs in Washington, D.C., and, in 2018, accepted the appointment by Mayor Tom Barrett as Health Commissioner for the City of Milwaukee. Her professional journey had come full circle, bringing her back home to the department where she worked as an undergraduate intern many years ago.
Responding to this observation, the Commissioner said, “Although I knew it would be challenging, I have a deep love for my community and Milwaukee. However, little did I know that it would involve leading through a pandemic.”
By Treva B. Lindsey
It was only a few short weeks ago that a tweet from Madonna labeling COVID-19 “the great equalizer” went viral. Echoing high-profile elected officials such New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, this framing of the global pandemic quickly drew sharp criticism. With overwhelming evidence regarding racial and class disparities in terms of both lost lives and lost livelihoods as a result of the virus, any assertion of equity of impact ignores painful yet blaring truths about deeply entrenched inequality along multiple fault lines in the U.S.
— Francine Renee Saffold
The Covid-19 pandemic deprives us of our usual connections — giving hugs, spending time with family and friends, shopping, working outside of the home, and attending worship services. We find ourselves struggling with “shelter at home” orders, wearing masks and gloves while maintaining the recommended six feet social distance from others. We are feeling isolated, lonely, and physically disconnected as never before.
They harden my heart—these little stones in that wall built from childhood to adulthood, from pebbles to boulders of hurt. “You are ugly. You are fat. You are skinny. You smell like a rat.” These stones are heavy and weigh me down with pain. They make me fall and cry like the rain.
These stones left from mental and physical abuse, molestation, divorce, poverty, low self-esteem, homelessness, prejudice/hate, no love or guidance. It’s hard to see the hatefulness of this world. It’s hard to see that some men have more regard for dogs than Black men. It’s hard to see hungry children without proper clothes. It’s hard for me to understand molestation, prejudice, and hate.
“In Milwaukee, African Americans living in senior housing assisted living, nursing homes or homeless shelters are at especially high risk for COVID-19. Older adults are a vulnerable population likely to have multiple comorbidities increasing their risk of experiencing complications or mortality due to COIVD-19. A hotspot has emerged in the city’s northside, with the potential to spread across the city if effective measures are not taken. With this project, we aim to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in these vulnerable populations, reduce fear and confusion during this time, and ultimately save lives.”
Linda J. Concroft