Human Rights

A Decade After Katrina, RNs Reflect on What We’ve Learned and Refuse to Learn

A Decade After Katrina, RNs Reflect on What We’ve Learned and Refuse to Learn. National Nurses United, August 26, 2015 On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s destruction along the Gulf Coast, registered nurse volunteers with the disaster relief program, Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN), which sent hundreds of RN volunteers to provide disaster relief to the region in the wake of the deadly storm, say that critical lessons which exacerbated the 2005 crisis – global climate change, our lack of a national healthcare system, and failure to invest in public resources and infrastructure – have still not been learned. ... A Decade

Health Justice for Boston ~ Number 20. August 2015

Medicare & Medicaid’s 50th Birthday!

Boston Got to Celebrate Twice!

NNU Statement on Black Lives Matter and the Health Impact of Societal Racial Disparities

NNU Statement on Black Lives Matter and the Health Impact of Societal Racial Disparities - National Nurses United, July 23, 2015 National Nurses United joins with the AFL-CIO and activists across the United States in urging all presidential candidates to address the pervasive problems of racial and economic justice that have so stained our nation. For nurses, the national dialogue this week about structural racism is a reminder that health, which includes personal safety, is a broad thematic that affects all corners of the national debate ... NNU

Health Justice for Boston ~ Number 19. July 2015

Happy 50th, Medicare!

July 30th is the fiftieth anniversary of Medicare & Medicaid.
You're invited to come celebrate with us.

Thursday, July 30th ~ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Massachusetts State House ~ Senate Reading Room
Third Floor ~ Across from Senate Chambers
Music, Speakers & Cake!

Health Justice for Boston ~ Number 18. June 2015

2024 Olympics & Franklin Park

MNA Statement Urging Ebola Protection Measures Be Implemented for Massachusetts Healthcare Workers and the Community

Massachusetts Nurses Association Statement Urging Ebola Protection Measures Be Implemented for Massachusetts Healthcare Workers and the Community

May 12, 2015

Ebola in the US:

Saladin Muhammad: Black Workers and the US Labor Movement!

Black Workers and the US Labor Movement!

The rebellions that are taking place across the country, most notably in Ferguson and Baltimore, must be understood by the labor movement, and especially the labor left, as acts of resistance by the most impacted and dispossessed sections of the US working class responding to the capitalist economic crisis.

Health Justice for Boston ~ Number 17. May 2015

Upsurge in Organized Fight Against BU Biolab!



Interview with Representative Gloria Fox:

HJB: Representative Fox, could you say a few words about the proposed BU Biolab?

Representative Gloria Fox, Roxbury: Historically, I have challenged the validity of having a Level 4 Biolab in the heart of the community. The issue of public safety is paramount. I have just introduced additional legislation (H.1945) demanding that the Department of Public Health address the legitimate concerns of the community point by point.

Health Justice for Boston ~ Number 16. April 2015

Stop Unhealthy Changes to School Meals!

"Laws aren't enough - jump into action!" - Discussion on Healthcare Activism

"Laws aren't enough - jump into action!" - Discussion on Healthcare Activism

Sandy Eaton, RN on struggles in Massachusetts to create a just healthcare system

Center for Marxist Education, April 13, 2015

Passing a law is never enough. From patient safety tweaks to major overhauls, corporations quickly game the system to get their way. What then must we do?

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Health Justice for Boston ~ Number 15. March 2015

RoxComp Questions Persist - Demand Justice

The last public meeting on the fate of the Roxbury Comprehensive Community Health Center took place on-site there on October 29th. Besides a presentation by the leading contender for the property, Bridge Boston Charter School, many former workers came to bring forward their just demands for back pay. Nothing could or would be done about that until the sale went through, and then they were in line with other creditors.

Health Justice for Boston ~ Number 14. February 2015

Health Care, or Lack Thereof

Shrinking Access to Needed Services

Thank you for coming to Braintree and the South Shore to listen to our many burning issues. Here's my thinking on steps needed to reform our essentially dysfunctional healthcare system in Massachusetts, highlighting six pieces of legislation already filed and awaiting bill numbers, and indicating additional areas in need of attention.

The recent closing of Quincy Medical Center by Steward Health Care, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cerberus Capital Management, throws the cracks in our system into stark relief.

Health Justice for Boston ~ Number 13. January 2015

Quincy Down. Carney Next?

The Demise of Acute Health Care in Quincy, Massachusetts

The Demise of Acute Health Care in Quincy, Massachusetts
Implications for Surviving Community Hospitals

Sandy Eaton, RN, Chair, Healthcare Committee
South Shore Coalition for Human Rights
December 31, 2014

Health Justice for Boston ~ Number 12. December 2014

Overbedded or Underserved?

A sample of the tragic closings we’ve suffered:

July 18, 1993        Saint Margaret's Hospital (Dorchester)
May 13, 2003        Waltham Hospital
March 22, 2013     Roxbury Comprehensive Community Health Center
March 28, 2014     North Adams Regional Hospital
October 7, 2014    Radius Specialty Hospitals (Roxbury & Quincy)

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