*** YOUR DAILY DO'S – 3/16, MORNING EDITION *** Mary Park
Indivisibles, I was lucky enough to spend last weekend on an island without wifi: reading, practicing yoga, staring at the water, having meatspace conversations with friends old and new, ignoring the news completely and never once mentioning Trump’s name. I came back feeling renewed and refreshed and ready to kick some right-wing ass.
Today, friends, is all about mental health: yours, ours, that of Trump’s America.
EDITED: Word on the street is that Omari was evicted this morning. Any contribution you can give is assuredly still needed. We'll be updating on the situation as soon as we have all the facts.
1. First up, a quick, easy action to address an injustice in our own community. It’ll do good and it’ll help make you feel good. Promise.
#Give5: Yesterday, police showed up at the Umoja Peace Center to evict Omari Tahir-Garrett, a long-time activist and resident of Seattle’s Central District.
This is the latest move in developers' efforts to push out black tenants so they can flip the property for gentrifying development. This was a featured issue talked about at the Black Lives Matter march on 3/4.
Let's stand up with the black activist community with a #Give5 donation to help Omari:
Check out the Umoja Peace Center's work here:
And more context for the broader eviction/development issue in the Central District: https://tinyurl.com/hantc6e
2. Not very feel-good but as important as it gets: the fate of mental health under Trumpcare, or Republicare, or Tryanacare, or whatever you’d like to call the American Health Care Act that would pinpoint the blame for this turd of a bill. The AHCA is going to cut mental health care and substance abuse treatment for at least 1.3 million Americans, even as our most vulnerable communities struggle with a devastating opioid epidemic.
Around 11 million people currently receive mental health services under Medicaid. When the Medicaid expansion rollback kicks in around 2020, what will happen?
Addictions will go untreated. Bipolar disorders will go unmedicated. Suicide rates will rise. You’ll see an explosion of the uninsured mentally ill seeking treatment in emergency rooms, perhaps the costliest and least effective way to approach mental health care.
People will die. Some will end up in jail. Countless others who could be productive members of society will end up unable to work.
It doesn’t have to happen; we don’t have to be this kind of country.
*The WaPo: https://tinyurl.com/hver8ew
* Great article at Vox: https://tinyurl.com/ztxokrp
*Letter from NAMI to the House Energy and Commerce Committee: https://tinyurl.com/jtfc6q4
3. Finally, I’d like to hear from all of you about how you’re taking care of yourself in these trying days. We can’t all travel to an island, but we can surround ourselves with things (people, art, nature) that feed our spirits and help us get some badly needed rest.
Here’s my list:
Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
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