The mental health crisis in the U.S. is not a new one—the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) estimates that one in five adults in the U.S. live with a mental illness. While the prevalence rates of most mental health disorders are similar across racial and ethnic groups, there are large inequities in diagnosis and treatment.
High levels of stigma around mental health issues, fears of discriminatory repercussions , as well as limited access to high quality, culturally responsive services, all contribute to persistent inequities in behavioral health treatment. Not to mention mental health care also carries a high cost and is rarely covered by insurance, making it difficult for low-income people of any race or ethnicity to obtain.
This is why Tony Cárdenas and Eddie Bernice Johnson introduced the Strengthening Mental Health Supports for BIPOC Communities Act, legislation to improve access to health services for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.
Without evidence, Donald Trump has falsely claimed that mail-in voting would lead to massive voter fraud in the November election. During a pandemic where voting in person could be dangerous, the president is opposing funding that will enable the U.S. Postal Service to process an anticipated surge in mail-in ballots.
We definitely know that the president is absolutely wrong concerning vote-by-mail.
Judy Beard, legislative and political director for the American Postal Workers Union
In May the House passed, The Heroes Act, a comprehensive coronavirus response bill aimed to meet the challenges the pandemic has caused our nation. Two months later, instead of being put to action to serve the American people, the Heroes Act is stuck in the Senate. Due to the internal discord happening within the Senate, several components of the final deal may not get resolved for days or weeks.
This month, President Trump signed an order targeting undocumented immigrants in the U.S. census. The memorandum marks yet another effort to impact the balance of power in states and the House of Representatives, which are based on the total population. Communities of color are most likely to be affected. Please take part in the census.
It’s a well-known fact that Tony Cárdenas supports animal rights. And animals are surely voiceless. But who are the voiceless humans in our society? They are those who are most often let down by a system that promised to protect their rights and consistently falls short. We can all be a voice for the voiceless. We can speak up, ensure justice, and make a difference.
Last year the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, condemned the conditions of detention in which refugees and migrants were being held. “Utterly appalling” and “inhumane,” were the terms used. The Trump administration maintained it had improved conditions by increasing the presence of medical providers in the detention centers.
Now that the US is starting to reopen across the country, state governments and local health officials are instituting measures to help keep us safe. One of the ways we can all help slow the risk of coronavirus spread is to wear a face mask.